The Myra Presents Sunday Concerts in the Galleries will feature a pianist and cellist, both music competition award-winners, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at the North Dakota Museum of Art.
Thomas Mesa, a Cuban-American cellist, won the first prize in the 2016 Sphinx Competition and The Astral Artists 2017 National Auditions.
A graduate of The Juilliard School and Northwestern University, Mesa has been principal cellist of the Juilliard Orchestra and the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra in Boston. He plays a Richard Tobin cello dated 1826.
He was a featured instrumentalist on The Crossing Choir’s album, “Bonhoeffer,” which was a 2017 Grammy Award nominee.
Pianist Ilya Yakushev, a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, has performed with numerous orchestras, including the BBC Concert Orchestra, Utah Symphony, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic.
Winner of the World Piano Competition in 2005, Yakushev has performed in prominent venues in locations such as Singapore, Russia and South Korea.
The British label Nimbus released his CD, “Prokofiev Sonatas Volume 1,” in 2014 and "Volume 2" earlier this year.
Tickets for Sunday’s concert are $30 for museum members, $35 for non-members and $15 for students and military. Children younger than 13 are admitted free.
The concert will also be presented at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, at Mayville State University.