Roger takes a break while we air two holiday specials, An Afro-Blue Christmas and Jazz Piano Christmas XXX.
Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper
fridays at 7 pm on fm 90.9 and 101.1
Roger presents the C-U Symphony's Voyages Concert with conductor Stephen Alltop. On the program are Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture; Corigliano's Voyage for Flute and Strings featuring Mary Leathers Chapman, flute; Williams' Escapades for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra from the film score Catch Me If You Can featuring saxophonist Debra Richtmeyer; and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.
Roger presents the Millikin-Decatur Symphony with conductor Michael Luxner and pianist Silvan Negrutiu, who performs Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat "Emperor." Also on the program are Mozart's Overture to Don Giovanni; and Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in E Minor "From the New World."
Roger presents Sinfonia da Camera, marking the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss’ birth year with some of his most beloved works.
Roger presents the UI Symphony Orchestra with conductor Donald Schleicher and pianist Soo Jung Hur. On the program are R. Strauss' Wiener Philharmoniker Fanfare; Grieg's Piano Concerto in a minor; and Ravel's Mother Goose Suite and Bolero.
Roger presents the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra with Michael Luxner, conductor. On the program are Borodin's In the Steppes of Central Asia and Franck's Symphony in D Minor.
Roger presents the U of I Symphony Orchestra with Donald Schleicher, conductor, and David Harris, clarinet. On the program are Carlos R. Carrillo Cotto's The Gathering Grounds; Mozart's Concerto for Clarinet; Brahms' Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn and Rimsky Korsakov's Capriccio espagnol.
Roger presents The Prairie Ensemble's Conductor’s Choice concert with Kevin Kelly, conductor, and Bernhard Scully, horn. On the program are W. A. Mozart's Symphony No. 25; Richard Strauss' Horn Concerto No. 1 and
Ralph Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 5.
Roger presents the Prairie Ensemble's "The Whirlwind Finale" concert. On the program are Stravinsky's Dumbarton Oaks; Barber's Violin Concerto with violinist Danwen Jiang; and Vaughan Williams' Job: A Masque for Dancing. Kevin Kelly conducts.
Roger presents the "Diversions" concert of The Prairie Ensemble with Kevin Kelly, conductor. On the program are Mozart's Divertimento for Winds; Wolf's Italian Serenade; Foote's A Night Piece; Françaix's L’heure du berger; and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7.