Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper

WILL - Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper - June 21, 2013

Music of the Spheres with Sinfonia

Host Roger Cooper presents a concert by Sinfonia da Camera and the UI Women's Glee Club. From creation to demotion, Sinfonia explores the music of the spheres. The evening begins with Milhaud’s vision of Earth, inspired by African folk mythology and American jazz. Holst’s iconic The Planets tells a tale of heavenly bodies from Jolly Jupiter to Mars, Bringer of War. We know the International Astronomical Union has demoted Pluto, but in tonight’s solar system Pluto still shines among his kin,


WILL - Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper - June 14, 2013

Sinfonia da Camera ‘Lilacs’

George Walker joins with Sinfonia for a world première of his work for cello and orchestra featuring Dmitry Kouzov, and a performance of his Pulitzer-Prize-winning Lilacs, praised by the Pulitzer Jury as a “…passionate, and very American, musical composition...has a beautiful and evocative lyrical quality using words of Walt Whitman.”


WILL - Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper - June 07, 2013

The Best of Bernstein

We'll present the Eastern Symphony's "Stagestruck: The Best of Bernstein" concert. R. Robert Rossi conducts.


WILL - Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper - May 31, 2013

Prairie Ensemble’s ‘Royal Fireworks Music’

Host Roger Cooper presents The Prairie Ensemble's "A Windy Affair" concert including Handel's Royal Fireworks Music, Arvo Pärt's Fratres, Stravinsky's Mass, Maurice Duruflé's Four Motets on Gregorian Themes and
Arthur Bird's Serenade for Winds.


WILL - Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper - May 24, 2013

Illinois Chamber Orchestra: Classically Connected

I'll present the Illinois Chamber Orchestra conducted by Alastair Willis performing Schnittke's Moz-Art a la Haydn; Mozart's Clarinet Concerto with John Bruce Yeh, clarinet; and Haydn's Symphony No. 104 “London.”
 


WILL - Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper - May 17, 2013

Carmina Burana

I'll present Carl Orff's Carmina Burana performed by the Eastern Symphony and Choral Ensembles, the Charleston High School Advanced Chorus and the Charleston Middle School Chorus.
 


WILL - Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper - May 03, 2013

Cellist Joshua Roman with Illinois Symphony

As host Roger Cooper presents the Illinois Symphony Orchestra's "Russian Revolution" concert, you'll hear the breathtaking melodies of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, the maniacal rhythms of Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto with “Classical Rock Star”Joshua Roman and the mystical experience of Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten.


WILL - Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper - April 26, 2013

Pure Passion

I'll present the passionate playing of the Illinois Chamber Orchestra, resounding with the opening sigh of Elgar’s Sospiri, the pulsating tango of Osvaldo Golijov’s Last Round, and the celebration of the American pioneer in Copland’s beloved Appalachian Spring. Purely a dance mix for everyone to enjoy!
 


WILL - Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper - April 19, 2013

Bach’s St. Matthew Passion

Spring returns with a masterpiece of classical sacred music by J. S Bach. Fred Stoltzfus, in his last year as chair of choral music at the University of Illinois, conducts the extraordinary St. Matthew Passion as his final collaboration with Sinfonia da Camera.


WILL - Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper - April 12, 2013

Illinois Chamber Orchestra: Debussy’s 150th Birthday

Roger Cooper presents a spectacular evening of French fairy tales, favorites and fun. The Illinois Chamber Orchestra celebrates the 150th birthday of Debussy by performing his exuberant Petite Suite and beautiful Danses Sacrée et Profane, along with Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, Fauré’s elegant Pavane and Ibert’s Divertissement.


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