Roger presents the UI jazz faculty's Great American Songbook concert from the 2009 Allerton Music Barn Festival.
Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper
Roger presents a 2011 concert from the Allerton Music Barn Festival featuring Cuban-born music phenomenon, instrumentalist, composer, and Grammy winner Arturo Sandoval with the UI jazz faculty—Chip McNeill, Tito Carrillo, Jim Pugh, Larry Gray, Chip Stephens, and special guest drummer Joel Spencer—in an evening of high-energy jazz and Latin jazz.
Roger presents the Millikin-Decatur Symphony, conducted by Michael Luxner, performing their "Big Band Show!" Keep reading for the program.
Host Roger Cooper presents The Prairie Ensemble performing W. A. Mozart's Symphony No. 25; Richard Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1 with Bernhard Scully, horn; Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5.
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,
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.”
We'll present the Eastern Symphony's "Stagestruck: The Best of Bernstein" concert. R. Robert Rossi conducts.
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.
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.”
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.