Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper
All this month, Roger brings you programs from the 2012 Allerton Music Barn Festival. This week it's the Jupiter String Quartet in the inaugural concert from last year's festival.
On the program are:
Ravel: String Quartet in F Major
Webern: Langsamer Satz
Schubert: String Quintet in C Major, D. 956
Roger presents Sinfonia da Camera's "Nature’s Majesty" concert from 2011. Sinfonia extols the beauty and majesty of the natural world with familiar works used in films, suggesting tumbling brooks and violent thunderstorms, sunrise and bird calls, woodland walks and canyon hikes. On the program are Beethoven's Symphony No. 6; Smetana's Moldau; Grofe's Grand Canyon Suite and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, with pianist Ian Hobson, who also conducts.
Roger presents the UI jazz faculty's Great American Songbook concert from the 2009 Allerton Music Barn Festival.
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.
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