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,
Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.