Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper

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.


WILL - Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper - April 05, 2013

“Oratorio” from Millikin

Join host Roger Cooper for the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra with Michael Luxner, conductor, and Millikin choirs and choruses. On the program are Porpora's Magnificat; Randall Reyman's Elegy for Strings; Russell Peck's Signs of Life II for Strings; and Mozart's “Coronation” Mass.


WILL - Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper - March 29, 2013

Special: Bach’s ‘St. Matthew Passion’

Roger will be back with Prairie Performances next week. This week, enjoy our Good Friday Special with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing Bach's St. Matthew Passion. Featured are Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano; Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano; Anthony Rolfe Johnson, tenor; Tom Krause, bass; the Chicago Symphony Chorus; and Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus.


WILL - Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper - March 22, 2013

‘Musical Travels’ with C-U Symphony

Host Roger Cooper brings you the Champaign-Urbana Symphony's "Musical Travels" Concert. David Commanday conducts. On the program are Gershwin's Cuban Overture; Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major with pianist Adam Neiman; Rossini's "Overture" to The Barber of Seville; and Respighi's Pines of Rome.


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

Sinfonia da Camera ‘The Solar System’

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 in Matthews' Pluto the Renewer.
 


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