Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper

WILL - Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper - February 15, 2013

Classically Black: William Grant Still

Often referred to as the dean of AfroAmerican composers, William Grant Still brought a fresh perspective to the concert hall. His music combines folk, jazz, blues and a whole lot of creativity into a bustling musical sound portrait of America.


WILL - Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper - February 08, 2013

Classically Black: Marian Anderson

Roger offers a biography of Marian Anderson, along with recorded selections of her music, and comments from contemporaries and younger vocalists whom she inspired.


WILL - Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper - February 01, 2013

William Warfield: His Life and His Music

Roger Cooper looks at the acclaimed bass-baritone’s life and work, examining the events that led to Warfield’s success in the world of classical music--as a concert artist, stage and screen actor, narrator and teacher.


WILL - Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper - January 25, 2013

Old-Fashioned Band Concert

Conductor with band on stage

We'll have an old-fashioned band concert from the 2012 Allerton Music Barn Festival featuring Robert W. Rumbelow, conductor; Yvonne Redman, soprano; and Elliot Chasanov, trombone. They’ll perform Armed Forces Salute, along with John Philip Sousa’s University of Illinois March and The Stars and Stripes Forever.



WILL - Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper - August 01, 2012

Viennese Waltzes from the 2011 Allerton Music Barn Festival

The waltz - disarming, irresistible, sensual, charming--swept out of Germany and conquered Europe in the mid-18th century. Host Roger Cooper presents an evening of Viennese specialties from the 2011 Allerton Music Barn Festival with the Allerton Salon Orchestra. Johann Strauss’ famous Blue Danube Waltz will be one of the highlights.


WILL - Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper - August 05, 2011

Nathan and Julie Gunn

During the month of August, Roger Cooper encores last year’s Allerton Music Barn Concerts in anticipation of this year’s festival, which begins September 1. Tonight, it’s music of the cabaret with Nathan and Julie Gunn, U of I jazz faculty members, saxophonist Chip McNeil, bassist Larry Gray and drummer Dana Hall.


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