Grant Cooper, conductor Julie Albers, cello soloist
Julie Albers made her major orchestral debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1998, and thereafter has performed in recital and with orchestras in the U.S. Europe, Korea, Taiwan and New Zealand. In 2001, she won Second Prize in Munich's Internationalen Musikwettbewebers der ARD, at which time she was also awardd the Wilhelm-Weichsler-Muskipreis der Stadt Osnabruch 2001. While in Germany, she recorded solo and chamber music of Kodaly for the Bavarian Radio, performances that have been heard throughout Europe. In November, 2003, Miss Albers was named the first Gold Medal Laureate of South Korea's Gyeongam International Music Competition, winning the $25000.00 Grand Prize
Jon Kimura Parker
Magical Music Sunday, November 13, 2011 3 p.m.
Grant Cooper, conductor Jon Kimura Parker, piano soloist
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.3
Dukas: Sorcerer's Apprentice
Stravinsky: Song of the Nightingale
In the summer of 2007, he gave the world premiere of Peter Schickele's Music for Orcas Island and in 2009, he joined Cho-Liang Lin in the world premier of a new violin sonata by Paul Schoenfield. A versatile performer, he has jammed with Doc Severinsen and Bobby McFerrin and collaborated with Audra McDonald and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Mr. Parkers was awarded his country's highest honor, the Order of Canada, in 1999.
Sunday, December 11, 2011 3 p.m.
Grant Cooper, conductor Parkersburg Community Chorus: Jean Singer, Director Appalachian Children's Chorus Selina Midkiff, Director
Hear all the favorite music of the holiday season, from both the classical and popular traditions, in a holiday celebration perfect for the entire family! The program will feature new holiday arrangements created especially for the WVSO by Maestro Grant Cooper. The orchestra will be joined by our very own Parkersburg Community chorus under the direction of Jean Singer
Sponsored by Camden Clark Memorial Hospital
From the New World Sunday, March 4, 2012 3 p.m.
Grant Cooper, conductor
New World Symphony
Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) Symphony No. 3 in D minor
The Symphony No. 9 in E Minor "From the New World", Op. 95, B. 178 (Czech: Symfonie C. 9 e mol, Z noveho sveta"), popularly know as the New World Symphony, was composed by Antonin Dvorak in 1893 during his visit to the United States from 1892 to 1895. It is by far his most popular symphony, and one of the most popular in the modern repertorie, In older literature and recordings the symphony is often indicated as Symphony No. 5.
Rhythm and Romance Sunday, May 6, 2012 3 p.m.
Grant Cooper, Conductor Katie Mahan, piano soloist
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4
"A young pianist of unusual beauty whose playing encompasses, not only the full range of virtuosity through enthusiasm and inner volcanic power, but also the deeper emotional side of music." ---Macedaonian pianist Simon Trpceski--- " A young pianist with a great talent and a great future who impressed me immensely with her rate musical talent and also with her very interesting musical personality; her interpretations are always original and personal" ---French pianist Pascal Roge---