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Published: Wednesday, 10/27/2010

Pianist to present master class, recital at UT

BLADE STAFF

Pianist Andrew Cooperstock will be on the University of Toledo campus for a free public master class from 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 6 and a recital at 3 p.m. Nov. 7. The second in the 2010-2011 Dorothy MacKenzie Price Piano Series, both events are to take place in the UT Center for the Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Cooperstock, chairman of the keyboard department at the University of Colorado at Boulder, also is on the Brevard Music Center faculty in North Carolina. He has degrees from the Juilliard School, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the Peabody Conservatory.

With violinist William Terwilliger of the UT faculty, Cooperstock performs widely in the United States and abroad as the duo Opus Two. Advocates of contemporary music, they have recorded all the violin concertos of Aaron Copland as well as recording music by Lowell Liebermann and Paul Schoenfield.

On the program for the Nov. 7 concert will be works by W.F. Bach, Frederic Chopin, Samuel Barber, and Robert Schumann. All events are free to the public.

• The busy Toledo Symphony Orchestra schedule includes a Neighborhood Concert at 8 p.m. today in Corpus Christi Church adjacent to the UT campus. Guest conductor Damon Gupton will lead the TSO in works by Rossini, Respighi, and Mozart -- a sort of prelude for the opening Mozart and More performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Trombonist Garth Simmons will solo with the orchestra during the Saturday concert.

On Sunday will be the annual Halloween Spooktacular at 3 p.m. in the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle. (See story on Page 31 for details.)

Two more Neighborhood Concerts are scheduled next week, both to be conducted by Robert Mirakian. A 7:30 p.m. performance on Tuesday will be in Cornerstone Church, 1520 South Reynolds Rd. On the program will be classics by Verdi, Wolf-Ferrari, Mascagni, and Puccini, as well as film scores by John Williams and Broadway music from Wicked. The concert is free.

The second concert will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at Blessed John XXIII, 24250 Dixie Hwy., in Perrysburg. Mirakian will lead a similar program of light classics and music from films and Broadway. Tickets are $10 at the door.

• The Springfield Schools Foundation will present a Fall Music Sampler at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Christian Fellowship Church, 3711 Pilliod Rd., Holland, next to Holloway Elementary School. Performers will include the Pride of Toledo chapter of the Sweet Adelines, pianist Linda Dunn, and the Crissey Elementary School Orff Instrument Ensemble. A free-will collection will be taken.

• Trinity Episcopal Church will present the Academy Brass Quintet in concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 in the sanctuary at Adams and St. Clair streets. One of northwest Ohio's most popular brass ensembles will present a varied program. Tickets are $12-$15.

• Visiting artist Yehonatan Berick and pianist Laura Melton will present a free recital at 8 p.m. Monday in Bryan Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center at Bowling Green State University.

The BGSU Theater Workshop will present Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta, Iolanthe, at 8 p.m. Nov. 5 and 6 in the Wooster Street Center, 1124 East Wooster St., Bowling Green.

• Monday Musicale will present a free concert at 1 p.m. Monday in Epworth United Methodist Church, 3077 Valleyview Drive at Central Avenue. Performers will include organist Nancy Russell and guest vocalist Mariangela Chatzistamation and pianist Andreas Xenopoulos.

• The University of Michigan Musical Society will welcome music from then and now next week as the ONCE Music Festival of the 1960s is celebrated with concerts, seminars, and exhibits.

The ONCE Then commemoration will begin at 8 p.m. Tuesday with a concert in Rackham Auditorium, 915 East Washington St. Performers will include University of Michigan faculty and ensembles from the school of music, theater, and dance, the Creative Arts Orchestra, the Digital Music Ensemble, and the Ann Arbor Improvisation Collective.

A symposium is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in Rackham, fourth floor, with speakers from UM and other universities plus the composers discussing the impact of the ONCE concerts on the arts. The event is free.

An exhibition of original programs, manuscripts, and photographs from ONCE is on view through Nov. 4 in the UM Institute for Humanities, 202 South Thayer St., where a 1976 John Cage installation, Lecture on the Weather, also is happening from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Nov. 5.

The same players plus the Phoenix String Quartet will return to Rackham at 8 p.m. Nov. 4 for Once Now, an exploration of more recent works by the same composers.

Tickets for the concerts are $2, reflecting 1960s prices.

For a complete schedule, check the UMS Web site, ums.org.

And, midway through the week, on Nov. 4, one of the most popular and revered ensembles promoting old music will return for a concert.

The Tallis Scholars, founded in 1973, will deliver their distinctive sound in a program of Renaissance music by Byrd, Tallis, Palestrina, and Praetorius tempered with music by contemporary Estonian composer Arvo Part, whose deeply moving choral works are inspired by Gregorian chant. Founder Peter Phillips will conduct the concert at 8 p.m. in St. Francis of Assisi Church, 2250 East Stadium Church. Tickets begin at $35.

• Kerrytown Concert House will present the Fischer Duo -- Norman Fischer, cello, and Jeanne Kierman Fischer, piano -- in two concerts covering all seven Beethoven Sonatas at 4 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Monday in the hall, 415 North Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor. Tickets start at $10; reservations are recommended.

Kira Slovacek will sing art songs by Mozart to Marx and celebrate her Czech heritage at 4 p.m. Nov. 7 at Kerrytown. Tickets start at $5.

• The Teutonia Maennerchor and Damenchor singing groups announce that Eric D. Graber is the new music director. Graber is adjunct music faculty at Adrian and Owens Community colleges, and has a private voice studio.

The Teutonia Maennerchor was founded in 1867 and claims to be the oldest continuing performing arts group in the Toledo area. Rehearsals for both choruses are 8:15 to 10 p.m. Mondays at Oak Shade Hall, 3624 Seaman Rd., Oregon. Singers need not speak German to join. More information is available at teutonia@sbcglobal.net.

• The ALMA Dance organization announces its new S.T.A.R. Project after-school program meeting 3 to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday at the Colllingwood Arts Center, 2413 Collingwood Blvd. The program is for all school-age young people and will offer workshops in drawing, painting, drumming, sculpting, and more. Two-week sessions begin Monday and Dec. 6. Cost is $5 per day per child. Information: 419-244-2787 or www.cactoledo.org.

Items for News of Music should be sent to svallongo@theblade.com at least two weeks ahead of performance date.



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