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September 4, 2008
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Featuring George Mason University Faculty and Students

Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008 at 4 p.m.

Reception immediately following on Concert Hall Grand Tier III


FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 28, 2007 George Mason University’s Department of Music will hold its annual concert in honor of the late Jean Carrington Cook and her husband, C. Barrie Cook, for their endowed piano scholarship awards to talented Mason students. A “Grand” Piano Celebration: The Jean Carrington Cook Memorial Piano Scholarship Recital will be held at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008 at 4 p.m. A reception will immediately follow the recital on the Concert Hall’s Grand Tier III.

Performing in the recital are several members of the music faculty including music department associate chair and International Steinway Artist Linda Apple Monson, soprano Kathryn Hearden, pianist Anna Balakerskaia, violinist Zino Bogachek and tubist Michael Nickens (affectionately known as "Doc Nix," the leader of the Mason Pep Band). The students performing are undergraduate and graduate music majors studying piano performance, including Emma McDermott, Jennifer Robinson, Min Son, Yoonji Kim, Jihae Lim, Emi Ishiwata, Ina Mirtcheva and JiYoon (Jiji) Park. The student artists (and piano scholarship recipients) will play a variety of works from composers as diverse as Chopin, Schumann, Granados, Albeniz, Liszt and Ravel. Mason's outstanding music faculty artists will feature an exciting duo-piano work by Lecuona, an east coast premiere by composer Don Bowyer for jazz tuba and piano, a jazzy piece by William Bolcom for violin and piano and beautiful vocal/piano works by Obradors.  

The concert on Sept. 14 is a celebration of the wonderful keyboard area within the Department of Music at Mason. Last year George Mason University had the distinct honor of being named an All-Steinway School. With 16 new Steinway grand pianos gracing its practice rooms, George Mason University has joined the ranks of some of the most prestigious music schools in the country. The George Mason University community is indebted to all of the donors who contributed to the All-Steinway School initiative and to the late Jean Carrington Cook and her husband, C. Barrie Cook, for their invaluable contributions for endowed piano scholarships to the music programs at George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. Local area Steinway retailer Jordan Kitt’s Music also partnered with the University in the Steinway effort.



Etude, Opus 10, No. 8                                                Frederic Chopin

Emma McDermott


Fantasiestucke (II. Aufschwang)                                 Robert Schumann

Min Son


Goyescas:  Quejas O La Maja Y El Ruisenor                  Enrique Granados (1867-1916)

(Laments or The Maiden and the Nightingale)      

                 Jennifer Robinson


Goyescas: Los Requiebros   (Flattery)              Enrique Granados                                                                                                                    

Yoonji Kim


Prelude No. 9, Opus 11                                              Alexander Scriabin                                                                                                    

Sonata No. 2, Opus 19  (II.  Presto)                           Alexander Scriabin                                                                                                        

Ina Mirtcheva


Asturias   (from Suite Espagnole)                               Isaac Albéniz

Jihae Lim


Paraphrase of Verdi’s “Rigoletto”                                Franz Liszt

Ji Yoon Park


La Tombeau de Couperin                                           Maurice Ravel

I.       Prelude

VI. Toccata

Emi Ishiwata






Come Ready and See Me                                             Richard Hundley, b. 1931

Will There Really Be A Morning?


Del cabello más sutil                                                    Fernando J. Obradors (1897-1945)

Kathryn Hearden, soprano

Linda Apple Monson, piano


Graceful Ghost                                                            William Bolcom

Banjo Eyes                                                                  David Rubinoff

Zino Bogachek, violin

Anna Balakerskaia, piano



Three Moods (East coast premiere)                               Don Bowyer (b. 1958)

I.  Dearest

II. Lost in Regensburg

III. A Little Short

Michael Nickens, tuba

         Linda Apple Monson, piano



Malaguena from “Andalucia”                                           Ernesto Lecuona

(from Suite Espagnole)                                                        

Anna Balakerskaia, piano

Linda Apple Monson, piano


Program subject to change

Tickets for A "Grand" Piano Celebration: All-Steinway School Piano Dedication are $15, adults; $10, seniors; and free for students of all ages. All ticket proceeds to benefit the Jean Carrington Cook Piano Scholarship Fund for deserving students. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.  Visit

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