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September 8, 2009
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Featuring George Mason University Faculty and Students

Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, 3 p.m.

Reception immediately following on Concert Hall Grand Tier III


FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 8, 2009 – George Mason University’s School 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. 20 at 3 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 the School of Music’s associate director and International Steinway Artist Linda Apple Monson, pianist Anna Balakerskaia, violinist Zino Bogachek and tenor Richard Novak. The students performing are undergraduate and graduate music majors studying piano performance, including Oh Sung Choi, Emma McDermott, Yoonji Kim, Jihae Lim, Ina Mirtcheva, Jennifer Robinson, Min Son and Kimberly Yi. The student artists (and piano scholarship recipients) will play a variety of works from composers as diverse as Chopin, Schumann, Granados, Albeniz, Liszt, Haydn, Beethoven and Debussy. Mason's outstanding music faculty artists will perform works by American composers Finney, Barber and Beach. In addition, works by Bach and Franck will be featured. 

The concert on Sept. 20 is a celebration of the wonderful keyboard area within the department of music at Mason. Two years ago, 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 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 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.




Fantasiestucke, Opus 12 (In Der Nacht)              Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

                                                        Min Son

Transcendental Etude No. 10 in F minor                               Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
                                                        Emma McDermott


Etude, Op.25 No.10                                                             Frederic Chopin (1810-1848)

                                                       Oh Sung Choi



Piano Sonata in C Major, Hob.XVI/50                                    Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

                                                      Kimberly Yi



Waldstein Sonata, Opus 53 (I. Allegro con brio)            Ludwig van Beethoven (1779-1827)

                                                     Jennifer Robinson


Suite Espagnole, Opus 47 (Cataluna, Cadiz)                 Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909)

                                                    Jihae Lim


El Pelele (Goyesca)                                                      Enrique Granados (1867-1916)

                                                    Yoonji Kim


L'isle joyeuse                                                              Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

                                                    Ina Mirtcheva


                               Brief Intermission


Recognition of Special Guests                                    William Reeder

Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts


Variations on a Theme by Alban Berg                                Ross Lee Finney (1906-1997)

                                                 Linda Apple Monson, International Steinway Artist



A Green Lowland of Pianos, Opus 45, No. 2 (from Three Songs)     Samuel Barber  (1910-1981)


Three Browning Songs, Opus 44                                      Amy Marcy Cheney Beach (1867-1944)

    The Year’s at the Spring

     Ah, Love, But a Day!

     I Send My Heart up to Thee!    

                                                Richard Novak, tenor

Linda Apple Monson, piano


Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major, M. 8                     Cesar Franck   (1822-1890)

   I.  Allegretto moderato

   II. Allegro                                          

                               Zino Bogachek, violin

                              Anna Balakerskaia, piano


Andante in F (from the Clavier Sonata in D Minor)          Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)


Bolero (from Spanish Dances)                                        Moritz Moszkowski (1854-1925)

                                              Anna Balakerskaia, piano

                                              Linda Apple Monson, piano

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


About the College of Visual and Performing Arts

The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

About George Mason University

Named the #1 national university to watch in the 2009 rankings of U.S. News & World Report, George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country.  Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university.