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August 30, 2010
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Benefiting the Jean Carrington Cook Memorial Piano Scholarship Fund

Featuring George Mason University Faculty and Students

Special memorial tribute to Mason flute professor Judith Lapple

Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010 at 3 p.m.

Reception immediately following on Concert Hall Grand Tier III


FAIRFAX, Va., August. 26, 2010 – George Mason University’s School of Music will hold its annual All-Steinway School Celebration and piano scholarship concert at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 3 p.m. This yearly performance benefits the Jean Carrington Cook Memorial Piano Scholarship Fund. 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 and pianist Anna Balakerskaia. Monson will perform the world premiere of Mason professor and composer Mark Camphouse’s “Reminiscences” for solo piano. Flutist Jennifer Lapple will join Monson for a special memorial tribute to Mason flute professor Judith Lapple in a work by composer Steven Tung. Balakerskaia will perform a Beethoven Trio with Ensemble da Camera of Washington, a group consisting of Balakerskaia, violinist Ricardo Cyncynates and clarinetist Claire Eichhorn. Monson and Balakerskaia will also perform a duo piano work, “Danza de Jalisco” by Aaron Copland.

The students performing are undergraduate and graduate music majors studying piano performance, including Yoonji Kim, Ina Mirtcheva, Ji Yoon Park, Jihae Lim, Carol Farn, Michelle Laurent and Raymond Rinaldo. These piano scholarship recipients will perform a variety of works from composers as diverse as Beethoven, Liszt, Albeniz, Granados, Debussy and Ravel.  

The concert on Sept. 19 is a celebration of the wonderful keyboard area within the School of Music at Mason. In 2007, 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. In the last year, Mason also acquired two concert grand pianos for the Hylton Performing Arts Center on Mason’s Prince William Campus and a new concert grand piano and three upright pianos for the newly-expanded de Laski Performing Arts Building on Mason’s Fairfax Campus. The Mason 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.

Tickets for the All-Steinway School Celebration are $15, adults; $10, seniors; and a limited number of free tickets are available 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.