Jean Carrington Cook Memorial Piano Scholarship Recital Showcases Talents of Mason Faculty and Students

Posted: September 10, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

On Sunday, Sept. 14, Mason’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.

The recital will be held at 4 p.m. at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, and a reception will immediately follow on the Concert Hall’s Grand Tier III.

Performing in the recital are several members of the music faculty:

  • Music Department associate chair and international Steinway artist, Linda Apple Monson
  • Soprano Kathryn Hearden
  • Pianist Anna Balakerskaia
  • Violinist Zino Bogachek
  • Tubist Michael Nickens (affectionately known as “Doc Nix,” the leader of the Mason Pep Band)

The faculty artists will perform a 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 vocal and piano works by Obradors.

The students in the recital are undergraduate and graduate music majors studying piano performance: Emi Ishiwata, Yoonji Kim, Jihae Lim, Emma McDermott, Ina Mirtcheva, Ji Yoon (Jiji) Park, Jennifer Robinson and Min Son.

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.

Last year Mason was named an All-Steinway School. With 16 new Steinway grand pianos gracing its practice rooms, the university has joined the ranks of some of the most prestigious music schools in the country.

The university is indebted to the donors who contributed to the All-Steinway School initiative and to the Cooks for their contributions for endowed piano scholarships to the music programs at Mason. Local area Steinway retailer Jordan Kitt’s Music also partnered with the university in the Steinway effort.

All ticket proceeds from this concert will benefit the Jean Carrington Cook Piano Scholarship Fund for deserving students.

Tickets are $15, adults; $10, seniors; and free for students of all ages. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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