School of Music Announces All-Steinway School Celebration

Posted: September 3, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: September 2, 2010 at 5:07 pm

The School of Music will hold its annual All-Steinway School Celebration and piano scholarship concert at the 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.

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.

The program features

  • Monson performing the world premiere of Mason professor and composer Mark Camphouse’s “Reminiscences” for solo piano
  • Flutist Jennifer Lapple joining Monson for a special memorial tribute to the late Judith Lapple, who was a Mason flute professor, in a work by American composer Melvin Lauf
  • Balakerskaia performing Beethoven as part of Ensemble da Camera of Washington, which also includes violinist Ricardo Cyncynates and clarinetist Claire Eichhorn
  • Monson and Balakerskaia performing a duo piano work, “Danza de Jalisco” by Aaron Copland

The students performing are undergraduate and graduate music majors studying piano: 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 Sept. 19 concert is a celebration of the keyboard area within the School of Music at Mason. In 2007, George Mason University was named an All-Steinway School.

With 16 new Steinway grand pianos gracing its practice rooms, Mason 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 the Prince William Campus and a new concert grand piano and three upright pianos for the newly expanded de Laski Performing Arts Building on the 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 the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Tickets for the All-Steinway School Celebration are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors. A limited number of free tickets are available for students of all ages. Order tickets by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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

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