Annual Piano Recital Includes Premiere of New Grand Piano

Posted: September 24, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

The annual Jean Carrington Cook Piano Scholarship Recital will feature a brand-new Steinway “D” grand piano this year. The recital, to take place on Sunday, Sept. 26, at 3 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, is held each year in memory of Cook and in celebration of the scholarship winners.

This year, seniors Yoonji Rachel Kim, from Korea and Ina Mirtcheva, from Bulgaria, and graduate students Mila Naoumova, from Bulgaria, and Chia-Ling Wu, from Taiwan will perform works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Liszt. In the second half of the program, George Mason faculty pianists Linda Apple Monson and Anna Balakerskaia will perform selected works by Kokai and Brahms, as well as a jazz suite by Claude Bolling.

The works will be performed on the new nine-foot grand piano, which the Center for the Arts recently purchased. the successful efforts of active volunteers at the CFA made the purchase possible.. Last year, ticket sales were the best in the history of the College of Visual and Performing Arts and it was the best year of charitable giving, including support from the Arts@Mason board and many friends in the community. The piano was hand-selected by William Reeder, dean of CVPA; Rick Davis, director of CFA; James Gardner; chair of the Music Department; and Monson, coordinator of Keyboard Studies.

“It is a wonderful instrument,” says Monson. “It sounds glorious! These pianos are hand-made and take several years to complete. Those attending the concert will be able to hear how well the piano sounds with all different kinds of music-from solo classical to chamber to jazz.”

Tickets are $10 for adults and free for students of all ages. Tickets are on sale now at the Center for the Arts Box Office or at www.tickets.com. All proceeds benefit the Scholarship Fund.

Scholarship donations may be made payable to The George Mason University Foundation, c/o the Jean Cook Piano Endowed Piano Scholarship Fund; send to the Music Department, MS 3E3, c/o the Cook Fund Coordinator.

For more information on the event or the Cook Piano Scholarship Fund, call the Department of Music at 703-993-1390.

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