Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper

fridays at 7 pm on fm 90.9 and 101.1

WILL - Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper - November 28, 2014

A Richard Strauss Celebration

Roger presents Sinfonia da Camera, marking the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss’ birth year with some of his most beloved works.


WILL - Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper - November 21, 2014

UI Symphony Orchestra

Roger presents the UI Symphony Orchestra with conductor Donald Schleicher and pianist Soo Jung Hur. On the program are R. Strauss' Wiener Philharmoniker Fanfare; Grieg's Piano Concerto in a minor; and Ravel's Mother Goose Suite and Bolero.


WILL - Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper - November 14, 2014

Millikin-Decatur Symphony

Roger presents the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra with Michael Luxner, conductor. On the program are Borodin's In the Steppes of Central Asia and Franck's Symphony in D Minor.


WILL - Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper - November 07, 2014

U of I Symphony Orchestra

Roger presents the U of I Symphony Orchestra with Donald Schleicher, conductor, and David Harris, clarinet. On the program are Carlos R. Carrillo Cotto's The Gathering Grounds; Mozart's Concerto for Clarinet; Brahms' Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn and Rimsky Korsakov's Capriccio espagnol.


WILL - Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper - October 31, 2014

Conductor’s Choice

Roger presents The Prairie Ensemble's Conductor’s Choice concert with Kevin Kelly, conductor, and Bernhard Scully, horn. On the program are W. A. Mozart's Symphony No. 25; Richard Strauss' Horn Concerto No. 1 and
Ralph Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 5.


WILL - Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper - October 25, 2014

The Whirlwind Finale

Roger presents the Prairie Ensemble's "The Whirlwind Finale" concert. On the program are Stravinsky's Dumbarton Oaks; Barber's Violin Concerto with violinist Danwen Jiang; and Vaughan Williams' Job: A Masque for Dancing. Kevin Kelly conducts.


WILL - Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper - October 17, 2014

Prairie Ensemble ‘Diversions’

Roger presents the "Diversions" concert of The Prairie Ensemble with Kevin Kelly, conductor. On the program are Mozart's Divertimento for Winds; Wolf's Italian Serenade; Foote's A Night Piece; Françaix's L’heure du berger; and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7.


WILL - Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper - October 10, 2014

Music for the Theatre

Roger continues his tribute to The Prairie Ensemble with the group's Music for the Theatre program with soprano Ollie Watts Davis and mezzo Elizabeth Buckley.


WILL - Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper - October 03, 2014

Paying tribute to the Prairie Ensemble and Kevin Kelly

All this month, host Roger Cooper presents concerts of The Prairie Ensemble to salute the group and conductor Kevin Kelly. First up, the Around the World in One Night concert. Kevin, who also hosted Live and Local on WILL-FM, has moved out of the area.


WILL - Prairie Performances with Roger Cooper - September 26, 2014

Opening Night Romance

Roger presents Sinfonia da Camera's Opening Night Romance concert with pianist and conductor Ian Hobson. On the program are Brahms' Serenade No. 2 in A Major, Poulenc's Aubade, and R. Strauss'  Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme.


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