Penn State cello professor Kim Cook is joined by guest soprano Luanne Crosby, a faculty member at Alfred University, for a recital of music written for soprano, cello, and piano. They are assisted by pianist Kayoko Miyazawa, a recent graduate of the collaborative piano program at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
The recital program includes the Pennsylvania premiere of a composition by American composer Gwyneth Walker. It will also feature works by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Francis Poulenc, Amy Beach, André Previn, and Leonard Bernstein.
Songs of the Night Wind ♦ Gwyneth Walker
- To be sung on the Water
- Where is the Nightingale?
- Song for a Lyre
Three Songs ♦ Francis Poulenc
- Tu vois le feu du soir, FP 98, No. 1
- Violon (from Fiançailles pour rire), FP 101
- Fleurs (from Fiançailles pour rire), FP 101
Chanson D’ Amour ♦ Amy Beach
Vocalise ♦ André Previn
Four Songs ♦ Previn
- The Lacemaker
Dream with Me (from Peter Pan) ♦ Leonard Bernstein
Hailed as "the superb American cellist" (Die Rheinpfalz, Frankfurt), Kim Cook has been acclaimed for her "truly glorious tone" (Musical Opinion, London), "ravishing colors and textures" (New York Concert Review, Carnegie Hall), and "keen awareness of line and style" (The Strad). Ms. Cook has performed as a soloist in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, China, Israel, Jordan, Latin America, and throughout the United States. She has toured extensively as an International Artistic Ambassador for the U.S. State Department, presenting concerts and master classes throughout the world. Television and radio broadcasts of Ms. Cook's performances have been heard in Brazil, China, and the United States. She has recorded concertos by Dvorak, Schumann, Lalo, Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Strauss (Don Quixote), and Haydn as well as the solo sonatas of Kodaly, Crumb, and Hindemith. In 2016, she recorded a CD of premieres of works for solo cello by Paul Reale for NAXOS.
A graduate of Yale and the University of Illinois, Ms. Cook studied with Gabriel Magyar, Aldo Parisot, Alan Harris, and Janos Starker. Prior to Penn State, she was principal cellist of the Sao Paulo Symphony under the direction of Eleazar de Carvalho, and professor of cello at New Mexico State.
At Penn State, Ms. Cook has developed one of the important cello studios in the Northeast, attracting talented cellists from Europe and throughout the United States. The 26 member Penn State Cello Choir has been recognized for its performances and for the Penn State Cello Festivals. Cook's students have won many prestigious awards and have received assistantships and scholarships to attend excellent graduate programs. Former students currently occupy positions in orchestras and music schools in the United States, Germany, Brazil, and Taiwan.
Professor Cook was Penn State's inaugural laureate for the 2008-09 academic year, which allowed her to appear as a highly visible representative of Penn State, appearing regularly at events University-wide, and throughout the Commonwealth at community and state events. For more information, please see Kim Cook's website.
Luanne Clarke Crosby has sung professionally with the Cleveland Opera, Aspen Opera Theater, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, and the Fredonia Chamber Players. Her performance of Poulenc’s Gloria with the Chautauqua Orchestra received the following praise from the Buffalo Evening News, “Miss Clarke (Crosby) sang with plaintive and appealing tone.” She performed as soprano soloist in the premier of Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Varna, Bulgaria, and returned there as soloist in Brahms’ Requiem. Crosby has been a frequent guest recitalist at Chautauqua, performing in “Three Sopranos” and with tenor J.R. Fralick. She is a soloist on the CD titled With Heart and Voice: Anthems Across America with the Rochester, NY-based chamber choir Madrigalia.
As a conductor, Crosby directs the Alfred University Chorus and Chamber Singers. She has been the invited guest conductor for county and all-state choirs in New York and Pennsylvania. She participated in the Varna International Choral Conductor’s Workshop where she conducted portions of Mozart’s Requiem. Crosby also teaches music appreciation, American music, and world music in addition to a voice class and private lessons in voice. Her students have won awards at NATS events and have been accepted into national choirs of the American Choral Directors Association.
Crosby has served on the faculty at Case Western Reserve University, Heidelberg College (OH), and for the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Division. She taught public school music in New York for 10 years at both the elementary and secondary levels and was a writer for NY State Curriculum in Music in High School General Music.