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Arts and Entertainment

February 14, 2014

Acclaimed cellist to perform love songs

The Chenango Arts Council at 27 W. Main St. in Norwich will welcome back internationally acclaimed cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper at 7 p.m. Saturday. Cooper will be joined by a pianist and percussionist for “Besame Mucho: Love Songs from Around the World.”

Cooper has won widespread acclaim for her musical versatility, her virtuosity, her charismatic stage presence and her passionate intensity, according to a media release. She has found success in numerous forms of media, from her best-selling DVDs and CDs, to television performances and commercials, magazine covers, print fashion ads and even her own magazine column.

Although known for traversing musical genres, she first established her career as a classical artist, the release said. 

She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician on many of the world’s most distinguished stages. She has been the featured soloist with such orchestras as the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony and the Osaka Symphony and has toured extensively with the Tokyo Yomiuri Orchestra. She is a frequent featured performer at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Jerusalem’s Henry Crown Hall, Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall, Seoul Arts Center, Kioi Hall of Tokyo, Beethoven Hall in Stuttgart, Radio France in Paris, Stockholm Concert Hall, and the Fiesole Amphitheater. Her many festival appearances include The Lincoln Center Summer Festival, Mostly Mozart, Musicians from Marlboro, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Stresa International Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and Spoleto Festival USA.

As a chamber musician, Cooper received the Walter M. Naumburg Chamber Music Award first prize. She has been a member of many renowned ensembles, including the internationally acclaimed Quartetto Gelato, Concertante and The Whitman String Quartet. She is also the musical co-director of The Israel Chamber Music Society. 

Cooper received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music and her doctorate of musical arts from The Juilliard School where she studied with Joel Krosnick, Robert Mann and Felix Galimir. She is a visiting professor at The Jerusalem Academy of Music, and plays on a 1786 William Forester Cello.

Tickets for this performance range in price from $20 to $25, with discounts for members of the Arts Council, youth, and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased online at www.chenangoarts.org or by calling the Chenango Arts Council at 336-2787.

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