Dr. James Cook
UNK Department of Music and Performing Arts, 308.865.8611
UNK- The University of Nebraska at Kearney Concerts-on-the-Platte series on Monday, March 29, will feature a joint recital by Dr. James Cook on piano and flutist Franziska Nabb.
The Concerts-on-the-Platte series is sponsored by the UNK Department of Music and Performing Arts. The recital will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the UNK Fine Arts Recital Hall. Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.
Dr. Cook, UNK professor of music and performing arts, will perform a variety of songs for piano including “Mephisto Waltz” and “Hungarian Rhapsody No 15 in A minor,” both composed by Franz Liszt; “Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 118, No. 1” by Johannes Brahams; and “Sonata in C Major 330, II. Andante Cantabile” by Mozart.
A recipient of the University of Nebraska’s Outstanding Research and Creativity Award (OTICA), which is the highest award given faculty in the University of Nebraska system, Dr. Cook has performed in cities across North America and Europe including Chicago, Houston, Berlin, Madrid, Montreal, Munich, Seville, Vienna and Warsaw.
While Dr. Cook specializes in Beethoven and Mozart, his repertoire includes 14 piano concertos, more than 30 works by Frederic Chopin and 20 works by Scarlatti. He recently completed two music CD’s, featuring live performances of compositions by Chopin, Liszt, Beethoven and Scarlatti.
Nabb, a native of Munich, Germany, will perform unaccompanied flute compositions by Peteris Vasks, Katherine Hoover and the “Sonata in A minor” by C.P.E. Bach.
After completing a performance degree at the Robert-Schumann Institute for Music in Dusseldorf, Germany, Nabb presented recitals in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and the United States. She has been a member of several symphony orchestras in Germany as well as in the United States.
Currently, she teaches flute and German at UNK, and is a member of the Kearney Symphony Orchestra, the UNK Woodwind Quintet, the Flubano Trio and the Highfalutin flute group.