School of Music to Present Faculty Recital
February 11, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Illinois Wesleyan School of Music will present a faculty recital
featuring Associate Professor of Cello and Chamber Music, Nina Gordon, and Associate
Professor of Piano, Kent Cook, on Feb. 17, at 3 p.m. in the Westbrook Auditorium of
Presser Hall (1210 Park St., Bloomington). The event is free and open to the public.
Gordon on the cello, and Cook on the piano will perform concert pieces by Bulgarian
composers of the 20th century. The pieces to be performed will include Sevdana by Georiy Zlatev-Cherkin, Song and Dance by Krasimir Kyurkchijski and Romantic Poem by Alexander Vladigerov.
Cook joined the piano faculty at Illinois Wesleyan in 1999 after earning a piano performance
degree with honors under the guidance of Roger Keyes, and both a masters and doctorate
in piano performance, from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. Cook has performed
throughout the United States and Europe, including Austria, Czech Republic, Germany,
England, and Italy. In January of 2002, he released his first compact disc recording
on the Novitas label. It is entitled Nachtstcke and is a recording of 12 Nocturnes
by seven different composers including Chopin, Liszt, and Schumann.
Gordon is a principle cellist with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra. She has also been
the principle cellist of the Kansas City Symphony and the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra.
Gordon’s education includes the Moscow Conservatory in Russia, the University of Tel-Aviv
in Israel, and the University of Kansas in Lawrence, where she received her doctorate
in musical arts. She is the founder and music director of the annual IWU summer music
programs which include the Illinois Wesleyan Chamber Music Festival and the IWU Cello
For more information on the faculty recital contact the IWU School of Music Office
at (309) 556-3061.
Contact: Kimberly Stabosz, (309) 556-3181