posted November 17, 2005

Jazz Concert on Nov. 22 to Feature World Premiere

A jazz concert at Hope College on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel will feature the world premiere of a work by John Cooper, who is on campus as composer-in-residence.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

The concert will feature the college's Jazz, Post Bop and Contemporary ensembles each performing three pieces, two each by Cooper. The final piece performed will be the world premiere of his new work, titled "Hope."

Cooper is spending time on campus with jazz and other music students, and working with students on the world premiere.

Cooper is a critically acclaimed jazz artist and composer. He is currently the director of jazz studies at Western Illinois University and is an active composer, arranger and published reviewer of new music for the International Association of Jazz Educators.

He studied at Wayne State University in Detroit, Bowling Green University in Ohio, and New York University for his Ph.D. in music composition. He has performed with Aretha Franklin, Jerry Lewis and The Temptations, among many others.

Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located on College Avenue at 12th Street.