Penn State Laureate

2008-2009: Kim Cook

  • Penn State Chamber Orchestra to perform Nov. 13
    The Penn State Chamber Orchestra will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in Esber Recital Hall at University Park. Featured performers will include faculty violinist James Lyon and faculty cellist Kim Cook in a performance of Saint-Saëns' "La muse et le poète."
  • University of Southern California cellist to visit School of Music
    Renowned cellist Ralph Kirshbaum, a professor at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music, will present a masterclass for Penn State cello students at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 31 in Esber Recital Hall. Kirshbaum's visit to Penn State is hosted by professor Kim Cook. Admission is free.
  • Booker, Cook, Sundar, Terrones receive Faculty Scholar Medals
    Four University faculty members have received the 2016 Faculty Scholar Medals for Outstanding Achievement: Squire J. Booker, professor of chemistry in the Eberly College of Science; Kim Cook, professor of music in cello in the College of Arts and Architecture; Shyam Sundar, distinguished professor in the College of Communications; and Mauricio Terrones, professor of chemistry in the Eberly College of Science. Established in 1980, the award recognizes scholarly or creative excellence represented by a single contribution or a series of contributions around a coherent theme.
  • Literary Landings: Come Celebrate Artistic Collaboration
    Linda Patterson Miller, the 2011-12 Penn State laureate and professor of English at Penn State Abington, is sharing her thoughts and observations of her laureate experience as she journeys across the Commonwealth aiming to engage people in the beauty of the humanities, specifically early 20th-century American literature and art. "Literary Landings" is a travelogue scheduled to appear periodically during the fall 2011 and spring 2012 semesters on Penn State Live and in Penn State Newswires. In her entry "Come Celebrate Artistic Collaboration" Miller enthusiastically invites the college community to the first-ever Penn State Laureate Jubilee on April 24.
  • Penn State Laureate Jubilee April 24 celebrates the arts, humanities
    Linda Patterson Miller, the 2011-2012 Penn State laureate, invites students, faculty, staff and community members to the Penn State Laureate Jubilee, a public event featuring past, present and future Penn State laureates in celebration of the University's commitment to the arts and humanities. The first-ever event takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center on the University Park campus. An opening reception with light refreshments begins at 3 p.m. in the center's Frizzell Room. The program follows at 4 p.m. in Worship Hall.
  • Did You Know? Musical Notes from the Penn State Laureate
    Q: What do we mean by tone color? A: Do tones have different colors? Tone color and timbre are terms that refer to the character or quality of a musical sound. They do not refer to colors such as yellow or green.Instead, these terms describe the difference in the sounds that you hear from the various instruments.
  • Did You Know? Musical Notes from the Penn State Laureate
    Q: What does acoustic mean for a classical musician? A: "Acoustic" means "made for, designed for or having the quality of facilitating the perception of sound" (Webster). No microphones are necessary. In fact, a microphone can interfere with the sound waves that are created and reflected by the surfaces on the floor, sides and ceiling of the hall. Just like lighting an exquisite gemstone, so that you can see the sparkle of every facet, a great acoustic allows every aspect of the music to be heard.
  • Did You Know? Musical Notes from the Penn State Laureate
    Whoops, I broke my "G" String ... and other hazards of playing concerts. Musical performance does not come without its particular risks. A cellist can be in the midst of an intensely emotional passage, when suddenly "TWANG!" A string pops loose and you are forced to STOP, replace the string and begin again. Probably the most embarrassing story that I've heard ...
  • The Best Seat in the House (Video Interview)
    When the selection committee members set out to choose the inaugural Penn State Laureate, they were looking for someone who could travel across the Commonwealth enhancing appreciation for the arts; someone whose talent would inspire a new generation of artists; someone who would bring great credit to Penn State. In short, they were looking for Kim Cook. An inspiring professor of music in cello since 1991 and an acclaimed soloist and recording artist, Cook has embraced her role as the 2008/09 Penn State Laureate with gusto.
  • Did You Know? Musical Notes from the Penn State Laureate
    Q: Why (and how) do the violins play with their bows going the same direction in an orchestra? A: You may have noticed in an orchestra concert that the string players are usually playing with their bows completely coordinated in the same direction. It is almost like a choreographed ballet. Why do they do this? Is it planned, or do they just naturally fall into these patterns? To get a particular "articulation" (clarity or accentuation of notes) it is desirable for every string player to use a certain part of the bow.
  • Did You Know? Musical Notes from the Penn State Laureate
    Q: What is the best age to begin learning to play an instrument? A: Although I am not an expert in child development, my opinion is based on my experience and that of friends in the profession. I think the best time to start a child with music lessons is when a child shows interest in learning to play an instrument.
  • Voices and strings featured on campus
    Two cultural events highlight this week at the Penn State Altoona campus. Jim Ellis, swim coach and subject of the movie Pride, will speak on campus this at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. The event takes place in the Paul R. and Margery Wolf Kuhn Theatre in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. That event is followed by Penn State laureate Kim Cook's cello concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 22 also in the Wolf Kuhn Theatre.
  • Tune up with a cello performance by Penn State laureate
    Penn State laureate Kim Cook will perform a cello concert at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 22, in the Paul R. and Margery Wolf Kuhn Theatre of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts.
  • Did You Know? Musical Notes from the Penn State Laureate
    Q: How much does a string instrument cost? A: Recently I went backstage after a string quartet concert at the Smithsonian Institute, featuring the famous Stradivari violins, viola and cello. As I waited in line to talk to the musicians, the violist came up to me and said: "Here, hold this viola. It is worth $27 million."
  • Did You Know? Musical Notes from the Penn State Laureate
    Q: How do you start a career in music performance, such as an orchestral position? A: Getting a job in music performance is like training for the Olympics. Most musicians begin at a young age to practice and learn how to play their instrument. To audition for a job in an orchestra, most applicants have studied at a conservatory or high-quality music school (such as the School of Music at Penn State) for many years.
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