Jazz Great, Stanley Cowell to Join Symphony for NYC Kickoff

Posted Dec 27th, 2010 by Kristen Celek  Category: Arts & Entertainment,


Toledo, OH – Help us ring in 2011 and celebrate the Toledo Symphony’s New York City debut with a concert featuring music premiered at Carnegie Hall on Friday, January 7th at 8PM in the Peristyle. Pianist, composer and local Toledo native Stanley Cowell joins the TSO in this special event. Mayor Mike Bell will narrate Copland’s Lincoln Portrait.

The gala concert will feature the Asian Art Suite by Cowell, as well as other music debuted at Carnegie Hall, including selections from: Dvorak’s New World Symphony, Duke Ellington’s New World A’Comin’, Paul Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis and more. The Symphony’s Resident Conductor, Jeffrey Pollock conducts.

Tickets are $20-60 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 419-246-8000 or online at This concert is sponsored by ProMedica Health System.

Stanley Cowell, pianist and composer

Stanley Cowell was born in Toledo, Ohio, in 1941. He studied piano there with Mary Belle Shealy and Elmer Gertz, and pipe organ with J. Harold Harder. By the age of fifteen, he was a featured soloist with the Toledo Youth Orchestra in Kabelevsky’s Piano Concerto No. 3, a church organist, choir director, and a budding jazz pianist.

Cowell’s formal training in music has been quite extensive: a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan. He also has additional undergraduate study at the Mozarteum Akademie, Salzburg, Austria, and graduate study at Wichita State University and the University of Southern California.

After completing his Masters at Michigan in 1966, Cowell headed for New York City where he worked for such musical artists as Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Herbie Mann, Miles Davis, Stan Getz and the Bobby Hutcherson-Harold Land groups.
Cowell recorded and conducted workshops throughout the Americas, Europe and Japan as the featured pianist with the Heath Brothers (Percy, Jimmy and Albert). He was a recipient of a Meet The Composer/Rockefeller Foundation/AT&T Jazz Program grant for 1990-1991, for the creation of “Piano Concerto No. 1” (in honor of Art Tatum), which was premiered by the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, January 17 & 18, 1992.

Stanley Cowell, the pianist and composer, performs and lectures professionally as a solo pianist and in ensemble formations from duo to orchestra. He performs in a variety of venues, from jazz club to concert hall, often utilizing electronic sounds and African finger piano.

Concert Information
WHAT: Toledo Symphony’s New York-Themed “Carnegie Hall Kick-Off Concert”
WHEN: January 7, 2011; 8PM
WHERE: Peristyle at the Toledo Museum of Art
TICKETS: (419) 246-8000 or; $20-$60

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