Tyler native Meredith McCook returns to Tyler on Sunday, May 20 for a cello recital at Liberty Hall in Downtown Tyler. Ms. McCook will perform music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, Franz Joseph Haydn, and Richard Strauss.

Accompanist for the recital is Jane Allen-Milner. The recital is at 2:30 pm at Liberty Hall.

McCook, a former member of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, now plays with the acclaimed New World Symphony in Miami, Florida, under the artistic direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. She completed her Masters degree at Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Alan Stepansky, and she received her BM from the University of North Texas. McCook previously received fellowships at Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, Canada’s Young Artists’ Programme, and the Kennedy Center. She has also attended Domaine Forget, Summit, and Schlern music festivals.

Recently, McCook performed at Carnegie Hall with the Peace Trio for a United Nations benefit, and has previously performed with the East Texas and Astoria Symphonies. She has also studied with Eugene Osadchy, Hans Jensen, and Betty Raisig. She was a winner of the University of North Texas concerto competition, the Young Texas Artists competition, and Manhattan School of Music’s Fuchs chamber music competition. McCook was a participant in the Texas All State Orchestra, and also was named an “Outstanding Performer” at the Texas Solo and Ensemble contest. She was named “Young Musician of the Year” in 2005 by the Tyler Music Coterie, and she also received the Joan D. Mintz award from the Greater Dallas Youth orchestra. McCook was a graduate of Tyler’s Robert E. Lee High School.

The $10 general admission tickets are available online through Outhouse Tickets or at the door. Presented by East Texas Symphony Orchestra, get more information at www.etso.org.

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