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Opus Two delivers musical treat

November 15, 2013
Tim Chapman - Tribune Editor , Pierce County Tribune

International touring duo Opus Two stopped at Tilman Hovland Auditorium on Monday as part of the Heart of America Concert Series.

The award-winning group of pianist Andrew Cooperstock and violinist William Terwilliger has played all over the world, but took note of a lively crowd in Rugby.

"Our mission is to play American music," Terwilliger said. "We were glad that we had an American program to play on Veterans Day. The audience was one of the most receptive audiences of the tour. They got all our jokes, they were very appreciative and they seemed to enjoy the music."

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Opus Two stopped at Tilman Hovland Auditorium on Monday as part of the Heart of America Concert Series.

Opus Two played pieces from legendary composers George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland. The musicians hoped to educate people on the composers and presented the music in a multimedia platform, including the use of clips from classic films.

"We're also presenting different sides of fairly well known composers," Cooperstock said. "(Audience members) might not know all the different sides, so it's nice to get them a deeper understanding."

Cooperstock said he was honored to play before Tilman Hovland and to break in the auditorium's new piano.

Opus Two has played for audiences on six continents and works with the U.S. State Department in organizing shows around the world. The pair was in Peru earlier this year to perform and conduct master classes. A new album will be released in the coming weeks and they will perform a Gershwin presentation at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in December.

 
 

 

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