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Internationally Acclaimed Opus Two to Perform at CMA

Columbia, S.C. – In the latest iteration of the Baker and Baker concert series, the Columbia Museum of Art announces the return of internationally acclaimed musical duo Opus Two in a much-anticipated multimedia performance that examines the creative inspiration of the visual artist, the composer, and the performing musician.

Opus Two, comprised of violinist William Terwilliger and pianist Andrew Cooperstock, will perform Carolina Gallery, a new work for violin and piano by Columbia composer Meira Warshauer, on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. The performance-presentation will include projected visual representations of the artwork accompanied by detailed commentary from the artists, the composer, and the musicians about what inspires artists of all kinds. The duo will also perform selections from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bessin honor of the museum’s display of African-American art as well as the exhibition Eyes on the Edge: J Henry Fair Photographs the Carolina Coast.

Carolina Gallery was commissioned by William Terwilliger for Opus Two and made possible by a grant from the Office of the Provost at the University of South Carolina. Its three compositions are inspired by works by South Carolina artists: Christian Thee, whose mural greets visitors in the CMA Orientation Gallery; Alex Powers, whose Perpetuate Slavery Or is in the museum’s collection; and Philip Mullen, whose painting Women in the Country is on display in the lobby of the Koger Center for the Arts.

Opus Two has been internationally recognized for its “divine phrases, impelling rhythm, elastic ensemble, and stunning sounds” as well as its commitment to expanding the violin-piano repertoire. The award-winning duo has been hailed for its “unanimity of style and spirit, exemplary balance and close rapport.”

Andrew Cooperstock is professor of piano at the University of Colorado at Boulder and a member of the artist-faculty at Saarburg International Music Festival in Germany. A graduate of the Juilliard School and the Peabody and Cincinnati Conservatories, he studied with Abbey Simon, Walter Hautzig, and David Bar-Illan, as well as with collaborative pianist Samuel Sanders.

William Terwilliger is currently professor of violin at the University of South Carolina and concertmaster of the Long Bay Symphony. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, his studied with Donald Weilerstein and Zvi Zeitlin, and he has coached with the Cleveland, Tokyo and Emerson Quartets.

Opus Two has performed on six continents and has numerous recordings on the Azica, Albany and Naxos labels. The list of awards to their credit includes grants from the American Music Center, Chamber Music America, the National Federation of Music Clubs, and the Arts International Fund, to name a few. Terwilliger and Cooperstock have written articles for Strings, American String Teacher, and Keyboard Companion, among others.

Interviews available upon request.

For more information, visit columbiamuseum.org.

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