Associate professor of music and soprano Jenni Cook has released a new CD featuring Brazilian Art Song, with Lisa Raposa Millar, a freelance pianist and educator, performing on piano. The CD, titled Terra e Granito, contains 17 selections sung in Portuguese with English translations provided in the liner notes. The project was inspired by Melody Chapin, a former student of Cook who studied Art Song in Brazil through the UNH International Research Opportunities Program, and later, a Fulbright; and by Cook’s connections with Yuka de Almeida Prado, a music professor at the University of São Paulo in Ribeirão-Preto, who specializes in the genre.
Cook received her Bachelor of Music degree from Bradley University and her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Illinois. She enjoys an active performing career and has sung operas, oratorios, and recitals across the United States and abroad in Austria, Brazil, England, Germany, and Wales. In addition to her latest CD, Cook has recorded two CDs: Six Women and Live at McLean Chapel.