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VanderCook Music News, week of July 22

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Graduate Concert Choir in performance on July 19
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Recaps

Today begins the 6th and final week of graduate classes and the 7th week of MECA continuing education courses. 
 
Last Friday’s Groove Cruise saw some adjustments due to inclement weather: the Graduate Jazz Band performed on campus instead of on the Wendella tour boat as scheduled, but everyone was able to enjoy the river tour after the concert. Many thanks to all who came out!
 
The Graduate Philharmonic Orchestra, Choir and Chorale performed beautifully at last week’s Graduate Ensembles Concert. Videos of all the performances are up for viewing on our YouTube channel.
 
Professor Manju Durairaj (MMEd ’03) co-presented Classroom Resources and Elementary Choral Music at J.W. Pepper and Hal Leonard’s Joy of Singing workshops in Philadelphia on July 23. 
 
Vocal instructor Angela Presutti Korbitz performed at the Sinfonietta Bel Canto Summer Voice Festival at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oakbrook, IL. 
 
 

VanderCook in the News

French horn player Stacie Detgen (MMEd ’88) was the featured soloist at the St. Joseph Municipal Band’s concerts on July 22 in downtown St. Joseph, MI. Read more about Detgen and her appearance here.
 
Joel Shapiro (MMEd ’18) and Woodbridge Senior High School Choir were invited to perform at the MLB All-Star Game PreGame Show on July 17. Shapiro guest-conducted the mass choir of over 300 singers, including the Woodbridge chorus. “It was really special to be able to look out at the singers on my side and see their genuine passion for music,” Shapiro wrote by email. Congratulations, Joel, and thanks for letting us know!
 
The Chicago Tribune gave current graduate student Maggie Simons an official Shout Out last week. Read it here. Keep rockin’, Maggie!
 
 

Upcoming

July 25
Two recitals for the price of one! At 6:15 tonight, graduate students from Musical Theatre Methods will present a revue featuring selections from Wicked, Avenue Q, Camelot and others. 
Immediately following at 7:15, VanderCook’s applied studios are proud to present a Graduate Applied Studios Recital featuring graduate students performing entirely on secondary instruments. 
Both recitals will take place at 3125 S. Federal St. and admission is free.
 
July 28
Graduate Commencement will begin at 2:00 ion Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center in downtown Chicago. Come and congratulate the Graduate Class of 2018 and enjoy performances by the Graduate Chorus and Orchestra. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. 
 
August 6-10
Professor David Eccles, Nat King Cole Generation Hope and VanderCook are excited to offer a Summer String Camp to Chicago middle and high school violin, viola, cello, string bass and guitar students. The camp will be held on VanderCook's campus from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and there will be a free concert featuring the camp students on Friday, August 10th at 4:00 p.m. in the main hall of VanderCook's 3125 building.The camp is free to attend and snacks will be provided daily.
Full details available here.
Registration form here.
 
 

Around Town

Just a fraction of the many worthwhile events happening in the city this week.
 
July 29
Three classic rock legends take the stage at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island: Jeff Beck, Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company) and Ann Wilson of Heart! Tickets and details here
 
 

This Week in Music History

Acknowledging the people and events that shaped music as we know it today…
 
July 23
Birthdays:
1917: Robert Farnon (Canadian composer and conductor)
1922: Leo Kraft (composer)
1945: Andy McKay (saxophonist for and co-founder of Roxy Music)
1947: Peter Serkin (pianist and Tashi member)
1953: Jon Faddis (jazz trumpeter)
1961: Martin Gore (Depeche Mode keyboardist)
1964: Nick Menza (Megadeth drummer)
1965: Slash (Guns N’ Roses guitarist)
1968: Kristen Chenoweth
1971: Alison Krauss (bluegrass/country singer-songwriter)
 
In Memoriam:
1983: George Auric (French composer), age 84.
1994: Hans J. Salter (film composer), age 98.
1995: Floyd McDaniel (blues guitarist), age 80.
2004: Piero Piccioni (prolific Italian film composer), age 83.
2008: Norman Dello Joio (composer), age 95.
2011: Amy Winehouse (singer-songwriter), age 27.
2016: Marni Nixon (singer who famously sang for Natalie Wood and Audrey Hepburn in film musicals), age 86.
 
Landmarks: 
1994: The International Astronomical Union named an asteroid orbiting between Mars and Jupiter after art-rocker Frank Zappa
 
July 24
Birthdays:
1970: Jennifer Lopez
 
Landmarks: 
1966: Brian Jones would perform with the Rolling Stones for the last time (no pun intended) before his untimely and still-mysterious death in 1969.
 
July 25
Birthdays:  
1907: Johnny Hodges (jazz saxophonist)
1943: Roy Acuff (country singer-songwriter)
1951: Verdine White (Earth, Wind & Fire bassist)
1958: Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth guitarist)
1974: Paul Epworth (producer for Adele, Coldplay, Bruno Mars and others)
 
In Memoriam: 
1983: Jerome Moross (film composer), age 69.
1984: Big Mama Thornton (blues singer-songwriter, wrote and recorded the original version of “Hound Dog.”), age 57.
1998: Tal Farlow (jazz guitarist), age 77.
2005: Albert Mangelsdorff (German jazz trombonist), age 77.
 
Landmarks: 
1965: The Plug-In Heard ‘Round the World: Folk poet Bob Dylan stunned audiences at the Newport Folk Festival and around the world by performing with an electric guitar and a traditional backing band (actually the Paul Butterfield Blues Band) for the very first time. Many in the Newport audience walked out in protest of what they perceived as Dylan turning his back on his traditional acoustic folk roots. 
 
1976: Opera either died or was reborn today, depending on your point of view: Philip Glass’ landmark opera Einstein on the Beach premiered at the Avignon Festival in France today. The 4-hour opus, staged by theatre radical Robert Wilson, played a two-night engagement at the Metropolitan Opera House in November before being revived in 1984.
 
July 26
Birthdays:  
1874: Serge Koussevitzky (Russian conductor and composer, longtime director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra)
1914: Erskine Hawkins (swing jazz bandleader)
1924: Louie Bellson (jazz drummer and bandleader)
1941: Darlene Love (lead singer of The Crystals, best known for “Then He Kissed Me.”)
1943: Mick Jagger
1961: Keiko Matsui (Japanese pianist)
 
In Memoriam: 
1992: Mary Wells (golden voice of Motown, singer of “My Guy.”)
1995: Laurindo Almeida (composer)
2013: J.J. Cale (singer-songwriter, author of Eric Clapton’s hits “After Midnight” and “Cocaine.”)
 
Landmarks:
1882: Richard Wagner’s 5-hour opera Parsifal premiered in Bayreuth, Germany.
 
July 27
Birthdays:
1922: Bob Thiele (jazz producer, founder of Impulse Records)
1974: Pete Yorn
 
In Memoriam:
1995: Miklós Rózsa (prolific film composer), age 88.
 
July 28
Birthdays:
1941: Riccardo Muti (conductor)
1943: Mike Bloomfield (blues-rock singer-songwriter)
1945: Richard Wright (Pink Floyd keyboardist)
1990: Soulja Boy
 
In Memoriam:
1741: Antonio Vivaldi, age 63.
1750: Johann Sebastian Bach, age 65.
1969: Frank Loesser (Broadway composer and songwriter), age 59.
 
July 29
Birthdays:  
1953: Geddy Lee (Rush founder and lead singer, and today’s Tom Sawyer)
1977: Danger Mouse (singer-songwriter and producer; one-half of Gnarls Barkley)
 
In Memoriam: 
1856: Robert Schumann, age 46.
1974: Mama Cass (singer of The Mamas and the Papas; “California Dreamin’”), age 32.
1984: Fred Waring (conductor), age 84.
2014: Idris Muhammad (jazz drummer), age 74.
 
Landmarks:
1966: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Ginger Baker made their live debut as Cream in Manchester, England. In their three years of existence, the supergroup would record some of classic rock’s most classic songs, including “Sunshine of Your Love,” “Strange Brew” and “I Feel Free.” Their 1968 album Wheels of Fire was the first double album to achieve platinum-record status.
 
1966: A U.S. magazine published a soon-to-be-infamous interview with John Lennon in which he stated that The Beatles were more popular than Jesus. The group faced intense backlash from American Christian groups, who organized numerous bonfires of Beatles records in protest. Lennon later apologized and clarified his comment.
 
 

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