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VanderCook Music News, week of July 30

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The Graduate Class of 2018 at Symphony Center, July 28, 2018
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Recaps

This is the final week of MECA continuing education courses for summer. Stay tuned for the fall offerings to be announced soon! 
 
Another beautiful and elegant Graduate Commencement ceremony filled Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall on July 28, featuring breathtaking performances and an inspiring speech from honorary doctorate Maurice “Morrie” Backun of Backun Musical Services. Congratulations, masters of music education!  Photos from the ceremony can be seen on our Facebook page.
 

VanderCook in the News

Meghan Tokunaga-Scanlon (BMEd ’11) was recently interviewed about her teaching activities in Estes Park, CO, including her class’ production – the first by a student ensemble – of Allegiance, a musical about the Japanese-American internment experience during WWII. Read it all here.
 
VanderCook’s One City outreach program has received a small start-up grant from the Chicago Music Society! In addition, One City will be promoted at two upcoming events sponsored by Todd Rundgren’s Spirit of Harmony Foundation: there’s Rundgren’s performance with the Chicago Sinfonietta at the House of Blues on September 8, and a musical instrument drive at Martyr’s on September 9, co-sponsored by Hungry for Music. Both events are part the Spirit of Harmony Foundation's Weekend of Harmony for Music Education
 
MECA instructor and 2017 Wisconsin Middle School Teacher of the Year Chris Gleason is featured on a new Everything Band podcast, available here.
 
New Alumni Make the Grade!
Congratulations to these recent graduates who just secured their first teaching positions!
 
Jessica Buehler (BMEd ’18) is the new K-6 General Music & Choir director at Shiloh Park Elementary in Zion, IL.
 
Katherine Hebbard (BMEd ’18) is the new Band Director at Music Education Services.
 
Regina Reidling (BMEd ’18) is the new General Music teacher for the Joliet School District 86.
 

Upcoming

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 culminates in 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.
 
August 8
MECA instructor Roger Sams will present Orff and Kodály, Friends Not Foes! at the St. Louis AOSA Workshop Series. Details and tickets here.
 
August 11
VanderCook trustee Karl Maurer and his band The HepKats will perform at the Joliet Blues Festival from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Bicentennial Park in Joliet. 
 

Around Town

Just a fraction of the many worthwhile events happening in the city this week:
 
August 1-2

A double dose of John Williams at Ravinia: Emil de Cou conducts the CSO with film projections: E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial on August 1, and Raiders of the Lost Ark on August 2. 
 
August 2-5
Something called Lollapalooza has taken over Grant Park in Chicago. Drivers beware…
 
August 8

Reggae legends Toots & the Maytals will set the stage on fiyah at Thalia Hall.
 

This Week in Music History


Acknowledging the people and events that shaped music as we know it today…
 
July 30

Birthdays:
1936: Buddy Guy (blues guitarist, singer and early star of what came to be known as the “Chicago blues sound”)
1941: Paul Anka (pop vocalist)
1945: David Sanborn (saxophonist, backed Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, James Taylor, Albert King, Al Jarreau, James Brown, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltry, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, The Eagles and just about anyone else you can name)
1958: Kate Bush (singer-songwriter)
 
July 31

In Memoriam:
1886: Franz Liszt, age 74
1970: Booker Ervin (jazz saxophonist), age 39
1971: Enoch Light (pop orchestra leader), age 70
 
August 1
Birthdays:  
1779: Francis Scott Key
1898: Morris Stoloff (violinist)
1913: Jerome Moross (composer)
1930: Lionel Bart (British pop music and musical composer)
1931: Ramblin’ Jack Elliott (folk singer)
1942: Jerry Garcia
1959: Joe Elliott (Def Leppard singer)
1960: Chuck D. (singer and co-founder of Public Enemy)
1960: Suzi Gardner (guitarist & vocalist of L7)
1963: Coolio
 
In Memoriam:
1966: Bud Powell (jazz pianist), age 41
1997: Sviatoslav Richter (classical pianist), age 82
 
Landmarks: 
1971: Two concerts were held today at Madison Square Garden in New York City that would make history. The Concert for Bangladesh was organized by George Harrison to benefit homeless Bengali refugees during that country’s civil war. Performers included Bob Dylan, Ravi Shankar, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston and Ringo Starr. The concert would not only inspire Live Aid and other large-scale charity events years later, but also yielded a gold-certified album.
 
August 2
Birthdays:
1944: Jim Capaldi (Traffic singer)
1957: Butch Vig (producer: Nirvana’s Nevermind, Smashing Pumpkins’ Gish, Garbage’s debut and more)
1957: Mojo Nixon
 
In Memoriam: 
1921: Enrico Caruso, age 48
1965: Milton Babbitt (composer), age 49
1978: Carlos Chavez (composer), age 79
1997: Fela Anikulapo Kuti, age 58
 
Landmarks: 
1961: The Beatles began their famous residency at Liverpool’s Cavern Club this evening.
1962: It was on this day that one Robert Allen Zimmerman legally changed his name to Bob Dylan
 
August 3

Birthdays:
1926: Tony Bennett (jazz and pop vocalist extraordinaire)
1951: John Graham (Earth, Wind & Fire guitarist))
1963: James Hetfield (guitarist & vocalist of Metallica)
1971: Deirdre Roper, a.k.a. Spinderella (Salt-N-Pepa)
 
In Memoriam: 
1998: Alfred Schnittke (Russian composer), age 64
2006: Arthur Lee (singer-songwriter, founder of Love), age 61
2006: Elizabeth Schwartzkopf (classical singer), age 91
 
Landmarks:
1882: Richard Wagner’s 5-hour opera Parsifal premiered in Bayreuth, Germany.
1963: The Beatles conclude their famous residency at Liverpool’s Cavern Club, exactly two years and one day to the date later.
 
August 4

Birthdays:
1901: Louis Armstrong 
1912: David Raksin (jazz and film composer)
 
In Memoriam:
1973: Eddie Condon (jazz guitarist), age 68
1993: Kenny Drew (jazz pianist), age 64
2007: Lee Hazlewood (singer, songwriter), age 78.
 
August 5

Birthdays:
1941: Airto Moreira (jazz percussionist with Miles Davis and Weather Report)
1959: Pat Smear (guitarist for The Germs, Nirvana & Foo Fighters)
1945: Adam Yauch, a.k.a. MCA (Beastie Boys linchpin)
 
In Memoriam:
1955: Carmen Miranda (pop and Latin swing jazz singer), age 42
2013: George Duke (singer-songwriter), age 67
 
 

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