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VanderCook Music News, week of July 9

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Recaps

Today begins the 4th week of graduate classes and the 5th week of MECA continuing education courses.
 
MECA student Kathryn Finch just posted a rave review of last week’s Orff Instrument Repair & Maintenance MECA class led by Gary Everett. She shares what she learned from this very unique class here.
 
 

VanderCook in the News

The Elgin Master Chorale has hired Matthew Bishop (BMEd ’12) as its Children’s Chorus Director. He’ll be leading the 25-voice choir in weekly rehearsals and throughout the year. Way to go, Matt! Read more about Matt and his appointment here.
 
Elisé Greene (MMEd ’11) has been hired as the new Artistic Director – her “dream job” – of the Lincoln-Way Area Chorale. Congratulations, Elisé! More on her appointment here.
 
MECA instructor Rachel Maxwell has a new blog devoted to teaching tips for young band called The Band Room.
 
 

Upcoming

July 10
VanderCook’s graduate Symphonic and Jazz Bands will perform a free concert at the Clarke House Museum at 7:00 p.m. tonight. A free family drum circle precedes at 6:30. Grab a blanket, pack a picnic basket and enjoy live music under the stars!
 
July 12
The 8th annual Maury Rhodes Classic golf event will be held at Swan Lake Golf Resort in Plymouth, IN. Hosted by Quinlan & Fabish, the event raises money for the new Maury Rhodes Music Library, to be installed in VanderCook’s 3125 building. As a special incentive, all money raised this year will be matched dollar-for-dollar, thanks to a generous matching grant from Keith Mardak of the Hal Leonard Company. More details and sign-up information can be found here.
 
July 20
The annual Wendella Boat Cruise & Jazz Band Concert sets sail sharply at 8:00 p.m. This fundraiser for the graduate class treats attendees to stunning views of the city from the river and lakefront while grooving to the jazz band under the direction of professor Tony Kidonakis. Tickets are going fast but still available here.
 
July 23
Just announced! VanderCook’s applied studios are proud to present a Studios Recital at 7:00 p.m., featuring graduate students performing entirely on secondary instruments. The concert will take place at 3125 S. Federal St. and admission is free.
 
July 24
Vocal instructor Angela Presutti Korbitz will perform at the Sinfonietta Bel Canto Summer Voice Festival at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oakbrook, IL. Entitled “Vagabonds and Troubadours,” the concert will feature music for voice, guitar, violin and flute by Schubert, Bartók, Purcell and others. Tickets available here.
 
 

This Week in Music History

Acknowledging the people and events that shaped music as we know it today…
 
July 9
1929: Country and pop songwriter, arranger, producer and singer Lee Hazlewood is born. A staple of ‘60s pop music, Hazlewood is best remembered for his collaborations with Nancy Sinatra, including 1965’s anthemic “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’.”
 
1946: Bon Scott, original lead singer of AC/DC, is born today. Scott helped catapult the band to international fame and put Australian rock on the map before his untimely death in 1980. Scott’s signature vocals are heard on the band’s earliest hit albums including Let There Be Rock, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap and Highway to Hell.
 
1947: Powerhouse drummer of The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Mitch Mitchell is born today.
 
1965: Courtney Love, widow of Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain and leader of her own band Hole, is born today.
 
1967: After a handful of dates, it became apparent that The Jimi Hendrix Experience were not suitable for younger audiences, and the band was pulled as opener for The Monkees on that band's U.S. tour.
 
1975: Impresario Jack White, one half of The White Stripes and Third Man Records label boss, is born today.
 
1995: The Grateful Dead performed with Jerry Garcia for the very last time today at Chicago’s Soldier Field.
 
July 10
1895: Carl Orff is born today in Munich, Germany. His magnum opus, Carmina Burana, is among the most performed classical cantatas to this day.
 
1933: Composer and lyricist Jerry Herman is born today. His major works include the Broadway shows Hello, Dolly!, Mame and La Cage Aux Folles.
 
1938: Jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan is born today. Morgan played with Art Blakey for a number of years before going solo. His 1964 track “The Sidewinder” became a crossover hit on jazz and r&b charts. Morgan was killed at age 33, shot by his common-law wife between sets at NYC’s Slug’s Saloon.
 
1939: One of Chicago’s most famous and celebrated voices, Mavis Staples is born today. Staples recorded and performed with her family’s band The Staples Singers, most famously on the classics “I’ll Take You There” and “Respect Yourself,” before launching an equally respectable solo career.
 
1941: Jelly Roll Morton, legendary pianist of ragtime and early jazz, died today at age 50.
 
1942: Ronnie James Dio, one-time vocalist for Black Sabbath and leader of Dio, is born today.
 
1947: Arlo Guthrie, son of famed folk singer Woody Guthrie, is born. The younger Guthrie would soon earn a name for himself in the folk world with his antiwar anthem "Alice’s Restaurant" in 1967.
 
1954: Neil Tennant, the honey-voiced singer of The Pet Shop Boys, is born.
 
1958: Banjo maestro and composer Béla Fleck is born today.
 
1979: Conductor Arthur Fiedler, longtime leader of the Boston Pops, died today at age 84.
 
July 11
1935: Saxophone virtuoso Frederick Hemke is born today.
 
1937: George Gershwin, one of the richest and most influential of American musical voices, died today from a brain tumor at age 38. 
 
1959: Richie Sambora, guitarist for Bon Jovi, is born today.
 
1959: Singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega is born today.
 
1973: Singer-songwriter Andrew Bird is born today.
 
1975 Singer Lil’ Kim is born today.
 
2014: Punk producer and drummer Tommy Ramone died today after an unsuccessful bout with cancer.
 
July 12
1895: Oscar Hammerstein II is born today. With his partner Richard Rodgers, Hammerstein would co-author some of the most successful musicals in American history, including Oklahoma!, The King and I and The Sound of Music.
 
1934: Classical pianist Van Cliburn is born today. Cliburn made his debut at Carnegie Hall when only 20, and achieved worldwide popularity unprecedented for a classical performer after winning the inaugural International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow in 1958. Cliburn died in 2013 at age 78.
 
1943: Singer Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac is born today.
 
1945: Swing saxophonist and bandleader Jimmie Lunceford died today at age 45.
 
1962: The Rolling Stones made their live debut tonight at London’s famed Marquee Jazz Club. Their line-up at this time was comprised of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Dick Taylor and Mick Avory.
 
1977: Dominic Howard, drummer of Muse, is born today.
 
1979: Singer Minnie Riperton died of cancer today at age 31. Riperton scored worldwide success with the single “Loving You” (produced by Stevie Wonder, for whom she also sang back-up). Her daughter Maya Rudolph is known today as one of the most successful women working in comedy.
 
1996: Smashing Pumpkins touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin was found dead in a NY hotel today, victim of a heroin overdose. Melvoin was the son of Wrecking Crew pianist Mike Melvoin, and brother of Wendy from Prince & the Revolution and Wendy & Lisa.
 
2003: Jazz saxophonist Benny Carter died today.
 
July 13
1921: Composer Ernest Gold is born today. Gold transitioned from the concert hall to Hollywood early in his career, and would compose scores to over 75 films, including Exodus and It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.
 
1934: Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer Roger Reynolds is born today. Reynolds’ often innovative compositions have drawn comparisons over the years to Pierre Boulez, Edgard Varese and John Cage.
 
1936: Free jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler is born today. Ayler’s unorthodox but highly original style of playing would simultaneously confound and enrapture audiences and critics alike until his suicide in 1970.
 
1942: Roger McGuinn, guitarist and singer of the seminal ‘60s psych/pop band The Byrds, is born today. The Byrds’ cover of Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” would outsell Dylan’s own version, while introducing many to Dylan, folk music and protest music during that decade.
 
1951: Composer Arnold Schoenberg died today. Schoenberg is often cited as one of the most influential composers of the 20th century, having developed the twelve-tone technique in the 1920s. Composers who studied with him directly include Anton Webern, Alban Berg, Lou Harrison, Leon Kirchner, Roberto Gerhard and John Cage.
 
1968: Black Sabbath performed live for the first time today at a small club in Birmingham, England.
 
1969: Over 100 U.S. radio stations ban The Beatles single “The Ballad of John and Yoko,” claiming sacrilege over the lyric, “Christ, you know it ain’t easy.” It would reach No. 8 on the Billboard charts while becoming the band’s 17th No. 1 single in the U.K.
 
1985: If the ‘80s had a Woodstock, it would have been Live Aid. The multi-act extravaganza began today, broadcasting worldwide from stages in England and the U.S., and featured the cream of popular music’s crop at the time, including Paul McCartney, U2, The Who, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Tom Petty, The Cars, Queen, Tina Turner and Lionel Richie. Organized to raise money in the fight against famine in Ethiopia, Live Aid is estimated to have raised $150M for the cause.
 
July 14
1912: Folk legend Woody Guthrie is born today. His early life experiences traveling with hobos during the Dust Bowl would inform the social-protest element to his later songs, which include “This Land is Your Land.” Guthrie is also noted for brandishing a sticker on his guitar that read “This machine kills fascists.”
 
1975: Singer Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas is born today.
 
July 15
1905: Songwriter and lyricist Dorothy Fields is born today. Fields gave the world a number of unforgettable songs over the years, including “The Way You Look Tonight,” “A Fine Romance” and “I’m in the Mood for Love.”
 
1923: Jazz drummer Philly Joe Jones is born today. A stalwart of the bebop era, Jones is best known as the drummer of Miles Davis’ first “great” quartet, which also included John Coltrane.
 
1933: Classical guitarist Julian Bream is born today.
 
1934: British composer Harrison Birtwistle is born today.
 
1946: Singer Linda Ronstadt is born today.
 
1947: Peter Banks, original guitarist of the band Yes, is born today.
 
1956: Singer Ian Curtis of the U.K. post-punk band Joy Division, and rock guitarist Joe Satriani are both born today.
 
1966: Jason Bonham, son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, is born today. 
 
1973: John Dolmayan, drummer for System of a Down, is born today.
 
1977: Ray Toro, guitarist of My Chemical Romance, is born today.
 
 
 

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