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VanderCook Music News, week of June 25

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Big Shoulders Brass Band at VanderCook's June 22 One City event
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Greetings! Welcome to the first news update of the summer! 
 

Recaps

Graduate summer session is in full swing! This begins the second week of graduate classes and the third week of MECA continuing education courses.
 
Lagunitas Night for One City was a blast! The June 22 event saw fantastic turnout in spite of dreary weather. Attendees rocked out to the Big Shoulders Brass Band while feasting on food from Montrose Deli and brews from Lagunitas. Many thanks to all who came out for the fun! Check out photos of the festivities here.
 
The 13th Annual TrusTEE Golf Outing was held on June 14 at the Links at Carillon and proved to be another hit with all who attended. View some highlights on our Facebook photo album.
 
On June 24, the Amabile Trio (VanderCook’s Director of Applied Studies and clarinet instructor Dr. Bonnie Campbell, applied piano instructor Dr. Diana Schmück, and renowned soprano Alicia Berneche) performed at Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed Glore House in Lake Forest, as part of the School of Architecture at Taliesin’s Common Pattern concert series.
 
 

VanderCook in the News

The Gallistel Language Academy’s band, choir and orchestra received Superior (1+) and Excellent (1) ratings at the Illinois Grade School Music Association State Competition – a first in CPS history! – thanks to Gallistel music instructor Travis Cuckler (BMEd ’12). Congratulations, Travis! Comments from Travis and his students are featured in a CPS blog post.
 
Diana Harrigan (MMEd ’06) led the Sauk Elementary School Show Choir on the WGN Morning show on Wednesday, June 6. The students had also recently performed at the 33rd annual Chicago Gospel Music Festival as the opening performance for the Youth Inspirational Tent at Millennial Park. WGN has posted a video of the choir’s performance here.
 
Kevin Hanrahan (BMEd ’12) was just hired as the Percussion Specialist at Reynolds Middle School in Prosper, TX. Congratulations, Kevin! The band’s Facebook page details Kevin’s very busy schedule since graduating. 
 
Beth Bellinger (MMEd ’07), assistant director of Windy City Performing Arts, was recently profiled on that group’s Facebook page as a My Life: A Mixtape soloist.
 
 

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. 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 outing 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 and details available here starting Wednesday, June 27.
 
 

Around Town

Just some of the many worthwhile events happening in the city this week.
 
June 27-30
Star Wars: A New Hope at the CSO! Richard Kaufman conducts live accompaniment of John Williams’ landmark score for the 1977 film that started it all. Tickets and details here.
 
June 29
Northwestern’s Bienen School of Music presents a Guitar Workshop Recital, featuring high school and college students performing classical guitar masterworks. Tickets and details here.
 
June 29-July 3
FitzGerald’s in Berwyn hosts the American Music Festival, featuring James McMurtry, Nick Lowe with Los Straightjackets, the Joe Ely Band, and C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, among others. Tickets and details here.
 
July 1
Zither maestro and onetime Brian Eno collaborator Laraaji makes a rare live appearance at Thalia Hall at 7:00 p.m. The Chicago Reader has an outstanding article and interview available here. Tickets available at Thalia Hall.
 
 

This Week in Music History

Acknowledging the people and events that shaped music as we know it today…
 
June 26
1977: Elvis Presley’s concert in Indianapolis, IN, will be the King’s last live performance ever. He would be found dead in his Graceland home just a few weeks later on August 16.
 
June 27
1925: Blues legend Doc Pomus is born today.
 
1959: West Side Story concluded its initial Broadway run today after 734 performances. 
 
2002: John Entwistle, the original bassist of The Who since the band’s origins in 1963, died in his sleep of a heart attack in a Las Vegas hotel room during a nationwide tour. Undeterred, the band would find an immediate substitute and continue the remaining dates of the tour.
 
2014: R&B legend Bobby Womack died today.
 
2016: Chris Squire, bassist for the band Yes, died of cancer today at age 67.
 
June 28
1902: Famed composer Richard Rodgers is born today. By the time of his passing in 1979, he will have over 900 songs and 43 Broadway musicals to his credit, many in collaboration with his longtime musical partner Oscar Hammerstein II.
 
2016: Scotty Moore, the rockabilly guitarist who backed Elvis Presley on many of the singer’s classic recordings, died today. 
 
June 29
1888: The first (known) recording of classical music was made today, Handel's Israel in Egypt on wax cylinder.
 
1908: American composer Leroy Anderson is born today.
 
1911: Film composer Bernard Herrmann is born today. Best known for his collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock, yielding the timeless scores for Psycho and Vertigo, his film scoring career began with Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane in 1941. His final work, the iconic score to Taxi Driver, was completed just days before his death in 1975.
 
1936: George M. Cohan is the first artist to be presented with a U.S. Congressional Gold Medal. President Franklin D. Roosevelt presented the composer with the award for his efforts in raising morale during WWI.  
 
1963: Violinist Anne Sophie-Mutter is born today.
 
1964: Groundbreaking jazz saxophonist Eric Dolphy died suddenly today, believed in many circles to have been caused by undiagnosed diabetes.
 
1975: American singer-songwriter Tim Buckley died today of a heroin overdose at age 28. 
 
1991: Richard “Groove” Holmes, jazz keyboardist and organist extraordinaire, died of cancer today at age 60.
 
2002: Rosemary Clooney, the American singer best known for “Hey Mambo” and “Come On-a My House,” and aunt of George, died of lung cancer today at age 74.
 
June 30
1958: Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen is born today.
 
1963: Swedish guitarist Yngwie J. Malmsteen is born today.
 
1979: Hasidic reggae singer Matisyahu is born today.
 
July 1
1915: Willie Dixon, the bluesman who gave the world “Hoochie Coochie Man,” “I Just Want to Make Love to You,” “Little Red Rooster” and “Spoonful,” is born today.
 
1925: French composer Erik Satie died today at age 59.
 
1945: Blondie singer Deborah Harry celebrates a birthday today.
 
1965: Composer Claude Thornhill died today. He is best remembered for the standards "Snowfall" and "I Wish I Had You."
 
1971: Rapper and wearer of the “Misdemeanor” crown Missy Elliott is born today.
 
1975: Singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens is born today.
 
2003: Herbie Mann, the jazz flutist who helped propel groove-based jazz in the 1960s, died today.
 
2005: Luther Vandross, the American soul singer who once backed David Bowie, Roberta Flack, Chaka Khan, Bette Midler and Barbra Streisand and others before launching his own solo career, passed away today.
 
 

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