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VanderCook Music News, week of May 21

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Vocal Arts Camp, June 8-13
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Greetings! Students may be gone but the news marches on... 

 

Happening This Week

May 21
VanderCook faculty members Dr. Leah Schuman, Angela Presutti Korbitz, Dr. Bonnie Campbell, Dr. Diana Schmück and Joshua Wirt will perform on the WFMT (98.7 FM) program Live from Studio One tonight at 8:00 p.m. Dr. Schmück organized the event, “Leonard Bernstein and Friends presented by Daedalus Duo and Friends,” in honor of the centenary of Bernstein’s birth.
 

VanderCook in the News

Professor Tony Kidonakis (MMEd '09) will lead the Honors Jazz Combo at the 2019 Illinois Music Education Conference in Peoria, IL, next January. More details closer to conference time.
 
Michael Scheiber (MMEd ’01) is retiring after 25 years at Chesterton High School/Duneland Schools Corporation in Indiana. Congratulations, Mike!  
 

Upcoming

June 8
VanderCook trustee Karl J. Maurer and his band The HepKats will perform at the New Orleans North festival in downtown Joliet from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. More details about the festival can be found here.
 
June 8-24
Naperville’s BrightSide Theatre concludes its seventh season, Cinema on Stage, with a production of Hairspray. Sarah Giordano (MMEd ’05) serves as the music and vocal director for the BrightSide. Tickets and more information available on BrightSide’s website.
 
June 11
Summer MECA begins! Over 50 courses are available to boost and expand your skills teaching band, choir, orchestra, jazz, general music, Orff instruction and education technology. The full schedule can be found here
 
July 8-13
Vocal instructor Angela Presutti Korbitz will be running VanderCook's first Vocal Arts Camp, offering classes in choral repertoire, music theatre, sight-singing, theory and movement for high school students. Interested singers and teachers can find more information here, including a link to the registration form.
 
 

Around Town

A small sampling of the many worthwhile events happening in the city this week.
 
May 21
MusicNOW celebrates its 20th season of presenting works by 20th/21st century composers with a special concert at Symphony Center tonight at 7:00. Esa Pekka-Salonen conducts, and a pre-concert Q&A with Salonen and violinist Karen Gomyo starts at 6:15. Tickets and details here.
 
May 23
The DePaul Symphony Orchestra presents its annual spring concert at Symphony Center. Preceding the concert is a short jazz set performed by DePaul jazz studies students. The evening is free but reservations are required. More details here.
 
May 24-26
Esa-Pekka Salonen is joined by piano virtuoso Mitsuko Uchida for a program of Brahms, Bartok and Schoenberg. Uchida will be signing CDs following the Thursday and Saturday performances. Tickets and details here.
 
 

This Week in Music History

A great excuse to introduce students to the people and events that shaped music as we know it today…
 
RIP Reggie Lucas
Guitarist and music producer Reggie Lucas died this past Saturday. Lucas shot to stardom at age 18 when he was hand-picked to join Miles Davis’ electric band in 1972, appearing the trumpeter’s final recordings of the ‘70s, including On the Corner, Dark Magus and Agharta. By the early ‘80s, Lucas was an in-demand producer and was paired with a then-unknown Madonna. He would co-write “Borderline” and produced her first album, including “Lucky Star” and “Burning Up.” Lucas was 65.
 
May 21
1892: Ruggero Leoncavallo's opera I Pagliacci premieres in Milan.
 
1901: Fats Waller is born. Waller is one of the earliest and widely known jazz composers and singers, famed for his comedic style and often-risque lyrics, and immortalized in songs such as “Ain’t Misbehavin’.”
 
1970: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young release the single “Ohio,” written by Neil Young, as a reaction to the Kent State shootings of May 4, 1970, when unarmed college students were shot and killed by the Ohio National Guard during an antiwar protest.
 
1971: Marvin Gaye releases his landmark album What’s Going On. The concept album relates the feelings of a Vietnam vet who finds bigotry, hatred and injustice dominating the U.S. upon his return home from combat. It has consistently been named as one of the greatest albums of the 20th century by numerous polls over the years.
 
1972: Christopher G. Wallace, better known as Notorious B.I.G., is born.
 
May 22
1950: Bernie Taupin, Elton John’s longtime lyricist and collaborator, is born.
 
1959: UK singer Morrissey, former bandleader of the ubiquitous ‘80s band The Smiths, is born.
 
May 23
1934: Robert Moog, inventor of the synthesizer and founder of the company that still bears his name, is born. 
 
1967: Phil Selway, drummer for Radiohead, is born. 
 
1969: The world’s first rock opera, Tommy by The Who, is released today.
 
1970: Maroon 5 drummer Matt Flynn is born.
 
1974: Singer, songwriter and poet Jewel is born. 
 
May 24
1941: A young man named Robert Zimmermann is born. Eighteen years later, the world will know him as Bob Dylan, and popular music will never be the same.
 
1944: R&B singer Patti LaBelle is born.
 
1955: Country singer Rosanne Cash, daughter of Johnny and his first wife, is born.
 
1969: Rich Robinson, guitarist for The Black Crowes, is born.
 
May 25
1920: Peggy Lee, the sultry jazz singer who scored worldwide success with songs including “Is That All There Is?” and “Fever,” is born.
 
1921: Hal David, the songwriter who famously collaborated with Burt Bacharach on favorites including “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” and “I Say a Little Prayer,” is born.
 
1926: Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis is born. Along with John Coltrane, Davis is revered worldwide as one of the indisputable pioneers of jazz, having mastered early jazz styles such as be-bop, and innovating others (most notably jazz-rock fusion, almost single-handedly launched by his 1969 release Bitches Brew). Many of Davis’ albums, including Kind of Blue, Sketches of Spain and In a Silent Way, remain pivotal hallmarks of the genre and are regarded as some of the most influential albums in jazz history.
 
1948: Fleetwood Mac singer and all-time reigning queen of lace costumes Stevie Nicks is born.
 
19645: Lenny Kravitz is born.
 
1965: Blues harmonica master Sonny Boy Williams dies.
 
1975: Former Fugees singer Lauryn Hill is born.
 
1977: George Lucas’ Star Wars is released to the public today, marking the first time thousands of audiences will hear the iconic “Star Wars” theme by John Williams.
 
2006: Jamaican singer Desmond Dekker dies. Dekker released “The Israelites” in 1968, one of the first international Jamaican hits.
 
May 26
1886: Vaudevillian and pop singer Al Jolson is born. Once dubbed “The World’s Greatest Entertainer,” Jolson is best-remembered now for his iconic role in 1927’s The Jazz Singer, credited as the first motion picture to incorporate sound.

 
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their second Bed-In for Peace in Montreal. The couple staged the event, in which they remained in bed for one full week, as a protest against the Vietnam War in the form of a performance art happening. The classic song “Give Peace a Chance,” was recorded during the week in this room with a number of visiting friends and celebrities. A documentary of the events can be viewed here.
 
1994: It was on this day that Michael Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis. They would divorce a year later.
 
 
 
 

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