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VanderCook Music News, week of November 12

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VCM students introduce 1st graders to instruments at Toot 'n Doodle
© Amanda Armstrong

Students and faculty alike have been busy since the last news update, both on and off campus…

 
 

Recaps

VanderCook hosted its annual Day of Guitar on November 6th, welcoming over 300 students from around the Chicago area for work with Dr. Julie Goldberg and guest clinicians Steve Edwards, Robert Sherman, An Tran, Jason Deroche, Wesley Hixson and Pamela Kimmel. Photos from the event are posted on our Facebook page
 
November 7th saw the Woodwinds Methods class participate in Toot ‘n Doodle, an annual event coordinated by professor Ruth Rhodes and the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. VanderCook students demonstrated various instruments to classes of 1st and 2nd graders, and guided many of them in playing those instruments for the first time.
 
Last Thursday was a double-header for the college. In addition to an Open House Visit Day for prospective freshmen, the Jazz & Percussion concert that night brought the house down for audience and the visiting prospective students. Hats off to professors Jim Yakas and Tony Kidonakis for leading the ensembles through electrifying performances. Photos from this concert are also up on our Facebook page.
 
Senior Alexis Hart had her senior recital last night, inaugurating the semester’s recital season.
 
On November 5th, VanderCook’s English teacher Barry Kritzberg read the paper “Oedipus Without Freud” at the Chicago Literary Club.
 

Happening This Week

The VanderCook Percussion Club welcomes the Heartland Marimba Quartet for a special performance (4:00) and master class (5:00) tonight, both of which will be happening at VanderCook’s 3125 S. Federal Street building.
 
Every Thanksgiving, faculty and staff host a “VanderGiving” dinner for the student body and perform in a special faculty recital. This year’s might be the largest yet, with no less than 18 faculty and staff members performing, and five alumni joining in tomorrow’s recital. The recital starts at 4:00 and the dinner at 6:00, both in the 3125 S. Federal Street building. 
 
On Friday the 16th, Dr. Ruti Abramovitch presents the students of the Honors Chamber Ensembles in concert starting at 7:30 p.m. in the 3125 S. Federal Street building.
 

Upcoming

November 18
Trumpet professor and executive director of VanderCook’s One City outreach program Dr. Leah Schuman will be guesting with the Joliet Central High School Bands at their annual fall concert. Read more about Dr. Schuman and the concerts here.
 
December 6
The annual Choir & Orchestra Nativity Concert will be held at Nativity of Our Lord Church in the Bridgeport neighborhood beginning at 7:00 p.m.
 
December 8
A triple header! The One City Fall Concert begins at 11:00 a.m., featuring the students of the One City outreach program. At 5:00 p.m. is a Flute Studio Recital featuring the students of Mary-Christine Stingley, and at 7:00 is the Clarinet Studio Recital featuring the students of Dr. Bonnie Campbell
 
December 9
The IIT/Community Music Program Recital begins sharply at 1:00 p.m., followed by the Chicago Community Classical Guitar Ensemble Recital at 3:00, featuring the ensemble led by Dr. Julie Goldberg
 
Save These Dates!
Nov. 18, 2018:  Andrew Espinosa & Joseph McCoy Senior Recitals, 8:00 p.m.
Nov. 30, 2018:  Christian Anderson & Steven Traversa Senior Recitals, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 1, 2018:  Alivia Jakubowski & Joshua Breen Senior Recitals, 6:00 p.m.
Dec. 1, 2018:  Matthew Butler Senior Recital & Jesus Reyes Junior Recital, 8:00 p.m.
Dec. 2, 2018:  Agata Noca & Katia Schmitt Senior Recitals, 6:00 p.m.
Dec. 2, 2018:  Eddie Sailer & Olivia Sears Senior Recitals, 8:00 p.m.
Feb. 17, 2019:  Alumni Appreciation Concert, 3:00 p.m.
March 12, 2019:  Premier Ensembles Concert, 7:30 p.m.
April 6, 2019:  A Night at the Pops! Benefit Concert, 7:00 p.m.  
April 16, 2019:  Chorale & Honors Chamber Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m.
April 27, 2019:  Student Conductor Concerts, 3:00 & 5:00 p.m.
May 2, 2019:  The George A. Quinlan Sr. Concert Series & Yamaha present Rex Richardson Master Class (1:00 p.m.) & Concert (7:00 p.m.)
May 10, 2019:  Undergraduate Commencement, 4:00 p.m.
June 13, 2019:  TrusTEE Golf Outing, 12:00 p.m. at the Links at Carillon in Plainfield, IL
 

Around Town

A small fraction of the many worthwhile events happening in the city this week:
 
November 19
Contemporary music ensemble MusicNOW will present the works of four rising-star composers with Chicago roots, Suzanne Farrin, Morgan Krauss, Drew Baker and Sky Macklay, and Icelandic composer Daniel Bjarnason at the Harris Theater. Details and ticket info can be found here.
 
Modern maestro Jack White brings his unique style to the Aragon Ballroom. Details here.
 
 

This Week in Music History

Acknowledging the people and events that shaped music as we know it today…
 
November 12
1833: Russian composer and chemist Aleksandr Borodin is born today. Best known for his musical works such as “In the Steppes of Central Asia” and the opera Prince Igor, Borodin also made significant contributions to organic chemistry. His music from Prince Igor became the basis for the score of Kismet. Borodin died in 1887 at the age of 53.
 
1911: Jazz trumpeter Buck Clayton is born today. Clayton performed as a member of Count Basie’s band, as well as numerous recording sessions for artists including Billie Holiday. Clayton died in 1991.
 
1917: American pop singer Jo Stafford is born today. Over her five-decade career, Stafford originally sang with The Pied Pipers in the ‘40s before going solo. Her 1952 hit “You Belong to Me” not only topped the U.S. and U.K. charts, but was also the first record by a female artist to reach No. 1 on the U.K. charts. Stafford died in 2008.
 
1931:  Songwriter and producer Bob Crewe, whose compositions include ”Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Can’t take My Eyes Off You” and “Bye, Bye Baby,” is born today. 
 
1965: The Velvet Underground performed their first public concert today at a high school in New Jersey, for which the band paid a total of $75.
 
November 13
1939: Drummer Idris Muhammad is born today. Muhammad back notable jazz artists including Lou Donaldson and Pharoah Sanders before releasing break-filled jazz-funk records in the ‘70s.
 
November 14
1939: Wendy (Walter) Carlos is born today. As Walter, Carlos was an early proponent of the early Moog synthesizers, and was catapulted to worldwide fame in 1968 for his best-selling album Switched-On Bach. As Wendy, Carlos composed the music for a number of films, including A Clockwork Orange, The Shining and Tron.
 
1951: Singer Stephen Bishop, best known for the ‘70s hit “On and On,” is born today.
 
1954: New age poster boy Yanni is born today in Kalamata, Greece.
 
1966: Joseph “Run” Simmons, founding member of seminal early hip-hop outfit Run-DMC, is born today.
 
November 15
1905: Annunzio Paolo Mantovani is born today. As a composer and conductor Mantovani became synonymous with the smooth, lush style of instrumental music that came to be known as Easy Listening.
 
1932: “First Lady of the British Invasion,” singer Petula Clark is born today. Clark had a string of hits during the ‘60s, including the perennial favorite “Downtown.” To date, Clark has sold over 68 million records.
 
1933: Clyde McPhatter, frontman of The Drifters, whose high-pitched voice graced dozens of early r&b and soul songs, is born today.
 
1942: Conductor Daniel Barenboim is born today.
 
1945: Mamma mia! Singer-songwriter Anni-Frid Lyngstad of ABBA is born today.
 
1965: The Rolling Stones made their American TV debut today, performing “Get Off of My Cloud” on the short-lived show Hullabaloo.
 
1968: Ol’ Dirty Bastard of the Wu-Tang Clan is born today. ODB collapsed and died in a recording studio on November 13, 2004, at age 35.
 
1992: Ozzy Osbourne officially announces that he was retiring from touring today. He was quoted as saying, “Who wants to be touring at 46?” Indeed.
 
November 16
1873: The American composer and musician known forever as “The Father of the Blues,” W.C. Handy is born today.
 
1895: Composer Paul Hindemith is born today.
 
1904: Jazz guitarist Eddie Condon is born today.
 
1908: Arturo Toscanini conducted the Metropolitan Opera in NYC for the first time today.
 
1949: Best-selling new age guitarist and producer William Ackerman is born today.
 
1964: Canadian singer, songwriter and pianist Diana Krall is born today.
 
1968: Led Zeppelin played their first-ever show today, appearing at the Manchester College of Science and Technology.
 
November 17
1938: Folk-rock icon Gordon Lightfoot is born today. Lightfoot had a number of hit singles in the ‘70s including “Sundown,” “If I could Read Your Mind” and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.”
 
1944: American guitarist Gene Clark is born today. Clark’s career began as a founding member of The Byrds.
 
1960: Happy birthday RuPaul!
 
1972: Happy birthday Kimia Dawson!
 
November 18
1786: German romantic composer Carl Maria von Weber is born today.
 
1899: Legendary conductor Eugene Ormandy is born today.
 
1909: Songwriter Johnny Mercer is born today. Over his illustrious career, Mercer composed and/or produced numerous hit songs and Broadway shows, and co-founded Capitol Records in 1942. His credits as lyricist include “Hooray for Hollywood,” “Jeepers, Creepers,” “Fools Rush In,” “Moon River” and “Summer Wind.” Mercer died in 1976.
 
1936: Jazz trumpeter and world-fusion pioneer Don Cherry is born today. Cherry recorded and performed with a wealth of jazz luminaries such as Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins and Archie Shepp before launching his own eclectic career. He is the father of Neneh and Eagle Eye Cherry. 
 
1958: Happy birthday to Dixie Chick Laura Lynch!
 
1962: Happy birthday to Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett!
 
1976: Richard Hell & the Voidoids made their debut at NYC’s famed CBGB’s today. In addition to his unique sound as a musician, Hell started the punk fashion craze later adopted by the Sex Pistols.
 
1993: Nirvana recorded their MTV “Unplugged” session today. Their set was filled with mostly lesser-known original songs and a number of cover versions of David Bowie, Meat Puppets and others, yielding the best-selling album of the same name. 
 
1969: Happy birthday Ben Harper!
 
1987: Happy birthday Frank Ocean!
 
 
 
Have news to share? Send info about your upcoming performances, appearances, publications, etc., to gmeyer@vandercook.edu and we'll get the word out.
 
 
 

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