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VanderCook Music News, week of September 24

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Mads Tolling will appear at VanderCook on 9/27
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Recaps

The One City outreach program kicked off the 2018-19 season this past Saturday at VanderCook, with a fantastic turnout of very enthusiastic parents and students. We look forward to their recital on December 8! 
 
VanderCook hosted its ILMEA High School Auditions Master Class on the 18th, and hosts a second class tonight. Almost 100 high schoolers will have attended both nights.
 
September 20 saw Samuel Schuman Fitness Day at VanderCook. This semester’s activities included yoga, Irish dance led by VC alumna Bridget Smith (BMpc ’14), basketball, volleyball, frisbee golf and a lakeside jog. Many thanks to Dr. Leah Schuman for arranging this fun and invigorating day!
 
Victoria Shoemaker (BMEd ’15) played flute to an enchanted audience at Kinstone’s Autumn Equinox Sunset Concert on September 22. 
 
Professor David Eccles led a string trio at Cuisine and Corks, an event honoring celebrated chef Stig Hansen at the Danish Home on September 15. Rozalyn Torto (MMEd ‘15), Kornelia Cesarz (BMEd ‘18) and Angela Harris performed in the trio. 
 
 

Happening This Week

September 27
High school students are invited to attend our Open House Visit Day for a tour of the college and campus. Details can be found here.
 
Also on the 27th, two-time Grammy-winner Mads Tolling will present a special master class and share wisdom from his years with the Turtle Island Quartet, performing with legends like Stanley Clarke and Jean-Luc Ponty, and leading his acclaimed ensemble The Mads Men.  Presented by Yamaha and Quinlan & Fabish.  Following the master class, Tolling will perform with VanderCook’s Philharmonic Orchestra in a special free concert at 7:00. Details and RSVP info to be found here
 
September 29
Middle Level HonorFest gives advanced, director-nominated middle school band musicians and choir singer an opportunity to spend a day with a master clinician in a higher education setting. They rehearse during the day and conclude with a performance later in the afternoon. Undergraduate Dean Stacey Larson Dolan, Graduate Dean Dr. Robert L. Sinclair, and MECA instructor Keith Ozsvath are this year’s clinicians.
 

VanderCook in the News


Piano instructor Dr. Ruti Abramovitch joined the faculty of The Academy at the Music Institute of Chicago, where she’ll be working with exceptionally gift pre-college musicians aspiring to become professional performers. Congratulations, Dr. Abramovitch!
 
John Armstrong (BMEd ’88) was presented with the Cloyd Myers Memorial Award from the Illinois Grade School Music Association. 
 
Derrick Shannon II (BMEd ’12) has joined the Madison Scouts as their new Percussion Coordinator and Battery Arranger/Composer. Read about Shannon and his appointment here.
 
The website Agúzate, online finger on the pulse of Afro-Latin music and culture in Chicago, published this terrific article on Nathan Rodriguez (BMEd ’09) and his two salsa bands, which recently performed at tribute concert celebrating the seminal Fania record label and its artists. Nice work, Nathan!
 

Upcoming

September 30
The Avanti Guitar Trio, comprised of VanderCook’s guitar professor Dr. Julie Goldberg, Jason Deroche and Wesley Hixson, will be performing at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Flint, MI. For more information about this and other concerts, visit Avanti’s website.
 

Around Town


Just a fraction of the many worthwhile events happening in the city this week:
 
September 27
Not that you’d want to miss Mads Tolling performing with our Philharmonic Orchestra, but Black Bear Combo bring their firebreathing horns, thunderous drums, serpentine melodies, crooked rhythms and unique Balkan twist on rock and jazz at Martyr’s.  
 
September 29-30
The Hyde Park Jazz Festival livens up the southside neighborhood this weekend with appearances by Ravi Coltrane, Jason Moran, Dee Alexander and Mike Reed. Full roster and schedule found here.
 

 

This Week in Music History


Acknowledging the people and events that shaped music as we know it today…
 
September 24
 
1893: Blues guitarist and singer Blind Lemon Jefferson is born.
 
1919: Composer Václav Nelhýbel is born. In addition to having composed many seminal works for student musicians, Nelhýbel received the first honorary doctorate conferred by VanderCook College of Music in 1986.
 
1923: Jazz trumpeter Fats Navarro is born.
 
1931: Singer-songwriter Anthony Newley is born. Newley composed many popular songs for the stage and screen, many with writing partner Leslie Bricusse, including the film musicals Dr. Doolittle and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, and the James Bond theme song “Goldfinger.”
 
1942: Linda McCartney, longtime wife of Sir Paul and member of Wings, was born today.
 
1957: Elvis Presley released the timeless song “Jailhouse Rock” today.
 
1968: Actor, sometime singer and freshest prince Will Smith is born.
 
1975: Legendary r&b singer Jackie Wilson suffered an ultimately fatal heart attack today while performing on stage. He would remain in a coma for nine years until his death in 1984 at age 49. 
 
1980: The rock world fell silent today when John Bonham, drummer for Led Zeppelin, died from asphyxiation on his own vomit following a drinking binge. Often cited in polls as the greatest rock & roll drummer, Bonham’s performance stamina became legendary resulting from playing drum solos for as long as 90 minutes in concert, often with his bare hands. Ludwig issued a limited edition memorial drum kit in Bonham’s honor in 2007.
 
1991: A year to the day after Dave Grohl joined Nirvana, their landmark album Nevermind was released today.
 
2000: Ozzy Osbourne formally requested that Black Sabbath be removed from the rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee nominations, deriding the recognition as “meaningless.” The band would be inducted in 2006. 
 
September 25
 
1896: British composer Roberto Gerhard is born.
 
1906: Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich is born.
 
1923: Jazz saxophonist Sam Rivers is born.
 
1926: Sultry torch singer Julie London was born today.
 
1927: Conductor Sir Colin Davis is born.
 
1932: Pianist Glenn Gould was born today. Gould became one of the most well-known and respected classical pianists, thanks in part to his landmark recording Bach: The Goldberg Variations in 1955.
 
1945: Composer and ethnomusicologist Béla Bartok died today at age 64.
 
1945: Singer Bryan Ferry, leader of Roxy Music and solo artist in his own right, is born.
 
1948: Olivia Newton-John, the singer who helped immortalize the musical Grease with her performance in the film and on its soundtrack, is born.
 
1954: Cesar Rosas, guitarist for Los Lobos, is born.
 
1965: Cindy Herron of En Vogue is born.
 
1972: Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men is born.
 
1979: Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Evita opened on Broadway today, and would play for over 1,500 performances before closing.
 
1983: Actor and singer Donald Glover, who records as Childish Gambino, is born.
 
2003: Singer Robert Palmer, onetime member of Duran Duran side project Arcadia and best-selling solo artist of “Addicted to Love” and “Simply Irresistible,” died of a heart attack today at age 54.
 
September 26
 
1898: George Gershwin, the legendary composer and songwriter, was born today. Many of Gershwin's compositions remain standards to this day, including "I Got Rhythm," An American in Paris, Rhapsody in Blue and Porgy and Bess.
 
1925: Country legend Marty Robbins is born.
 
1926: Composer Guiseppe Chiari is born.
 
1937: The great blues singer Bessie Smith died today.
 
1945: Brazilian singer Gal Costa is born.
 
1957: Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical West Side Story made its Broadway debut at the Winter Garden Theater in NYC today.
 
1981: Singer Christina Milian is born.
 
1998: Jazz vocalist Betty Carter died today at age 68.
 
2000: Brazilian jazz guitarist Baden Powell died today.
 
 
September 27
 
1912: W.C. Handy publishes what is considered the first blues song, “Memphis Blues,” today.
 
1921: German composer Engelbert Humperdinck died today at age 67.
 
1924: Pioneering bebop pianist Bud Powell is born.
 
1943: Randy Bachman, lead guitarist and songwriter of The Guess Who, is born.
 
1947: Singer and actress Barbara Dickson is born.
 
1947: Marvin Lee Aday, better known as Meat Loaf, is born.
 
1953: Bassist, producer and rastafari Robbie Shakespeare, half of the massively influential reggae team Sly & Robbie, is born.
 
1966: Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind was born today.
 
1984: Avril Lavigne is born.
 
2003: Actor Donald O’Connor, best known for his role in Singin’ in the Rain, died today at age 78.
 
2004: Legendary producer Phil Spector was formally charged with the murder of his girlfriend, actress Lana Clarkson today. The impresario behind the famed “Wall of Sound” production continues to serve a 19-years-to-life prison sentence. Spector is credited behind dozens of classic rock, doo-wop and r&b songs for artists including Ben E. King, Ruth Brown, LaVern Baker, Darlene Love, The Righteous Brothers, Ike & Tina Turner and Leonard Cohen. Spector also famously replaced George Martin as producer for what would be The Beatles’ final studio release, Let It Be.
 
September 28
 
1928: The woman known as the Queen of the Blues, Koko Taylor was born today.
 
1929: One of the most popular Indian singers, Lata Mangeshkar, is born today. The sister of singer Asha Bhosle, Mangeshkar is credited with singing in over 1,000 Bollywood films, and has recorded songs in 36 regional Indian languages.
 
1931: John Gilmore, the powerhouse tenor saxophonist and fixture in Sun Ra’s mythic band The Arkestra, is born.
 
1938: Ben E. King, the golden-voiced singer of “Stand By Me” and dozens others, was born today.
 
1942: Brazilian singer Tim Maia is born.
 
1966: Jazz bandleader Lucky Millinder died today.
 
1976: Stevie Wonder releases the phenomenally successful Songs in the Key of Life today. The album featured modern day classics “Isn’t She Lovely” and “I Wish.” 
 
1991: Giant of jazz Miles Davis died today. The controversial trumpeter is still considered one of the most important and influential artists in the history of jazz, having released several landmark albums in his 50-year career, including the genre-defining Birth of the Cool (1957), Kind of Blue (1959), Sketches of Spain (1960), In a Silent Way (1969) and Bitches Brew (1970).
 
September 29
 
1907: America’s Singing Cowboy, Gene Autry was born today.
 
1935: Great balls of fire! Rockabilly icon Jerry Lee Lewis is born. 
 
1942: Jean-Luc Ponty, the French fusion violinist, was born today.
 
1944: Composer Mike Post is born. Post’s signature style can be heard in dozens of TV theme songs, including The Rockford Files, Hill Street Blues Magnum PI, NYPD Blue, L.A. Law, Doogie Howser M.D., CHiPs, Law & Order, and of course, The Greatest American Hero.
 
1963: Les Claypool, the funk-metal bassist of Primus, is born
 
2015: Jazz saxophonist Phil Woods died today at age 83.
 
September 30
 
1791: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) premieres in Vienna.
 
1917: Jazz drummer extraordinaire Buddy Rich is born.
 
1935: Velvety vocalist Johnny Mathis is born.
 
1942: Singer Frankie Lymon was born today.
 
1947: Singer-songwriter Marc Bolan, frontman of the groundbreaking glam rock band T. Rex, was born today.
 
1964: Singer and guitarist of Phish, Trey Anastasio, is born.
 
1967: Happy birthday, BBC Radio 1! England’s first radio station dedicated to popular music was launched today, initially in an effort to combat pirate radio stations. The first song played on air was “Flowers in the Rain” by The Move.
 
1977: Singer Mary Ford died today. Ford was one-half of the popular duo with husband Les Paul. She was 53.
 
1986: Multi-instrumentalist Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons is born. 
 
1989: Composer and music critic Virgil Thompson died today at age 92.
 
 
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