VanderCook Music News, week of April 16

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Happening This Week

April 17
A Chamber Ensembles Concert featuring guitar, flute, clarinet, brass and saxophone ensembles will be held at Quinlan Hall beginning at 4:30 p.m. As always, public are more than welcome to attend. 
April 19
Samuel Schuman Fitness Day at VanderCook! Dr. Leah Schuman has arranged for a number of exercises and activities for students and faculty. In addition to yoga, karate, basketball and volleyball, renowned performer Dill Costa will host a special Brazilian Dance class. 
April 19-22
Manju Durairaj (MMEd ’03) will be presenting three sessions on 21st century Orff education, technology and curriculum at the 25th National Canadian Orff Schulwerk Conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Conference details can be found here.
April 20
Northwestern College’s Women’s Choir and Chamber Orchestra will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel. The Women’s Choir is directed by VanderCook alumna Susan De Jong (MMEd ‘16). More information about the concert can be found here.
April 21, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
Ronald Ralon Senior Recital + Myckala Tobolsky Junior Recital  
April 21
Anthony Kidonakis (MMEd ’09) and the Mark Rymer Jazz Ensemble will perform with the Lake County Symphony Orchestra in a program titled “Tchaikovsky Meets Ellington.” The concert is an annual tribute to Mark Rymer (MMEd ’09), who died in 2011. Kidonakis is quoted in an article about the concert here, and tickets and information are available here
April 21
Dr. Julie Goldberg leads the Avanti Guitar Trio in performance at the Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor, MI. Tickets are available here.
April 21
Record Store Day! Although every day should be RSD (and it is for some of us!), this is a great excuse to support your local brick & mortar shop. A full list of exclusive RSD titles and participating stores can be found here.


April 10
Singer and Chicago native Yvonne Staples at age 80. Together with her sister Mavis Staples and father Pops Staples, she helped establish the Staples Singers as one of the most popular gospel and soul groups of all time, with indelible classics including “I’ll Take You There” and “Respect Yourself.”
April 13
Film director Milos Forman at age 86. Forman is best known for the multi-Oscar-winning films Amadeus and One Flew Over the Cockoo’s Nest. He also directed the film version of the classic musical Hair in 1979.

VanderCook in the News

Longtime MECA instructor Keith Ozsvath, band music teacher with Batavia School District 101, has been inducted into the Fine Arts Hall of Fame of his alma mater, Nazareth Academy. Read more about Ozsvath and the appointment here.


April 24
The Chicago Community Classical Guitar Ensemble, led by Dr. Julie Goldberg, will present a side-by-side concert with the Union Ridge Middle School Guitar Ensemble at Union Ridge School in Harwood Heights, IL.  
May 3
Yamaha Performing Artist Jeff Rupert will present a special master class to VanderCook students and local school ensembles. Rupert, Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida, will join VanderCook’s Jazz Band and Percussion Ensembles at the Jazz & Percussion Concert at 7:00 that evening. Register for the master class and the concert here.
May 6
Dr. Goldberg and the Chicago Community Classical Guitar Ensemble celebrate the ensemble’s 20th anniversary with a free concert at Quinlan Hall at VanderCook. They’ll be joined by a number of VCM alumni and members of the Windy City Guitar Ensemble.
May 9
Dr. Ruti Abramovitch will perform a special chamber music concert at VanderCook. Joining her will be CSO principal cellist John Sharp and Lyric Opera violinist Liba Schacht. This concert starts at 7:00 p.m. and inaugurates the Chamber Music at VanderCook series. Tickets ($10; free for VCM students) are available here
May 13
The VanderCook Percussion Ensemble, led by professor Jim Yakas, will perform a special concert at the famed Herbert House in Evanston, IL, as part of the series “Hear the Beats in the Herbert House,” hosted by the School of Architecture at Taliesin.
May 13
The Orion Ensemble, featuring adjunct piano instructor Dr. Diana Schmück, will be performing at the First Baptist Church of Geneva with special guests Mathias Tacke on violin and Stephen Boe on viola. Tickets and program info here.

Around Town

Just some of the many worthwhile events happening in the city this week.
April 17
Riccardo Muti conducts the CSO for Dvorak's New World Symphony and Copland's Lincoln Portrait. Tickets & details here.
April 19-21
Riccardo Muti conducts the CSO for a program of Tchaikovsky and Debussy. Tickets & 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…
April 16
1924: Composer Henry Mancini is born.
1939: British singer Dusty Springfield is born.
1964: The Rolling Stones’ very first album is released today, known in the U.S. (with a slightly different track listing) as England’s Newest Hit Makers.
1971: “The Queen of Tejano Music,” Mexican-American singer Selena is born.
1993: Chance the Rapper is born.
April 17
1948: Jazz keyboardist Jan Hammer, best known for the Miami Vice theme, is born.
1964: Tool and A Perfect Circle member James Keenan is born.
1967: Singer-songwriter Liz Phair is born.
1970: Rapper Redman is born.
1989: Avi Kaplan of the a cappella group Pentatonix is born.
1998: Linda McCartney, wife of Paul, founding member of Wings, and staunch animal rights advocate, dies today after a long battle with cancer.
April 18
1970: Everclear drummer Greg Eklund is born.
1974: Mark Tremonti, lead guitarist of Creed, is born.
April 19
1928: Blues singer Alexis Korner, a major force behind the UK R&B scene and later an influential BBC Radio host, is born. 
1942: Eddie Kramer, legendary recording engineer whose expertise at the mixing console contributed to classic recordings by Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, The Kinks and Carlos Santana among dozens more, is born.
1945: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel opens on Broadway.
1966: Suge Knight, founder of Death Row Records and the throne behind the power of Dr. Dre, Tupac, Snoop and others, is born.
2012: Levon Helm, drummer, singer and multi-instrumentalist of The Band, dies of throat cancer today.
April 20
1951: Legendary soul singer and songwriter Luther Vandross is born.
1971: Mikey Welsh, bassist of Weezer, is born.
April 21
1947: James Osterberg, better known to the world as Iggy Pop, is born.
1959: Robert Smith, lead singer of seminal ‘80s band The Cure, is born.
1977: Strouse & CharninsAnnie opens on Broadway.
1978: UK folk singer Sandy Denny dies from injuries related to a fall down a staircase. She was a member of the hugely popular folk group Fairport Convention, and sings on Led Zeppelin’s “The Battle of Evermore” from Led Zeppelin IV.
2017: His Royal Badness, the Almighty Purple One, the Artist Who Will Forever Be Known as Prince is found dead today in his Paisley Park studio complex, the victim of an accidental fentanyl overdose, at age 57.
April 22
1876: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky completes his ballet Swan Lake today.
1922: Groundbreaking double bassist Charles Mingus is born.
1936: Legendary country singer-songwriter Glen Campbell is born.
1937: Musician, arranger, songwriter, record producer and film score composer Jack Nitzsche, who produced for The Rolling Stones, Neil Young and The Walker Brothers, is born.
1950: Rock heavyweight and big-arena icon Peter Frampton is born.
1974: Shavo Odadjian, bassist with Armenian-American heavy metal band System of a Down, is born.
2013: Richie Havens, the folk singer who opened the legendary 1969 Woodstock rock festival, dies of a heart attack at 72.



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