VanderCook Music News, week of April 23

Hannah Menich (BMEd '17) conducting at the Student Conductor Concerts

Happening This Week

April 24

Resume Night! VanderCook students looking for guidance and pointers on resume-writing are encouraged to attend this workshop from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in VanderCook’s MIDI Lab.
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.  
April 26
Steven Vonderohe Senior Recital, 7:30 p.m.
April 27
Joshua Breen, Matthew Butler & Edward Sailer Junior Recitals, 7:30 p.m.
April 28
Student Conductor Concerts! Two afternoon concerts this Saturday showcase the culmination of conducting instruction as undergraduate and graduate students lead the Symphonic Band, Concert Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra. Concerts are at 2:00 and 5:00 and each features a unique program. Admission to both is free, and a reception follows the 2:00 program. 
April 29
Danielle Dileto Senior Recital, 4:00 p.m.
April 29
Miguel Pedraza Senior Recital
Eric Ballenger & Agata Noca Junior Recitals 
6:00 p.m.

VanderCook in the News

Chris Gemkow (MMEd ’15) has received the Music Education Innovator Award from the Give A Note Foundation for the music production program he implemented at York Community High School in Elmhurst. Read more about Gemkow’s project and the foundation’s other award winners here.
Dr. Michael Hall was recently interviewed for the podcast The Portfolio Composer. The episode, “Michael Hall on Not Playing It Safe,” is available here.


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. Attendance to both events is free but reservations are strongly recommended, available here.
May 6
Dr. Julie 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) are available here
May 11
Undergraduate Commencement! Family and friends are cordially invited to attend and congratulate the newest class of music teachers ready to bring their talent, acumen and VCM instruction to school music classrooms. Honorary doctorates will be conferred upon Frank J. Lestina and Donald Wayne Shupe. The ceremony begins at 4:00 at 3125 South Federal Street in Chicago, and is free and open to the public.
May 11-12
Professors Ruth A. Rhodes (BMEd ’69), Peter Jirousek and Deborah Stevenson will perform with the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra at Bethel Church in Crown Point on May 11 and at Highland High School on May 12. Both programs include selections from Showboat and other musicals. Discounted tickets for students are available. More information available here.

Around Town

Just some of the many worthwhile events happening in the city this week.
April 23
The Patricia Barber Quartet continues its Monday night residency at the Green Mill. Tickets, info & future dates can be found here.
April 26
Bon Jovi performs at the United Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available here.
The Indigo Girls perform at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie at 7:30 p.m. Tickets and info here.
April 26-27
Keb’ Mo’ performs two shows each night at City Winery. Both early shows have sold out but tickets for the late shows are still available here.
April 26-29
Famed film composer John Williams returns to the Orchestra Hall podium for four evenings featuring performances of some of his most popular scores including E.T., Star Wars, the Indiana Jones trilogy and more. Tickets and more details available 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 23
1936: “The Caruso of Rock,” Roy Orbison, writer and performer of longtime staples “Pretty Woman” and “In Dreams,” and the oldest Traveling Wilbury, is born.
April 24
1942: Barbra Streisand is born.
1982: Kelly Clarkson is born.
April 25
1917: Jazz vocal luminary Ella Fitzgerald is born.
1923: Blues guitarist Albert King is born.
1933: Jerry Leiber, who with partner Mike Stoller penned some of the most famous songs in rock ‘n’ roll history (“Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Stand By Me” (with Ben E. King) and “Love Potion No. 9,” among dozens others), is born.
1964: Erasure vocalist Andy Bell is born.
April 26
1938: King of the guitar twang Duane Eddy is born.
1940: Producer and composer Giorgio Moroder, whose music for Flashdance and Top Gun won Oscars and defined an era, and whose work with protégé Donna Summer became the evolutionary link between disco and techno, is born.
April 27
1948: Kate Pierson of the retro-rock band The B-52s, is born.
1951: Kiss guitarist and elder statesman of painted faces Ace Frehley is born.
April 28
1941: Singer Ann-Margret is born.
April 29
1899: Duke Ellington, the man whose name is synonymous with jazz, is born.
1922: Jazz/bebop multi-instrumentalist Toots Thielemans is born.
1933: Country legend Willie Nelson is born, just nine days shy of the birth date he would have preferred, no doubt.



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