VanderCook Music News, week of April 30

Alexis Hart at the 2018 Student Conductor Concerts

Happening This Week

April 30
The 5th annual Mundelein Night of Percussion will be held in the Mundelein High School Auditorium at 7:00, and features two new compositions by VanderCook’s former percussion instructor Kevin Lepper, one of which was co-written with Glen Kotche, drummer of the band Wilco. Congratulations, Kevin!
May 2
VanderCook now has a new official student organization, the Percussion Club. The first meeting is today in the Percussion Lab at 12:30 p.m. and is open to anyone interested in joining or just looking to find out more about it.
May 3
Yamaha Performing Artist Jeff Rupert will present a special master class at 1:00 to VanderCook students and local school ensembles. Rupert, Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Central Florida and featured saxophonist on dozens of jazz recordings, will join VanderCook’s Jazz Band and Percussion Ensembles at the Jazz & Percussion Concert at 7:00 that evening. Both the master class and concert are free but reservations for both (available here) are strong recommended.
May 5
Flute professor Mary-Christine Stingley presents the VanderCook Flute Studio Recital at 6:00 tonight in Quinlan Hall.
Michael Teolis (MMEd ’91) leads the Michael Teolis Singers in their annual spring concert. “Sing, Illinois!” will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Oak Park, and features a program including works by Ned Rorem, William Ferris, Margaret Bonds, Norman Luboff and others. The concert also features an original arrangement for chorus and flugelhorn by special guest, trumpet virtuoso Joseph Burgstaller (formerly of the Canadian Brass). More information available here.
May 6
Dr. Julie Goldberg and the Chicago Community Classical Guitar Ensemble celebrate the ensemble’s 20th anniversary with a free concert starting at 3:00 at VanderCook’s Quinlan Hall. They’ll be joined by a number of VCM alumni and members of the Windy City Guitar Ensemble.


The Student Conductor Concerts this past Saturday featured 29 captivating performances by equally captivating student conductors. Photos capturing just a fraction of the afternoon’s magic can be found on VanderCook’s Facebook page with a larger photo album coming soon to our website. Congratulations to this year’s conductors!
Timothy Riordan brought VanderCook’s Brass Ensemble to the Merit School of Music on April 21 for a day of performance and instruction. 
President emeritus Dr. Charles Menghini presented two in-service sessions for Yorkville (IL) Community Unit School District 115 music teachers.

VanderCook in the News

Applied horn instructor Peter Jirousek is featured on a recent CSO CD release of Riccardo Muti conducting Bruckner’s 9th Symphony. The CD made the New York Times’ ‘Top 25 Recordings of 2017’ list and is available here
Will Burck (MMEd ’05) was recently profiled as a “Warrior You Should Know” by Wabaunsee Valley High School in Aurora, IL.
A shout-out to Josh Neuenschwander (BMEd ’10), just accepted into the University of Iowa to pursue a DMA in conducting.  
And congratulations to Maria Kloess and Joshua Noble! They met during their one year together at VanderCook, and are now getting married this June. Yet another couple who came to VanderCook with their passion for music and found each other along the way. 


May 7
Juries! Good luck, students! 
President emeritus Dr. Charles Menghini will present to band directors in Frederick, MD, in conjunction with a Music and Arts Education In-Service Day.
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.
May 13
The VanderCook Percussion Ensemble, led by percussion 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.
May 5
The 127th Polish Constitution Day Parade celebrates the Polish Constitution of 1791 in honor of the first democratic constitution in Europe and second in the world only to the U.S. Constitution. The parade begins at 11:30 a.m. and spans Columbus Drive. There's also a dinner bandquet and social hour at the Lone Tree Manor starting at 6:00 p.m. More details on all Polish Independence events available here.
May 6
Cinco De Mayo Parade is held to remember the victory of Mexican forces over the invading French army in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The parade begins at 12:00 noon at Cermak & Damen.

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 30
1983: Blues legend Muddy Waters was found dead in his home in Westmont, IL, today at age 68.
May 1
1786: Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro premieres today in Vienna.
1962: The Beatles begin their famous residency at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany today. Their performances here will quickly garner them an unprecedented following and lead to the beginning of their musical careers.
1966: The Beatles perform their final official UK concert today (not counting their rooftop concert in 1969).
May 2
1936: Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf premieres in Moscow today.
1969: The Who debut Tommy, generally regarded as the first rock opera, at Ronnie Scott’s club in London.
1980: Joy Division play what will be their last live date ever; singer Ian Curtis would commit suicide two weeks later, leading the seminal post-punk band to reform a short while later as New Order.
1984: Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George opens on Broadway today. It will last 604 performances before closing.
May 3
1903: Legendary crooner Bing Crosby is born.
1919: Folk maestro, social activist, and major influence on a young Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger is born.
1933: The Godfather of Soul, funk/R&B legend James Brown is born.
1960: Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones’ musical The Fantasticks opens today. The original off-Broadway production played for 42 consecutive years (over 17,000 performances), making it the longest running musical in history. 
1962: Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer Alain Johannes of Queens of the Stone Age and Arctic Monkeys fame is born.
May 4
1878: Vinyl lovers, rejoice! The phonograph made its debut at the Grand Opera House in Los Angeles today.
1956: Sharon Jones, the golden-throated vocalist of the funk and soul band the Dap-Kings, is born.
May 5
1891: Carnegie Hall (then called simply Music Hall) opens its doors today. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is the first conductor to take the podium of the world-famous venue in NYC.
1988: UK diva Adele is born.
May 6
1965: In their Clearwater, FL, hotel room, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards worked out the opening guitar riff of what will be called and released as '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction.' Richards claimed to have woken up in the night, recorded the opening bars on a portable tape recorder, then return to sleep, only to discover the spontaneous recording in the morning. In 2004, 'Satisfaction' landed at #2 on Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1971: Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Chiflett is born.



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