VanderCook Music News, week of July 16

Dr. Joseph Manfredo conducts the graduate Symphonic Band at the Clarke House


Today begins the 5th week of graduate classes and the 6th week of MECA continuing education courses. 
The Symphonic Band and Jazz Band performances last Tuesday at the Clarke House Concert enchanted all who attended. Check out the photos on our Facebook page.
The Maury Rhodes Golf Classic, held by Quinlan & Fabish on July 12, was equally entertaining and saw a full course of golfers. Many thanks to all who came out to play!

VanderCook in the News

Washington State University has appointed Dr. Christopher Nakielski (MMEd ’09) to teach Choral Music Education, Applied Voice and music literature courses, as well as directing the school’s Treble Choir. Congratulations, Chris!
On July 11, longtime music teacher and trombonist Paul Germano (MMEd ’90) was honored by the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra with its annual Janet Leonard Con Spirito Award. Congratulations, Paul! Read about Paul, his career and the award here.
VanderCook goes to China! Violin instructor Yang Liu and Dr. I-Hsuan Tsai will bring their chamber ensemble, Momento Virtuosi, to perform at the grand opening of the Sound of Phoenix Grand Theatre in Qingdao. Accompanying them and performing will be current undergrad Christian Anderson and graduate student Jonathan Luk. Good luck and safe travels, one and all! We look forward to photos and/or video of your performance!


July 19
The talents of our master’s degree candidates go on display tonight in two signature events! First is the Master’s Project Poster Session at 5:45, in which grad students present their research projects, followed by the Graduate Ensembles Concert at 7:30, featuring the Philharmonic Orchestra, Concert Choir and Collegiate Chorale. Both events are free and will be held at Quinlan Hall in VanderCook’s 3125 building. A reception for family and friends of the presenting students will be held between the events from 7:00 to 7:30.
July 20
The annual Wendella Boat Cruise & Jazz Band Concert sets sail sharply at 8:00 p.m. This fundraiser treats attendees to stunning views of the city from the river and lakefront while grooving to the jazz band under the direction of professor Tony Kidonakis. Drinks, raffles and karaoke are on the menu as well! Tickets are going fast but still available here.
July 23
Professor Manju Durairaj (MMEd ’03) will co-present Classroom Resources and Elementary Choral Music at J.W. Pepper and Hal Leonard’s Joy of Singing workshops in Philadelphia. Full schedule and ticket information available here.
July 24
Vocal instructor Angela Presutti Korbitz will perform at the Sinfonietta Bel Canto Summer Voice Festival at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oakbrook, IL. Entitled “Vagabonds and Troubadours,” the concert will feature music for voice, guitar, violin and flute by Schubert, Bartók, Purcell and others. Tickets available here.
July 25
VanderCook’s applied studios are proud to present a Studios Recital at 7:00 p.m., featuring graduate students performing entirely on secondary instruments. The concert will take place at 3125 S. Federal St. and admission is free.
August 6-10
Professor David Eccles, Nat King Cole Generation Hope and VanderCook are excited to offer a Summer String Camp to Chicago middle and high school violin, viola, cello, string bass and guitar students. The camp will be held on VanderCook's campus from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and there will be a free concert featuring the camp students on Friday, August 10th at 4:00 p.m. in the main hall of VanderCook's 3125 building.The camp is free to attend and snacks will be provided daily.
Full details available hereRegistration form here.

Around Town

Just a fraction  of the many worthwhile events happening in the city this week.
July 22
Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Chorus will perform a free concert at the Columbus Park Refectory at 7:00 p.m. The evening’s performances will include works by Samuel Barber, Anton Bruckner, Benjamin Britten, Michael Tippet and others. More details here.

This Week in Music History

Acknowledging the people and events that shaped music as we know it today…
July 16
1941: Desmond Dekker (Jamaican singer-songwriter)
1952: Stewart Copeland (drummer of The Police and all-around musical prodigy)
1971: Ed Kowalczyk (lead singer of Live)
1996: Luke Hemmings (guitarist and lead singer of 5 Seconds of Summer)
In Memoriam:
Harry Chapin (folk singer-songwriter), d. 1981, age 38.
Jon Lord (Deep Purple keyboardist), d. 2012, age 71.
Johnny Winter (blues guitarist), d. 2014, age 70.
July 17
1941: Spencer Davis (founder of The Spencer Davis Group)
1948: Ron Asheton (guitarist of The Stooges)
1949: Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath bassist)
1952: Phoebe Snow (US folk singer-songwriter)
1966: Lou Barlow (founding member of Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh and The Folk Implosion)
In Memoriam:
Billie Holiday, d. 1959, age 43.
John Coltrane, d. 1967, age 40.
Chas Chandler (manager of The Animals, Nick Drake, and The Jimi Hendrix Experience), d. 1996, age 57.
July 18
1929: Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (singer-songwriter, "I Put a Spell on You")
1941: Martha Reeves (vocalist, leader of Martha & The Vandellas)
1975: Daron Malakian (System of a Down guitarist)
1991: Lollapalooza! (The festival debuted today in Phoenix, AZ, with a line-up including Living Colour, Nine Inch Nails, Jane’s Addiction, Siouxsie and the Banshees and the Butthole Surfers, among others.)
In Memoriam:
Nico (singer, one-time Velvet Underground member), d. 1988, age 49.
1953: A shy 18-year-old truck driver in Memphis stepped into a recording service booth to make one copy of a record to give to his mother. He recorded two songs, “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin.” His name was Elvis Presley, and this was his first-ever recording as a singer.
July 19
1947: Brian May (guitarist for Queen and PhD holder in astrophysics)
July 20
1947: Carlos Santana
1964: Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audioslave)
1966: Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam guitarist)
July 21
1931: Plas Johnson (jazz saxophonist, most famously on the original recording of Henry Mancini’s “The Pink Panther Theme.”)
1948: Cat Stevens
In Memoriam:
Jerry Goldsmith (prolific film composer), d. 2004, age 75.
July 22
1941: George Clinton (singer-songwriter, founder of Parliament, Funkadelic, and the P-Funk All-Stars conglomerate)
1947: Don Henley (singer-songwriter and drummer for The Eagles. Don’t expect a card from The Dude…).
1961: Keith Sweat (R&B singer-songwriter)
1992: Selena Gomez



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