VanderCook Music News, week of October 22

The Symphonic Band welcomes the Kaplan Institute to the neighborhood on October 26


Students return from break this week to enter the final
8 weeks of the semester in the lead-up to the Midwest Clinic…



Faculty Trio at the Gridley House
A VanderCook Faculty Trio performed an afternoon concert at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gridley House in Batavia, IL. Faculty members Doug Bistrow, Anthony Kidonakis and Jim Yakas were joined by current master’s degree candidate Len’I McKinney in a tribute to the legacy of alumnus Dr. Walter H. Dyett (BMEd ’38). The program featured music composed by some of Dyett’s notable students, including Gene Ammons, Nat “King” Cole and Dorothy Donegan.
A new member has joined the VanderCook family: Shunita Rhodes starts this week as the new Controller for the college. Be sure to stop by and welcome her to the fold the next time you’re on campus. 


Happening This Week

This Friday, October 26, IIT is holding an open house to celebrate the opening of IIT's Kaplan Institute for Innovation & Tech Entrepreneurship, located directly across the street from VanderCook. The open house festivities begin at 12:45 p.m. To welcome our new neighbors to Federal Street, the VanderCook Symphonic Band will perform a short concert beginning at 4:00, with a reception following at 4:30. Both the concert and the reception will be held next door to the Kaplan Institute at 3125 S. Federal St. Join us for the festivities!
This Saturday, the 27th, VanderCook will host the ILMEA’s District 1 EGM Festival. Faculty member Manju Durairaj will be one of the Orff clinicians for the day. More information about the festival can be found here.

VanderCook in the News

Elizabeth Burrows (MMEd ’10) joins the Soo Theatre as a piano and percussion instructor at their Pickford, MI, location. Read more about Elizabeth and the Soo Theatre’s programs here
Lynne Jackson (MMEd ’75) has been tapped to lead a clinic at this year’s Midwest Clinic at McCormick Place in Chicago. She’ll be leading Trumpet Pedagogy from Day One on December 21. Read more about the clinic and register for it here.
Speaking of Midwest, this year’s Breakfast with Legends features no less than three recipients of VanderCook’s Honorary Doctorate in music education: Paula Crider (HD '13), Freddy Martin (HD '14) and John Whitwell (HD '13). The breakfast takes place on December 21 at 7:00 a.m., immediately preceding the VanderCook Symphonic Band performance at 8:15. Read about all three and register for the breakfast here.


November 6
Day of Guitar gathers hundreds of high school guitar students from across the Chicagoland area for workshops and a group performance. A great opportunity for the young guitarist in your life!
November 8
A double-header of a day: High school students will be visiting campus for today’s Open House Visit Day to learn more about the value of a degree from VanderCook. At 7:30 this evening, the Jazz & Percussion Live concert is sure to dazzle and delight as always.
November 16
The Honors Chamber Ensemble Concert presents an intimate and relaxing evening of chamber performances by VanderCook students at 7:30 p.m.
November 18
Trumpet professor and executive director of VanderCook’s One City outreach program Dr. Leah Schuman will be guesting with the Joliet Central High School Bands at their annual fall concert. Read more about Dr. Schuman and the concerts here.

Around Town

Just a fraction of the many events Chicago has to offer this week:
October 23
Choro Das Tres will perform two shows of their unique instrumental Brazilian jazz at the Jazz Showcase. Tickets and info here.
The Dover Quartet, Bienen School of Music’s Quartet-in-Residence, present an evening of Bartók, Britten and Dvoƙák at Galvin Recital Hall. Tickets available here.
October 24
America’s oldest continuously active professional music organization, “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band will perform a special concert at the CSO. Tickets and info here.
October 25
Legendary conductor Bernard Haitink will conduct Beethoven and Bruckner at the CSO with pianist Paul Lewis. More info here.
October 26-27
Jazz trumpeter extraordinaire Chris Botti performs at the Chicago Theatre for two nights. Tickets and info here.

This Week in Music History

Acknowledging the people and events that shaped music as we know it today…
October 22
1811: Hungarian romantic composer Franz Liszt is born today.
1881: The Boston Symphony Orchestra made its official debut today.
1883: New York’s original Metropolitan Opera house had its grand opening today, featuring a performance of Charles Gounod’s Faust.
1928: Composer and arranger Clare Fischer was born today. In addition to numerous jazz albums over the years, Fischer reached new audiences with his orchestral arrangements for Prince in the 1980s. 
1943: Violin prodigy Paul Zukofsky is born today.
1968: Happy birthday Shaggy and Shelby Lynne! If you ever wanted to namecheck them both in one sentence, now’s your chance.
1983: Happy birthday Plan B!
October 23
1923: Ned Rorem, composer and musicologist, is born today. 
1925: Greek composer and conductor Manos Hadjidakis is born today. He gained international fame for the classic 1960 song “Never on Sunday” from the film of the same name.
1956: Happy birthday Dwight Yoakam
1940: Beatle frontman John Lennon was born today. Lennon was respected worldwide for his songwriting and devout peace activism (the latter earning him a place on the FBI’s watch list for a time). Lennon was gunned down in December 1980 at age 40.
October 24
1818: Felix Mendelssohn gave his first public performance today in Berlin – at age 9.
1911: Blues legend Sonny Terry, whose unique harmonica stylings made him a preeminent artist of Piedmont blues and folk, is born today.
1925: Luciano Berio, reigning composer of modern Italian classical and avant garde compositions, is born today. 
1929: American composer George Crumb is born today. Crumb gained notoriety for unusual timbres and extended instrumentation and vocal techniques in his largely post-modern compositions. His most famous works include Ancient Voices for Children for mixed ensemble, Black Angels for an electric string quintet, and Makrokosmos.
1930: The Big Bopper, Jiles Perry Richardson, a key figure in early rockabilly, is born today.
1931: Russian composer Sofia Gubaidulina is born today.
1936: Happy birthday Bill Wyman! The original Rolling Stones bassist helped start the band in 1962, and remained with them until 1993.
1959: Happy birthday Weird Al Yankovic! Have some cake and… just eat it!
1986: Happy birthday Drake
October 25
1838: French romantic Georges Bizet is born today. His popularity would remain modest throughout his life until, ironically, his final work, the opera Carmen. Bizet died exactly three months to the day after its premiere in 1875.
1944: Happy birthday Jon Anderson, singer of Yes.
1964: The Rolling Stones made their first appearance on U.S. television today on the famed Ed Sullivan Show. Such was the pandemonium in the audience that Sullivan announced the Stones would never be allowed to perform on his show again. They were invited back and performed five more times.
1984: Happy birthday Katy Perry!
October 26
1685: Italian Baroque composer Domenico Scarlatti is born today. 
1911: The Queen of Gospel, Mahalia Jackson, is born today. Jackson would become synonymous with the genre due to her powerful voice and distinctive style, achieving a worldwide mainstream success rarely achieved by gospel singers. Among her most notable performances were at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration, at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington in 1963, and at Dr. King’s funeral in 1968. She died in 1971.
1951: Happy birthday Bootsy Collins, one-time bassist for James Brown, Parliament and Funkadelic.
1965: The Beatles are each appointed Members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBEs) today. Upon receivership, John Lennon was quoted as saying, “Lots of people who complained about us receiving the MBE received theirs for heroism in the war – for killing people... We received ours for entertaining other people. I'd say we deserve ours more." Lennon would return his MBE in 1969 as a pro-peace statement.
1967: Happy birthday Keith Urban!
October 27
1782: Italian composer Niccolo Paganini is born today. The violin virtuoso was considered the top player of his time, and is best remembered for his 24 Caprices for Solo Violin.
1912: American composer Conlon Nancarrow is born today. Nancarrow spent most of his life composing in Mexico, and became known for utilizing player pianos and other auto-playing instruments in many of his compositions.
1933: Rockabilly musician Floyd Cramer is born today. Cramer appeared on dozens of early rock ‘n’ roll recordings, most notably the twinkling piano in Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel.”
1958: Happy birthday to Simon LeBon, lead singer of Duran Duran.
1967: Former Stone Temple Pilots vocalist Scott Weiland is born today. Weiland died of heart attack on a tour bus in 2015.
October 28
1922: Happy birthday Gershon Kingsley! The German composer conducted and arranged a number of Broadway shows before becoming an early proponent of electronic music. His greatest successes in the latter genre began in the mid-60s with his partnership with Jean-Jacques Perrey and their landmark recording The In-Sound from Way Out!
1936: Happy birthday to composer and conductor Carl Davis!
1969: Happy birthday Ben Harper!
1987: Happy birthday Frank Ocean!
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