VanderCook Music News, week of October 8

Team VanderCook runners get some marathon love!
It's mid-term week at the college, and no shortage of events as we ease into autumn...


Mads Tolling's appearance on September 27 combined an electric master class on improvisation, and an exceptional concert with the VanderCook Philharmonic Orchestra. Photos from both events are on our Facebook photos page. Many thanks to Yamaha and Quinlan & Fabish for sponsoring this special event!
Middle Level HonorFest saw a record number of students participating this year. Over 300 students from over 40 schools attended the September 29th event. Hats off to Director of Continuing Education & Outreach Patrick Benson!
Three cheers for Team VanderCook for running Sunday's Chicago Marathon! This year's runners raised (so far) over $3,400 for the college (you can still support their $10,000 goal by donating here). Congratulations and a wealth of thanks to current BMEd major Melissa Anderson and her brother Matt, alumni Lauren Erickson (MMEd '11) and Joe Koppel (MMEd '01), proud VanderDad Chuck Sommers, and our own Stephanie Lopez!
Many of you know Stephanie Lopez as the face and voice who greets you when you enter VanderCook’s main building or call on the phone. It gives us great pleasure to announce that in addition to finishing the marathon, Stephanie has recently transitioned to her new role as Business Office Manager. Congratulations, Stephanie! You’ll now see Socorro Perez in Front Office reception in the mornings, and De’Jah Perkins in the afternoons. See below for one of De’Jah’s activities outside of VanderCook…
Longtime MECA Orff instructor Cynthia Seputis presented a "Uketoberfest" workshop for the Fox Valley Orff-Schulwerk Chapter on October 6.
The Debriana Duo, comprised of pianists Dr. Diana L. Schmück and Debra Sutter, performed at Frank Lloyd Wright's Winslow House in River Forest on October 7, as part of Common Pattern, a series of Sunday afternoon concerts at Wright homes and other Chicago-area architectural gems.
Manju Durairaj presented 21st Century Orff Schulwerk: Evolution of Process for the St. Louis AOSA chapter on October 8. 

Happening This Week

Newest VanderCook family member De’Jah Perkins is currently appearing in Caroline, or Change at The Den Theatre in Chicago. Presented by Timeline Theatre and Firebrand Theatre, Caroline, or Change features book and lyrics by award-winning Angels in America playwright Tony Kushner, and a music score by Jeanine Tesori. The show runs Thursdays through Sundays and continues through October 28. Advance tickets available here; discounted student and industry tickets available at the box office one hour prior to each performance.

VanderCook in the News

Kobie Watkins (BMEd ’99) has released the debut CD with The Kobie Watkins Grouptet, Movement, on Origin Records. A release party, featuring a performance by the Grouptet and a reception, will be held on October 26 at the Durham Fruit Company, a restored arts space owned by Duke University. Read about and order the CD here, and learn more about the release event at The Fruit here
Another VanderCouple ties the knot! Mark Hamada (MMEd ’16) and Sydnie Reynolds (MMEd ’17) met while attending VanderCook’s graduate program and are planning to marry in June 2019. Congratulations Mark & Sydnie!


October 15
Terry Redford (MMEd ’91) will lead the DuPage Community Concert Band in performance at the McAninch Arts Center. More info and tickets available here.
October 21
The Avanti Guitar Trio, featuring Dr. Julie Goldberg, will perform at The Church of Beethoven in Oak Park. Tickets available here.
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VanderCook will be working with the Higher Learning Commission this spring to ensure that our accreditation standards are maintained.  As part of its ongoing effort to make the accreditation process responsive to a broad range of constituents, the Commission has integrated the federally required third-party comment process into its regular accrediting processes since the 1997-1998 academic year. 
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 February 11-12, 2019.

Around Town

Just a fraction of the many worthwhile events happening in the city this week:
October 12
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to catch legendary jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal at the CSO. Tickets and info here.
October 13-14
Liz Phair rocks The Metro for two nights! Tickets here.
October 18
Constellation presents The Sun Ra Arkestra, featuring original member Marshall Allen and the ensemble’s unique brand of improvisatory space jazz, at the Art Institute of Chicago at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available here.

This Week in Music History

Acknowledging the people and events that shaped music as we know it today…
October 8
1913: Composer and choral director Walter Schumann was born today. Schumann worked in many fields, including TV, radio, Broadway and film, and is best known for composing the Dragnet theme song and the opera John Brown’s Body.
1930: Groundbreaking Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu was born today. The largely self-taught Takemitsu developed a unique style of orchestral and chamber works combining traditional Japanese with Western aesthetics and incorporating silence as a compositional element. He first gained international attention in 1957 with his Requiem for Strings and garnered additional praise for works including The Dorian Horizon, November Steps and Quatrain. He also scored over 100 films during his 40-year career.
1948: Johnny Ramone, guitarist for seminal punk band The Ramones, was born today.
1985: Happy birthday Bruno Mars!
October 9
1835: Camille Saint-Saëns, the French composer of Carnival of the Animals and various concertos and symphonies, was born today.
1920: Jazz saxophonist and flautist Yusef Lateef was born today. Lateef became known for playing a number of non-traditional instruments in his works, including oboe, bamboo flute, shofar, shenai and koto. Lateef died in 2013.
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.
1944: John Entwistle, founding member of The Who was born today. The bassist died in 2002, one day before the band commenced a U.S. tour.
1945: Happy birthday Jeannie C. Riley! The country singer best known for the hit song “Harper Valley PTA.” 
1948: Happy birthday Jackson Browne! The singer-songwriter established a unique blend of soft rock with hits including “Running on Empty” and “Take It Easy.”
1958: Happy birthday Al Jourgensen, frontman of industrial dance legends Ministry, and renowned punk bands Revolting C*cks and Lard.
1970: Happy birthday P.J. Harvey! The UK rocker continues to shred guitars and ears with modern-day classics such as “50 Ft. Queenie,” “Rid of Me,” and “Down by the Water.”
1975: Happy birthday, Sean Lennon! The only child of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, the younger Lennon has recorded a number of solo albums in addition to collaborations with Albert Hammond Jr. and the duo Cibo Matto.
1978: Jacques Brel, the Belgian singer-songwriter who became France’s most popular modern-day chanson, died today at age 49. Brel’s influence extended far beyond the genre; his songs have been covered by artists as diverse as David Bowie, Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone and John Denver.
1985: On what would have been John Lennon’s 45th birthday, Yoko Ono unveiled the memorial Strawberry Fields site in NYC’s Central Park.
1999: Milt Jackson, famed vibraphonist of the Modern Jazz Quartet, died today at age 76.
October 10
1813: Giuseppe Verdi was born today, although some sources cite October 9 as his date of birth. The Italian composer is best known for his “Requiem” and the operas Aida, Rigoletto and La Traviata.
1917: Jazz piano genius Thelonious Monk was born today. The highly original pianist gave the world classics including “Blue Monk,” “Straight No Chaer” and “’Round Midnight.”
1935: George Gershwin’s perennially popular opera Porgy & Bess made its debut on Broadway today.
1939: The real-life Eleanor Rigby, widely believed to be the inspiration for Paul McCartney’s song recorded by The Beatles, died in her sleep today of unknown causes. Paul is said to have originally written the song with another woman’s name but changed it upon seeing Rigby’s gravestone.
1953: Happy birthday Midge Ure! The Scottish singer-songwriter spearheaded ‘80s cult bands Visage and Ultravox.
1955: Happy birthday David Lee Roth, Van Halen vocalist and solo performer.
1955: Happy birthday Tanya Tucker! The country singer released her first album and hit single (“Delta Dawn”) at age 13, and later had a string of hit singles including “What’s Your Mama’s Name?” and “String Enough to Bend.”
1971: Happy birthday to Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin!
2010: Soul singer extraordinaire Solomon Burke died today. Burke is considered a prime architect in shaping modern r&b during the 1960s, with a number of hits including “Cry to Me,” “Got to Get You Off of My Mind,” “Down in the Valley” and “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love.”
2010: Opera legend Joan Sutherland died today. The soprano is considered instrumental in reviving bel canto repertoire, in addition to appearing on over 300 recordings.
October 11
1896: Composer Anton Bruckner died today at age 72. The Austrian composer is best known for his Te Deum hymn and Wagner Symphony.
1918: Jerome Robbins, the legendary choreographer whose Broadway and film credits include West Wide Story, On the Town, Peter Pan, The King & I, Gypsy and Fiddler on the Roof, was born today. Robbins died in 1998 at age 79.
1919: Drummer and bandleader Art Blakey was born today. Blakey cut his teeth during the bebop era, playing alongside Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, before forming The Jazz Messengers with pianist Horace Silver. The collective would launch the careers of many jazz talents including Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan and Wynton Marsalis. Blakey died in 190 at age 71.
1936: Jazz drummer Billy Higgins was born today. Higgins worked extensively in the bop genre, alongside Donald Byrd, Grant Green, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Sonny Rollins, Mal Waldron, Lee Morgan and Thelonious Monk, among many others. By the time of his death in 2001, Higgins appeared on over 700 jazz, rock and funk recordings.
1941: Lester Bowie, noted jazz trumpeter and co-founder of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, was born today.
1946: Happy birthday, Daryl Hall! As one half of Hall & Oates, Hall delivered some of the ‘80s most beloved standouts, including “Maneater,” “Rich Girl” and “Kiss on My List.” 
1963: Edith Piaf, the French chanteuse who became a cultural icon in her native France, died today at age 47.
October 12
1872: The British romantic composer Ralph Vaughan Williams was born today. Williams was instrumental in forging an early 20th century British classical aesthetic, breaking significantly with the German style that tended to dominate classical music at the time. Among his best-known works are Variations on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, The Lark Ascending and Sinfonia Antartica.
1935: Operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti was born today. Considered one of the greatest tenors in the history of opera, Pavarotti earned the title “The King of High C’s” and performed as one of The Three Tenors before his death in 2007 at age 71.
1960: Happy birthday Bob Mould, frontman of the cult bands Husker Du and Sugar.
1971: Early rocker Gene Vincent died today at age 36 of bleeding ulcers. Together with his band The Blue Caps, Vincent pioneered what came to be known as rockabilly in the early days of burgeoning rock ‘n’ roll. His hit song “Be-Bop-A-Lula” is considered one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll songs of all time. 
1978: Former Sex Pistols member Sid Vicious was charged with the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen in NYC today. Vicious himself would die of a drug overdose days later before the case against him went to trial.
1997: Country legend John Denver was killed today. The writer and singer of “Rocky Mountain High,” “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” was flying a handmade airplane that eventually ran out of gas, crashing into the California coast. 
2002: American bandleader and chorale leader Ray Conniff died today at age 85. After an apprenticeship with Mitch Miller, Conniff led his own orchestra of light popular music (later termed “easy listening”) and in 1959 formed the Ray Conniff Singers.
October 13

1870: Gustav Mahler gave his first public piano concert today – at age 10.
1941: Happy birthday Paul Simon! The singer-songwriter who gained fame in the 1960s as half of Simon & Garfunkel later embraced African music and worked with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and scored a worldwide smash with the album Graceland.
1947: Happy birthday Sammy Hagar! Hagar replaced David Lee Roth as singer for Van Halen in 1985 and left the band in 1996. He subsequently founded the Cabo Wabo Tequila brand.
1963: Today’s the day widely acknowledged as the day the term “Beatlemania” was first coined after The Beatles’ appearance at the London Palladium.
1968: Happy birthday Carlos Marin, Spanish baritone and Il Divo member.
2009: Crooner Al Martino, made famous by a number of hit songs in the ‘50s including “Spanish Eyes,” died today at age 82. Martino appeared in a small role in the 1971 film The Godfather.
2016: Bob Dylan was awarded the Novel Prize for Literature today. The 75-year-old singer initially refused the award but later accepted graciously.
October 14
1926: Bill Justis, the early rock songwriter and musician who gave the world “Raunchy,” was born today. 
1935: Happy birthday La Monte Young, American minimalist composer famed for extended compositions of sustained notes and just intonation.
1939: Broadcast Music Incorporated, better known as BMI, was founded today.
1940 British singing sensation Cliff Richard was born today. Together with his group The Shadows, Richard dominated the British charts in the ‘50s and ‘60s, setting and holding several sales records with The Beatles and Elvis Presley. His 1958 smash “Move It” is widely considered the first British rock ‘n’ roll song, and a direct inspiration for The Beatles.
1946: Happy birthday Justin Hayward, singer for The Moody Blues.
1958: Happy birthday Thomas Dolby, whose 1982 smash “She Blinded Me with Science” remains an all-time ‘80s New Wave classic.
1974: Happy birthday Natalie Maines, singer and songwriter with The Dixie Chicks.
1978: Happy birthday Usher!
1990: Beloved conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein died today of a heart attack at age 72. Bernstein’s impact on modern American cannot be overstated, having written numerous musical and film scores; orchestral, choral and piano music; chamber works; ballet; and operas over his 50-year career. Bernstein was also an outspoken champion of civil rights and other socially progressive causes.
2014: Isaiah “Ikey” Owens, keyboardist for The Mars Volta and Jack White, was found dead in a Mexican hotel room today at age 39.
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