VanderCook News, week of April 2


Happening This Week

New Faces!
VanderCook has a new part-time accounting intern, Pranav Tuteja, an undergrad at UIC majoring in finance. He’s originally from Naperville and attempted to learn saxophone and viola in grade school. 
Bob Dolan has joined the team as our part-time facilities maintenance manager. A longtime member of the extended VanderCook family, we’re happy to see him around more often.
April 5
VanderCook’s applied double bass instructor Doug Bistrow appears with his band Akasha at Sleeping Village. Details and tickets here.
April 6-7
Dr. Julie Goldberg performs with the Avanti Guitar Trio at Ohio Northern University in Ada, OH, on April 6, and at the Pemberville Opera House in Pemberville, OH, on the 7th. Details about both performances and the Avanti Guitar Trio can be found here
April 6
Pops Rehearsal! It’s all hands on deck as we prepare for VanderCook’s signature spring event…
April 7

A Night at the Pops!

The 15th annual benefit concert starts at 6:00 p.m. This year’s artistic director Prof. Tony Kidonakis built the evening around the theme “The Beat Goes On!” with VanderCook’s second century and renovation of the new building in mind.
Location: 3125 South Federal St.
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: Available here.

VanderCook in the News

Rudolph Valentino Boone Sr. (MMEd ’64) received the Winston-Salem Chronicle’s Lifetime Achievement Community Service Award this past March. Read more about Boone and the award here.
Carla Colwell (MMEd ’09) was featured in the Daily Tribune (MI) for the custom-built marimbas she’s introduced to her class. Read the article here and the Colwells’ blog about the marimbas here.
Randy Stenson (MMEd ’05) will adjudicate at the 11th Orientale Concentus International Choral Festival in Singapore. More about Stenson and the festival here.


Student Recitals
April 8, 2:00 p.m.
Samantha Pursell Senior Recital 
Sydney Godfrey & Olivia Sears Junior Recitals
April 13, 7:30 p.m.
Christian Anderson, Alivia Jakubowski & Steven Traversa Junior Recitals
April 14, 6:00 p.m.
Courtney Gleitz Senior Recital
Alexis Hart Junior Recital
April 14, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
Presley Brandt & Christina Connor Senior Recitals
April 15, 2018, 2:00 p.m.
Kornelia Cesarz & Patrick Meagher Senior Recitals
April 15, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
Danielle Dileto Senior Recital 
Jonah Figueroa & Katia Schmitt Junior Recitals
April 15, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Rosemaria DeVenuto, Andrew Espinosa & Joseph McCoy Junior Recitals
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. The concert starts at 7:00 p.m.
May 13
The VanderCook Percussion Ensemble, led by Prof. 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.

Around Town

Just some of the many worthwhile musical events happening in the city this week...
April 5-7 
Matthias Pintscher conducts the CSO for an evening of Ravel and Debussy. Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet will present Ravel’s famed ‘Piano Concerto for the Left Hand,’ and the orchestra will be joined by the Chicago Symphony Chorus for the rapturous ‘Daphnis and Chloe.’ 
April 7 
The Percy Grainger Wind Band Festival takes place this afternoon at Symphony Center. Noted composer and VanderCook advocate Frank Ticheli is this year’s lead clinician.

This Week in Music History

A great excuse to introduce students to some of the people and events that shaped music as we know it today…
April 1
1948: Jimmy Cliff, whose signature hit “They Harder They Fall” became a reggae 
anthem, is born today.
1949: Singer and poet Gil-Scott Heron, who informed the world that “The Revolution 
Will Not Be Televised,” is born today.
1961: The Beatles begin their residency at The Top Ten Club in Hamburg on this day.
1971:  Wu-Tang Clan’s Method Man is born today.
1984: “The Prince of Soul,” Marvin Gaye, is killed in a domestic dispute with his father 
on this day.
April 2
1928: French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg, whose seductive lyrics over 
infectious pop tunes became a genre unto itself, is born today.
1939: Marvin Gaye is born today.
1942: Songwriter Leon Russell is born today.
1943: Jazz guitarist extraordinaire Larry Coryell is born today.
1947: Folk legend Emmylou Harris is born today.
1979: Maroon 5 keyboardist Jesse Carmichael is born today.
April 3
1949: Noted folk guitarist and founding member of Fairport Convention Richard Thompson is born today.
April 4
1915: Blues icon Muddy Waters is born today.
1939: South African trumpeter and anti-apartheid activist Hugh Masakela is born today.
April 5
1803: Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 premieres on this day.
1950: Singer Agnetha Fältskog, whose golden voice helped bring ABBA worldwide 
success, is born today.
April 6
1937: Country legend Merle Haggard is born today.
April 7
1724: Johann Sebastian Bach’s “St. John Passion” premieres in Liepzig.
1805: Beethoven himself conducts “Eroica” for its premiere.
1915: The torch singer who set a new standard for jazz vocals, Billie Holiday, is born 
1920: Ravi Shankar, who almost single-handedly introduced the sitar Western 
audiences and popular music, is born today.
1947: Florian Schneider, founder of the uber-influential techno band Kraftwerk, is 
born today.
1949: John Oates, whose partnership with Daryl Hall remains one of the defining 
musical acts of the ‘70s and ‘80s, is born today.
1951: Singer-songwriter Janis Ian is born today.
1962: Social Distortion’s guitarist and songwriter Mike Ness is born today.
1968: Skid Row’s Sebastian Bach is born today.
1979: Nicole Fiorentino, bassist for the Smashing Pumpkins and Veruca Salt, is born 



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