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Violin Student Scores Performance in New Kelsey Grammer Show, “Boss”

2 Jun

Violetta Todorova

Congratulations to DePaul violin student, Violetta Todorova, for being chosen to perform as a member of an orchestra that will appear in a new television drama series. “Boss” follows the fictitious Chicago Mayor, Tom Kane, played by TV icon Kelsey Grammer. Todorova was invited to perform by another DePaul phenomenon, Rich Daniels (MUS  ’83), who wrote the original score for the television series.

Todorova, hailing from St. Petersburg, Russia, started playing the violin when she was five. She received a scholarship to Interlochen Arts Festival in Michigan and played the festival for six summers. She graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy in 2007 and is currently a member and assistant concertmaster of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She is studying violin at DePaul.

The first episode of “Boss” will be directed by filmmaker, Gus Van Sant. The film also stars Connie Nielsen (Gladiator, The Devil’s Advocate) as the Mayor’s wife, and Jeff Haphner (The O.C., Easy Money) as an up and coming politician. Production for “Boss” began in April 2011 and will debut in October 2011 on the STARZ Network.

Can’t wait to hear Violetta play? You can catch a glimpse of her in the Many Dreams, One Mission Campaign video.

DePaul University Commencement 2011

23 May

Congratulations to all our 2011 graduates!

DePaul University’s 113th commencement ceremonies have begun with more to come in June. Commencement for the College of Law took place on May 15 with speaker Anne R. Pramaggiore, president and chief operating officer of Commonwealth Edison and a civic leader in Chicago. You can even watch commencement ceremonies online.

Commencement ceremonies to come are as follows:

College of Education
June 11, 8:30 a.m.
Speaker:  Terry Mazany, president and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust and a longtime philanthropic leader who has spearheaded public school improvements in several of the nation’s larger metropolitan areas.

 School of Music and The Theatre School
June 11, 11:45 a.m.
Speaker: John von Rhein, one of the most enduring and influential observers of the world of classical music, and chief classical music critic for the Chicago Tribune since 1977.

School for New Learning
June 11, 2:30 p.m.
Speaker:  Miriam K. Were is an internationally known physician and public health advocate who has addressed major disease, substance abuse and economic development issues in her native Kenya through the UZIMA Foundation

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
June 12, 8 a.m.
Speaker: Claude M. Steele is provost of Columbia University and a highly acclaimed professor of psychology who has led groundbreaking research in such social phenomenon as stereotyping and self-image.

College of Communication and College of Computing and Digital Media
June 12, noon
Speaker: Isabel Wilkerson is an award-winning journalist, former New York Times Chicago bureau chief and author and also the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for journalism.

College of Commerce
June 12, 4 p.m.
Speaker: James Skinner is a leading executive and noted innovator in the food service industry who currently serves as vice chairman and CEO of McDonald’s Corp.

Students, graduates and families seeking more information about the commencement ceremonies should visit the Academic Affairs Commencement 2011 website:


Muriel Anderson – DePaul Guitar Superstar Gives Back

23 Nov

From murielanderson.com

Virtuoso guitarist and composer Muriel Anderson (MUS ’82), has no shortage of achievements on her resume:  multiple CD’s and DVD’s, film soundtrack credits (including Woody Allen’s Vicky Christina Barcalona) a packed touring schedule, and the distinction of being the first female winner of the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship in 1989. But like many DePaul alums, Anderson is not content to rest on her laurels and regularly uses her talent and recognition to give back to others.

Each year, Anderson returns to her hometown of Downers Grove, IL to put on a fall benefit “Hometown Concert” for the Music For Life Alliance, a non-profit that supports music education for children.  The 18th Annual concert, held each year at the Downers Grove North High School auditorium, is a neighborhood tradition.

Her generosity doesn’t end there; Anderson will be returning to DePaul to share her knowledge and talent with  the public in a guitar masterclass on January 26th, 2010.

Muriel Anderson’s 18th Annual Hometown Concert benefit takes place on Saturday November 28  in Downers Grove, IL and starts at 8:00 pm.  This year’s event features special guest Andy Wahlberg, an award winning harp-guitarist from Florida.   For more information on the benefit, go to murielanderson.com.

Muriel’s DePaul’s  master class will take place January 26th from 7:00 to 8:45 in the DePaul School of Music Recital Hall on the Lincoln Park Campus. DePaul guitar students will participate and it is open to the public. Come back to Demon Tracks in the coming weeks for more information on the class.

Stay tuned for a feature profile on Muriel coming soon to the DePaul Alumni and Friends website early next month!

DePaul Music Legend Releases CD

1 May

DePaul alums; if you’re looking for a place to unwind after Vincentian Service Day (nice tie-in, huh?), you can enjoy some new tunes from a venerated DePaul music professor.

from music.depaul.edu

from music.depaul.edu

Composer/pianist George Flynn, who served as chair of Musicianship and Composition at DePaul for 25 years. has just released his new CD, American City, and is having a CD release party this Saturday, starting at 6:30 pm.

Here’s more on the CD from website All About Jazz

The music of George Flynn is no mere stance; his melodies are full of circumstance. George Flynn’s compositions have the ability to overwhelm and amaze with intense expression and musical abandon. Flynn, late in his career as a faculty member at DePaul University in Chicago, made the decision to write a work for each of the major ensembles in the School of Music- the chorus/chamber choir (St. Vincent’s Words, 1995), the orchestra (The Density of Memory, 1997) and wind ensemble (American City, 1998). These works on American City are all performed by DePaul University musicians – faculty, students and an alumna, and were recorded in the DePaul University Concert Hall (2006-2007.)

Find out more about the event and the CD at the All About Jazz website.

DePaul Alum Brings Jazz Fusion to Chicago

24 Mar

—–When worlds collide, you get music from Rudresh Mahanthappa, a DePaul alumnus who released his latest album, Apti last November.

Mahanthappa says the album resembles… well… nothing really. It’s a one-of-a-kind fusion of jazz and world genres “about exploring my hybrid identity of being Indian and American,” said Mahanthappa during a phone interview with Demon Tracks. “It’s not necessarily about homogeny, but about a new identity in modern American culture.”

Mahanthappa received his MFA in jazz composition from the DePaul School of Music in 1998 and he praised the faculty and his experience at DePaul.

“The faculty at DePaul saw what my abilities were already and we tailored a curriculum for me. I had a certain freedom and lessons were more of a consultation, it was a very welcoming situation. Some of the guests that played in our classes ended up being people I collaborated with when I came to New York.”

The jazz sage performed at the legendary Green Mill nightclub in Chicago on Saturday, March 14, and held a concert with the rest of his ensemble from Apti on Sunday, March 15 at the Chicago Cultural Center. Noting the current spike in music school applications at DePaul and at schools around the country, he offered this advice to students:

“You have to be able to know how to hustle and talk to people,” he said. “Do things your way—don’t fall into a pattern because it’s what you’re supposed to do. Look at what’s important to you, not only for your career but for your lifestyle and be open to the possibilities.”

Check out Mahanthappa’s article in the New Yorker magazine, which appeared in the March 2nd issue.

Alumni In The News – Emerging Jazz Superstar

12 Nov

We got word around tjonirabagon2he office about a DePaul School of Music alum who was recently awarded quite the distinguished honor.

From the Jazz Times:
The winner of the 21st annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition is Jon Irabagon, an alto saxophonist based in Astoria, New York. Irabagon will be awarded $20,000 and a recording contract with Concord Records. The competition, which is held in Los Angeles and ended last Sunday, judges young musicians and concentrates on a different instrument each year.

Chicago Reader music critic Peter Margasak gave Irabagon some kudos on his blog Post No Bills:

Earlier this year he released his first album as a leader, Jon Irabagon’s Outright! (Innova). In this impressive postbop outing, Irabagon and his excellent band–trumpeter Russ Johnson, pianist Kris Davis, bassist Eivind Opsvik, and drummer Jeff Davis–pull back from the absurdist mayhem of MOPDTK, couching heady, rigorous improvisation in elaborate compositions that shake loose from the usual theme-solos-theme structure.

Congratulations, Jon!