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The University of Evansville Will Host Musician Bobby McFerrin At Old National Events Plaza…

first_imgU E The “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” singer will perform, at no cost to the public, with members of the UE Department of Music Choral Program as part of the Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture SeriesEVANSVILLE, IN (12/16/2019) The University of Evansville will host musician Bobby McFerrin at the Old National Events Plaza on Tuesday, January 14 at 7:30 p.m. The Don’t Worry, Be Happy singer will perform with members of the UE Department of Music Choral Program as part of the Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series.The event is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged, but not required, and is available online at www.evansville.edu/speakers/snyder.cfm.For decades Bobby McFerrin has broken all the rules. The 10-time Grammy winner has blurred the distinction between pop music and fine art, goofing around barefoot in the world’s finest concert halls, exploring uncharted vocal territory, inspiring a whole new generation of a cappella singers and the beatbox movement.His latest album, spirityouall, is a bluesy, feel-good recording, an unexpected move from the music-industry rebel who singlehandedly redefined the role of the human voice with his a cappella hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” his collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, Chick Corea and the Vienna Philharmonic, his improvising choir Voicestra, and his legendary solo vocal performances.It’s been the quietest and most polite of revolutions. Bobby McFerrin was always an unlikely pop star. He created a lasting ear-worm of a #1 hit early in his career. Then he calmly went back to pursuing his own iconoclastic musical journey, improvising on national television, singing melodies without words, spontaneously inventing parts for 60,000 choral singers in a stadium in Germany, ignoring boundaries of genre, defying all expectations. Most people don’t know that Bobby came from a family of singers. Bobby’s father, the Metropolitan Opera baritone Robert McFerrin, Sr., provided the singing voice for Sydney Poitier for the film version of Porgy & Bess, and his mother Sara was a fine soprano soloist and voice teacher. Bobby grew up surrounded by music of all kinds. He remembers conducting Beethoven on the stereo at three, hiding under the piano while his father and mother coached young singers, dancing around the house to Louie Armstrong, Judy Garland, Etta Jones and Fred Astaire. He played the clarinet seriously as a child, but he began his musical career as a pianist, at the age of 14. He led his own jazz groups, studied composition, toured with the show band for the Ice Follies, played for dance classes. Then one day he was walking home and suddenly he understood that he had been a singer all along.Bobby’s history as an instrumentalist and bandleader is key to understanding his innovative approach to mapping harmony and rhythm (as well as melody) with his voice. “I can’t sing everything at once,” he says, “but I can hint at it so the audience hears even what I don’t sing.” All that pioneer spirit and virtuosity has opened up a great big sky full of new options for singers; so have Bobby’s experiments in multi-tracking his voice (Don’t Worry, Be Happy has seven separate, over-dubbed vocal tracks; Bobby’s choral album VOCAbuLarieS (with Roger Treece) has thousands). But virtuosity isn’t the point. “I try not to “perform” onstage,” says Bobby. “I try to sing the way I sing in my kitchen, because I just can’t help myself. I want audiences to leave the theatre and sing in their own kitchens the next morning. I want to bring audiences into the incredible feeling of joy and freedom I get when I sing. ”The Patricia H. Snyder Concert and Lecture Series was made possible in 1997 through an endowment from the late Patricia H. Snyder, trustee and longtime friend of the University, to bring speakers or performers of renown to Evansville at no cost to the public.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


Expect more from me, says Mucureezi

first_imgFOOTBALL–Paul Mucureezi arrived on the national scene with a bang. Four goals that left South Sudan dizzy and out of excuses. It could only have been South Sudan but then again who knew the KCCA forward until then? It could have been CHAN qualifier but it wasn’t a friendly either.PML Daily caught up with Mucureezi last week and the player left nothing to imagination of the level of confidence he is in ahead of the first leg encounter with Amavubi Stars on Saturday.PML: How does it feel after scoring four goals on your debut against South Sudan?Mucureezi: I feel normal but the only thing that has changed is that I keep hearing my name mentioned everywhere but its okay because it’s football-related and football is my life.PML: You have had your first session under new management how has it gone?Mucureezi: The person giving instructions is different but the session is more of the same like Micho’s  [former Cranes head coach whose trust Mucureezi repaid with those remarkable four goals]. I didn’t expect much to change because they (Basena and Kajoba) worked with Micho for a long time. But, honestly, it doesn’t matter who is in charge because I am here to serve my nation and hopefully i will do exactly that with the new bosses.Mucureezi (R) and team mates stretch during Cranes training at Namboole. Shaban Lubega.PML: Take us through the emotions you felt during the South Sudan game.Mucureezi:- You all know I came off the bench and I had it in my head that my chance had finally come as they don’t come every day. When I scored the first goal, I was in total disbelief because I didn’t expect it would come so easy. By the time I scored the fourth, I felt I could score a hundred more if time allowed.PML: Do you feel any pressure going into the Amavubi game?Mucureezi: Definitely, the pressure is there but not to score goals but to help my nation qualify for CHAN 2018 and make my tea mates perform better. If a chance comes my way and I score a goal, glory be to God, but my aim is to help my nation to qualify.PML: What should Ugandans expect on Saturday?Mucureezi: Ugandans should expect a wonderful game from the whole team because we have been together for a while now and know what to do to earn results. Yes, the players might be starting life after Micho but rest assured that coaches Basena and Kajoba can get the job done.Comments Tags: toplast_img read more