The History of Rock and Soul, Part Two:
with Terri Hemmert

April 2018

Program Notes

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From the Artistic Director

You are about to spend an hour and a half with the Encyclopedia of
Rock. You will have your mind and ears stretched in a glorious way; you
likely will not think about the genre in the same way afterward. Now, if
someone asked you if you’d ever seen the “Encyclopedia of Rock,” and
that it was one of the coolest experiences ever, you might scratch your
head a bit. Such excitement about a website (or, if you’re of a certain age
and remember such things, a book)?

I am referring, of course, not to an inanimate object but rather that astounding and
delightfully human treasure-trove of stories and insights, Terri Hemmert. She has a heart
of gold along with her vast knowledge of styles, repertoire, personalities, and inside scoops.
Chicago a cappella has had the privilege of being associated with Terri for many wonderful
productions for over fifteen years. Terri is also a lifelong choral singer, so she appreciates our
art form as few radio personalities do. We are pleased to collaborate with her on The History
of Rock and Soul, Part 2.

I am grateful to our outstanding roster of singers for their consummate artistry. They can
turn on a stylistic dime more quickly than any other group I know—which was part of
why the group was founded in the first place—and it’s gratifying to see that vision become
tangible reality. Thanks also to Music Director Patrick Sinozich, who knows how to arrange
pop music for CAC masterfully; you in the audience may forget from time to time that all
you’re hearing is the human voice. My hat goes off to all of our musicians, and here is a big
shout-out to Matt Greenberg, our board, staff, and volunteers who make this enterprise hum.
Thank you, our loyal and first-time fans, for being here, and enjoy the show.
—Jonathan Miller
Founder and Artistic Director

 

 

A Message from the Music Director

Welcome to The History of Rock and Soul, Part 2! The History of Rock
and Soul, Part 1
examined the genres that led to rock and soul music:
the blues, gospel, jazz, country, etc. Part 2 spans the early years of the
music that grew out of the fertile 1960s: progressive rock, glam rock,
disco, reggae, punk and others.


By the late 1960s “classic rock” period, a number of distinct rock music
artistic elements, e.g. Yes’s “Roundabout”, and glam rock, which highlighted showmanship
and visual style, e.g. David Bowie and Queen. In addition, the singer/songwriter became
prominent (Carole King, Kames Taylor, Joni Mitchell) and funk rock, at first a reaction to
rock developments, spawned “New Wave” groups like Talking Heads and Devo.

I began the music arranging for this program by listening to original artists as well as others
who have covered the songs. As always, deciding how to “orchestrate” the material for a
cappella voices (how is a guitar handled vocally?) takes some thought, but the songs chosen
for this program are, I believe, especially suited to a cappella treatment.
Rock ‘n’ roll, rebranded as “rock” after the 60s, continues to influence lifestyles, fashion,
attitudes, and language. The diversity of this music ensures a “something for everyone”
point-of-view, and I hope that you’ll find something for yourself in this program.
Enjoy!
—Patrick Sinozich
Music Director Emeritus