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In the summer of 1967: <em>Sgt. Pepper</em> altered pop music industry

In the summer of 1967: Sgt. Pepper altered pop music industry

May 26, 2017

In an op-ed for Newsweek, Professor John Covach marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic album, noting that only the Beatles could have released such a musically adventurous and experimental work.

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<em>Sgt. Pepper’s</em> lasting impact, 50 years later

Sgt. Pepper’s lasting impact, 50 years later

May 22, 2017

“Ironically, an album that might not strictly speaking have been a concept album ended up being the most influential concept album in the history of rock music,” says John Covach, professor of music and director of the University’s Institute for Popular Music.

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If you build it, they will learn

If you build it, they will learn

May 5, 2017

How do you learn to play an instrument comprised of 50 bells that lives at the top of a library tower? Practice, practice, practice. A student team has finished building a new digital carillon that will allow students to learn to play tough pieces while hearing real carillon sounds.

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Going out with a bang

Going out with a bang

May 3, 2017

Students on River Campus celebrate the last day of classes with a performance by the chamber orchestra, conducted by David Harman, of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture on the steps of Rush Rhees Library. The performance marked the final conducting appearance by Harman, who is retiring this semester. Richard Feldman, who is also retiring this year as dean of the college, performed the cannon solo.

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David Harman: A legacy of teaching music

David Harman: A legacy of teaching music

April 11, 2017

The longtime faculty member in the College’s music department—and champion for its programs—will retire as director of orchestral activities at the close of the spring semester.

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University jumps to No. 18 worldwide for performing arts

University jumps to No. 18 worldwide for performing arts

March 10, 2017

According to the 2017 QS World University Rankings released on March 8, eleven U.S. universities ranked in the top 25, with the University of Rochester No. 8 among them.

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6 stops on Bob Dylan’s rise to the top

6 stops on Bob Dylan’s rise to the top

October 13, 2016

His first album was a flop. He was loved in the United Kingdom before the United States. As people around the world start to celebrate Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday, rock historian John Covach, director of Rochester’s Institute for Popular Music, identifies six stops along the artist’s turbulent rise to the top in the 1960s.

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The Monkees’ 50th anniversary: Interview with John Covach

The Monkees’ 50th anniversary: Interview with John Covach

October 7, 2016

John Covach talks with Nick Bruno in the studio about the Monkees, their influence on pop culture, and how their music ended up taking on a life of its own, in the premiere episode of UR Quad-Cast.

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Class, symposium explore ‘New Approaches to Poetry and Song’

Class, symposium explore ‘New Approaches to Poetry and Song’

September 28, 2016

In music professor Matthew BaileyShea’s class, students share lyrics from favorite songs, then work to uncover complexities in the text. An upcoming Humanities Center symposium organized by BaileyShea will further explore new ideas about text-music interaction.

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Hey, hey: Covach says Monkees stand the test of time

Hey, hey: Covach says Monkees stand the test of time

September 9, 2016

In 1967, the Monkees outsold the Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined, and remain the only band with four No. 1 albums in a 12-month period. “Their music stands up,” says John Covach, director of the University’s Institute for Popular Music.

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