Jazz music through the ages and a leading advocate for the performing arts will be celebrated on April 16 as Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) presents VIVID 2019.
The annual CCPA showcase will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive, Chicago. It will feature jazz performances by award-winning faculty members and students from CCPA's Jazz and Contemporary Music Program.
Roosevelt and the entire Chicagoland area also will celebrate the lifetime achievements of Henry Fogel, who led CCPA as dean from 2009-2018, the League of American Orchestras from 2003-2008 and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1985-2003.
"We are proud to be able to present our talented jazz performers and to honor one of our own, Henry Fogel, who has been a life-time champion of music and the arts in Chicago and beyond," said Rudy Marcozzi, dean of CCPA.
The award-winning CCPA student jazz combos and ensembles will perform during the Vivid 2019 event. Among program highlights: a performance of Chucho Valdés' Mambo Influenciado with the student Honors Combo and CCPA faculty members Victor Garcia, trumpet, Alejandro Cortés, piano, and Ruben Alvaréz, percussion; and a grand finale of Birdland featuring all student performers on stage.
A leading authority on classical music and the nation's orchestras, Henry Fogel of River Forest, Ill., has been active as a music reviewer, musical audition judge and member of boards for many non-profit arts organizations including the WFMT Committee of the WTTW Board in Chicago, Cedille Chicago, the Chinese Fine Arts Society and Chicago Opera Theater. He also has been host of a WFMT radio show on classical music, with expertise about both historical and present-day classical music.
Fogel will receive the college's first Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award during Vivid, an event that he helped build into a leading Chicago community gala and free performance that annually benefits CCPA student scholarships. During his time at CCPA's helm, Fogel also established a performing arts management degree program and built curricula training students not only in performance but also as citizen artists who reflect and serve their communities through the arts.
Vivid 2019 is free, but tickets are required, and donations are encouraged to benefit student scholarships. Tickets are available through the Auditorium Theatre Box Office, or more information is available at www.roosevelt.edu/vivid.