10 AM. Monday, November 18. Sue Fink at Mather’s More Than a Cafe, 3235 N. Central, Chicago. 2:15 PM. $5.
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The Kingston Trio brings folk music to the top of the U.S. pop charts
He earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance from Andrews University., and his doctorate in music theory at the University of North Texas. He has been a music professor at Andrews for the past 16 years. The concert’s first half, with Flores and Ortiz, features the classical art songs of Manuel Ponce, including “Estrellita,” and Agustin Lara’s “Granada.” Ponce, who was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, moved to Paris in the 1920s and studied with French composer Paul Dukas. Ponce’s guitar works became standards in the modern guitar repertoire, while “Estrellita,” which he composed in 1914, became his most famous orchestral work. Lara, an actor, singer and songwriter wrote “Granada” in 1932 about the Spanish city. It also has become a standard in Mexico’s music repertoire.
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Art music and folk songs
In their music as in their physical appearance, the Kingston Trio betrayed little discomfort with the sociopolitical status quo of the 1950s. Yet without the enormous profits that their music generated for Capitol Records, it is impossible to imagine major-label recording contracts ever being given to some of those who would challenge that status quo in the decade to come. Joan Baez and Bob Dylan, for instance, may have owed their musical and political development to forerunners like Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, but they probably owed their commercial viability to the Kingston Trio, who introduced the astonishingly fresh sound of a 100-year-old folk song into the American pop mainstream of 1958. The song “Tom Dooley” was probably first sung sometime after May 1, 1868, when a North Carolina man named Tom Dula was hanged to death for the murder of his fiancee, Laura Foster. Thanks to extensive coverage in major newspapers like The New York Times, the trial of Mr. Dula made him something of a national cause celebre, and he proclaimed his innocence of the murder even as he stood on the gallows.
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Folk Singer Roy Harper Charged With Sex Offenses
Harper, who has performed with acts including Pink Floyd, faces two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 13, three counts of indecent assault on a girl under 14 and four counts of gross indecency with a girl under 14. Police said Friday that the alleged offenses took place between 1975 and 1977 and involve one victim. The West Mercia force says 72-year-old Harper is due to appear in court in Hereford, western England, on Monday. Harper, who has released more than 30 albums, provided vocals for the Pink Floyd track “Have a Cigar” and inspired the Led Zeppelin song “Hats Off to (Roy) Harper.”
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