The Beatles and the Rise of the Rock Musician as Artist
Director of the University of Rochester Institute for Popular Music,
Chair of the Music Department and Professor of Music
at the College of Arts, Sciences & Engineering,
and Professor of Theory at the Eastman School of Music
Performance by the Midnight Ramblers
University of Rochester A Cappella Ensemble
The University of Rochester invites you to join alumni, parents, and friends for an afternoon of engaging, presentation, music, and Meliora spirit! Reminisce with old friends and make new connections at a special reception featuring remarks by Professor John Covach and a performance by the University’s Midnight Ramblers. Don’t miss out as we bring a little bit of Rochester to you!
When the Beatles first rose to fame, their music was modeled on song formulas and structures that had been successful for many years in the popular-music business. As the group developed, the music became increasingly innovative, moving away from familiar patterns and embracing musical experimentation. Covach will trace the rapid development from “I Want to Hold Your Hand” to “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” stopping along the way to demonstrate the music of what may be the most influential band in popular music during the second half of the 20th century. Looking for a sneak peak? Listen to Covach here as he discusses 50 years of Beatles fame.
John Covach is director of the UR Institute for Popular Music, professor of music and chair of the Music Department in the School of Arts and Sciences, as well as and professor of theory at the Eastman School of Music. He has written widely on popular music, including dozens of articles, book chapters and books, and has spoken throughout North America and Europe.
Admission is $15 and includes refreshments. Advance registration is required.
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