Dont Worry, Be Happy
McFerrin here Jan. 31-Feb. 2
By Charlotte Crystal
much talent, so little time! Bobby
McFerrin vaulted onto the world music stage in the 1980s with
his chart-topping single, Dont Worry, Be Happy.
His life has zoomed along at a lively tempo ever since.
son of classical singers, McFerrin has captivated audiences over
the past two decades with solo a cappella performances that push
the limits of the human voice. An accomplished musician, he also
plays piano, composes and arranges music, serves as a guest conductor
for classical symphony orchestras around the world, and performs
solo and in concert with various ensembles.
University of Virginia Arts Board 2002, a collaborative student-faculty
initiative, is bringing the multi-talented McFerrin to U.Va. for
a three-day residency, Jan. 31 through Feb. 2. Classes and workshops
are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served
basis, space permitting.
to be held in Old Cabell Hall)
3:30 p.m. Choral Conducting Master class. No cost
p.m. Jazz Master class. No cost
p.m. Solo Concert. General public, $15; students, $7
11 a.m. A Cappella Workshop. No cost
8:15 p.m. Concert with U.Va. students. General public, $10;
for McFerrins two concerts are now on sale at Newcomb Hall
Box Office. Beginning Jan.23, they also will be available at Cabell
Hall Box Office, Greenberrys in the Barracks Road Shopping
Center, and via the Internet at wsww.musictoday.com.
critics in Germany call him Stimmwunder (wonder voice), and its
not hard to understand why. There is something almost superhuman
about the range and technique of jazz vocalist McFerrin. He sounds,
by turns, like a blackbird, a Martian, an operatic soprano, a
small child and a be-bop trumpet, according to a review
recent years, he has spent more time on symphonic conducting,
making his debut in 1990 with the San Francisco Symphony. Since
then, he has conducted every major American orchestra as well
as several prominent international orchestras throughout Europe,
including the London Philharmonic, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the
Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Danish Radio Orchestra.
has collaborated with jazz artists, such as Herbie Hancock and
Wynton Marsalis, performed with classical musicians, such as cellist
Yo-Yo Ma, and cut records with a broad array of other performers,
including Garrison Keillor and Jack Nicholson.
his four-and-a-half-octave range, energy and creativity involving
spur-of-the-moment improvisation and audience participation, McFerrins
performances promise to entertain.