"Don't Worry, Be Happy"
Bobby Mcferrin To Teach,
Perform At U.Va. For Three Days
January 22, 2002-- So much
talent, so little time! Bobby McFerrin vaulted onto the world music
stage in the 1980s with his chart-topping single, "Don't 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 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.
for McFerrin's two concerts are now on sale at the University of
Virginia's Newcomb Hall Box Office. Beginning Jan.23, they also
will be available at U.Va.'s Cabell Hall Box Office, Greenberry's
in the Barracks Road Shopping Center, and through the Web site www.musictoday.com.
wide-ranging musical talents defy easy categories, running the gamut
from bop-pop-jazz and funk-pop to jazz and classical with "post
critics in Germany call him Stimmwunder (wonder voice),
and it's 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
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
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
improvisation and audience participation, McFerrin's performances
promise to entertain.
McFerrin Residency Events
to be held in Old Cabell Hall)
p.m. -- Choral Conducting Master class. No cost
p.m. -- Jazz Master class. No cost
p.m. -- Solo Concert. General public, $15; students, $7
a.m. -- A Cappella Workshop. No cost
p.m. -- Concert with U.Va. students. General public, $10; students,
Charlotte Crystal, (434) 924-6858