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Ready to Hear the Next Big Thing?

Hobart alum Will McCormack ’91, in conjunction with Back River Records, released “Back to Vienna” in January of 2008. This is the first album produced by The Cove, the band that McCormack has been a part of since 2004. According to the band’s Web site, ‘”Back to Vienna” features a blend of artistry drawing from the efforts of multiple songwriters all pursuing the same story: love found, love lost, love resolved.’ The album, which was produced in Boston, L.A., London, and Vienna, includes 12 songs that represent a true conglomeration of musical styles: ranging from pop-rock to disco. McCormack, also known to his band mates and fans as “Miro” or “Vilko,” began what can be called both a career and his affair with music at the age of 10 in a traveling boy’s choir. McCormack went on to study piano and in high school performed with the jazz band and orchestra as a trombonist. His interest in music opened up other creative paths, especially in the culinary arts. Having found himself as an acclaimed pastry chef, McCormack ended up in Venice, Italy, working for the famed Hotel Cipriani, and then ultimately running his own restaurants in Philadelphia. McCormack now lends his musical talents to The Cove, where he has been singing and playing both the electric and acoustic guitar, as well as the piano for four years. Modestly describing his academic life at HWS as “punctuated with a few moments of moderate brilliance,” he fondly remembers relaxing on the quad, huddling over guitars during the bleak grey of winter, discussing issues related to his Environmental Studies major, and especially studying abroad in France his junior year. “Through that,” McCormack explains, “I found that I love languages of all kinds, and that perhaps there is an affinity for music born of that same love, music being one of the truest forms of communication we possess.” “Back to Vienna” has been a three year project which will culminate in The Cove’s European tour to launch the CD this summer. So far, the group has been featured on the radio in Vienna and in Bratislava. To purchase “Back to Vienna” or to learn more about The Cove, visit the band’s website at