The Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra onstage at Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory of Music. Nearly 100 strong, the ensemble is the first full symphonic group ever assembled at Berklee.
Classical musicians interpret the notes on the page very literally and limit improvisation to an occasional cadenza. Conversely, jazz musicians get their kicks from straying from the written page, using the chords as a starting point for macrolevel improvisation.
Recently, Berklee received a two-year, $125,000 grant from the National Archives and Records Administration to establish a historical archive. The grant was funded through the program Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records Projects.
“My two favorites are Ray—and Donna McElroy,” says Berklee Vice President for Special Programs Rob Rose of the song’s interpreters. “Both are different. McElroy is one of the best singers I’ve ever heard in my life.”
Associate Professor of Woodwinds Fred Lipsius penned the book Two-Five Jazz Lines. Visit www.fredlipsius.com.
Associate Professor Andrea “Ani” Johnson wrote an article for the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association Journal and presented a lecture at the January MIDEM conference in Cannes, France.
For so many local alumni in Music City, the year 2012 was successful, inspiring, exciting, scary, and entertaining. As we look forward to all the promise of 2013, let’s recap what some alumni have been up to.
Pianist Hal Galper of Cochecton, NY, released the trio album Airegin Revisited. It features Jeff Johnson and John Bishop. Visit www.halgalper.com.
In October, saxophonist Ken Field of Cambridge, MA, performed Erik Lindgren’s Extreme Spirituals with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra. Field’s latest CD was released in November. Visit www.kenfield.org.