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.”
Professor Neil Leonard composed “Du Long” (voice, saxophone, electronics) for the National Dance and Music Troupe of China, Beijing.
Voice Professor Kathryn Wright and Composition Professor Louis Stewart gave master classes and performances at the China Conservatory of Music.
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.
Mark Fitzpatrick of Port Charlotte, FL, published the book Guitar for Two Hands, an instruction book for left- and right-handed players. Visit www.guitarfortwohands.com.
Glenn Ochenkoski of Burbank, CA, is touring with canto-pop singer Jenny Tseng. He appears as a drummer in the movie Atlas Shrugged II.