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.”
Jeannie Gagné, Stan Strickland, Jon Hazilla, and Danny Morris were selected for the Steelgrass Recording Residency in Kauai, Hawaii, in January.
Assistant Professor of Guitar Colin Sapp released the CD Songs without Words with the group Choose to Find.
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.
Saxophonist Harrison Goldberg of Gualala, CA, and his group Lavender Fog released the double CD Landscape of a Dream. Visit www.lavenderfog.com.