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 Liberal Arts Rebecca Perricone released the CD Burgundy Brew featuring songs written by Songwriting Department Chair Jack Perricone and various collaborators.
Associate Professor George Howard was interviewed by several media outlets about the Pandora Internet Radio Fairness Act.
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.
In February, Ken Hatfield of Astoria, NY, will release the album For Langston, a song cycle based on the poems of Langston Hughes. Visit www.kenhatfield.com.
Saxophonist and composer Frank Macchia of Burbank, CA, and his band Swamp Thing released their second album, Fried Zombie Stew. For more information, visit www.frankmacchia.net.