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BCSO

A New Take on Symphonic Music

By Mark Small


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. Image Credit:  Phil Farnsworth

John Scofield

NPR Shares the Berklee Love Globally


John Scofield '73 Image Credit:  Henry Hayes

Now in its second year, The Checkout—Live at Berklee brings top Berklee alumni to a New York radio and worldwide Web jazz audience,
thanks to New York’s WBGO-FM and the NPR Music website.

Final Beam Tops the 160 Building

 

On December 4, 2012, President Roger Brown (right) greeted members of the Berklee community who signed the last beam before it was placed atop Berklee’s new building.

Encore Gala Breaks Previous Fundraising Records

By Beverly Tryon


Acclaimed funk masters the Family Stone ended the evening with a high-energy dance set. Image Credit:  Phil Fansworth

Lizz Lupton

Idol Judge in the Classroom

By Liz Lupton


Lizz Lupton Image Credit:  Kelly Davidson

Phil Wilson

Jazz Festival Dedicated to Phil Wilson

By Mark Small


Phil Wilson Image Credit:  Kelly Davidson

The Woodshed

The Woodshed: Micro-Improvisation in Traditional Irish Music

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.

Expert Testimony

Jim McGorman '95

Expert Testimony - Given by Jim McGorman 
to Mark Small

By Mark Small

After leaving Berklee in 1995 with a degree in music production and engineering, Jim McGorman moved to Los Angeles. Within two years, he was touring with established artists.

Regional Spotlights

Bob Malone '87

Bob Malone: Road Warrior

By Peter Gordon

For an indie artist, the path to lasting success is often long, built on perseverance and a commitment to the music. Exhibit A is Bob Malone ’87.

Coda

Ronald Crutcher

Coda: Entrepreneurial Spirit Required

"In addition to being the president of Wheaton College in Massachusetts, I am also a professional cellist," says Ronald Crutcher.

Feature Article

Attitude or Altitude?

By Richard Niles

I recently read an article by Bill Anschell of All About Jazz that is ironically titled Careers in Jazz. It managed the trick of being an unflinching assessment of a sacred cow and very funny.

Lead Sheet

The State of the College

“It all starts with attracting the best students in the world—motivated, creative, and talented,” President Roger H. Brown said in opening his December 2012 State of the College address.

Playing It Forward

Grant Aids Creation of Berklee Archive

by Adam Renn Olenn

Sofia Becerra-Licha
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.

BGJI to Tour Africa

by Mary Hurley

This year, Berklee will enhance its presence in Africa. Thanks to a $200,000 grant from the U.S.

Faculty Highlights

by Mary Hurley

Donna McElroy

“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.

Alumni News

by Adam Renn Olenn

Ruslan Sirota

“It wasn’t until we were sitting in the seats that I realized we could actually win,” says Ruslan Sirota ’03 of his experience at the 2011 Grammy Awards.

by David Petrelli

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. 

James Stewart of Wilmington, DE, released his third album, Sky Blue. Visit www.jamesstewartrock.com.