Concert

Divine Sparks: A Spontaneous Spiritual Celebration

Saturday / March 12, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

It's a once-in-a-lifetime event: World-class singers and musicians use Jewish religious songs as the springboard for musical improvisation and spiritual expression. The all-star ensemble features Frank London of the Klezmatics, 26-year-old Orthodox cantorial sensation Yaakov Lemmer, and Moroccan cantor/oudist Aaron Benssousan as well as local cantors Gaston Bogomolni and Elias Rosemberg and Hebrew College rabbinical student Jessica Kate Meyer.

Admission: 
$72, $54, $36, $25, $18, reserved seating

Eva Ayllón and Peru Negro

Sunday / January 30, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Eva Ayllón

Afro-Peruvian diva Eva Ayllón is joined by the quintessential Afro-Peruvian folklore group Peru Negro to perform the music and dance of black Peruvians.

Admission: 
$35, $30, $25, reserved seating

Lionel Loueke

Friday / December 31, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Lionel Loueke

First Night Boston, Berklee College of Music, and 89.7 WGBH present the Lionel Loueke Trio, performing at the Berklee Performance Center on Year's Eve, Friday, December 31, kicking off NPR's annual worldwide broadcast Toast of the Nation. The concert is a centerpiece of this year's First Night Boston festival.

Admission is $18 by purchase of a First Night button. The Lionel Loueke Trio performs two sets: at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (NPR broadcast) and 9:30 p.m. Loueke’s performance will be rebroadcast at 3:15 a.m. EST—12:15 a.m. Pacific—for revelers in the Western time zones.

Virtuoso jazz pianist Takeshi Ohbayashi performs the first set of the evening at 6:30 p.m. Ohbayashi, a 2010 Berklee graduate, leads a group of current Berklee students that includes Hailey Niswanger on saxophones, Aaron Darrell on bass, and Mark Whitfield Jr. on drums. Each of the three performances will be seated separately. The Berklee Performance Center is located at 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston. Please call 617 747-2261 for more information.

New Year's Eve 2010 marks the seventh consecutive year that Berklee, 89.7 WGBH, and NPR have collaborated to kick off the live holiday special Toast of the Nation. Heard on more than 200 NPR affiliate stations and NPR Worldwide, Toast of the Nation begins in Boston and will move across the country.

For a full schedule of performances, and to find local participating NPR stations, please visit wbgo.org/toast. Hosted by Steve Schwartz of Jazz on WGBH, the concert can be heard locally on WGBH 89.7 FM. Toast of the Nation is produced for NPR by WBGO-FM, Newark; WGBH Radio produces the Boston portion of the broadcast.

The Hynes Auditorium Garage will provide a $7 discounted parking rate if the garage's ticket is presented with a BPC parking validation stamp after the concert. The Hynes Auditorium Garage is located at 50 Dalton Street, Boston. The discounted rate applies to cars entering the garage after 5:00 p.m.

Admission: 
$18

Allison Weiss / Field Mouse / Ian Axel

Thursday / January 20, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Allison Weiss

Brooklyn-based Allison Weiss is an energetic 23-year-old with an electric guitar, a heart full of feeling, and an avid online following. With her quirky charm and sharp pop sensibilities, Weiss makes the sense of loss a little more fun.

Also from New York, Field Mouse is the musical collaboration of Rachel Browne and Andrew Futral. Their debut album, You Are Here, is a modern collection of melodic, lush pop sentiment filtered through dreamy reverb, paired with sincere reflective songwriting.

On his upcoming debut album, This is the New YearIan Axel celebrates relationships, personal transformation, and fresh starts. While examining ties to family, friends, and significant others, Axel has created an album of playful anthems to extoll these human connections.

Admission: 
$8, general admission

Oguz Can Ozcanli

Thursday / January 20, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Born in Izmir, Turkey, Oguz Can Ozzanli began playing jazz in high school, where he was initially influenced by Herbie Hancock. Oguz began his musical career in Turkey, where he wowed audiences with his band RagBag at the Eskisehir Amateur Jazz Festival. After receiving a scholarship, he attended the Siena International Summer Jazz Workshop in Italy as well as the Berklee Umbria Jazz Clinics. In 2009 he moved to Boston to attend Berklee, double majoring in contemporary writing and production and performance. He currently studies with Ray Santisi, Rebecca Cline, Jackson Schultz, and Wayne Naus. Catch his trio as they play the January installment of the Heck Room Music Series.

Admission: 
Free

Poetry Slam and Open Mic

Tuesday / December 7, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This performance features students from the Poetry Jam and Slam class, with special guest Sean Colon and co-hosts Caroline Harvey and Alex Charalambides.

Admission: 
FREE

The Kalistos Chamber Orchestra with Guest Conductor David Callahan

Wednesday / December 8, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Old South Church
645 Boylston Street
BOSTON
MA
United States
02116

The Kalistos Chamber Orchestra with guest conductor David Callahan will present a concert for string orchestra written by Berklee student composers. Sponsored by the Professional Writing Division. The performance will feature music by Marco Scorsolini, Nao Sato, Nicolas Ruegenberg, Michael Engesser, Anh Tuan Timothy Nguyen, Juan Carlos Enriquez, Manuel Garcia-Baro, Andrew Lembo, Ayal Vishnitzer, and Aaron Gage.

Admission: 
Free

The Society of Composers

Monday / December 6, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Old South Church
645 Boylston Street
BOSTON
MA
United States
02116

The Society of Composers, Berklee's student composers club, will present its fall concert, including original music by Alisa Apreleva, Isaac Richardson, Robin Conroy, Maria Eugenia Leon Mazorra, Sarah Eide, Galen Fraser, Joel Clarkson, Caitlin Callas, Timothy Do Nguyen, Andrew Trovato, Juan Carlos Enriquez, Alexander Arntzen, Vima Pratama, Asa Gray, and Michael Oldham.

Admission: 
Free

Red Bellows / Old Abram Brown / Gaetana Brown

Saturday / December 11, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Red Bellows

Red Bellows is an ambient/progressive rock quartet from Boston, MA. With a brand new EP to be released in November of 2010, they have funneled a large effort into spreading the word across the internet and all of Boston.  This anticipated EP release calls for a spring tour with a trip to the SXSW music festival in March. They draw from an eclectic variety of artists, ranging from As Tall As Lions to The Mars Volta to Radiohead.  With great fan rapport, Red Bellows is sure to steal the audience's attention before, during, and after the show.

Old Abram Brown's live show conveys the energy, command, and fullness evident on their recordings.On their sophomore album Restless Ghosts, the band delves into an even denser sonic landscape, making full use of each member's multi-instrumentality The four members came together from New Hampshire and Massachusetts, melding vocals, piano, guitar, trumpet, bass, and drums into mature, well-calculated compositions. Old Abram Brown is ready to take their success to the next level, and continues to expand their fan base across the eastern U.S.

Boston native Gaetana Brown is an acoustic singer-songwriter with a strong grasp for the indie-folk aesthetic. Her songs are flush with graceful simplicity and eloquence, comparable to the likes of Bob Dylan and Lou Reed. She is all about keeping her performances full of expression and personality that is sure to hit the audience straight in their hearts. 

Admission: 
$8 advance, $10 day of show

Berklee Rainbow Band Featuring Trumpet Legend Lew Soloff and Vocalist Annette Philip

Wednesday / December 8, 2010 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A lifetime of great music featuring arrangements from Gil Evans, Duke Ellington, and more performed by many of the top instrumentalists and vocalists currently at Berklee. Features Lew Soloff, former trumpet player for Blood, Sweat & Tears, and alumna/faculty member Annette Philip.

 

The Dues Band was formed in 1965 in an effort to provide gifted students an opportunity to develop their skills to the highest possible level by challenging them in ways that went beyond the typical classroom and student experience.

The band evolved over the years, in name, ethnic diversity, and goals.  Always, though, the overarching goal was to enhance and develop the talents of those students in the band. 

From 1965 to 1977, the band was called the Dues Band, in an attempt to underscore the idea that a student's college experience is in preparation for the "dues" that must be paid in the world beyond college. 

From 1977 to 1985, the band went by the name the International Dues Band. The name change was an attempt to focus attention on the growing international makeup of both the college and the band. 

Since 1985, the band has gone by the name the Rainbow All-Stars. When the band's allotted rehearsal time was split, it allowed the members to create a smaller ensemble that showcases some of the strongest talents in the band. 

In 1987, the band changed its name for three years to the Caribbean Ensemble and focused on showcasing many of the talented students from Latin America and the Islands. Until 1990, this ensemble helped popularize the school's cafeteria shows, while also drawing attention to the Latin/African cultural influences in our industry.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

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