Concert

Mary Black

Saturday / November 13, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Mary Black

Mary Black has long been considered one of the finest female vocalists in the Celtic world. An unparalleled interpretive singer with a beautiful, dynamic voice, she draws on her traditional Irish folk and ballad background to create music that soars with a contemporary edge. This special concert marks her first Boston appearance in more than three years. Roisin O opens the night.

Admission: 
$42, $37, $30, reserved seating

Autumn Winds and Flutes

Thursday / November 18, 2010 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Autumn Winds and Flutes, led by Woodwind faculty member Wendy Rolfe, will feature music from around the globe for winds and piano, and will also feature the Berklee Flute Choir. From Brazilian to Celtic, to Romantic, to featured Berklee composers, the program will be lively, lyrical, and varied.

Admission: 

Box Five / Jaggery

Saturday / November 13, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Box 5

This is a very special show for Box Five, marking the release of the band's debut full-length, Leave the Earth Behind. Box Five will perform as a 17-piece mini-orchestra complete with strings, woodwinds, and rock instruments, featuring virtuoso violinist Eliza Kopczynska as concertmaster. Celebrating with them will be Jaggery, a Boston-based collective that works the dark edge of a genre-defying musical style. It's a magical night indeed!

Admission: 
$10 general admission, $12 day of show

Tyler Hilton / Josiah Leming / Dion Roy / Nikolas Metaxas

Friday / October 29, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Tyler Hilton

With his sharp ear for memorable melodies, keen lyrical insights, and husky, engaging voice, Tyler Hilton connected with people in a big way with his 2004 major-label debut, The Tracks of Tyler Hilton. Also appearing: Josiah Leming. Leming plays music as if his life depended on it, because for him, it does. Leming has begun recording his debut album for Warner Bros. Records, with whom he signed not long after appearing on Season 7 of American Idol.

Admission: 
$12

FuzAsian FIERI: The Birth of FuzAsian

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

For the first time in history, the exotic scales/modalities of the East and beyond have been brought into a harmonic system, called the Ultra Lydian System of Sonic Organization by Steven Chelliah. This produces a whole new universe of creative possibility within the exploits of 21st-century jazz, and the result is a brand new genre of music called FuzAsian. 

This special concert presented by the Professional Writing Division will feature extended music composed and orchestrated by Steven Chelliah for a 21-piece jazz orchestra (with a driving jazz-rock rhythm section) and 15-piece choir, employing the Ultra Lydian concept. This will be Chelliah's first demonstration of FuzAsian in its fully orchestrated form. The musical experience will be energetic, explosive, and a magnificent display of gorgeous dissonant possibilities.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

String Showcase

Thursday / November 4, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

String Showcase is your chance to hear the amazing creativity, virtuosity, and stylistic range of Berklee's String Department. From blues to bluegrass, metal to  Motown, swing to solo Bach, chamber music to chambergrass, Berklee string players will be playing it. Violins, violas, cellos, mandolins, banjos, and harps all perform in this groundbreaking concert.

Jakub Trasak, a seventh-semester violin performance student at Berklee College of Music, is bringing the school's String Department into the spotlight with the first-ever String Showcase to be held at the Berklee Performance Center. One lucky audience member will win a Yamaha electric violin. The concert—a series of performances by small ensembles—will highlight the wide vocabulary of Berklee's string students. The groups will present a range of styles, from bluegrass, Americana, chambergrass, and Irish to jazz, r&b, Latin, and swing. Close to 50 students playing violins, violas, cellos, mandolins, banjos, and harps will share the stage. 

Trasak, a seasoned musician who grew up as a rare bluegrass and country aficionado in the traditionally classically focused Prague music scene, came up with the idea for the String Showcase after realizing he had performed in a variety of other Berklee departments' showcase concerts but had never had the chance to bring the unique talents of Berklee's string players into focus. The department, which includes about 150 students, instills in students a sophisticated virtuosity, intense creativity, and broad stylistic vocabulary, which are invaluable to a career in contemporary music. Berklee's String Department is growing rapidly, with a particular resurgence of Americana and bluegrass students over the past three years. In fact, the department created a focused area of study in American Roots Music in 2010 to cater to students who play traditionally North American instruments. In order to spark excitement among the string lovers in the area, Trasak orchestrated a partnership with Johnson String and Yamaha to give away a free electric violin to one audience member during the concert.

"Bringing not only many different styles, but also musicians from around the globe, together on one stage is, for me, a dream come true," said Trasak.

Read the official press release.

Register online to win a free violin.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Thaddeus Hogarth

Thursday / November 18, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Guitar faculty, singer-songwriter, and harmonica player Thaddeus Hogarth leads his trio in an evening of original r&b/funk/blues material and Jimi Hendrix covers, selected from his current theater tour. Featured are David Buda on bass and Tony Thunder Smith on drums.

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Meg Hutchinson

Thursday / November 11, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Meg Hutchinson

Lyric-based, contemporary-acoustic songwriter Meg Hutchinson has won numerous songwriting awards in the United States, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, including the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, Billboard Song Contes,t and prestigious competitions at Merlefest, NewSong, Kerrville, Falcon Ridge, Telluride, and the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival. She released Come Up Full on Red House Records in 2008 and is now supporting her 2010 album The Living Side.

Admission: 
$10

Jeannie Gagne and Friends: Jazz and More

Wednesday / November 10, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Voice faculty and songwriter Jeannie Gagné leads a jazz trio playing some of the great standards, together with original songs, for a fun night of vocal jazz exploration, meditative ballads, and round-rhythm improv. The set includes Jeannie's latest tune, "Friends," sung in both English and Chinese.

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Fresh Prospects: Naomi Gillies and Erika Cole

Friday / November 5, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Fresh Prospects

Lancaster, Pennsylvania native Naomi Gillies’s love for singing and music sprouted when at the age of 10, she began attending a Waldorf School, a private school who’s curriculum is heavily rooted in the Arts. Though she began her musical career on the violin, she quickly found that her love was in singing.

Erika Cole learned at a young age, it is more than possible to find something you believe in and have a passion for.  If you ever visit the Cole household and watch the dozens of home videos, you will see what was evident as being Cole's love: singing. Ever since imitating The Sound of Music, LeAnn Rimes, and Celine Dion, Cole has been hooked on that drug called “music.”

Admission: 
Free

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