Concert

Ensemble Showcase: Bluegrass, Soul, Hip-Hop

Friday / December 11, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon and evening recitals, led by faculty members Brian Ellis, Dave Hollender, John McGann, Mark Simos, and Skip Smith. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including bluegrass, soul, and hip-hop. 

1:00 p.m. Brian Ellis: Hip-Hop
2:15 p.m. Skip Smith: Aretha, Stevie, Chaka, Marvin
3:30 p.m. John McGann: Bluegrass
6:30 p.m. Mark Simos: Bluegrass
8:00 p.m. Dave Hollender: Bluegrass

Recitals will run about 45 minutes long. Performance times are subject to change without notice.

 

Admission: 
Free

Battle of the Bands

Wednesday / December 16, 2009 / 6:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Battle of the Bands

Berklee ends its third season of Executive Sessions, a concert series showcasing bands whose members include Boston-area CEOs and corporate executives, with a Battle of the Executive Sessions Bands. The roar of the battle opens with a VIP reception, hosted by Berklee president Roger H. Brown, at 7:00 p.m. at Berklee's Cafe 939 on Boylston Street. This is an invitation-only event; for limited number of VIP tickets or more information call the Executive Sessions producer, Mirek Vana, at 617 747-2941. The series is hosted by PARTNERS+simons.

A panel of judges includes auto czar Ernie Boch Jr., a Berklee alumnus and board of trustees member; Boston drummer Sib Hashian; Berklee VP of special programs Rob Rose; and a local media celebrity. The prize package includes a recording session at Berklee studios with a Grammy-winning producer; the opportunity to perform at Berklee's Encore Gala; Berklee Concert Club membership for one year; private lessons with award-winning Berklee faculty; a selection of BerkleeMusic.com online classes; and more.

The Competitors

House Red is an eclectic band that combines classic jazz (Mingus and Parker) and rock ranging from the classic (the Doors) to the contemporary (3 Doors Down). The band features Marc Caruso on guitar and vocals, Dean Goodermote on bass and vocals, John Rule on drums, and George Skelly on guitar and vocals. The performance will showcase guest artists from the Berklee student and staff community. The band supplements its musician income with other gigs: Caruso is VP of Enterprise Services at Data Intensity; Goodermote is chairman and CEO of Double-Take Software; Rule is Director, Fuel Cell Development, at Lilliputian Systems; and Skelly is partner at Nixon Peabody.
 
The Loomers: Tom Simons, CEO/chief creative officer of the marketing communications firm PARTNERS+simons, is a guitarist by avocation and a long-time Loomer. Along with Jon Svetkey (acoustic guitar, harmonica, lead vocals); Everett Pendleton (electric guitar, harmony vocals); PARTNERS+simons controller Jack Cavalier (bass guitar, background vocals); and Michael Cahill (drums, background vocals), who owns CK Environmental, Simons has just finished recording the band's brand new songs. The Loomers, whose album Tomorrow Today is available on iTunes, have twice been finalists in Fortune Magazine's Corporate Battle of the Bands, and they have also performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For more information, visit loomers.com
 
Six:  Playing "classic rock that doesn't get old, even if we do," Six covers songs by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and other popular groups. The members of Six—Stephen Cole (vocals, harmonica, percussion), Scott Gilmour (drums, percussion), Bruce Lauterwasser (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Walter Ogier (guitar, vocals), Steve Brat (keyboard), and John Swartz (bass, vocals)—also hold day gigs as senior vice president, senior manager, president, CEO, and lead systems engineer at companies such as Raytheon, Arbios Systems Inc, Genetix Pharmaceuticals Inc., Eligix, the MITRE Corporation, and the World Wide Web Foundation. For more information, visit ilikesix.com.
 
7 at Danny's: Watch out for the underdog, as these guys bring their jets to the stage. Javier Marín, principal at Hispanic News Press, on drums and lead vocals; Paul Richards on guitar; and two JetBlue pilots, Daniel Genis (lead guitar and voice) and Tim Townsend (bass and voice), take off with their favorite tunes to the land of classic rock 'n' roll.

Admission: 

Ben Powell

Thursday / December 31, 2009 / 5:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Virtuoso jazz violinist Ben Powell, a 2009 Berklee graduate, leads a group that includes Tim Ray on piano, Bruno Raberg on bass, and Bob Tamagni on drums. The concert is a centerpiece of this year's First Night Boston festival.

Admission is $18 by purchase of a First Night button. Ben Powell performs the first set of the evening at 6:30 p.m., followed by Anat Cohen's two performances 8:00 p.m. (WGBH 89.7 broadcast), and 9:30 p.m.  

The Hynes Auditorium Garage will provide a $7 discounted parking rate if the garage's ticket is presented with 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 by purchase of First Night Button

Bass Department Holiday Concert

Wednesday / December 16, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Come join the Bass Department faculty for nothing-but-bass arrangements of holiday favorites. Sound odd? It is, and wonderfully so. Rich Appleman, Bass Department chair, describes it as "the lowest in holiday sounds," while others call it their favorite Berklee tradition. If you've never laughed or teared up at instrumental music, then come to this show: it must be seen and heard to be truly understood.

Admission: 
Free

American Roots: Mark O'Connor at Berklee

Thursday / December 10, 2009 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Mark O'Connor

With Mark O'Connor, one of the most talented and imaginative artists working in music today, Berklee celebrates American roots music in a big way. O'Connor will perform—along with Berklee faculty members Matt Glaser and John McGann—with small bluegrass groups, the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra, and the Berklee Jazz/World String Orchestra, all of which are composed of Berklee students.

A product of America's rich aural folk tradition as well as classical and flamenco music, Mark O'Connor's creative journey began at the feet of a pair of musical giants. The first was the folk fiddler and innovator who created the modern era of American fiddling in the 1940s, Benny Thomasson; the second, French jazz violinist, Stephane Grappelli. Between these musical extremes, O'Connor absorbed knowledge and influence from the multitude of musical styles and genres he studied. Now, at age 47, he has melded and shaped these influences into a new American classical music, and a vision of an entirely American school of string playing. As the Los Angeles Times noted, he has "crossed over so many boundaries, that his style is purely personal."



O'Connor's first recording for the Sony Classical record label, Appalachia Waltz, was a collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer. The works O'Connor composed for the disc, including its title track, gained worldwide recognition for him as a leading proponent of a new American musical idiom. His follow-up release, Appalachian Journey, received a Grammy Award in 2001.
With more than 200 performances, his first full length orchestral score Fiddle Concerto has become the most-performed modern violin concerto. Fanfare for the Volunteer, recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Steven Mercurio, was released by Sony Classical in 1999. In 2000, O'Connor premiered his fourth violin concerto The American Seasons: Seasons of an American Life, at Troy Music Hall in Troy, New York; the work was commissioned to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the hall's concert series, and was recorded with the Metamorphosen chamber orchestra and released in 2001.
In August 2000, O'Connor's third concerto, Double Violin Concerto, received its premiere with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and the second violin soloist and the Chicago Symphony, Christoph Eschenbach conducting. In 2003, O'Connor and Salerno-Sonnenberg recorded the work with Marin Alsop conducting the Colorado Orchestra. 
In J2001, O'Connor released Hot Swing! a tribute to his great friend and mentor, the legendary French jazz master, Stephane Grappelli. Released on his own OMAC label, the CD was recorded live with Frank Vignola on guitar and Jon Burr on bass. A new Hot Swing CD entitled Live In New York has been released, as well as a new group line-up for concerts with original member Frank Vignola on guitar, and new to the ensemble, guitarist Julian Lage, and bassist Gary Mazzaroppi.

In 2003, O'Connor completed his fifth concerto, Double Concerto for violin and cello ("For the Heroes") and often performs the piece with cellist Maya Beiser and Symphony Orchestra. Also in 2003, O'Connor was commissioned by the Academy of St. Martin the Fields to compose a concerto for violin and chamber orchestra. Violin Concerto No. 6 "Old Brass" takes its inspiration from a Beaufort, South Carolina plantation designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The recording conducted by Joel Smirnoff was released in March, 2009.

 O'Connor has also formed a piano trio to perform his "Poets and Prophets" composition inspired by the music of Johnny Cash. He often performs it in a collaborative concert concept with Cash's daughter, Rosanne Cash.  O'Connor has recently formed other ensembles including a
String Quartet concert entitled Evening of Strings with chamber music legends Ida Kavafian, Paul Neubauer and Matt Haimovitz, performing O'Connor's music exclusively. O'Connor recently brought back to the stage his solo recital, a one-man unaccompanied violin concert which features his six caprices and three improvisations as the centerpieces of the tour de force
performance.



As word of his considerable compositional talents has spread, O'Connor's musical works have been embraced by a variety of performers. Yo-Yo Ma has recorded the solo cello version of "Appalachia Waltz" and frequently performs it in recital. Renee Fleming has performed and recorded vocal arrangements O'Connor composed for her. The Eroica Trio performs his Poets and Prophets Piano Trio No. 1 regularly, a piece they commissioned from him in 2003. Sharon Isbin has recorded his duet for violin and guitar, several top classical violinists are performing his "Caprices" in recital, his flute concerto "The Fallen" has been performed by a number of flutists and is slated for recording by Carla Auld, Dance troupes, including Twyla Tharp Dance Co., the New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, are staging and choreographing to O'Connor's expressive American music, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra recently recorded his new Americana Symphony.



Mr. O'Connor regularly gives two-day residencies, lectures, demonstrations, or teaches workshops at a variety of prestigious musical programs. Some of his recent hosts include Juilliard School of Music, Harvard, Rice University, SUNY Fredonia, University Of Texas, Curtis Institute, Berklee College of Music, Eastman School of Music, Tanglewood, and Aspen Summer Festival. O'Connor will be the artist in residence at UCLA for the 2008-2009 season. He is the founder and president of the internationally recognized Mark O'Connor Fiddle Camp and Strings Conference as well as the new Mark O'Connor String Camp. The Mark O'Connor String Institute at UCLA debuted this past summer. 

O'Connor resides in New York City.

Admission: 
$25, $20, reserved seating

Poetry Slam 3

Tuesday / December 8, 2009 / 6:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Bruce George

Tony and Peabody Award-winning performance poet Bruce George steps up to the mic during his residency at Berklee on December 8. As the featured artist for the Poetry Jam and Slam class, George will bring a power-packed poetic flow to the stage between two rounds of slam poetry from select students in the course. Talented Cantab Lounge Boston Slam Master Simone Beaubien will emcee the event. Read the press release or call 617 747-2421 for more details.

Admission: 
Free

Mark Shilansky

Wednesday / December 16, 2009 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Mark Shilansky and his quartet play Latin-influenced jazz with lots of fun new chords added to jazz standards, and original tunes that are complex yet catchy, all served up with Shilansky's virtuosic piano playing and soulful singing. Special guest singers (Alison Wedding, David Thorne Scott, and Yumiko Matsuoka) will help render tunes from Shilansky's latest release, Join the Club, and some of Shilansky's vocal jazz arrangements, including an original Christmas tune. With Dino Govoni, sax; Keala Kaumeheiwa, bass; and Mark Walker, drums.

Admission: 

Ensemble Showcase: Jazz, Soul, Funk

Friday / December 4, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon and evening recitals, led by faculty members Kenwood Dennard, John Pierce, Bruno Raberg, Winston Maccow, and Wayne Naus. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including jazz, soul, and funk.

1:00 p.m. Kenwood Dennard: James Brown
2:15 p.m. John Pierce: Big Band
3:30 p.m. Bruno Raberg: Advanced Small Jazz Ensemble
6:30 p.m. Winston Maccow: Metheny Ensemble

Recitals will run about 45 minutes. Performance times are subject to change, without notice.

Admission: 
Free

Ensemble Showcase: Music for Rosa Parks

Tuesday / December 1, 2009 / 3:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Larry Watson

Faculty member Larry Watson presents four student groups for a series of afternoon and evening recitals ranging from soul and rock to gospel and Motown. The performances fall on the anniversary of the day Rosa Parks made history when she refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus, December 1, 1955. 

4:00 p.m. Stage Performance WorkshopSingers will perform originals and pay tribute to Carole King, Stevie Nicks, Aretha Franklin, Perri, and the Winans.

5:00 p.m. Advanced Stage Performance WorkshopVeteran student vocalists will perform originals and music associated with the Brothers Johnson, Ray Charles Chaka Khan, Angela Bofield, Al Jarreau, and Peabo Bryson.

7:00 p.m. Foundations of Singing with Soul–Singers will tackle music by the Emotions, Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, and Luther Vandross, among others.

8:00 p.m. Music of Motown–The finale concert features songs by Tina Marie, Switch, Diana Ross and the Supremes, and Gladys Knight and the Pips.

Recitals will run about 45 minutes long. Performance times are subject to change, without notice.

Admission: 

Gabrielle Goodman

Tuesday / December 1, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
United States
02134
Gabrielle Goodman

Gabrielle Goodman is an acclaimed vocalist/composer/educator, who has traveled the world providing back-up vocals for artists such as Roberta Flack, Chaka Khan, Freddie Jackson, and Bryan Ferry.

An associate professor of voice at Berklee College of Music, she is not only well versed in jazz and popular music but is also classically trained. The Peabody Conservatory graduate has been featured with the Boston Pops, the Baltimore Symphony, the Syracuse Symphony, and the Tokyo based Yamayuri Symphony Orchestra.

As a composer, Goodman cowrote the ASCAP Award–winning r&b hit "You Can Make the Story Right," which appears on Chaka Khan's Grammy Award–winning album The Woman I Am. She has also written for Roberta Flack and for her own recordings.

The 2009/2010 Berklee Artists Series at Scullers includes Greg Osby; Donna McElroy; Marc Rossi; Terri Lyne Carrington; Six Guitar Brothers: David Fiuczynski, David Gilmore, David Thomas, James Peterson, Thaddeus Hogath, and Bill Banfield; George Russell Jr.; Lenny Stallworth; Stan Strickland; and Kenwood Dennard. The concert series is arranged by Fred Taylor, Scullers' artistic director, and produced by Bill Banfield, professor of Africana Studies at Berklee College of Music.

Admission: 
$18, $10 with student ID

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