Concert

Lawrence "Larry" Watson: Singing the Mission Statement, with the Alvin Foster Orchestra

Monday / September 27, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Larry Watson

Professor Larry Watson will present a musical evening of "edutainment," performing original compositions and soulful African American classical music. He will be joined by the Alvin Foster Orchestra, a full orchestra and choir composed of Berklee alumni, faculty, students, and members of the Boston community. It will be an evening of celebration and retrospection honoring the music and the trailblazers of soul, rhythm, gospel, jazz, black arts songs, and contemporary music.

Alvin Foster, a Berklee alumnus, has demonstrated his compositional skills, vocal prowess, and ability to execute several musical styles that are part of the foundation of the Berklee curriculum. Watson has invited Alvin Foster to be the evening's musical director and conductor. Watson, one of Foster's mentors, is inviting several members of the Berklee community to present an evening of music that captures the essence of the Berklee mission statement:

"The mission of Berklee College of Music is to educate, train, and develop students to excel in music as a career."

Alvin has transcribed and composed several string and horn parts to several of my original compositions. The musical selections represent the part of the African diaspora that affirms the fluidity of the traditional definitions currently associated with soul, blues, jazz, contemporary pop, rhythm, and gospel music. The music presented will tap into the tradition characterized by Nina Simone, Sweet Honey and the Rock, Donny Hathaway, the Last Poets, Gil Scott Heron, and the Sounds of Blackness. The music borrows from all of the traditional categories that popularly define black music and thereby is an authentic homage to the black musical tradition.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Katherine Jenkins

Friday / November 12, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Katherine Jenkins

Katherine Jenkins is a Welsh mezzo-soprano, a classical-popular crossover singer. Her albums feature a mixture of arias, popular songs, hymns and light classical music. Jenkins is a judge on Popstar to Operastar and is also set to star in the 2010 Doctor Who Christmas Special.

Six out of seven of Jenkins's studio albums reached number one in the classical charts between 2004 and 2008, selling a total of more than 4 million copies. After her first album, Premiere, made her the fastest-selling mezzo-soprano to date she became the first British classical crossover artist to have two number one albums in the same year. She is also the first female artist to win two consecutive Classical BRIT Awards: her second album, Second Nature, reached number 16 in the UK pop charts and was Album of the Year in the 2005 BRIT Awards.

Admission: 
$40, $30, reserved seating

Djavan

Sunday / October 31, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Djavan

Recognized worldwide as one of Brazil's biggest musical stars, Djavan is a prolific and creative singer/songwriter. He fuses bossa nova, samba, and Bahian rhythms with jazz, pop, funk, and r&b.

Singing with a rich, expressive voice, Djavan creates innovative poignant music filled with poetic images, honesty, and humility.

Admission: 
$65, $50, $40, $30, reserved seating

The Richard Thompson Band

Friday / October 29, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Richard Thompson

No artist to emerge in the second half of the '60s has gone on to have a more productive and vital career than singer/songwriter/guitarist Richard Thompson. While still a teenager, he founded and led Fairport Convention, which was to British folk-rock what the Byrds were to the idiom's American equivalent.

Thompson, who was described in Rolling Stone as the "thinking man's guitar god," is among the most distinctive of guitar virtuosos, capable of breathtaking drama and sublime delicacy, depending on the song and the amp setting.

Over the course of his career, Thompson has earned numerous awards and honors, including the Ivor Novello Award for songwriting, the Orville Gibson Award for guitarists, and a spot in the Top 20 of Rolling Stone's list of all-time guitar greats. In 2006, he was awarded the BBC Lifetime Achievement Award.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to see him perform on electric guitar fronting a full band! The latest lineup features Pete Zorn (guitars, flute, sax, mandolin), Michael Jerome (drums), Taras Prodaniuk (bass), and Joel Zifkin (violin, mandolin).

 

Admission: 
$39.50, $36.50 reserved seating

Fall Together

Wednesday / October 27, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Fall Together

Fall Together is the annual Jazz Composition Department faculty concert, featuring music written by jazz comp faculty and played by a faculty jazz orchestra. Music for this concert will be written by Greg Hopkins, Bob Pilkington, Ken Pullig, Marc Rossi, Bruce Thomas, and Phil Wilson.

Available discounts

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Buika

Saturday / October 23, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Buika

Hailed as the "Flamenco Queen," Concha Buika is the daughter of political refugees from the African nation of Equatorial Guinea and grew up in a Gypsy neighborhood on the Spanish island of Mallorca.

Often compared to a young Nina Simone, Buika completely surrenders herself to her art, plunging deep into her emotions and emerging with a sonorous, rasping voice that reveals her inner anguish. The New York Times calls her unique blend of flamenco, jazz, soul, and blues, "luminous . . . magnificent . . . superb!”

Funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.

Admission: 
$37, $32, $30, reserved seating

Ryuichi Sakamoto

Wednesday / October 20, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Ryuichi Sakamoto

Composer, musician, producer, actor, and environmental activist Ryuichi Sakamoto has pioneered electronic works, globally-inspired rock, classical scores (including a massive opera), and of course those familiar soundtracks. The awards on his mantle include an Oscar, two Golden Globes, and a Grammy. Sakamoto's fans will enjoy solo piano versions of his earlier works, including some of the famous film themes, as well as a summing-up of Sakamoto's sonic interests, from medieval European instruments to hi-tech electronics to the sounds of the besieged glaciers of the Arctic Circle.

Admission: 
$36, $26 reserved seating

Hugh Masekela

Friday / October 15, 2010 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Hugh Masekela

With a career that has spanned over four decades, legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela is no less than a worldwide superstar, and his trumpet has long been a call to freedom and a celebration of the resilience of his people.

Touring in support of his best album in years, Phola, Masekela and his hot new South African band create supple grooves that blend Afro-beat, funk, and jazz. 

Attend a free Hugh Masekela lecture, "The Artist's Role as Activist," Thursday, October 14, 7:00 p.m., at Lesley University's Prospect Church, 1803 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge.

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

Korean Thin Guy: Sang Hyun Park / Alan Benzie Trio

Thursday / October 7, 2010 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Sang Hyun Park, Alan Benzie (photo courtesy of William Ellis)

Contemporary jazz and fusion pianist Sang Hyun Park presents original compositions and arrangements with his great band and Berklee faculty. In the second half of the show, pianist/composer Alan Benzie, winner of the Scottish Young Jazz Musician 2007 Award, presents a set of his originals with some of Berklee's top players. With strong influences in both the European and the American scene, expect a mix of relaxed grooves and high-energy, hard-swinging jazz with a contemporary touch.

Available discounts

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Young@Heart Chorus

Thursday / September 30, 2010 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Young@Heart Chorus

Young@Heart is an entertainment group composed at present of people at least 70 years of age. Some have prior professional theater or music experience, others have performed at the amateur level, and some have no experience whatsoever. They are particularly noted for their unconventional covers of rock, punk, and other modern pop music songs. A 2008 British documentary followed their preparation for a concert in their hometown of Northampton, Massachusetts.

When Bob Cilman and Judith Sharpe organized the Young@Heart in 1982, all of the members lived in an elderly housing project called the Walter Salvo House. That first group included elders who lived through both World Wars. One of the members had fought in the Battle of the Somme as a 16-year-old and another, Anna Main, lost her husband in the First World War. Main was a stand-up comic who at 88 told jokes that only she could get away with.

The current performers in Young@Heart range in age from 73 to 89. None was part of the original group that formed in 1982, but all have kept alive the spirit of the early pioneers and continue to push the group into glorious new directions.

Please note that the mezzanine and first and second balcony sections of the Berklee Performance Center are accessible by staircase only.

 

Admission: 
$61, $46, $36, reserved seating

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