The annual Student Composition Awards concert features pieces by three composition majors, including “Claudio and I” for vibraphone and piano by Daniel Koren, “A Grimm Fanfare” for brass quintet by Steven Mills, “String Quartet in One Movement” by Arash Waters, and “Image Scape” for string quartet and harp by Steven Mills.
Faculty pianist Jeff Covell will present a program of jazz standards arranged for piano and saxophone as part of the Piano Department’s KeysFest '08. He will be assisted by outstanding saxophonist Jim Cameron.
The Great American Songbook: Berklee On Broadway features songs from some of the best-known musicals staged at the most famous theatre halls in America. A few of the college’s finest faculty, alumni, and students will make classics shine from award–winning shows like Carousel, West Side Story, Ain't Misbehavin', Phantom of the Opera, and many more. And though the line-up comes from the Broadway catalog, the audience can expect to hear pop, r&b, jazz, cabaret, and blues, from “When You’re Good to Mama” (Chicago) and “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” (Oklahoma) to “Home” (The Wiz) and “Aquarius” (Hair). Just like the song says “The Joint [will be] Jumpin’” (one of several songs from Ain't Misbehavin' to be featured that night) as a stellar band of Berklee faculty and student musicians—including vocalists Donna McElroy, Gabrielle Goodman, and Darcel Wilson—perform a playbill of select masterpieces. There’s sure to be something that appeals to many types of music fans with award–winning, genre-blending a capella group Vox One and internationally known vocal group Syncopation delivering a few special arrangements for a new twist to some of the most popular and acclaimed hits in American musical theatre.
The Sovereign Bank Music Series at Berklee continues with the SFJAZZ Collective, an all-star ensemble featuring alumni Joe Lovano, Matt Penman, and Miguel Zenon alongside Dave Douglas, Eric Harland, Stefon Harris, and Renee Rosnes. Berklee's Monterey Quartet—a student touring group—will open the show.
The annual Pop/Rock Showcase Live! highlights the best music written and performed by some of Berklee's most talented student songwriters, arrangers, singers, and instrumentalists. The concert, under the direction of faculty member Mirek Kocandrle, will present a variety of original compositions as well as new arrangements of standard pop/rock repertoire. This year the concert will feature singer-songwriter Jen Chapin, an alumna and Hybrid Records artist.
This is an annual concert featuring honor award recipients in the Professional Writing Division. Each department in the division is represented by a student honoree. Departments with majors are represented by one of their majors. The evening is an eclectic collection of writing and performance at a high level.