Concert

An Evening with Cris Williamson in Concert

Thursday / April 9, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Cris Williamson

"Cris Williamson has been a whole lot of women's heroes, including mine." — Bonnie Raitt

Folk and indie music icon Cris Williamson comes to Berklee for a three-day residency where she will conduct workshops, visit classes, and give a special free performance for students, faculty, and staff.

Decades before indie labels were the norm, and years before women had any real access to the industry, Cris Williamson was busy changing the face of popular music. Williamson's stellar vocals and compelling persona are regarded as legendary for good reason. In 1975, the twenty-something former schoolteacher recorded The Changer And The Changed. Today, that record remains one of the best-selling independent releases of all time.

The Cris Williamson concert is open only to Berklee students, staff, and faculty. IDs are required to obtain tickets at the BPC box office.


Admission: 
Free, exclusively for the Berklee community

Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra

Friday / April 10, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
First Church of Boston
66 Marlborough Street
Boston
MA
United States
02116
BCSO, 2008

The Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Francisco Noya, will celebrate the hope of warmer weather with a concert on Friday, April 10, at the First Church in Boston. Featuring more than 70 of the college's finest instrumentalists, the ensemble will showcase works by internationally and historically renowned composers as well as original compositions by Berklee students. 

The Berklee Concerto Competition winner, Cyprian flutist Burak Besir, will perform the virtuosic Carmen Fantaisie; and the winner of the Berklee Composition Competition, Derek Remes, will join the orchestra for the world premiere of his powerful piece Dreams of Flight.  

In celebration of the newly-born Video Game Music Club at Berklee, the symphony also will perform music from the popular games Final Fantasy and the Legend of Zelda, arranged by students Shota Nakama and Filippo Beck Peccoz.

The diverse and engaging program will begin with Wagner's overture from the opera Die Meistersinger, and will conclude with the primal and poetic dance Sensemaya by Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas. 

It is sure to be a beautiful night of electric music making at one of Boston's oldest landmarks. The concert is free and open to the public.

 

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Poetry Jam & Slam 2

Wednesday / April 22, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This event will showcase the emerging Berklee slam poetry all-stars, including those from the Poetry Jam & Slam class and the Berklee Slam Poetry Club. Our guest feature will be world-class artist Nicole Terez Dutton performing spoken word with the Jeff Robinson trio. The evening will begin with a poetry open mic, followed by our feature, and end with the big event, Berklee’s unique poetry jam and slam. Leave your beret and bongos behind, and be prepared for the exuberant, genre-defying, political, personal, raucous, and powerful punch of the modern performance poetry movement.

Admission: 
$5, general admission; student discount available at Berklee Performance Center box office

Berklee Genre Jumble

Tuesday / April 21, 2009 / 8:30 p.m.
T.T. The Bear's Place
10 Brookline St.
Cambridge
MA
United States
02139
Shea Rose

Berklee presents its second Genre Jumble, a showcase of up-and-coming alumni and student bands, featuring rock, indie pop, folk, r&b, and psychedelic goth by the Help, Shea Rose, With Engines, and Black Fortress of Opium.

After hosting a successful inaugural Genre Jumble event in December, the Office of Alumni Affairs is continuing its series that brings alumni and student bands on stage together. The show is 18+ and $8 ($5 for Berklee alumni and students with ID). Read more about the concert.

Admission: 
$5 for Berklee alumni and students w/ID

Singers Showcase: The 25th Anniversary

Thursday / April 16, 2009 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Celebrating its 25th season, this night of pop, r&b, Latin, folk, blues, and more features Berklee's finest emerging vocalists and very special guests. The outstanding lead singers will be chosen from more than 100 students who audition for a spot in this immensely popular concert.

The concert will be broadcast live on BIRN2, one of five channels on Berklee's student-run internet radio station.

Admission: 
$30 general admission

Katie Thiroux

Friday / April 10, 2009 / 5:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210

Once a month, Berklee student performers with innovative original music representing a wide range of styles perform in the State Street Corporation Lobby at the ICA. The Water Café by Wolfgang Puck serves refreshments. Bassist and vocalist Katie Thiroux from Los Angeles, California, finished her first year at Berklee and is the recipient of the Phil Ramone Presidential Scholarship. She performed at the 2004 and 2005 IAJE conferences as both a bassist and vocalist. For four years in a row, Thiroux was selected to be a member of the elite Gibson/Baldwin Grammy National Honor Jazz Ensemble. She has also received fellowships to the prestigious Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, and the Vail Jazz Festival. In 2005 she was awarded the Los Angeles Jazz Socitey's "Shelly Manne New Talent Award" and also received the Down Beat magazine Student Music Award for Outstanding Vocal Performance and Outstanding bassist in 2006. Most recently Katie performed at the 50th Monterey Jazz Festival with the Berklee Monterey Quartet in September 2007.

Admission: 
Free with museum admission

Aryn Michelle <em>Lockless Heart</em> CD Release Party

Thursday / May 7, 2009 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Aryn Michelle celebrates the release of her CD Lockless Heart with Katelyn Clampett and Dylan Galvin. Many listeners have described her style as alternative pop/rock with a flavor of country and a pinch of jazz.

Michelle, a native of Texas, began writing music at the age of 15 and now she just can’t stop. She’s thus far written, coproduced, and released seven indie demos of her own original material. She is a versatile singer/songwriter who writes all her own material, sings, and plays the piano and guitar.

After graduating from college in 2006, she took a year to work for AmeriCorps and focus on playing in venues, clubs, and festivals around Austin, Texas. She is currently pursuing a certificate from Berklee with an emphasis on songwriting while she performs around town with her Boston-based band.

At Berklee she has received the Scott Benson Award for songwriting, and has been selected to perform in several showcases. In 2008, ISSA chose Michelle as a finalist in the categories of Singer/Songwriter of the Year and Best New Artist. In May 2009 she will release her first professional album, which was produced by Phillip Ferrell.

Admission: 
$8, general admission

The Matt Glaser Quartet

Monday / May 4, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472

The inaugural Berklee jazz series was so successful that Berklee and the Arsenal Center for the Arts are presenting a new series for the winter and spring. The Matt Glaser Quartet includes Sonny Barbato (jazz accordion), John Baboian (guitar), Dave Hollender (bass), and Matt Glaser (violin). [details]

Admission: 
$15, $10 for students

CWP Department Faculty Concert

Tuesday / October 27, 2009 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A Contemporary Writing and Production Department faculty concert

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Liz Longley

Thursday / May 21, 2009 / 6:00 p.m.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street NW
Washington
DC
United States
20566
Liz Longley and her band

One of the college's finest songwriters brings her band to perform as part of the Conservatory Project, the Kennedy's Center's showcase for the nation's top music colleges and conservatories. Grammy winner John Mayer describes her music as "gorgeous . . . just gorgeous!"

Admission: 
Free admission

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