Concert

R&B/Funk Guitar Night Showcase

Wednesday / April 15, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Guitar faculty member Thaddeus Hogarth presents a night of r&b/funk featuring some of the hottest student guitarists. The lineup includes Matthew Berger, Christian Hernandez, Randy Runyon, Dave Scher, and Nozomi Yamaguchi, who will lead their own groups in a program of original and classic grooves.

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Storytellers Spring '09

Wednesday / April 8, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Now in its 13th year, Storytellers showcases Berklee's premier singing and songwriting talent. This year's show features original songs ranging from rock to reggae, folk to country. 10 performers tell "the story behind the song," interpreting lyrics that are alternately deep, witty, confrontational, and laugh-out-loud funny.

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Bob Tamagni

Thursday / April 2, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Bob Tamagni performs as part of Percussion Days 2009.

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Tony Smith

Thursday / April 2, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Tony Smith performs as part of Percussion Days 2009.

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The 23rd Annual International Folk Music Festival

Thursday / March 26, 2009 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The 23rd Annual International Folk Music Festival features student musicians performing folk music from around the world.

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Fred Hersch

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

Pianist and composer Fred Hersch has earned his place among the foremost jazz artists and creative musicians in the world today. He is widely recognized for his ability to create a unique body of original works while reinventing the standard jazz repertoire—investing time-tested classics with keen insight, fresh ideas, and extraordinary technique. His many accomplishments include three Grammy nominations, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Meet the Composer, and six composition residencies at the MacDowell Colony.

After graduating from the New England Conservatory in 1977, Hersch relocated to New York City and quickly became one of the most in-demand pianists in town. He has worked extensively with such jazz masters as bassists Sam Jones and Charlie Haden; guitarist Bill Frisell; flugelhornist Art Farmer; harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielemans; saxophonists Stan Getz, Joe Henderson, and Jane Ira Bloom; and vibraphonist Gary Burton.

Hersch was the first pianist to play an entire week solo at the Village Vanguard. His most recent recording, the trio CD Night and the Music, was released in May 2007.

His career as a performer has been greatly enhanced by his composing activities. He recently created Leaves of Grass (Palmetto Records), a large-scale setting of Walt Whitman's poetry; the work was presented in March 2005 in a sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall. Hersch has collaborated with pianists Jeffrey Kahane and Christopher O'Riley; sopranos Renée Fleming, Audra McDonald, and Dawn Upshaw; and violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.

Hersch has been a passionate spokesman and fundraiser for AIDS services and education agencies, producing and performing on recordings and concerts for the charities Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS that have raised over $200,000 to date.

Hersch has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning with Dr. Billy Taylor and on a wide variety of National Public Radio programs including Fresh Air, Jazz Set, Studio 360, and Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz. A committed educator, Hersch was a faculty member at the New England Conservatory for 10 years. He is currently a visiting lecturer at Princeton University.

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New Piano Music

Tuesday / March 24, 2009 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Every year, Berklee students submit solo piano compositions to the Piano Department, and Berklee's finest pianists read through the music and pick the pieces they want to feature during Keys Fest. Directed by Stephany Tiernan

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Songwriters' Night

Monday / April 6, 2009 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This is a concert of the 16 winning songs of the college-wide songwriting competition. Styles and ensembles vary according to the needs of each song. Most songs are performed by the writer, assuring authenticity and commitment.

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Berklee's SXSW Party

Friday / March 20, 2009 / 1:00 p.m.
Friends Bar
208 E. 6th St.
Austin
TX
United States
78701
Melissa Ferrick

Performers include Kid:Nap:Kin (HRR); Melissa Ferrick; Annie Lynch and the Beekeepers (HRR); The Volunteers; The Hollow Sound; Aaron Sinclair (of Frank Smith); SuperVolcano (HRR); The Motion Sick; Ma'ayan Castel.  

Berklee's SXSW Party is 21+, free of charge, and open to SXSW badge holders. SXSW wristband holders and the general public can RSVP to alumniaffairs@berklee.edu to attend. Giveaways include SanDisk Sansa mp3 players, a Berkleemusic.com online course, and copies of HRR's new compilation CD, Dorm Sessions 6

Read more about the party.

Keep up with the Berklee staff and faculty who are in Austin for SXSW by reading the new Berklee On Tour blog.

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FREE

All Keys Piano Department Faculty Concert: Tribute to Dave McKenna

Tuesday / March 3, 2009 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Piano Department faculty members perform in solo, two-piano, and ensemble settings in a variety of styles. This concert is dedicated to late pianist Dave McKenna. Featured performers will be Stephany Tiernan/Joanne Brackeen, Neil Olmstead/Jennifer Elowski-Fox, Tony Germain/Dave Limina—two piano; and Leo Blanco, John Arcaro, Bob Winter, Doug Johnson, Suzanne Davis, Bruce Thomas, John Mulroy, Carmen Staff, Robert Christopherson, and Ross Ramsay.

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