First Night Boston, Berklee College of Music, and WGBH 89.7 present Anat Cohen at the Berklee Performance Center on New Year's Eve, Thursday, December 31, kicking off NPR's annual worldwide broadcast Toast of the Nation. The concert is a centerpiece of this year's First Night Boston festival.
Entrancing audiences on both clarinet and saxophone, Berklee alumna Cohen is one of jazz's brightest young stars. She recently completed a week-long engagement at the legendary Village Vanguard in New York, and was named Clarinetist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. Her quartet features Jason Lindner on piano, Joe Martin on bass, and Daniel Freedman on drums.
Admission is $18 by purchase of a First Night button. Cohen performs two sets: 8:00 p.m. (WGBH 89.7 broadcast), and 9:30 p.m. Virtuoso jazz violinist Ben Powell performs the first set of the evening at 6:30 p.m. Each of the three performances will be seated separately. The Berklee Performance Center is located at 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston. Please call 617 747-2261 for more information.
New Year's Eve 2009 marks the sixth consecutive year that Berklee, WGBH 89.7, and NPR have collaborated to kick-off the live holiday special Toast of the Nation. Heard on more than 200 NPR affiliate stations and NPR Worldwide, Toast of the Nation begins in Boston and will move across the country, with live celebrations from John Pizzarelli in Washington, D.C., the Bad Plus in New York, Irvin Mayfield Quintet in Minneapolis, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy in Los Angeles.
For a full schedule of performances, and to find local participating NPR stations, visit wbgo.org/toast. Hosted by Eric Jackson of WGBH's Eric in the Evening, the concert can be heard locally on WGBH 89.7 FM. Toast of the Nation is produced for NPR by WBGO-FM, Newark; WGBH Radio produces the Boston portion of the broadcast.
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.
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