Hear a jazz orchestra featuring saxophone great George Garzone, a long-time Berklee faculty member and world-renowned educator. Faculty member Ayn Inserto arranged and composed the music. Inserto released her first album last year and won the 2007 IAJE/ASCAP Commission for an emerging artist.
The Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra (AIJO) is a big band based in Boston that has performed with Bob Brookmeyer, George Garzone, Joe Lovano, and Frank Tiberi at venues such as the Berklee Performance Center, The Zeitgeist Gallery/Lily Pad, the Western Front Club and Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in New York. The ensemble performs originals and arrangements of Ayn Inserto, who is highly influenced by Bob Brookmeyer, Maria Schneider and Jim McNeely. The jazz orchestra recently finished a recording with Bob Brookmeyer and George Garzone. Inserto thrives to make her music swing with a modern twist and her orchestra will not fail to produce a thrilling performance.
Eva Szekely and Susan Jensen, violinists
Leslie Perna, violist
Darry Dolezal, cellist
Since its inception more than three decades ago, the Esterhazy Quartet has been Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Missouri-Columbia. As a musical ambassador for the university, the group promotes the string quartet art form through master classes, workshops with young performers, and collaborations with respected modern composers.
The Esterhazy Quartet has appeared at important music festivals and delighted audiences on three continents. The quartet performed live on WGBH during its last stop in Boston and has frequently been featured on National Public Radio.
Critics have praised the Esterhazy Quartet for its intelligence, refinement, and warmth of sound. The quartet is respected for its discerning interpretations of the standard repertoire as well as its commitment to performing and promoting the music of our time, especially modern music of the Americas.
Gabriela Montero is a Venezuela-born classical piano virtuoso whose
unique style remains unmatched. Playing publicly since she was five,
Montero has excited and entertained audiences all over the world and
performed with a sampling of the most prestigious orchestras around
the globe. Her improvisational take on the world of Bach, Chopin, and
many others has changed how many see the world of classical piano
All tickets are general admission, $20.
Berklee's first symphony orchestra stretches the limits with a mix of multimedia, film, and music. With New Directions, music is written specifically for this orchestra of 80 members. The BCSO kicks off its inaugural concert with the world premiere of Stephen Webber's piece for narrator, turntables and orchestra along with a staged scene from the opera Hostage by Sam Headrick and Craig Wich. Other musical highlights include Bernstein (Slava), Stravinsky (Firebird), and John Williams (ET). Student concerto, composition, and conductor winners will also be featured.
Featured artists include: Eguie Castrillo, percussion; Raydar Ellis, MC; Tiger Okoshi, trumpet; Jason Petrin, beats; Stephen Webber, turntables
Student composers: Alexis Grapsas (’07) and Zeltia Montes (’07)
Student soloists: Jungyoon Joo (’08), mezzo-soprano and Diana Melo (’08), marimba
Student conductor: Daniel Koren (’08)
Drummer and percussionist Tatsuya Yoshinaga—a recipient of several
scholarships, including the Zildjian Award—presents his all-star band performing the music of the Chick Corea Elektric Band. The concert will feature funk, fusion, jazz, blues, and rock, with original arrangements for the Elektric Band with singers and string quartet.
Flutist Michelle Pugliese presents Tango del Fuego (Latin Fire), a thirteen-piece Latin big band versed in the styles of salsa, merengue, and bachata. Songs by Juan Luis Guerra and arranged by Michelle Pugliese will be featured along with compositions made popular by artists such as Ray Barretto, Oscar D’Leon, Orlando Valle, and Los Hermanos Rosario.
2007 marks the 20th year that the Songwriting Department has been in existence. This alone would be auspicious but is more so when you couple it with the fact that the department is the very first Songwriting Department to exist in any college or university. Its curriculum is unique and its faculty and chair have created books and online courses that underline the integrity of the department and the techniques that are taught. The songs that will be performed reflect the spectrum of styles that the songwriting faculty members teach and use in their own writing. There are contemporary folk, r&b/hip-hop, rock, and pop, as well as country songs on this program. Some of the songs will be sung by the faculty members and others will be sung by some of our best student performers.
A Gospel Concert to benefit Whittier Street Health Center, a non-profit community health center in Roxbury. This concert features 12 diverse acts from New England, and is hosted by gospel icon and BET host, Dr. Bobby Jones
Tickets: $46, $36