Concert

Tribute to Paul Whiteman

Monday / May 5, 2008 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This performance marks the premier season of Berklee’s first symphony orchestra, the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra. With Tribute to Paul Whiteman, hosted by Don Rayno, Whiteman’s biographer, the BCSO celebrates the 70th Anniversary of Paul Whiteman’s historic 1938 concert at Carnegie Hall. After intermission, five Whiteman original 1938 arrangements will be performed: "Cowbell Serenade," "The Seventh Day," "Mexican Jumping Bean," "Suicide Cliff," and "Bumpy Weather Over Newark."

The concert opens with ballerina Colleen Megley, who will dance the “Princess’s Rondo” from Stravinsky’s Firebird. Student concerto, composition, and conductor winners will also be featured. Musical highlights include Henco Espag’s world premier of "Nimmereindigende Reisigersjoernaal" (Never Ending Traveler’s Journal), a concerto for flute and piano with soloists Kazuyo Kuriya '09, flute, and Emi Inaba '09, piano. John Williams’s Hollywood film score to Saving Private Ryan conducted by Fred Smith for chorus and orchestra will follow.

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Back Bay Brass Jazz Orchestra

Wednesday / April 23, 2008 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

An evening of big band jazz featuring compositions and arrangements by Bill Holman, Bob Florence, Kenny Wheeler, Maria Schneider, and band director Ben Elkins.

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The Loomers

Thursday / April 17, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Executive Sessions, a Thursday night concert series with bands that include local CEOs, will open with folk rockers the Loomers, led by Tom Simons, president/creative director, Partners & Simons.

Student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center Box Office.

Admission: 
$10 Adult G.A.

The Berklee Tower of Power Ensemble

Friday / April 11, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Under the direction of Wayne Naus, Berklee students perform the music of the legendary funk band, Tower of Power. Student discount available at Berklee Performance Center Box Office.

Admission: 
$10 Adult G.A.

Miguel Zenon Quartet

Wednesday / April 2, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Marsalis Music, the Cambridge, MA-based record label founded by Branford Marsalis, has joined forces with Berklee College of Music to bring Marsalis Jams to Cafe 939, Berklee’s student-run, all-ages, music venue and coffee house. The program, an innovative combination of concert performance, jam session, and classroom interaction will be presented periodically during the college’s academic semesters as Marsalis Berklee Jams. Launching the initiative will be the quartet of Berklee alumnus and Marsalis Music artist Miguel Zenòn on April 2-3. These will be the initial concerts in the Cafe 939 space. Tickets for the evening programs are $15.00 and are on sale now at ticketmaster.com. Learn more.

Admission: 
$15 Adult G.A.

Miguel Zenon Quartet

Thursday / April 3, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Marsalis Music, the Cambridge, MA-based record label founded by Branford Marsalis, has joined forces with Berklee College of Music to bring Marsalis Jams to Cafe 939, Berklee’s student-run, all-ages, music venue and coffee house. The program, an innovative combination of concert performance, jam session, and classroom interaction will be presented periodically during the college’s academic semesters as Marsalis Berklee Jams. Launching the initiative will be the quartet of Berklee alumnus and Marsalis Music artist Miguel Zenòn on April 2-3. These will be the initial concerts in the Cafe 939 space. Tickets for the evening programs are $15.00 and are on sale now at ticketmaster.com. Learn more.

Admission: 
$15 Adult G.A.

Remembering Max Roach

Thursday / April 3, 2008 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The third annual Percussion Department Award Winners Concert features fourteen of Berklee’s most recent scholarship recipients including drum set, total percussion, hand percussion, marimba, and vibraphone performers.

In the spirit of this year’s theme of Percussion Days 2008, “Remembering Max Roach,” the students will be performing original works and many compositions associated with the diverse work of the legendary late Max Roach. During the concert, still photos of Max Roach will be displayed. A wide range of musical styles, including jazz, fusion, Latin, classical, and others, will be represented, with each award-winning percussion student leading or coleading an ensemble of choice. In addition to original works, compositions by such diverse composers as Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Henderson, and Wayne Shorter will be performed. This concert will also include performances by an array of exceptional student accompanists. This concert is directed by Yoron Israel, assistant chair of the Percussion Department.

Devin Drobka, Most Active Drummer and Louie Bellson awards
Terry Campbell, Armand Zildjian Percussion Award
Christian Moran, Steve Gadd Award
Alex Collister, Percussion Dept. Chair Award
Bobby James, James David Harber Award
Marimba Yui Koda, Outstanding Percussionist Award
Devin Collins, Ralph Pace Award
Joseph Lefitz, Evans Drumhead Award
Patrick Kunka, Keith Copeland/Sabian Award
Noriko Terada, Most Active Mallet Award
Giancarlo De Trizio, Most Improved Drummer Award
Jordan Lenhoff, Vic Firth Award
Victor Cruz, Percussion Department Achievement Award

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International Folk Music Festival

Thursday / March 27, 2008 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Students and faculty from Mexico, Cuba, Bulgaria, Pakistan, Japan, Colombia, and the U.S. will perform, some wearing colorful clothing and playing rarely seen instruments that represent their home countries. They'll showcase a vast range of musical styles including salsa, klezmer, and bluegrass. Concert director and Berklee professor Ken Zambello is planning a stirring and emotional program, with songs of love, loss, tragedy, and triumph.  
 
As part of the annual celebration of Berklee’s international culture and music, a community leader is honored for supporting international understanding, goodwill, and education, and for helping Berklee’s international students. The Berklee 2008 International Award recipient is world-renowned Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart.

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A Reformed Brazilian Cushite with the Berklee String Orchestra

Tuesday / March 25, 2008 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jetro da Silva will perform with the Berklee String Orchestra directed by Eugene Friesen. The concert will be a combination of various music styles. Da Silva will perform compositions of Ivan Lins, Milton Nascimento, Andrae Crouch, and many others. The concert will be a combination of Brazilian, jazz, and gospel style. Da Silva will celebrate the Afro influence in Brazilian music and the 50-year anniversary of bossa nova. In adddition to the orchestra, he will be joined by faculty members Terri Lyne Carrington on drums; Winston Maccow on bass; Ron Mahdi on bass; Kevin Barry on guitar; Dick Lowell on trumpet; Daniel Ian Smith on saxophone; Robynn Amy on trombone; Fernando Brandao on flute; Ricardo Monzon on percussion; and special guest drummer John Blackwell.

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Tyrone Wells, Will Knox, Evan Anderson

Saturday / April 5, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Admission: 
$5 Adult G.A.

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