Concert

Saving the Health of the Community International Gospel Concert

Saturday / December 6, 2008 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A gospel concert to benefit Whittier Street Health Center, a nonprofit 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 on sale, Monday, October 20, 2008.

Admission: 
$76, $41, $36 reserved seating

The Navigator: A Stage Reading of a New Musical

Monday / November 24, 2008 / 6:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Inspired by true events, this new Broadway-style musical love story and time-traveling sea adventure is presented by faculty composer Michael Wartofsky, lyricist/librettist Kathleen Cahill, off-Broadway director and visiting artist Daniella Topol, and a student cast of 14. The staged-reading format of the full-length show invites the audience to imagine a future fully staged production. Originally commissioned and developed by North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Massachusetts, The Navigator was further developed through a Faculty Development Award in 2006, and is presented this year as part of the inaugural Berklee Musical Theater Season.

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Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday / December 17, 2008 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra will perform music by Britten, Dvorak, Ellington, Marquez, and Riley. The style is contemporary classical; the instrumentation is full symphony orchestra conducted by Francisco Noya.

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Performer/Songwriter Showcase 2008

Tuesday / December 9, 2008 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Various rock, pop, r&b, and country songs featuring the winning top 10 student songwriters for the fall of 2008.

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Three Giants of Cuban Piano

Tuesday / November 18, 2008 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A concert dedicated to the three giants of Cuban piano: Rubén González, Lilí Martínez Griñán, and Pedro "Peruchín" Justíz. These three gentlemen established standards of virtuosity and style in the 1940s and 1950s that still challenge and inspire musicians today. A quartet led by faculty member/pianist Rebecca Cline will perform classic pieces associated with these legends of Cuban music.

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The Marimba Music and Poetry of Guatemala

Monday / November 3, 2008 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Under the direction of faculty member Ricardo Monzon, an ensemble will perform traditional, folkloric, and popular marimba music from Guatemala as well as readings from Guatemalan poets and writers including Nobel Prize winners Miguel Angel Asturias and Rigoberta Menchú.

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Berklee CMJ Music Marathon Showcase

Saturday / October 25, 2008 / 1:00 p.m.
The Knitting Factory
74 Leonard St.
New York
NY
United States
10013

Berklee College of Music, Heavy Rotation Records (HRR), and the Berklee Internet Radio Network present their second annual CMJ Music Marathon showcase on Saturday, October 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Knitting Factory Tap Bar. The showcase features rock, indie-pop, funk, folk, and ambient music by alumni and HRR artists Annie Lynch and the Beekeepers (HRR), Christopher Barnes (HRR), Lucius, Teletextile, Tiny Animals, and Turkuaz (HRR).

The event is all-ages and open to both CMJ badgeholders and the general public free of charge. Now in its 28th year, the CMJ Music Marathon is New York's largest music event, attracting bands, fans, and music industry professionals from around the world.

Learn more at the news section of the Berklee website.

Admission: 
FREE

Tom McRae / Steve Reynolds / Michael Greenberg

Thursday / October 23, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Tom McRae. Credit: Rebecca Cresta

Since 2000, Tom McRae has toured endlessly and released four albums. His most recent record, King of Cards, was released on V2 shortly before the label was swallowed by Universal. McRae's music has been featured in numerous television shows, including Six Feet Under, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and CSI.

Have you read The Carnival Papers lately? There’s great news for fans of Steve Reynolds, the well-traveled singer/songwriter who’s made modern rock a powerful outlet for storytelling troubadours these past few years. After numerous tours of the United States and Europe, where he’s charmed and intrigued crowds of up to 2,000 fans, Reynolds is also back from Exile, his critically acclaimed 2006 debut.

What do you get when you unite complex chords, simplistic yet thought-provoking lyrics, and melodies that will ring in your head for days? You get Michael Greenberg, a Berklee student ready to serenade you at any time. Noted for his soothing sound, catchy melodies, and unruffled stage presence, Greenberg is beginning to create a pregame buzz throughout the Northeast.

Admission: 
$12 general admission; student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office

Women in Rock: Nona Hendryx, Siedah Garrett, Joyce Kennedy, Cindy Blackman, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Felicia Collins

Wednesday / October 8, 2008 / 8:15 a.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Women will rock the house when Berklee presents a one-time gathering of influential and groundbreaking African American female musicians. Berklee's Women In Rock residency brings Nona Hendryx, Siedah Garrett, Joyce Kennedy, Cindy Blackman, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Felicia Collins to the college for performances, master classes, and panels, culminating in tonight's public concert. The artists will perform their original music at the event.

Terri Lyne Carrington, a professor of percussion, is the musical director for the concert and will play drums for all of the artists, leading a star-backing band that includes powerhouse bassist Meshell Ndegeocello (who will not sing lead) and guitarist Felicia Collins of the Late Show with David Letterman. Rounding out the band is Berklee student Cedric Hanriot on keyboards and alumnus Aurelien Budynek on guitar. Student band Shea Rose opens the concert.

Women in Rock is the brainchild of Kudisan Kai, associate professor of voice, who will perform two of her songs with the band. Says Kai, "I wanted to offer the college something that was straight from my heart and experience, share my knowledge in this genre, and discuss the musical, social, economic, and political influences that made these women choose such a path. Many people don't even realize there is such a thing as a black female rocker. These women are very strong, multi-talented, and well-versed in several genres of music. I decided to showcase these women at Berklee, where they can garner respect as outstanding instrumentalists, singers, and Grammy Award-winning songwriters, and be role models for all-female musicians."

Kai is also the driving force behind a new course in Berklee's Liberal Arts Department titled Women In Rock, which opens for enrollment in the spring 2009 semester.

The Women in Rock concert is being filmed for inclusion in a documentary by Sheila Hardy, titled Nice & Rough, exposing the unknown history of black women in rock, and celebrating the complexity and courage of these daring, outrageous, sexy, soulful women who—despite what anyone thinks—choose to rock.

Learn more about the event and the artists in the news section of our website.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Night of Soul II: Merrily Scruggs-James / Orlando Dixon / Krystal Johnson

Thursday / October 16, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

It was an odd sight . . . a tiny white kid singing with an all-black gospel choir in a stomping Pentecostal church. But it was with the nationally renowned Total Experience Gospel Choir that Merrily Scruggs-James discovered her absolute joy of soul and blues music. She was quickly swept up by Showtime at the Apollo and had the Harlem theater singing along with her when she was 17. She has been mentored by musicians such as Ernestine Anderson, Sue Ennis (songwriter for Heart), and Michael Shrieve (former Santana drummer), and has performed with Bobby McFerrin and Rocco Prestia (Tower of Power).

Her band the Bucket of Soul has been hitting dance floors on the East Coast and was recently featured at Google's grand opening celebration in Boston. Flooded with energy, the Bucket of Soul will bring you back to the days of raw, organic, old-school soul music. Leaking enthusiasm, they put on the kind of show that leaves you joyful.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

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