The annual Professional Writing Division Awards Concert features original music composed by award winning students, representing the six departments in the PWD, along with the annual Millicen Composition Contest winner. Ensembles vary from orchestra to rock band.
An outstanding voice in the new generation of fado singers, Portugal's Ana Moura transcends her youth with a maturity that speaks of the pain of separation, unrequited love and longing. She has a gorgeous contralto voice, and her soulful and riveting interpretations are both heartbreaking and uplifting. Billboard calls her "soul-stirring... superb."
With explosive taiko drumming and innovative, acrobatic choreography, TAO: The Martial Art of Drumming, in its Boston debut, offers a breathtaking, vibrantly modern twist on a traditional art form—and a visual and sonic tour de force!
The Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble performs 20th century classical chamber music for instruments and voice. Works by faculty composers Rosey Lee and Rick Applin along with works by Aaron Copland and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Directed by Robin Ginenthal.
In a dazzling display of Indian percussion, tabla superstar Zakir Hussain is joined by the finest percussionists from India's classical and folk traditions, including Sabir Khan, (sarangi, lute) Ganesh and Kumaresh (violins), Taufiq Qureshi (percussion), Navin Sharma (dholak, two-headed folk drum), Sridar Parthasarathy (mridangam, barrel drum), and the breathtaking Bengali Drummers.
With an enchanting blend of African, Latin American, Caribbean, and Middle Eastern sounds coupled with a spectacular live show, the Idan Raichel Project thrillingly bridges the traditional and the modern.