Concert

Zili Misik

Saturday / April 12, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Tropical/ Reggae, Afro-beat
Student discount available at Berklee Performance Center box office.

Admission: 
$8 Adult G.A.

Songwriters' Night

Monday / April 7, 2008 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The twelve winning songs from the annual Songwriters Competition held during the fall semester make up this concert's program. Most of the songs are sung by the songwriters that wrote them, so these performances are imbued with a rare sense of purpose, direction, and authenticity. The styles of the songs vary from folkish to hard rock, with the majority of them quite personal and intimate. The ensembles vary from a trio to an ensemble that includes a gospel choir and another that includes a large string ensemble, including harp. Directed by Songwriting Department chair Jack Perricone and professor Jon Aldrich.

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The Berklee String Orchestra

Tuesday / May 6, 2008 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee String Orchestra under the direction of Eugene Friesen will present a program of music from the Middle East. The program will feature music by Simon Shaheen, Ahmad Fouad Hassan, and Mahmoud Fadl. The string orchestra will be augmented by various Arabic percussion instruments and will feature student soloists.

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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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