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.