Each semester Berklee joins the larger Boston community in a daylong celebration of soul-stirring renditions of some of America’s finest contemporary classical music. Starting with a tribute to the blues, jazz, gospel, r&b, soul, and spirituals, this series of concerts defies categories and cuts to the heart of what makes music so precious and important in our lives. This year is no exception.
Under the direction of faculty member Larry Watson, four classes—Stage Performance, Advanced Stage Performance, Foundations of Soul, and Music of Motown—will perform at 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m., and 8:00 p.m. respectively. The groups will present the music of many of America's legends as well as some original compositions destined to also become classics.
The concerts will feature the music of Regina Belle, Peabo Bryson, Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway, Al Jarreau, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Ledisi, James Moody, Lionel Ritchie, the Temptations, Nancy Wilson, Stevie Wonder, and Tricia Yearwood, plus a special tribute to the Magnificent Seven: the Four Tops and the Supremes.