Concert

Deborah Voigt: Call Me Debbie

Wednesday / February 4, 2015 / 7:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Through her stage performances and television appearances, Deborah Voigt is known for the singular power and beauty of her voice. A leading dramatic soprano, she has portrayed some of the iconic heroines of German and Italian opera to great acclaim, including Brünnhilde in Wagner’s Ring Cycle, perhaps the most challenging role in all of music. An active recitalist and performer of Broadway standards and popular songs, Voigt has an extensive discography and has given many enthusiastically received master classes. Increasingly active as a host of radio programs, she also appears regularly, as both performer and host, in the Metropolitan Opera’s The Met: Live in HD series, which is transmitted live to movie theaters across the United States and overseas.

Praised by the Associated Press for “a stage presence that radiates an endearing charm,” Voigt has been described by the New York Times as “the only diva who might carry on Beverly Sills’ role as ‘opera cheerleader’ in America.” In her candid and soul-bearing memoir, Call Me Debbie: True Confessions of a Down-to-Earth Diva (Harper; on sale January 27, 2015), Voigt for the first time shares her story—of music and faith, of devastating addictions and recovery, and of the backstage dramas behind the glamorous curtain that is opera.

Eren Başbuğ & Jordan Rudess

Thursday / December 18, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Electronic Production and Design Department presents:

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EPD senior Eren Basbug with special guest Jordan Rudess

EPD senior Eren Başbuğ will present a concert this Thursday, December 18 at 1:00 PM in the David Friend Recital Hall. Joining him will be Dream Theater keyboard wizard Jordan Rudess. They will be playing original music from both Jordan and Eren, as well as a few covers. For the concert, both will be playing Korg Kronos keyboards, Roli Seaboards and iPads. They will be joined by a rhythm section on some pieces. Please join us for this opportunity to check out these remarkable musicians and synthesists.
 
 
Michael Bierylo
Chair, Electronic Production and Design

 

Admission: 
Free

CANCELED: Shachar Ziv: Last Piece of a Puzzle

Wednesday / February 11, 2015 / 5:30 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
CANCELED: This event has been canceled.

Singer-songwriter, French horn player, and pianist Shachar Ziv presents an eclectic concert of his own songs and arrangements that incorporate elements from rock, jazz, tango, and Israeli music.

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Free

Alea III Meets Berklee

Thursday / January 29, 2015 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The renowned new music ensemble Alea III, under the direction of composer Theodore Antoniou, will premiere new music by Berklee students composed especially for Alea.

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Free

Jamie Cullum's Interlude: The Jazz Tour

Tuesday / February 3, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Jamie Cullum
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Jamie Cullum is a charismatic crossover artist who has been blurring the boundary between jazz and pop since the beginning of his career. His brother Ben, a major influence on him, introduced Cullum to jazz, a game with no rules that became a way of life. After two self-financed albums, he was spotted and signed by a big label. The Englishman spent his early twenties touring, playing, and recording across the globe, and he has collaborated with such artists as Pharrell Williams and Greg Wells.

Cullum is an insatiable performer, playing jazz standards as well as the latest hits, from Radiohead to Rihanna, from Jimi Hendrix to the White Stripes. His latest release, Interlude, marks a shift to straight-ahead jazz and a return to interpretation from an artist who has made a habit of bending genres, writing original material, and bringing new sounds and new listeners to his music. Working with producer Benedic Lamdin of Nostalgia 77, Cullum has selected a number of jewels from the American songbook—including Interlude's title track, which was penned by Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Paparelliand added a couple of modern surprises.

POSTPONED: Caleb Hawley / Barnaby Bright / Susan Cattaneo

Tuesday / January 27, 2015 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Caleb Hawley
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POSTPONED: This event has been canceled or postponed. This site will be updated as additional information becomes available.

Harlem’s Caleb Hawley is an American soul singer, songwriter, and performer. Like savvy throwback crooners Mayer Hawthorne and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Hawley channels early Stevie Wonder and other Motown sounds into a complete, magnetic package.

Nathan and Rebecca Bliss, the voices and brains behind Barnaby Bright, are modern-day traveling troubadours, averaging roughly 200 shows and 40,000 miles traveled a year. You can find them on streets as far away as London or Amsterdam and as remote as St. Paris, Ohio, toting their massive haul of instruments, including multiple guitars, a harmonium, a floorboard bass, thumb pianos, and keyboards, among others. Because of the great number of shows they've played (as well as their unique instrumentation, powerful harmonies, and thought-provoking lyrics), this duo has mastered the original goal they set out to attain: to create a sacred, magical space for their audiences, a momentary escape from the outside world.

Susan Cattaneo has been a songwriting professor at Berklee for 13 years. She’s written songs covered by numerous artists in Nashville, and her tunes helped launch the careers of Jillian Cardanelli and Erica Nicole. A singer-songwriter, Cattaneo has released three albums of mostly upbeat, catchy, pop/country music: Brave and Wild in 2009, Heaven to Heartache in 2011, and Little Blue Sky in 2012. When you listen to her, you hear a blend of country, rock, and soul with sparkles of blues and folk, music that would slide into the comfort zone for fans of Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter, or Sheryl Crow.

Eren Başbuğ's Senior Recital with Special Guest Jordan Rudess

Thursday / December 18, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Keyboardist Eren Başbuğ's great journey of three years at Berklee is coming to an end. He is celebrating the closure of this wonderful chapter with a final recital, an unofficial senior recital, as he calls it. 

His personal idol and mentor, virtuoso keyboardist and composer Jordan Rudess, will join him on stage. Rudess is best known as a member of the Grammy-nominated progressive rock/metal band Dream Theater.

An extraordinarily talented rhythm section, composed of his two best friends from two different bands, Alus Doğucan Güneş on drums (Ivory) and Nazım Kemal Üre on bass (Achroma Rising), will also join him on stage. 

Come and share the excitement of the monumental closure of this chapter with him.

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Free

Patty Larkin / Dom Flemons

Wednesday / December 31, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Patty Larkin
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First Night Boston, Berklee, and WUMB-FM present guitarist, singer-songwriter, and Berklee alumna Patty Larkin and roots multi-instrumentalist Dom Flemons, performing at the Berklee Performance Center on New Year's Eve, Wednesday, December 31, 2014. The concert is a centerpiece of this year's First Night Boston festival, and it will be broadcast live on WUMB-FM and webcast worldwide on wumb.org, live from Berklee. New Year's Eve 2014 marks the fourth consecutive year that First Night Boston, WUMB-FM, and Berklee have collaborated on a live folk/roots concert broadcast.

Admission is $10 by purchase of a First Night button. VIP tickets/seating is available for $35, which includes a button. Dom Flemons performs at 8:00 p.m. (WUMB broadcast, and wumb.org, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern), and Patty Larkin performs at 9:30 p.m. (WUMB broadcast, and wumb.org, at 9:30 p.m. Eastern).

Patty Larkin redefines the boundaries of folk and urban pop music with her inventive guitar wizardry and uncompromising vocals and lyrics. Acoustic Guitar hails her “soundscape experiments” while Rolling Stone praises her “evocative and sonic shading.” She has been described as "riveting" (Chicago Tribune), "hypnotic" (Entertainment Weekly), and a "drop-dead brilliant" performer (Performing Songwriter).

Larkin is a 1974 Berklee alumna who came to the college to study jazz guitar. She also holds an honorary doctorate from Berklee, presented in recognition of her many contributions to music and society. Her most recent recording is Still Green, the title track of which was inspired by the work of poet Kay Ryan.

Dom Flemons is known as the "American Songster," pulling from traditions of old-time folk music to create new sounds. As part of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, which he cofounded with Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson, he has played at a variety of festivals spanning from the Newport Folk Festival to Bonnaroo, in addition to renowned venues such as the Grand Ole Opry.

In July 2014, Flemons released his third solo record with Music Maker Relief Foundation and his first since leaving the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Prospect Hill finds Flemons digging deeply into multiple styles such as ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, jug band music, and ballad idioms with showmanship and humor. He was featured on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and his new album has received praise from the Boston GlobePaste Magazine, and Living Blues Magazine, among others.

James Knoerl's Senior Recital

Monday / May 4, 2015 / 4:00 p.m.
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Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

In his final recital at Berklee, drum set principal James Knoerl presents an afternoon of original music.

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Free

Kayla Zuskin

Wednesday / May 6, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
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Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

In her final recital at Berklee, guitarist Kayla Zuskin presents an afternoon of jazz and rock covers.

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Free

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