David Friend Recital Hall

 

The David Friend Recital Hall, located in the Genko Uchida building at 921 Boylston Street, is a semicircular performance space with a horseshoe-shaped balcony, designed by architect Shizuo Harada. The 160-person capacity venue uses a stage that can be moved to the center of the room, creating a performance-in-the-round environment.

 

Strings Theory

Wednesday / January 28, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.

David Friend Recital Hall

Combining idiomatic flexibility, a wellspring of creativity, and world-class virtuosity, Mimi Rabson brings together some of her most important influences and inspirations. With Junko Fujiwara on cello and faculty member Helen Sherrah-Davies on violin, the Strings Theory Trio supercharges the intimate atmosphere of chamber music with a triple dose of edgy, daring improvisation. 

Admission: Free

Mandolin Mashup

Monday / February 2, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.

David Friend Recital Hall

Mandolin mashup is the annual celebration of mandolins on campus. Faculty and students will present music in a wide range of styles, all featuring the mandolin.

Admission: Free

Q&A and Master Class with Ambrose Akinmusire

Tuesday / February 3, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.

David Friend Recital Hall

Jazz trumpeter and composer Ambrose Akinmusire will conduct a master class and participate in a brief Q&A hosted by Sean Jones, chair of the Brass Department. 

Admission: Free

Al Natale Scholarship Concert

Tuesday / February 3, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.

David Friend Recital Hall

The three finalists for the Al Natale Scholarship will perform and the Brass Department faculty will select the winner.

Admission: Free

Ed Blomquist: Underwater Airport

Thursday / February 5, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.

David Friend Recital Hall

Underwater Airport is an improvisational and recording multimedia ensemble combining music and projected visuals to create spontaneous portals into alternate space-time dimensions. Drawing inspiration from shamanic trance music, 1960s free jazz and psychedelia, ambient electronica, and world beat, the band's members have practiced individual and collective improvisation in diverse settings. 

Admission: Free

New Works for Jazz Orchestra V

Tuesday / February 10, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.

David Friend Recital Hall

The faculty of the Harmony Department will present a program of original music and arrangements for jazz orchestra. Harmony Department faculty will perform with guests from across the college.

Admission: Free

The Society of Composers

Tuesday / February 17, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.

David Friend Recital Hall

The Society of Composers, Berklee's student composers' club, will present a concert of original music for small and large ensembles.

Admission: Free

Eldridge Duos

Wednesday / February 18, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.

David Friend Recital Hall

This concert features Berklee student vocalists and Voice Department faculty member Peter Eldridge on piano and vocals.

Admission: Free

Zafris Distinguished Lecture for Music Business/Management

Friday / February 20, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.

David Friend Recital Hall

Annual event featuring a high-profile speaker from the music industry.

Admission: Free

Composers and Friends

Monday / February 23, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.

David Friend Recital Hall

This third annual concert will feature new works for chamber groups by composer and bassist Jerry Gates and select faculty composers and performers.

Admission: Free

Simone Pilon: Africana Studies Lecture

Wednesday / February 25, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.

David Friend Recital Hall

Simone Pilon, chair of the Liberal Arts Department, will lecture on a topic relating to music and society.

Admission: Free

Songwriting Faculty Concert

Thursday / February 26, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.

David Friend Recital Hall

Members of the Songwriting faculty will play their songs in this one-hour concert.

Admission: Free

A Tribute to Ed Bedner

Tuesday / March 3, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.

David Friend Recital Hall

The Piano Department faculty will perform acoustic solo piano pieces in a variety of styles in tribute to late piano professor Ed Bedner. 

Admission: Free

Piano Department Student Concert

Wednesday / March 4, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.

David Friend Recital Hall

Selected piano students will perform acoustic solo piano pieces in a variety of styles.

Admission: Free

Graduation Brass Processional Concert

Thursday / March 5, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.

David Friend Recital Hall

This public reading session will feature works by student composers competing to have their piece performed by the Berklee Faculty Brass Ensemble at the Berklee commencement ceremony in May.

Admission: Free

Music Therapalooza

Thursday / March 5, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.

David Friend Recital Hall

A Music Therapy event.

Admission: Free

Roots Roadshow

Monday / March 9, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.

David Friend Recital Hall

Students in the newly created American Roots Music Program offer a smorgasbord of fantastic performances in blues, gospel, folk, country, bluegrass, Western swing, polka, and more. The artistic director for the American Roots Music Program is Matt Glaser, chair of Berklee's String Department for 28 years.

Admission: Free

Maggie Scott: Jazz Vocal Series

Tuesday / March 10, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.

David Friend Recital Hall

Jazz vocalists perform songs from the American Songbook accompanied by a faculty rhythm section.

Admission: Free

Winds, Strings, and Mallets

Wednesday / March 11, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.

David Friend Recital Hall

This show will feature new compositions and improvisations for saxophone quartet, voice, violin, and marimba, by jazz composer and faculty member Darrell Katz. Faculty member Helen Sherrah-Davies will also perform. 

Admission: Free

The City of Tomorrow: Woodwind Quintet in Concert

Thursday / March 12, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.

David Friend Recital Hall

The acclaimed ensemble the City of Tomorrow will present a concert of 20th and 21st century music for woodwind quintet. Included on the program will be "Island Universe," written by Berklee professor Andrew List.

Admission: Free

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