Whether or not to accept a dinner invitation is at the center of the argument between three National Central University professors in the play The Face of Chiang Kai-shek, which will be performed in Chinese. It is set in 1943 Chongqing, China's wartime capital during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945). But this is no ordinary invitation—the three have been asked to a Lunar New Year's Eve dinner thrown by Chiang Kai-shek, the generalissimo of the Kuomintang-led Republic of China and president of National Central University.
The invitation is a moral quandary for the intellectuals, a test of their attitude when confronted with power. This concept forms the central theme of the play, which features a plot based on one of many anecdotes about the leader's tenure as university president that still circulate on the campus of Nanjing University (formerly National Central University) today.
The New England Ringers, an acclaimed handbell ensemble, presents an energetic winter program to delight family and friends. Take a journey through rich and complex music, from the serious to the sublime, featuring quirky to quintessential bells.
The 2013 winter program will delight audiences with a selection of pieces that showcase the wide range of music this unique instrument produces. Each ringer uses bells, chimes, mallets, and methods that combine to form a symphony of music in which mysterious and ethereal sections give way to majestic chords and lively portrayals of familiar carols and tunes. The program includes traditional favorites such as "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," a shimmering version of "Silent Night," and, fittingly, "The Joy of Christmas."
These exhilarating pieces inspire a greater appreciation for the handbell among audiences and inevitably elicit the listener comment, "I didn't know bells could sound like that!"
Legendary vibraphonist Gary Burton will present an all-star concert and introduce his recently released autobiography, Learning to Listen. Joining the seven-time Grammy-winning musician on stage will be bandmates who have performed regularly with Burton since 2004: guitarist Julian Lage, pianist Vadim Neselovskyi, bassist Jorge Roeder, and drummer Lee Fish. In addition, jazz writer Bob Blumenthal will join Burton on stage to discuss Burton's new book, and each ticket-holder will receive a free copy at the concert.
Interested in Berklee? Enjoy student performances, learn about Berklee’s admissions process, and take a campus tour—all in one day. Open houses are Saturday events that take place twice a year in Berklee’s premier performance venue, the Berklee Performance Center.
Reservations are required as space is limited. Please do not make travel arrangements until your reservation is confirmed. Our fall open house takes place on October 5, 2013, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Reservations can be made by completing our online registration form, or by calling 1 800-BERKLEE (toll free) or 617 747-2221.
This workshop for Berklee students features Alejandro Sanz, one of the most internationally renowned Latin music artists of all time. Sanz is respected as both a songwriter and a musician, and has sold more than 23 million albums worldwide throughout his career and has released 15 albums, all certified multi-platinum in Spain, Latin America, and the U.S. He has collaborated with Tony Bennett, the Corrs, Alicia Keys, Shakira, and Rene from Calle 13, among others. On November 12, he will release the live album La Música No Se Toca, a CD/DVD that captures one unforgettable stop – in Sevilla, Spain – on Sanz’s recent international tour.
Maria Schneider and her orchestra have enjoyed a distinguished recording career, including earning nine Grammy nominations and two Grammy awards. Schneider’s music has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization.” She and her orchestra became widely known starting in 1994 when they released their first recording, Evanescence. With that recording, Schneider began to develop her unique writing style for her 17-member collective, made up of many of the finest musicians in jazz today. Today, Schneider’s compositions continue to highlight the distinct creative voices of the group.
Jason Moran has been called "the most provocative thinker in current jazz" by Rolling Stone. The Los Angeles Times lauds Moran as "a startlingly gifted pianist with a relentless thirst for experimentation." In this program, Moran once again challenges the status quo by rethinking the work of the prolific jazz pianist and composer Fats Waller. Moran views Waller's music through two lenses: as music for a jazz piano trio and as contemporary dance music. Don’t miss this exhilarating evening!
Fireworks are sure to fly when some of the most ferociously talented musicians to perform at the Newport Jazz Festival share the stage. The lineup includes Anat Cohen (clarinet), Karrin Allyson (voice), Randy Brecker (trumpet), Mark Whitfield (guitar), Peter Martin (piano), Larry Grenadier (bass), and Clarence Penn (drums).
The timeless appeal of the Spinners remains strong several decades after this soulful R&B powerhouse scored hits like “I’ll Be Around,” “Rubberband Man,” and “One of a Kind (Love Affair).” Over the years, the Spinners have acquired six Grammy nominations and have performed twice during the awards ceremony. They have also performed for presidents and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Tavares, another long-running R&B group that delivered a string of hits in the ‘70s (“Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel,” “That’s the Sound That Lonely Makes,” and others), will open. Tavares scored its first hit with “Check It Out” in 1973 and soon began appearing regularly on the R&B and pop charts. Tavares continues to bring an incredible energy to its performances. Don’t miss this this soul-powered show!
VIP tickets include an exclusive meet-and-greet with the artists from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Fred Armisen is best known for his work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2002 until 2013 and for his work as the co-creator and co-star of the IFC sketch comedy series Portlandia, which earned him an Emmy Award nomination in 2012 for "Outstanding Writing in a Variety Series." He also founded ThunderAnt.com, a website that features comedy sketches created with Carrie Brownstein. This performance will showcase Armisen's many comedic and musical talents and will include an appearance from one of Armisen's most beloved characters, "Ian Rubbish," the frontman for the Brit-punk band known as "the Bizarros."