Guitarist and composer Norm Zocher brings his exciting genre-bending Electric Strings Quartet to the Berklee Performance Center. This concert, which draws from the classical and rock traditions, is the latest in a series of collaborations with Berklee faculty violinist Mimi Rabson. The program will feature excerpts from Zocher’s composition “Rock Ethic” for solo violin, which was commissioned by Rabson with a Berklee grant. It premiered in New York City by former Metropolitan Opera Orchestra concertmaster Elmira Darvarova, and was featured in Strings magazine. The concert will also include Zocher’s orchestral work, “Slow and Heavy,” which was played by the Berklee World Strings under Rabson’s baton. Along with Zocher on guitars and Rabson on violin, the Electric Strings Quartet features Berklee professor Bruno Raberg on bass, and Dave Jamrog on drums.
The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, sponsored by the Monterey Jazz Festival, is comprised of top-level high school jazz players in the U.S. Featuring award-winning instrumentalists and a vocalist in a jazz big band setting, the ensemble performs classic songs as well as the most cutting-edge contemporary pieces currently being written for jazz orchestras by the finest composers and arrangers.
Berklee community: Free in advance, $4 day-of concert; General public: $12
Jim Brickman brings the spirit of the season to life once again with The Magic of Christmas—and you’re invited! Brickman, along with special guests, delivers the perfect blend of music and entertainment in a show that combines intimacy, warmth, and humor. He will perform holiday favorites along with the hits that have made him the best-selling solo pianist of our time. A 17-year tradition, The Magic of Christmas is the must-see concert of the holiday season.
Five-week students who have made it through a couple of rounds of auditions will play their original songs backed by an all-star Berklee house band. From pop to punk to jazz and folk, it will be a great night of original music!
Saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Joshua Redman is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists today. Featuring Redman on sax, Aaron Goldberg on piano, Reuben Rogers on bass, and Gregory Hutchinson on drums, the quartet will perform new, original songs composed by Redman specifically for this group of musicians, and pieces from Redman’s recently released recording, Walking Shadows.
Uruguayan singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler came to the world's attention with his 2005 Oscar for the song "Al Otro Lado del Rio" from the acclaimed movie The Motorcycle Diaries. Born in Montevideo, Drexler is the son of German Jews who immigrated to South America just before World War II. His music is a combination of Uruguayan traditional music (candombe, murga, milonga, tango), bossa nova, pop, and jazz. The result is an assortment of very personal compositions with original arrangements that reflect on love, identity, race, and religion.