The legendary Clark Sisters, a two-time Grammy Award-winning gospel group, will visit Berklee and will be interviewed by Gospel Today Magazine founder Teresa Hairston. The Clark Sisters will also perform some of their greatest hits with Berklee students, and Berklee alumnus Rashad McPherson ’09 will serve as music director.
Students, faculty, and recent alumni of the American Roots Music Program play blues, early gospel, spirituals, Celtic, old-time, bluegrass, and Western swing as well as contemporary music inspired by these genres. The concert will also celebrate the birth of J.S. Bach.
Berklee has become the epicenter of an amazing scene of virtuosic young players in these folk idioms, and this will be the first Berklee Performance Center show to celebrate them and the American Roots Music Program since its inception. The performance will also include a tribute to the great singer Jo Stafford featuring selections from her seminal album, American Folk Songs.
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission
Harlem Street Singer tells the story of Reverend Gary Davis, the great blues and gospel musician whose unique style and remarkable skills on the guitar inspired a generation of musicians. The film traces Davis’s journey out of poverty in the deep South to his iconic status in the folk and rock scene in 1960’s New York. The film includes interviews with celebrated folk and rock musicians who knew and studied with Davis, such as Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. These interviews are interwoven with rare archival footage and photographs as well as recently discovered concert footage of Davis with Peter, Paul and Mary from the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.
Join us for this one-of-a-kind film, along with a Q&A session following the screening with film producer and musician Woody Mann, who is currently teaching at Berklee in the Robert Davoli and Eileen McDonagh Country Blues Visiting Artist program.
At 21 years old, Clifton Williams is an accomplished pianist from Washington, D.C. In the spring of 2010, Williams was invited by the U.S Ambassador to Vienna to perform a series of concerts in Vienna, Austria, and Paris, France. He is a graduate (valedictorian) of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts High School and now attends Berklee College of Music on a presidential scholarship. While at Berklee, he has taken full advantage of its prominence, accompanying numerous concerts, vocal classes, and recitals.
Recently Williams has toured with the Harlem Gospel Choir both nationally and internationally. He is a dual major in music education and contemporary writing and production. He aspires to be a well-rounded musician and an inspiration to all who encounter him.