The African String Ensemble presents its first concert directed by Joe Galeota. The group will explore and perform African string music, both in the pop and traditional genres, with Western stringed instruments.
Cellist Steph Dye leads an evening of original cello arrangements of pop/rock music. Artists covered include Florence and the Machine, Audioslave, Queens of the Stone Age, Metallica, Marina and the Diamonds, Ozzy Osbourne, and others.
Watch Steph Dye perform a cover of Florence and the Machine's "Cosmic Love" here:
First Night Boston, Berklee, and WUMB-FM 91.9 present 2011 Berklee graduate Sierra Hull in a New Year’s Eve concert. Hull is a bluegrass vocalist, mandolinist, and songwriter who is featured on Country Music Television (CMT). Matt Glaser, director of Berklee’s American Roots Music Program says that Hull “has no limitations as a musician.”
Watch the music video for Hull’s “Daybreak” here:
The New Year’s concert will be broadcast live on WUMB-FM. New Year's Eve 2013 marks the third consecutive year that First Night Boston, WUMB-FM, and Berklee have collaborated on a live folk/roots concert broadcast.
Harpist Olivia Fortunato and her group present The Fantasticks. It is the world's longest-running musical, playing for over 52 years in Manhattan. Loosely based on the French play Les Romanesques by Edmond Rostand, it is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, two fathers, and a wall.