Under the direction of Eugene Friesen, the Berklee World Strings present a special concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The performance is part of the seventh season of the Conservatory Project, the Kennedy Center's program showcasing students from America's finest music colleges and conservatories. Admission to the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater is free, and early arrival is encouraged.
The members of the Berklee World Strings are devoted to the art of ensemble playing and the development of new music that features improvisation and the rhythmic capabilities of string instruments and players. Drawing from Celtic, bluegrass, jazz, rock and classical styles, the Berklee World Strings present exciting, original programs featuring the award-winning talent of Berklee's finest string players.
The group is conducted by cellist and Berklee associate professor Eugene Friesen. A graduate of the Yale School of Music where he studied with Brazilian cellist Aldo Parisot, Friesen is active internationally as a concert artist, composer, conductor, and teacher. In 1995, 2006, and 2008 he won Grammy Awards for musical contributions to three Paul Winter Consort albums. His passion for the responsive flow of improvisatory music has led him to work and record with such diverse artists as Dave Brubeck, Toots Thielemans, Betty Buckley, Will Ackerman, Joe Lovano, and Dream Theater. Learn more about the concert.