|The Berklee World Strings, in the the John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts' Terrace Theater|
|Photo by Madeline Marshall|
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Berklee's brand new, grooving, improvising string orchestra, the Berklee World Strings, made their Kennedy Center debut on the night of Wednesday, May 12. The show was part of the Conservatory Project, the Kennedy Center's effort to showcase the best of America's music colleges and conservatories.
A wildy appreciative crowd in the Terrace Theater heard director Eugene Friesen lead the 17-member BWS through pieces by Shostakovich; "Night Rider," from Eddie Sauter's orchestral vehicle for Stan Getz, Focus; two Scottish reels; Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm"; and a traditional Applachian fiddle tune, "Cluck Old Hen"; among others.
The show was webcast worldwide, and can be seen and heard on demand—in excellent fidelity—on the Kennedy Center website.