Natixis Global Asset Management Presents Summer in the City Series

By
Allen Bush
May 23, 2011
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Berklee College of Music today announced that Natixis Global Asset Management (NGAM), one of the world's leading asset managers, will be the presenting sponsor of more than 70 free outdoor concerts scheduled from May through September. The performances are part of Berklee's 2011 Summer in the City series held in neighborhoods throughout Greater Boston.

"As a global company, it is a privilege for NGAM to be associated with an institution like Berklee that brings people around the world together through the power of music," said John Hailer, president and chief executive officer of Natixis Global Asset Management - U.S. and Asia. "We are working with Berklee and our core nonprofit agencies to create programs that will bring free music education, live events, and extraordinary artists into both communities and classrooms. Summer in the City is a celebration of diversity, with Berklee students and alumni playing pop, rock, jazz, bluegrass, Latin, blues, and reggae."

Berklee alumni have won a total of 205 Grammy Awards, and students represent more than 80 countries. Concerts this summer will include performances by rising stars Grace KellyTuffus ZimbabweSierra Hull and many others. Destinations throughout the city that play host to the concerts range from the Prudential Center, the ICA, and Georges and Spectacle islands to communities including Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, East Boston, and the South End. 

Headquartered in Paris and Boston, Natixis Global Asset Management provides investment solutions to both institutional and individual clients. The Berklee Summer in the City sponsorship is the second phase of a new multi-year global NGAM music sponsorship program designed to align business objectives with initiatives that preserve cultural experience through music. 

Among the many exciting and innovative performers this summer are Lollapalooza-bound Julia Easterlin, June 25, Georges Island; Caribbean and Latin America dance band Grupo Fantasia, June 30, Mozart Park; reggae group Tubby Love, July 7, ICA; world music vocal ensemble Women of the World, July 20, Mothers Rest; Wyclef collaborator Will Wells and Dynamic Sound, August 4, ICA; SNL band keyboardist Tuffus Zimbabwe, August 7, Highland Park; national rising jazz saxophonist Grace Kelly, August 25, Kendall Square; and Rounder recording artist Sierra Hull and Highway 111, September 1, Kendall Square. 

"Natixis is a great partner in our Summer in the City concert series," said Berklee president Roger Brown. "They challenged us to offer the most fresh and creative music to the people of Boston this summer, and we have designed a program that delivers all that and much more." 

In a recent announcement, NGAM was named as the presenting sponsor of the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival. Further expansion of NGAM's music partnership program is currently underway.