Berklee Honors Keith Lockhart at International Show

By
Allen Bush
March 17, 2008
Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart
Photo by Phil Farnsworth

Berklee College of Music presents the 22nd annual International Folk Music Festival on Thursday, March 27, at 8:15 p.m., at the Berklee Performance Center. Berklee's international students comprise 22 percent of its population, proving that music is truly a cultural bridge. Tickets are $10.00, $5.00 for seniors, and on sale now the Performance Center box office, 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston. For more information, call 617 747-2261, or visit berklee.edu/events. The Berklee Performance Center is wheelchair accessible. 

Students and faculty from Mexico, Cuba, Bulgaria, Pakistan, Japan, Colombia, and the U.S. will perform, some wearing colorful clothing and playing rarely seen instruments from their home countries. They'll showcase a vast range of musical styles, including salsa, klezmer, and bluegrass. Concert director and Berklee professor Ken Zambello is planning a stirring and emotional program, with songs of love, loss, tragedy, and triumph.  

As part of the annual celebration of Berklee's international culture and music, a community leader is honored for supporting international understanding, goodwill, and education, and for helping Berklee's international students. The Berklee 2008 International Award recipient is world-renowned Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart.

"Keith Lockhart speaks from experience when he says that Berklee is one of the world's preeminent institutions for turning out jazz and pop musicians," said award presenter Larry Bethune, vice president for student affairs/dean of students. "Often, he'll include international students, alumni, and faculty in Pops concerts and programs. He created the Berklee Jazz Café for the Pops Jazzfest as a way to book many international students to perform in Symphony Hall for exciting and intimate shows following the action on the main stage."