Berklee Celebrates Great Women Songwriters February 23

By 
Nick Balkin
February 12, 2014
Donna McElroy

The Signature Series at Berklee continues with The Great American Songbook: Great Women Songwriters featuring the music of Aretha Franklin, Dorothy Fields, Bessie Smith, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Billie Holiday, Laura Nyro, Lillian Armstrong, Dianne Warren, Brenda Russell, a Dolly Parton medley, a blues medley, and more.

Featured performers include faculty vocalists Donna McElroy, Lisa Thorson, Chantel Hampton, Nichelle Mungo, and Andrea Capozzoli, and Berklee students Tickwanya Jones, Natalia Sulca, Callie Benjamin, Jen Hoyt, GabyCarillo, Mark Joseph, and Robert Gould. The concert is produced by Rob Rose and directed by Ken Zambello with McElroy serving as vocal coordinator.

The Great American Songbook: Great Women Songwriters takes place on Sunday, February 23, 7:30 p.m. at the Berklee Performance Center (BPC), 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston. Tickets are $8 in advance, $12 day of show, and are available at berkleebpc.com, by calling 617 747-2261, or at the BPC box office. The venue is wheelchair accessible.

Previous Great American Songbook concerts have celebrated the music of Nashville, Motown, Broadway, Quincy Jones, George Gershwin, Burt Bacharach, Hoagy Carmichael, and Johnny Mercer.

Here's a video from the event, featuring vocalist Tickwanya Jones: