News@Berklee.edu | February 2006





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February 2006 News@Berklee.edu

 

Paul Simon

  Photo by Phil Farnsworth

Last Saturday night was one for the history books, as Paul Simon, Bill Cosby, Gloria Estefan, Herbie Hancock, Juan Luis Guerra, and many others helped Berklee celebrate its 60th birthday. Guest artists shared the stage with faculty, alumni, and students in front of a sold-out Wang Center crowd of 3,600 people. Proceeds benefit Berklee's new full-ride Presidential Scholarships. Read about the show below.

There's more big days just ahead in February, with much of it coming from Black History Month Music Celebration 2006, including a lecture by trumpeter Terence Blanchard, a performance featuring bassist Stanley Clarke, and events focused around Martin Luther King, Jr., Bob Marley, and Berklee's African American composers. Read on...



The Berklee Concert Series

The college's annual live music series returns with performances that will cover the musical gamut. Hear Berklee's best play with some of the world's best.

February 26, 2006 Great American Songbook: The Music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn
The songs of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn are performed by Berklee faculty in the lush, swinging style of pop's golden age.

Tickets are $25 (seniors $18.75). Purchase tickets at the Berklee Performance Center box office or online through Ticketmaster.

March 31, 2006 La Guitara, featuring Patty Larkin
April 12, 2006 The Score
May 5, 2006 Yellowjackets/Overjoyed

For more information, see the Berklee Concert Series home page



February Events



  Stanley Clarke
 

Black History Month Music Celebration 2006

Emphasis on the word history, as this year's event seems to touch on every significant component of music made by African Americans, from symphonic music and straight-ahead jazz to hip-hop and traditional spirituals. Guest artists include Terence Blanchard, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, and Cecilia Smith, and faculty performers include Bill Banfield, Yoron Israel, Consuelo Candalaria, Ron Savage, and Andy McGhee. Read more...



Hip-Hop Empowerment Summit, February 4

Berklee and ACT Roxbury are presenting this free event to help young underground hip-hop artists make their music heard. At Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall, Roxbury. Read more...

Wes Fest, at the Gig, Los Angeles, February 16

Alumni and others, including the Mike Keneally Band, will come together in a concert to benefit the Wes Wehmiller Scholarship. Wehmiller passed away last year after a career that including stints with Duran Duran and Missing Persons. Read more...

Berklee and Essence Hip-Hop Songwriting Contest

All future Missys, Kanyes, and Commons are invited to write tracks in a competition for tuition-free classes at Berklee. You have until the end of February to submit your material. Read more...

Learn more on the Events section of our web site.



From the Top

  George Porter, Jr.
Photo by Nick Balkin
 

Three Score: The Berklee 60th Anniversary Concert

A night of great music marks the college's sixth decade in swinging style. The Boston community and local and national media came in droves. Read more...

Berklee Awards Full Rides
The first five recipients of Berklee's new Presidential Scholarships are introduced. Read more...

New Orleans Visiting Artist News

Recent visitors from the Crescent City included Meters bassist George Porter, Jr., and music therapist Suzanne St. Amand. Read more...

In the Media
An American soldier stationed in Iraq studies music through Berklee's online school, Berkleemusic.com. Read more...

And Berklee's new bluegrass-based course offerings make the news. Read more...

For all the latest news, go to the Berklee News home.



Live at the BPC

Musical highlights this month range from urban contemporary to tango to independent music. Don't miss Berklee's New Music Festival (Feb. 9), r&b singer Freddie Jackson (Feb. 10), flamenco guitarist Vicente Amigo (Feb. 12), the Bob Marley Tribute (Feb. 13), and indie rocker Cat Power (Feb. 18).

On Sale

Buy tickets while you still can for this show:

  • Chick Corea — Tickets go on sale February 6 for April 28 show

The box office hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, at 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston.

For a full schedule of events and information on how to buy tickets, go to the Berklee Performance Center web site.



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