| February 2007

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February 2007

  Cornel West
  Photo courtesy of the artist

Berklee kicks off Black History Month with a lecture by Cornel West and a performance by a capella group Sweet Honey in the Rock. West and Sweet Honey will be joined by Berklee's student gospel ensemble Overjoyed to celebrate the college's new Africana Studies curriculum.

Also at the BPC, Berklee faculty and students honor Stevie Wonder with the Great American Songbook: The Music of Stevie Wonder, saxophonist Greg Osby performs with Berklee students, student-run Heavy Rotation Records celebrates its newest CD release, and Paula Cole begins her new tour with a performance at Berklee.

Read on to find out about the City Music Network's expansion—as well as the City Music All-Stars' performance at Deval Patrick's inauguration—the second annual Berklee and Essence hip-hop songwriting contest, Berklee and ROCKRGRL'S battle of the bands, and Paquito D'Rivera's advice for Berklee faculty.

The Sovereign Bank Music Series at Berklee

The college's annual live music series returns, with lead sponsorship from Sovereign Bank. The 2006–2007 series promises to be the most eclectic and innovative yet.

  February 1, 2007   Black Music Matters, with Sweet Honey in the Rock and Cornel West
    This concert and talk, the first time together for these internationally renowned artists and scholars, is a special event launching Africana Studies at Berklee. Cornel West will give a brief talk addressing the importance of black music in culture and society, followed by a performance by vocal group Sweet Honey in the Rock. Read more...

This show is sold out.


February 25, 2007

The Great American Songbook: The Music of Stevie Wonder
    Berklee's Great American Songbook concerts are presented annually to pay tribute to songwriters who contributed to the compendium of mid-twentieth-century popular song. This year the college honors Stevie Wonder, a prolific and prodigious talent who continues to influence countless musicians across genres. Berklee faculty and students will perform Wonder's songs in tribute.

General admission tickets are $25; seniors $18.75. Purchase tickets at the Berklee Performance Center box office or online through Ticketmaster.


March 29, 2007

International Night

April 26, 2007

Singers Showcase

For more information, see the series home page.

Top Tunes

  Paula Cole
  Photo courtesy of the artist

Heavy Rotation Records CD Release Concert, February 7

Berklee's student-run Heavy Rotation label celebrates the release of Dorm Sessions IV with a night of music featuring bands such as Big D and the Kids Table (ska-punk), Madi Diaz (rock-blues-folk), and Spiritual Rez (reggae-funk-Afrobeat). 8:15 p.m., Berklee Performance Center. Read more...

Greg Osby, February 8

Saxophonist, composer, producer, educator, and Berklee Herb Alpert Visiting Professor Greg Osby will perform with students in a concert that marks the culmination of a week of clinics and master classes. 8:15 p.m., Berklee Performance Center. Read more...

Paula Cole, February 16

Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Paula Cole '90 returns to her alma mater to give her first concert in seven years. 7:30 p.m., Berklee Performance Center. Read more...

Learn more on the Events section of our web site.

Top Stories

Berklee's City Music Network Goes Nationwide

Berklee students and officials return from a West Coast tour during which the college announced an expansion of its City Music program. Read more...

City Music All-Stars Perform at Deval Patrick Inauguration

The Berklee City Music All-Stars celebrate the inauguration of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Read more.

Berklee and Essence Magazine Announce Hip-Hop Contest

Berklee and Essence Magazine search for the next generation of hip-hop stars with their second national songwriting contest. Read more...

Crossing the Divide

Grammy-winning saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer Paquito D'Rivera urges Berklee faculty to disregard stylistic boundaries. Read more...

Berklee and ROCKRGRL's Battle of the Bands

Submissions are due February 16 for Berklee and ROCKRGRL's all-female battle of the bands. Read more...

Two New Titles from Berklee Press

Berklee Press releases Writer, Producer, Engineer, a handboook for creating contemporary commercial music by professor of contemporary writing and production Michael Farquharson, and Stickings and Orchestrations for Drum Set, a book/CD for drummers wishing to expand their creative horizons by associate professor of percussion Casey Scheuerell.

Berklee at South by Southwest Music Conference

Student and alumni bands converge on Austin, Texas for one of the music industry's biggest events. In March 2007, Berklee bands will perform a tribute concert in honor of keynote speaker Pete Townshend, of the Who. You'll learn more in next month's newsletter.

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

Live at the BPC

On Sale

  • Art Garfunkel — Tickets go on sale February 9 for an April 22 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 or


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