| March 2009

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March 2009

  Alumnus John Mayer won two Grammys.
Photo by Phil Farnsworth

Berklee alumni had a great night at the Grammys last month, with six receiving honors in such diverse categories as Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Best Jazz Instrumental Album, and Best Musical Show Album.

Speaking of Grammys, previous award-winning artists Carly Simon and Billy Taylor were on campus in February. Simon visited the Music Therapy Department and Taylor spoke at the annual Berklee Teachers on Teaching conference, along with inventor and author Ray Kurzweil.

Looking ahead, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Paula Cole and Berklee students will perform a tribute to Burt Bacharach in March. And multi-Grammy-winner Philip Bailey joins students later in the month in tribute to his group Earth, Wind & Fire. Read on for these and other events, including Berklee's party at SXSW, the 90-piece Video Game Orchestra, and student Manami Morita at the Institute of Contemporary Art. And keep an eye out for Robin Trower tickets, which go on sale March 6.

The Sovereign Bank Music Series at Berklee

Pop music chases fads; great music surprises us. The Sovereign Bank Music Series at Berklee presents great music from Peru to Nashville; from soul to lando to jazz. Eight shows. No boundaries. Full of surprises. Read more...

March 1, 2009

The Great American Songbook: The Music of Burt Bacharach

Alumna Paula Cole joins Berklee students in a tribute to Burt Bacharach. With hit records in five decades, Burt Bacharach has earned his place among the great American popular songwriters. Tonight Berklee welcomes him to the songbook series that has featured the music of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, and Stevie Wonder.

Concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

March 7, 2009

Shining Stars: The Music of Earth, Wind & Fire

Philip Bailey joins students and faculty for a concert tribute to multiplatinum-selling funk, soul, rock, jazz, and pop band Earth, Wind & Fire.

April 16, 2009

Singers Showcase: The 25th Anniversary

All concerts begin at 8:15 p.m., except where noted, at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. For ticket information, call 617 747-2261 or visit


House Red, March 4

House Red, an eclectic band that combines classic jazz and rock, performs as part of the third season of Executive Sessions, a concert series showcasing bands whose members include Boston-area CEOs and corporate executives. 8:00 p.m., Cafe 939. Read more...

Video Game Orchestra, March 5
A 90-piece ensemble plays classics from the Nintendo, PlayStation songbook. 8:15 p.m., Berklee Performance Center. Read more...

Manami Morita and Randy Runyon, March 6

Once a month, Berklee student performers with innovative original music representing a wide range of styles perform at the ICA. The Water Café by Wolfgang Puck serves refreshments. 5:00 p.m., the Institute of Contemporary Art. Read more...

Ari Hest, March 12

A prolific songwriter and captivating live performer, Hest is returning to the Red Room at Cafe 939 to kick off his national spring tour. 8:00 p.m., Cafe 939. Read more...

Women Musicians Network Concert, March 12

WMN's 12th annual concert showcasing female students also features Mili Bermejo and Zili Misik. 8:15 p.m., Berklee Performance Center. Read more...

Duncan Sheik, March 13

Duncan Sheik plays with special guests and cast members of the Tony Award–winning Broadway musical Spring Awakening, including original cast member Lauren Pritchard. 8:00 p.m., Berklee Performance Center. Read more...

A St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan, March 14
Each year, WGBH's Brian O'Donovan puts together a compendium of some of the best singers, musicians, and dancers from around the world to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in style. 8:00 p.m., Berklee Performance Center. Read more...

Berklee SXSW Party, March 20

Nine Berklee alumni and student acts perform at one of the music industry's biggest events. 1:00 p.m., Friends, Austin, TX. Read more...

On Sale

  • Robin Trower — Tickets go on sale March 6 for an October 1 show.

Learn more on the Events section of our website.

  Carly Simon has an impromptu jam session with students.
Photo by Phil Farnsworth


Berklee Alumni Win Seven Grammy Awards
Six alumni, including John Mayer and Gary Burton, take honors on music's biggest night. Read more...

Carly Simon: Healing through Music
The award-winning singer/songwriter pays a visit to Berklee's Music Therapy Department. Read more...

Taylor and Kurzweil Keynote BTOT Conference

At the annual Berklee Teachers on Teaching conference, a world-class musician and educator and a future-oriented inventor share their perspectives. Read more...

Rehabbing the Musician's Image

A survey finds that the perception of drug and alcohol use at Berklee doesn't match the reality. Read more...

Feeling the Beat in Trinidad

Berklee faculty and students perform at Trinidad's steelpan and jazz festival and host a workshop for prospective students. Read more...

Berklee Investing in Young Memphis Musicians
The college auditions students and awards scholarships at Stax Music Academy, February 14-15. Read more...

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

Sounds of Berklee Podcast

This month, listen to "El Greco," from Paula Cole's CD Courage. The Berklee alumna will join current students in a tribute to Burt Bacharach at the Berklee Performance Center March 1.

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