| September 2005

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September 2005

Though Berklee classrooms and offices are far away from the Gulf Coast region, our community has always felt strongly connected to New Orleans, the city that President Roger Brown calls the "cradle of American popular music." The devastation of the past week has made the distance seem smaller and the bond stronger.

Berklee officials have been in contact with alumni and colleagues in the area, and President Brown has announced that the college is launching several initiatives to help musicians, students, and other victims of the hurricane, including a fund to pave the way for New Orleans musicians to come to Boston as visiting artists. Among other plans is a Boston parade to raise money for the challenges confronting people in the New Orleans area, not the least of which is retaining and strengthening the city's music heritage and vitality.

We'll tell you more about our response to Hurricane Katrina as more plans become firm. Please visit our website often for updates. Read more...

The Berklee Concert Series

The college's annual live music series returns with performances that will cover the musical gamut from rock and folk to soul and jazz. The Berklee Concert Series also boasts a long list of guest artists who are among the most daring performers in music today, including Me'Shell NdegéOcello, Yellowjackets, Lalah Hathaway, Patty Larkin, and Kevin Eubanks. On several nights, those musicians will perform with Berklee students, faculty, or alumni, displaying how Berklee's own can hang with the best of the best.

This month's concert:

September 23, 2005

Lalah Hathaway

Lalah Hathaway

Berklee and the Beantown Jazz Festival bring jazz and r&b vocalist Lalah Hathaway back to her alma mater for the kickoff event of both concert series. The daughter of soul superstar Donny Hathaway, she has released three solo albums, and the most recent features the song, "Boston," which she wrote about her time at Berklee. Saxophonist alumnus Miguel Zenon performs on September 24 in a free outdoor show that's also part of Beantown Jazz. Read more...

Lalah Hathaway tickets are $25 (seniors $18.75) or $50 for preferred seating and a preconcert reception with Hathaway. Purchase tickets at the Berklee Performance Center box office or online through Ticketmaster.

Future concerts in the series:
October 27, 2005 Kevin Eubanks
November 3, 2005 Me'Shell NdegéOcello
December 8, 2005 Singers Showcase

Follow the link below for more information:

Berklee Concert Series home page

More Shows

Apollo Sunshine, September 9

Apollo Sunshine is a fast-rising band whose members met as Berklee students. Its second outing on spinART Records is a joint release with Berklee's Heavy Rotation Records. The CD release party is at Cambridge's Middle East club. Read more...

Monterey Quartet, September 16–17

Four topnotch jazz students, led by guitarist Bryan Baker, travel to California to play two shows for festival crowds. Read more...

  Apollo Sunshine

Robin McKelle Kicks Off the Great Music/Great Sound Concert Series, September 22

Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart compares Robin McKelle's voice to those of Aretha Franklin and Sarah Vaughan. Decide for yourself by going to Framingham and hearing McKelle launch this new series, a collaboration between Berklee and Bose Corporation. Read more...

Encore Gala, October 22

Boston's biggest mega-party returns with more than a hundred musicians, a candlelight dinner, and silent auction, all to support the Berklee City Music program. Read more...

Learn more on the Events section of our web site.

Live at the BPC

Variety is on display this month at the Berklee Performance Center, thanks to several nearly sold-out concerts featuring artists such Portuguese singer Lura (Sept. 10), the Boston Comedy Festival (Sept. 17), singer/songwriter Madeleine Peyroux (Sept. 27), and guitarist Robert Fripp (Sept. 30).

On-Sale Dates

Mark your calendars to buy tickets early for this show:

  • Children of Uganda dance troupe — September 7 on-sale date (April 22–23, 2006 shows)

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.

From the Top

College to Honor Three at Convocation
Drummer Steve Gadd, bassist Abe Laboriel, and pianist Patrice Rushen will receive honorary degrees at entering student convocation. Read more...

Celebrating the City Music Scholars
Six young Boston musicians win full-tuition scholarships to Berklee at the annual City Music Blowout. Read more...

TV Titans

Simpsons composer Alf Clausen and three other alumni—Matthias Gohl, David Van Slyke, and Skye Lewin—receive Emmy nominations. Watch the Emmy telecast on September 18, 8:00 p.m., on CBS, to see if they win.

Summer School in Italy

Berklee faculty spend their 20th summer teaching jazz to European players. Read more...

Going to California
Berkleemusic, the college's online school, partners with UCLA's extension school. Read more...

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


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