| December 2008

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December 2008

  Hiromi will play NPR's Toast of the Nation as part of Boston's First Night celebration.

Berklee wraps up the year with an exciting concert: a live broadcast of alumna Hiromi's Sonicbloom on NPR's Toast of the Nation from the BPC. A part of Boston's First Night celebration, the concert is free with a First Night button and repeated twice that night, so you can't miss it.

There's a lot of December before the 31st, though, and Berklee fills it with shows across campus. On December 3 saxophone legend Wayne Shorter celebrates his 75th birthday with a Berklee concert. The college's first-ever poetry slam takes place on December 9, with special guest artist Regie Gibson. And Berklee student Richard Saunder's Urban Appeal performs at Cafe 939 December 12. Check out all that and more through our events calendar.

Read on to find out about how Berklee business students are trying to get professors Donna McElroy and Jetro da Silva the chance to play at president-elect Barack Obama's inauguration; how Berklee City Music was recognized at the White House; and what visiting artists Lindsey Buckingham, Don Was, and Cesar Camargo Mariano had to say to Berklee students.

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...

December 3, 2008

Wayner Shorter Quartet 75th Birthday Celebration

Saxophone legend and NEA jazz master Wayne Shorter celebrates his 75th birthday with his first Boston concert in more than five years. Shorter’s groundbreaking quartet features pianist and Berklee/New England Conservatory professor Danilo Perez along with one of the finest and most exciting rhythm sections in jazz—bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade.

February 5, 2009 Jazz as Condition: Mint Condition
March 1, 2009

The Great American Songbook: The Music of Burt Bacharach

March 7, 2009 Shining Stars: The Music of 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


The Berklee Rainbow Band, December 4

One of Berklee's top big band ensembles performs jazz under the direction of trombonist, composer, and arranger Phil Wilson. 8:15 p.m., Berklee Performance Center. Read more...

KidsJam @ Berklee: Songs of Winter, December 8

Berklee music education majors, led by professors Libby Allison and Charlene Ryan, practice their skills in this fun and energetic setting. 11:00 a.m., Cafe 939. Read more...

Poetry Slam Featuring Regie Gibson, December 9
The first college-wide poetry slam will include guest artist Regie Gibson performing spoken word with his trio of cello/bass, bass clarinet, and percussion. 8:00 p.m., Cafe 939. Read more...

Live Band Karaoke Featuring Downtown Fever, December 10

Sign-ups begin at 7:30 p.m. 8:00 p.m., Cafe 939. Read more...

Singers Showcase, December 11
Singers Showcase features top student vocalists performing the music of Sam Cooke, Natasha Bedingfield, Jon Secada, Melissa Etheridge, Levi Stubbs, Deborah Cox, and many others. 8:15 p.m., Berklee Performance Center. Read more...

Richard Saunders's Urban Appeal / Julia Easterlin, December 12

Richard Saunders performs his musical blend of jazz, pop, and hip-hop, with singer/songwriter Julia Easterlin. 8:00 p.m., Cafe 939. $10. Read more...

A Musical Theater Celebration, December 16

A program of orchestral and vocal musical theater selections from Follies, A Little Night Music, West Side Story, and Kismet. 8:15 p.m., Berklee Performance Center. Read more...

Hiromi's Sonicbloom Live on NPR's Toast of the Nation, December 31

International piano sensation Hiromi and her group Sonicbloom will play the BPC on New Year's Eve, kicking off NPR's annual worldwide broadcast, Toast of the Nation. 8:00 p.m., 9:30 p.m. Berklee Performance Center. Admission by purchase of a First Night button. Read more...

Learn more on the Events section of our website.

  Lindsey Buckingham
Photo by Phil Farnsworth


Students Campaign to Land Professors a Presidential Gig
Music business/management students push to get Donna McElroy and Jetro da Silva to perform at Obama's inauguration. Read more...

Berklee City Music at the White House
The college's youth music education program wins the prestigious 2008 Coming Up Taller Award. Read more...

Lindsey Buckingham, Still Stylin'

Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham spends an afternoon performing for and answering questions from students. Read more...

Record $1.3 Million Raised at Berklee Encore Gala
The college's 14th annual gala to benefit the Berklee City Music youth program breaks fundraising records. Read more...

Berklee Shines at CMJ 2008

Berklee crashes New York’s largest music event.

Don Was: A Producer's Most Important Lesson

Veteran producer Don Was talks about what it takes to succeed in the recording studio. Read more...

In the Company of a Master: Cesar Camargo Mariano

Berklee celebrates 50 years of bossa nova with the Brazilian pianist, arranger, composer, and producer. Read more...

New Courses Begin January 12 adds three new offerings to its growing catalog of 110-plus online courses and programs: Producing Music with Logic, Funk & R&B Guitar, and Critical Listening 2. Read more...

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

Sounds of Berklee Podcast

December's podcast features "XYG," written by Berklee alumna Hiromi and performed by Hiromi's Sonicbloom. The group can also be heard on NPR's Toast of the Nation radio broadcast, live from the Berkle Performance Center on New Year's Eve.

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