2017 Words and Music (and Movement) Festival

The Berklee College of Music Composition Department is excited to announce its third annual Words and Music (and Movement) Festival. This year’s festival is designed to celebrate not only words, music, and movement, but also the merger between Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee.  

Monday, April 3

Interactive Music and Movement Workshop for Conductors

6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall, 1140 Boylston Street

Boston Conservatory at Berklee choreographer, dancer, and improvisation specialist Olivier Besson leads students through various exercises to explore creativity and deeper artistic expression. RSVP to gleclair@berklee.edu.  

Tuesday, April 4

Lost and Found Modern Song Concert

6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall, 1140 Boylston Street

Soprano Tony Arnold and pianist Jacob Greenberg perform new works by College and Conservatory faculty Curtis Hughes, Rosey Lee, Andrew List, Gabriele Vanoni, Alex Kalogeras and Derek Hurst, in addition to "Got Lost" by Helmut Lachenmann. 

Wednesday, April 5

2017 Words and Music Festival Symposium

6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Steve Heck Room, 1140 Boylston Street

Songwriter Jack Perricone, soprano Laurie Monahan, poet Alfred Nicol, guitarist John Tavano, and composer Andy Vores discuss their creative and expressive approach to composing or performing works with text in an evening moderated by Berklee faculty Lucy Holstedt and Dennis Leclaire.

Friday, April 7

Boston's National Poetry Month Festival Concert

7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
The Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston Street

Join Harmony Department faculty member Lucy Holstedt as she presents a concert of live original poetry, music, and dance. Featured artists include Berklee faculty Ron Reid and Beth Bahia Cohen, with Berklee students and acclaimed local poets.

Saturday, April 8

Merging Music and Movement

8:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Room 401, 31 Hemenway Street

Conservatory and College music and dance students and faculty present a variety of performances, including choreography by José Limon, Joy Davis, Molly Gawler, and Christopher Kinsey, and music by Dello Joio, Bach, Dvorak, and Berklee faculty Richard Carrick, Allen LeVines, and Mark Simos.

Wednesday, April 12

2017 Words and Music Festival Concert

8:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue

Berklee student songwriting competition winners will perform in five categories: art song, theater song, contemporary song, jazz song, and a Words and Music challenge song. The evening will also include performances of Brahms, Ravel, and György Ligeti’s groundbreaking work Aventures, performed by College and Conservatory faculty and students.

For more information about the 2017 Words and Music (and Movement) Festival, please contact Greg Glancey.