Berklee Salutes the Music of Tina Turner

A global cast of students will perform Turner’s most iconic songs from her 60-year career on Thursday, December 9.

November 5, 2021

Berklee's Signature Series continues with Singers Showcase: Tina Turner—Simply the Best on Thursday, December 9, 8:00 p.m. at the Berklee Performance Center. One of the fall’s most anticipated shows, the event will feature a host of Berklee’s top vocalists, instrumentalists, arrangers, dancers, and track producers as they interpret Turner’s most popular songs, such as “Shake a Tail Feather,” “Proud Mary,” “River Deep, Mountain High,” “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” "Private Dancer,” and many more. Acclaimed blues harmonica player Annie Raines will be a special guest at the show.

"The concert will be a feast for the eyes and the ears—a multidisciplinary celebration of Turner’s incredible canon of work performed by an amazingly talented global cast. Students will pay homage to the much-loved originals, while personalizing and making the songs their own,” said the concert's producer Maureen McMullan. “Though now retired, Turner has been especially visible during 2021, through the Emmy-nominated HBO documentary on her life, Tina, the Tony Award–winning Broadway production Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, and in her second induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It felt like the stars aligned and this was the perfect moment to pay tribute to this legendary artist and her iconic repertoire.”

About Tina Turner

Widely known as “the Queen of Rock ’n’ Roll,” Turner, who was born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tennessee, first rose to prominence as a teenager through collaborations with her late ex-husband, Ike Turner, in the Kings of Rhythm and the Ike and Tina Turner Revue during the ’60s and ’70s, before launching a successful solo career in the 1980s.

Turner has sold more than 200 million records worldwide and earned eight Grammy Awards and 25 nominations. Over the course of a career spanning more than 60 years, she has received three Grammy Hall of Fame Awards, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors, as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The international superstar is also a two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with Ike Turner in 1991 and as a solo artist in 2021.

The multitalented Turner is also an actor, having appeared in the 1985 film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, for which she won a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress. In addition, she recorded the title track for the James Bond film GoldenEye, collaborated with jazz luminary Herbie Hancock in 2007 on the Grammy-winning album River: The Joni Letters, and penned three memoirs, including 2020's Happiness Becomes You: A Guide to Changing Your Life for Good.

Box Office Information

The Berklee Performance Center is located at 136 Massachusetts Avenue, in Boston. Admission is $15/$20 in advance, $20/$25 on the day of the show, and $15 with a Berklee ID. This is a seated event. Tickets are available online and at the Berklee Performance Center box office.

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