The Composition Department hosts the internationally acclaimed Mivos Quartet to perform Brian Ferneyhough’s breathtaking and virtuosic String Quartet No. 2 alongside student and faculty works. The Mivos Quartet is composed of violinists Olivia De Prato and Lauren Cauley, violist Victor Lowrie, and cellist Mariel Roberts.
Moira Lo Bianco B.M. ’12 will present the music of legendary composer Chiquinha Gonzaga, featuring world-renowned Brazilian musicians Sergio Krakowski, Cesar Garabini, and Fernando Brandão. The concert will explore Gonzaga’s most famous compositions in a choro setting mixed with classical influences. This presentation culminates Lo Bianco’s study of Gonzaga’s music, made possible by the Berklee Faculty Fellowship grant.
Gonzaga was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1847. Her adventurous spirit and diverse ethnic background helped shape Gonzaga into a pioneering composer, conductor, performer, teacher, and writer. She also was an advocate of human rights, fighting for the abolition of slavery and the end of military dictatorship in Brazil. Mixing European forms (waltz and polka, among others) with African rhythms, her music is an early expression of choro musical style, capturing the Carioca spirit at its best.
This concert, curated by the Songwriting Student Leadership Council, features selected songwriting students playing in small groups. The council is designed to help those who wish to be more involved with events and programs within the Songwriting Department.
Now in its 21st year, Storytellers continues its tradition of featuring the most compelling singers and singer-songwriters at Berklee College of Music. Nine student performers will reveal “the story behind the song” in an intimate concert performance designed to break down the barrier between entertainer and audience.
Each semester, students and faculty from the Music Education Department unite to perform an eclectic program. The Music Education Concert Choir, student-led ensembles, and soloists present a wide variety of music and interactive experiences.
Professional vocalist Darcel Wilson invites you to enjoy an evening of original music, rhythm, and soul. An assistant professor in the Ear Training Department at Berklee College of Music, she has worked with Branford Marsalis, Paul Simon, Mark Wahlberg, and many others.
Voice Department professor Maggie Scott presents the Vocal Jazz Series, in which jazz vocalists perform repertoire from the Great American Songbook—including standards by Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, and George Gershwin—accompanied by a trio on piano, bass, and drums.
The annual display of double reeds in unique ensembles, both musical and stylistic, has become a Berklee College of Music tradition. Listen to the oboists perform everything from classical to contemporary. Seasonal costumes are encouraged.
I Protest!—In Memoriam Vuk Kulenovic is a modern classical protest concert in memory of Composition Department professor Vuk Kulenovic, who passed away April 10, 2017. Kulenovic defied the authoritarian government of the former Yugoslavia by holding a protest concert, and a powerful right-wing newspaper subsequently demanded his execution. He fled his home country and found a new home in the United States and at Berklee College of Music. Chamber music compositions by Kulenovic, Kari Juusela, Marti Epstein, Jonathan Holland, and Apostolos Paraskevas will be featured. All of the program pieces have been inspired by protest.