Performance

International Folk Festival Performance

Tuesday / March 28, 2017 / 7:00 p.m.
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Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Participants in this year's International Folk Festival will perform traditional and contemporary music from Kazakhstan, Peru, and Chile.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Silent Film Orchestra in New York Debut, with Harold Lloyd's The Freshman

Saturday / May 20, 2017 / 7:00 p.m.
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Frank Sinatra School of the Arts - Tony Bennett Concert Hall
35-12 35th Avenue
Astoria
New York
United States
11106
Berklee Plays Harold Lloyd's The Freshman
Harold Lloyd in beloved silent film classic "The Freshman" (1925)
Courtesy Harold Lloyd Entertainment

On Saturday, May 20, the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra makes its New York debut with a new score for Harold Lloyd's antic-romantic comedy The Freshman (1925). The setting will be the magnificent Tony Bennett Concert Hall, at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts (FSSA), in Astoria. A collaboration between Berklee, FSSA, Amp Up NYC®, and the Museum of the Moving Image, the film concert is a benefit for the Frank Sinatra School.   

One of the first 50 films chosen for preservation by the Library of Congress, The Freshman is one of comic genius Harold Lloyd’s most successful and enduring films. The May 20 film concert will be the first New York showing of The Freshman, with live score, in more than a decade.

The Berklee Silent Film Orchestra (BSFO), veterans of Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, and Boston’s Symphony Hall, and two-time recipients of the Boston Society of Film Critics' Award of Merit, will perform their new score for this pioneering romantic comedy in an unforgettable, live-to-picture experience. 

Recent praise for the BSFO:  “…nothing short of thrilling. When the film concluded, over 1,000 people leapt to their feet, cheering. I can’t wait to hear the orchestra again.”  —Leonard Maltin, Maltin on Movies, Entertainment Tonight

“For 73 minutes, the world was wonderful.” — Delighted patron, following the BSFO’s performance of Harold Lloyd’s Safety Last!

Admission: 
18 and younger: $10; FSSA, MoMI and Berklee Communities: $20; General Public: $25

Vesperteen / DBMK / Dreamer & Son

Friday / July 7, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Vesperteen
DBMK
Vesperteen
DBMK
Dreamer & Son

Rigsby, who has been playing drums since the age of 12, took a stab at civilian life following more than a decade of writing, recording, and touring the world with his band House of Heroes, but it didn’t take very well. What started out as a remedy for restlessness, however, soon developed into a full-blown passion and the beginnings of Rigsby’s new solo project: Vesperteen. 

Vesperteen’s pop-rock sound, reminiscent of bands like the 1975 and Bleachers, has connected with a large audience. In just over a year, Rigsby has accrued more than 10,000 followers across social media platforms and generated 150,000 plays on Spotify as an independent artist.

Keeping things simple is probably one of the most complicated things that a musician could ever do. DBMK creates a really immersive and cinematic blend of sound, yet their indie pop is direct, deliberate, and extremely easy to relate to. In December 2014 they released The Abyss, their debut full-length album. The songs are introspective and intimate, but their sound is big, with reverberated guitar riffs, soulful vocals, and great arrangements that echo artists such as Twenty One Pilots and the Neighbourhood, but with an equally honest and less polished attitude.

Though the group is relatively new, they have completely changed the way many view independent and local music by professionally releasing a music video for their song, “Rich Girls,” performing at large music festivals such as FSC’s Southern Takeover, WMNF’s Tropical Heatwave, and Cox Media’s 97x Barbecue and NBT, all within one year of their first steps into the music scene. Much of the duo’s success can in fact be attributed to their constant professionalism, fan relationships, and electrifying stage performance. In July 2016 they released their highly anticipated sophomore studio album, Collapse, which was met with overwhelming fan support, and toured the southeast United States.

Dreamer & Son aims to break down genre barriers and build a diverse family: a community based on love and acceptance. 

Admission: 
$10 in advance / $12 general admission (standing room only)

Louis Cole vs. Domi

Thursday / May 4, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Louis Cole & Domi
Louis Cole and Domi Degalle

The Checkout-Live at Berklee, a collaboration between WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM and Berklee, presents a "searing hot" duo experience between Louis Cole of KNOWER and Domi Degalle, the 17-year-old Parisian keys player at Berklee who Spectrasonics finds "mind-blowing." Coming together for a few dates this spring in the U.S. and South America, you'll hear Domi join Cole's future-sonic; a crossover of jazz-harm-pop-synths with his soulful drum epic, best heard on his own act, KNOWER, and Thundercat's new record on Brainfeeder. Playing originals with their new collaboration, Domi and Cole promise exciting and "deep music" for a night you will never forget. 

Admission: 
$10 general admission (standing room only)

Lucinda Williams

Wednesday / May 10, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Lucinda Williams

For much of the ’90s, Lucinda moved around the country, turning out work that won immense respect inside the industry – as borne out by the Grammy-afforded Mary Chapin Carpenter’s interpretation of Williams’s “Passionate Kisses.” While her recorded output was sparse for a time, the work that did reach audiences was invariably hailed for its indelible impressionism – like 1998’s Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, which notched her a second Grammy Award. Over the next decade, she crafted such classic sets as West (2007), and Blessed (2011), which the Los Angeles Times dubbed “a dynamic, human album, one that’s easy to fall in love with.”

We’ve all heard about the iconic vibe of Route 66, the neon lights on Broadway and the ocean air of the Pacific Coast Highway. But there are untold stories emanating from countless blue highways across the land – like Interstate 20, which cuts a 1,500-mile swath from South Carolina to Texas, and cuts deep into the spirit of those who’ve spent their lives traversing it.

Lucinda Williams is one of those people, and with the expansive, enveloping The Ghosts of Highway 20, she brings those stories to life, and gives listeners a remarkably vivid look at how the highway has been a literal and figurative backdrop throughout her entire life. The intensely involving 14-song collection may be the most deeply felt, deeply affecting work of Lucinda Williams’s illustrious 35-plus-year career, a career that has been established on a foundation of remarkably personal songs.

Tickets on sale Friday, March 17, at 10:00 a.m. 

Listen to Lucinda Williams perform "Dust":

Admission: 
$35 / $45

Berklee Clarinet Choir

Monday / April 10, 2017 / 2:00 p.m.
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Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Berklee Clarinet Choir will perform on a variety of seven clarinets, including piccolo, soprano, alto, bass, and contra-alto.  In addition to traditional works, the choir will perform new works by Berklee students and faculty, highlighting a wide range  of musical styles.

Admission: 
Free

She Started It: A Film Empowering the Next Generation of Women Founders

Wednesday / March 29, 2017 / 1:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Stacey Ferreira, CEO and Cofounder of Forge

The Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship will host a screening of the documentary She Started It and a conversation with one of its featured startup founders, Stacey Ferreira, CEO and cofounder of Forge, and coauthor of 2 Billion Under 20: How Millennials Are Breaking Down Age Barriers and Changing the World. Previously, Ferreira was the cofounder of MySocialCloud, an SSO company whose investors include Sir Richard Branson, Jerry Murdock, and Alex Welch. In addition to her entrepreneurial achievements, Ferreira is also a U.S. State Department speaker on entrepreneurship and was selected as one of twenty Thiel Fellows for the 2015 Thiel Fellowship. 

2017 Words and Music Festival Symposium

Wednesday / April 5, 2017 / 6:00 p.m.
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Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
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. Moderated by Berklee faculty Lucy Holstedt and Dennis Leclaire.
 

 

Admission: 
Free

Zach Williams (of the Lone Bellow)

Monday / June 5, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Zach Williams
Zach Williams

Long before they combined their voices, the three members of the Lone Bellow were singing on their own. Brian Elmquist had been writing and recording as a solo artist for more than a decade, with three albums under his own name. Kanene Pipkin and her husband, Jason, were living in Beijing, China, hosting open mic nights, playing at local clubs, and teaching music lessons. Zach Williams began writing songs in the wake of a family tragedy: After his wife was thrown from a horse, he spent days in the hospital at her bedside, bracing himself for the worst. The journal he kept during this period would eventually become his first batch of songs as a solo artist. Happily, his wife made a full recovery. 

When Kanene’s brother asked her and Zach to sing “O Happy Day” together at his wedding, they discovered their voices fit together beautifully, but starting a band together seemed impossible when they lived on opposite sides of the world. Brian soon relocated to New York and Kanene moved there to attend culinary school a couple of years later. The three got together in their new hometown to work on a few songs of Zach’s. After hitting those first harmonies, they decided to abandon all other pursuits. Soon the trio was playing all over the city, although they considered Rockwood Music Hall on the Lower East Side to be their home. They opened for the Civil Wars, Dwight Yoakam, Brandi Carlile, and the Avett Brothers. Their self-titled debut, produced by Nashville’s Charlie Peacock (the Civil Wars, Holly Williams), was released in January 2013 and established them as one of the boldest new acts in the Americana movement. 

Admission: 
$18 in advance / $20 general admission (standing room only)

BMI Presents: How I Wrote That Song

Wednesday / March 22, 2017 / 6:00 p.m.
Hard Rock Cafe: The Velvet Underground Room, 215 Peachtree Street Northeast
Atlanta
GA
United States
30303

You're invited! 

Please Note: NEW VENUE - The Hard Rock Cafe

BMI and Berklee in Atlanta join forces to present a spectacular night of music featuring some of this generation's hit songwriters and music makers on how they crafted today's Billboard chart-topping hits.

Panelists include: Polow Da Don, Dallas Austin, Sonny Digital, and Drumma Boy
Also, recognizing Berklee alumna and BMI songwriter alumna Makeba Riddick '99 for her outstanding industry achievements.

Experience this incredible event filled with music and industry insight with Berklee College of Music students and faculty visiting from Boston, industry Influencers, Atlanta creatives, colleges from across the Atlanta area, and local Berklee alumni.

Multiple parking garages are located within walking distance of The Hard Rock Cafe.

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