Concert

Overcoats

Friday / April 28, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell of Overcoats

Overcoats is the New York-based female duo of Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell. Their debut album YOUNG captures a sound rich in minimalism and melody: songs of connection and tension, on the depths of love and challenges of family. Overcoats’s music draws strength from vulnerability, finding light through darkness, and the catharsis of simple, honest songwriting. YOUNG is about a transformation: the passage into womanhood, sung through the shared experience of two best friends.

Admission: 
$12 in Advance / $14 Day of Show / Standing Room Only

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute 2017 Summit

Friday / March 31, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Berklee Global Jazz Institute 2017 summit celebrates the impact of Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Ella Fitzgerald in today’s global jazz era. The concert features Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ben Street, Tia Fuller, Jason Palmer, and BGJI graduate ensembles.

 

Admission: 
$8 in Advance / $12 Day of Show

An Evening with Draco Rosa

Saturday / May 6, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Draco Rosa

World Music/CRASHarts presents musician Draco Rosa, a multi-Grammy-winning Puerto Rican singer- songwriter, composer, record producer, and entrepreneur, who kicked off his career in the '80s as a member of the Latino boy band Menudo. He has since become a household name for his solo career and for his role in launching Ricky Martin’s musical career by co-writing and producing many of Martin’s hit singles including: "María," "Livin’ La Vida Loca," "La Copa de La Vida," "She Bangs," and "Shake Your Bon-Bon." After a remarkable recovery from cancer, Rosa is performing an intimate concert in support of his new album, due to be released this spring.

Admission: 
$48, $42, $37, $28

GIIA

Saturday / March 11, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
GIIA

New York City-based electronic vocalist GIIA creates atmospheric music inspired by trap and pop. As a Berklee alumna, GIIA started her vocal career in opera. Shortly after graduating, she began writing top lines. Her debut feature track, “One” produced by MEMBA, was released in June 2016 and has been featured on AXS, This Song Is Sick, Run the Trap, and Dancing Astronauts’ Top Trending Chart. Ending 2016 with her last two releases “Heat of the Moment,” which amassed 1.5 million plays across streaming platforms, and “Brave” which reached no. 1 on Hype Machine’s popular chart, GIIA has proven herself to be an artist to watch in 2017.

Admission: 
$10 in Advance / $12 Day of Show / Standing Room Only

Ronan Ristord with Sun and Anastassiya's Trios

Thursday / February 16, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Come to see two of drummer Ronan Ristord's main projects at Berklee: Sun Kim Trio and Anastassiya Petrova's trio, featuring: Sun Kim on guitar, Anastassiya Petrova on piano, Bruce Kang and Carlo De Biaggio on upright bass.

Admission: 
Free

Jazz at the Mosesian: Maggie Scott Sings from the Great American Songbook

Monday / February 13, 2017 / 7:30 p.m.
Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472
Maggie Scott

The ninth season of Jazz at the Mosesian Center for the Arts (formerly the Arsenal) featuring Berklee faculty artists, continues with Maggie Scott and the Great American Songbook.  

In a career that has spanned seven decades, jazz vocalist and pianist Maggie Scott still draws inspiration from the music she grew up with, in an era when the big bands were in full swing. The smoky piano lounges and full Jazz orchestras may be long gone but Scott, who still performs regularly in the Boston area, has done her part to introduce the canon of standards to a new generation. At Berklee College of Music, where she has taught since 1978, Scott is something of a legend. Her own story lends an illuminating dimension to the course she teaches: The Great American Songbook.

Scott draws on her experiences to help students develop phrasing, tempos, style, and artful presentation. She is a purist who urges students to learn as many jazz standards as possible, a solid repertoire of Gershwin, Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Berlin, and Mercer. After nearly three years of practice and a second audition, she earned a solo with the Boston Pops, playing Gershwin’s “Concerto in F.” Her job now, as she sees it, is to educate a new generation of Songbook devotees. Given the scores of young starts and high-profile students–Lalah Hathaway, Antonia Bennett, Lauren Kinhan, and Robin McKelle–who have all crooned their way through her classes, there is no doubt of her success.

Joining Scott at the concert will be John Baboian on guitar, Jeff Stout on trumpet, Marty Ballou on bass, and Jim Gwin on drums.

Admission: 
$20/ $18 Mosesian Center members/ $15 students

Craig Hella Johnson's Considering Matthew Shepard (Alumni Discount)

Sunday / February 5, 2017 / 3:00 p.m.
Symphony Hall, Boston
301 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Celebrated Grammy–winners Craig Hella Johnson and choral ensemble Conspirare will perform Johnson’s new musical masterwork, Considering Matthew Shepard.

Led from the piano by Johnson, Considering Matthew Shepard showcases the award-winning artistry of Conspirare’s singers paired with an instrumental chamber ensemble. This three-part fusion oratorio speaks with a fresh and bold voice, incorporating a variety of musical styles seamlessly woven into a unified whole. Johnson draws upon a wide range of texts by poets including Hildegard of Bingen, Lesléa Newman, Michael Dennis Browne, and Rumi.

Throughout the work, Johnson also incorporates poignant passages from Shepard's personal journal; interviews with and writings from his parents, Judy and Dennis Shepard; and newspaper reports. Johnson, who has studied with Berklee Online, and Conspirare are nominated for a 2017 Grammy for the Considering Matthew Shepard album.

Space is limited for these discounted tickets, so please register. Alumni may bring one guest, who must register separately. 

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For questions, email Alumni Affairs: alumniaffairs@berklee.edu.

Berklee Annual MLK Celebratory Event (Alumni Discount)

Friday / February 3, 2017 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Martin Luther King Jr.

Berklee will host its fourth annual MLK Celebration Series, engaging the Berklee community and the public in celebration and discussion of furthering the work of the great Martin Luther King Jr.

Join us as we embolden our inner activists and demonstrate what it means to mobilize, educate, and elevate the work celebrated through the life and legacy of Dr. King. Professor Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Berklee trustee, Harvard professor, and prolific activist, will deliver the keynote address and share the stage with Bill Pierce, Berklee faculty and chair of the Woodwind Department, who will perform. Following the performance, the Bill Pierce MLK Scholarship will be awarded to the 2017 recipient. Our featured guest artist, India.Arie, will perform a short set of her incredible music that will both heal and empower our greater community. All of this will be supported by the talents and leadership of our incredible students.

NOTE: Tickets are normally $12 day of the show. We are offering a block of tickets to alumni for $6.

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For any questions email alumniaffairs@berklee.edu.

Raul Midón Record Release Show

Saturday / March 25, 2017 / 7:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Raul Midón

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón is known as one of music's most distinctive and searching voices. He is "a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus," according to the New York Times. Midón has collaborated with such heroes as Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder, along with contributing to recordings by Jason Mraz, Queen Latifah, and Snoop Dogg, and the soundtrack to Spike Lee's She Hate Me. The New Mexico native, blind since birth, has released seven albums since 1999, including the hit studio productions State of Mind, A World Within a World (Manhattan/EMI, 2007) and Synthesis (Decca/Universal, 2009). Midón's most recent release is the captivating CD/DVD Invisible Chains – Live from NYC. Attuned listeners can hear the inspirations of Donny Hathaway and Richie Havens in his work, as well as Sting and Paul Simon. But Midón's questing musicality makes him, as the Huffington Post put it, "a free man beyond category."

Admission: 
$30 in Advance / $35 Day of Show / $20 Student

Rising: A Modern Cantata for the World to Come

Thursday / January 26, 2017 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Julie Lavender

The recording of Rising is groundbreaking, jazz-influenced chamber music of the most revered collection of Jewish prayers, the Amidah. Come enjoy live elements of story-telling, dance, art, and learning.

The show will featuring the voice and guitar of Julie Lavender and the arrangements of twice Grammy-nominated jazz orchestra composer and arranger Kim Richmond, and a cast of highly acclaimed musicians from the East and West coasts. These include four-time Grammy Awarding-winning cellist Eugene Friesen and drummer and percussionist Bertram Lehman.

The event is free but you must register with Eventbrite for tickets.

 

Admission: 
Free

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