Concert

The Three Cohens

Thursday / April 14, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Three Cohens

Berklee College of Music and Marsalis Music present Marsalis Berklee Jams, an innovative combination of concert performance, jam session, and classroom interaction. This semester's featured artists are the three Cohens: Yuval, Anat, and Avishai.

The three Cohen siblings, Yuval, Anat, and Avishai, have had a very similar musical path. Growing up in Tel Aviv under the same roof, attending the same day schools and the same music conservatory in the afternoons, have helped shape their musical taste, approach, and ideas. They attended the Tel Aviv School for the Arts, the Thelma Yalin high school for the arts, and the Jaffa Music conservatory. The three Cohens had a classical music background that included some symphonic orchestral playing. But it didn't take long before the three discovered their lifelong love of jazz music.

And then there was Berklee College of Music. The World Scholarship Tour awarded the three of them scholarships to attend Berklee. The three got to expand their musical taste and to develop themselves musically at the college and after graduating.

In November 2002 the three formed a sextet and performed in a jazz festival in Poland, playing their original music. That was the beginning of their debut album, One.

Since then, the three siblings have been performing as often as possible. Their concerts include performances in the Lodz Jazz Festival (Poland 2003), the Tel-Aviv Jazz Festival (2004), Caesarea Jazz Party in a special program of the music of Louis Armstrong (2005), and the Givatayim Jazz Festival in Israel (2005, 2006, and 2007), Tudo E Jazz (2008), as well as NYC festivals and clubs, including a weeklong appearance at the legendary Village Vanguard (2009).

The remarkable story of the three Cohens continues with the release of Braid (Anzic Records 2007). It is obvious that the Cohens would have some sort of telepathy and symbiosis on the bandstand and in the studio, but the level of interplay and musical cooperation that exists between the siblings on Braid can only be described as astounding. Their individual virtuosity, creativity, and exceptional taste only serve to enhance the music that primarily stems from their mutual respect and love for one another, as family, and as musicians.

Anat, Yuval, and Avishai are each leading their own bands regularly, and for this special show they join forces and colead the Three Cohens Sextet with New York's top players in a special show celebrating the music of Louis Armstrong.

Also performing will be Aaron Goldberg on piano, Matt Pennman on bass, and Greg Hutchinson on drums.

Admission: 
$10

Singers Showcase

Thursday / April 14, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee's premiere vocal event offers a variety of styles and musical settings for some of the college's exceptional singers. 

Can't make it to the show? Berklee is teaming with Concert Window to broadcast live streams of this and other Berklee shows. Concert Window is dedicated to presenting live music on the web, and is building a network of venues, including the Berklee Performance Center and the legendary Club Passim in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Learn more and watch the show at concertwindow.com/berklee.

Admission: 
$15, $10 reserved seating

Arsenal Center for the Arts Fifth Anniversary Celebration

Wednesday / April 6, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472

The evening begins at 7:00 p.m. with an elegant reception featuring music by a jazz ensemble led by saxophonist Larry Monroe, director of the center's popular American Songbook Series. The program begins at 8:00 p.m. in the Charles Mosesian Theater and includes an on-stage fifth anniversary celebration following the performance.

Tickets are $85 and include both pre- and post-receptions. To order, call 617 923-8487 or visit arsenalarts.org. The Arsenal Center for the Arts is located at 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA  02472. 

Liz Callaway is known for her Broadway appearances, with starring turns in Cats (as Grizabella singing "Memory"), Miss Saigon, Baby (for which she received a Tony Award nomination), Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along, and other shows.  Other New York appearances include Hair in Concert, the legendary Follies in Concert at Lincoln Center and the off-Broadway musical The Spitfire Grill, for which she received a Drama Desk nomination. 

Her voice can also be heard on the soundtracks of many Disney films, including Aladdin, Anastasia, Lion King II, and Beauty and the Beast. Boston audiences may remember her Emmy Award-winning performance on CBS TV's children's show Ready to Go.

Callaway often performs and records with her sister, acclaimed singer Ann Hampton Callaway, with past concert appearances at NYC's Rainbow and Stars, in Los Angeles and London. She sings on the theme song to The Nanny television show with (and written by) her sister.

She has appeared in concert throughout Europe and Asia, and in  national engagements at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl, on the television special: In Performance at the White House, and on tour with the Boston Pops.

Callaway recently released her fourth solo album, Passage of Time, adding to her earlier CDs: The Beat Goes On, The Story Goes On, and Anywhere I Wander.

Admission: 
$85

Songwriters Circle

Tuesday / April 12, 2011 / 4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Come hear some of Berklee's best singer-songwriters in a very intimate setting.

Admission: 

BCSO with Patrice Rushen and Daniel Bernard Roumain

Sunday / April 17, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Jordan Hall
30 Gainsborough Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Under the direction of faculty member Francisco Noya, the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra performs at Jordan Hall for the first time. The concert will feature two guest artists—pianist Patrice Rushen and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain—and the work of several award-winning student musicians.

The program includes performances of works written by the winners of Berklee's Concerto Competition—Sonya Belousova, performing the finale of Shchedrin's Piano Concerto No. 1, and saxophonist Alexey Sokolov, performing the Glazunov Saxophone Concerto. In addition, Composition Competition winner Arturo Cardelus will premiere a movement of his Piano Concerto. Selections from Michael Daugherty's Metropolis Symphony will round out this showcase.

The concert is free and open to the public. Jordan Hall is located at New England Conservatory, 30 Gainsborough Street, in Boston.  

The concert is being held thanks to the support of Katie and Paul Buttenwieser.

Admission: 
Free

Back to the Future: Two Generations of Film and Video Game Composers, with Alan Silvestri

Friday / April 1, 2011 / 8:30 p.m.
Symphony Hall, Boston
310 Massachusetts Ave
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee's Film Scoring Department, students, alumni, and staff present an evening of music from celebrated movies and video games. With Boston's historic Symphony Hall as the setting, the concert features the Video Game Orchestra, directed by guitarist Shota Nakama and conducted by Yohei Sato.

Special guest conductors include Grammy winner and Oscar nominee Alan Silvestri; Emmy winner Daniel Carlin (Berklee's chair of film scoring); Golden Knight winner Lucas Vidal; composer for the popular video game Chrono Trigger Yasunori Mitsuda; and video game composer Wataru Hokoyama, whose credits include AFRIKA and Resident Evil. The concert also features a performance by the 90-member world pop music group, Rhythm of the Universe

The program features acclaimed music from popular film, television, and video games by Berklee-affiliated artists Alan Silvestri, Howard Shore, Georges Delerue, Alf Clausen, Wataru Hokoyama, Yasunori Mitsuda, Lucas Vidal, and others. Additional featured performers include talented musicians from the Berklee community, such as composer/conductor Keith Murray and conductor Simone Scazzocchio.

The Video Game Orchestra (VGO), comprised of Boston-area college students and graduates, was formed in 2008 by Berklee alumnus Shota Nakama. Musicians from 20 countries make up the large contemporary ensemble, which has performed in New England for audiences as large as 7500.  

Rhythm of the Universe (ROTU), founded in 2010 at Berklee by Berklee student Emir Cerman, is comprised of musicians from 90 countries. The organization promotes collaboration between people of many cultures who might otherwise be separated by political, religious, or geographical barriers. The performance will be conducted by Simone Scazzocchio. ROTU's first single was composed by Turkish composer Emir Cerman.

 

 

Admission: 

Percussion Days: Kim Plainfield and Kenwood Dennard

Friday / April 1, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Please join us for Friends United—an evening of diverse, eclectic music celebrating the power and bond of unity and lifelong friendship. Kim Plainfield will be performing with Lincoln Goines, Bill O'Connell, and Sheryl Bailey. Kenwood Dennard with be performing with John Stallworth, Rebecca Kline, and Thaddeus Hogarth. 

Can't make it to this concert? Berklee is teaming with Concert Window to broadcast live streams of this and other Berklee shows. Concert Window is dedicated to presenting live music on the web, and is building a network of venues, including the Berklee Performance Center and the legendary Club Passim in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Learn more . . . 

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Mandolin Mashup 5

Wednesday / May 4, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This acoustic string program concert features Berklee's finest mandolinists in a variety of styles and combinations. Styles are sure to include bluegrass, jazz, Brazilian, and original music, but you never know—you may hear the dawn of a brand new genre! This is a very special showcase for some of the finest young players on planet Earth!

The lineup includes these stellar artists as of press time:

Dan Bui
Chasing Blue
Alex Gable and Cuarteto Pasado de Moda
Sierra Hull
Jacob Jolliff
Dominick Leslie
Bryce Milano
Matthew Wittler

Can't make it to this concert? Berklee is teaming with Concert Window to broadcast live streams of this and other Berklee shows. Concert Window is dedicated to presenting live music on the web, and is building a network of venues, including the Berklee Performance Center and the legendary Club Passim in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Learn more. . . . 

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Steve Oristaglio and Friends

Tuesday / April 26, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Executive Sessions

Unbutton the white collar for Executive Sessions—an innovative concert series showcasing bands whose members include Boston-area CEOs and corporate executives returns for its fourth season. This season, we are adding 24-track recording and live web broadcast for all of our shows.

All proceeds from the series directly support the Executive Sessions scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who has outstanding musical merit, entrepreneurial promise, and demonstrated financial need.

Since the series began in 2008, the stage of Cafe 939 has hosted presidents and CEOs of international corporations, an NBA club-owner, venture capitalists, investment bankers, software and biotech engineers, heart surgeons, jet pilots, pharmaceutical scientists, Emmy Award–winners, executive producers, philanthropists, board of trustees members. . . . With top student singer-songwriters opening for the bands, the diverse audience is in for a special treat. The series is booked and produced by Berklee's Mirek Vana and Tom Simons, president and creative director of communications firm PARTNERS+simons.

April 26: Steve Oristaglio and Friends

After his smash-hit performance last year, Oristaglio returns with original arrangements of his favorite unplugged and upbeat music. This time, he joins forces with the extraordinary violin player and bandmaster Jakub Trasak, a seventh-semester Berklee student, and brings together the best instrumentalists and vocalists on campus to perform two sets of music ranging from Beatles to Coldplay to Charlie Daniels.

Get your tickets early—all these shows sold out last season in record time. For tickets or more information, call 617 923-8487. For Executive Sessions booking, call 617 747-2941.

Admission: 
$10 general admission; free with Berklee ID

House Red Featuring Dean Goodermote

Wednesday / April 20, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Executive Sessions

Unbutton the white collar for Executive Sessions—an innovative concert series showcasing bands whose members include Boston-area CEOs and corporate executives returns for its fourth season.

All proceeds from the series directly support the Executive Sessions scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who has outstanding musical merit, entrepreneurial promise, and demonstrated financial need. This season, we are adding 24-track recording and live web broadcast for all of our shows!

Since the series began in 2008, the stage of Cafe 939 has hosted presidents and CEOs of international corporations, an NBA club-owner, venture capitalists, investment bankers, software and biotech engineers, heart surgeons, jet pilots, pharmaceutical scientists, Emmy Award–winners, executive producers, philanthropists, board of trustees members. . . . With top student singer/songwriters opening for the bands, the diverse audience is in for a special treat! The series is booked and produced by Berklee's Mirek Vana and Tom Simons, president and creative director of communications firm PARTNERS+simons.

House Red
Featuring Dean Goodermote on bass

House Red is an eclectic band that combines classic jazz (Mingus and Parker) and rock ranging from the classic (the Doors) to the contemporary (3 Doors Down). It covers many tunes that are not often heard live, including those from the basic food groups—Smashing Pumpkins and Red Hot Chili Peppers—all sweetened with a little of Turrentine's "Sugar." The band features Marc Caruso on guitar and vocals, Dean Goodermote on bass and vocals, John Rule on drums, and George Skelly on guitar and vocals. The performance will showcase guest artists from the Berklee student and staff community. The band supplements its musician income with other gigs: Caruso, vice president of enterprise services, Data Intensity; Goodermote, chairman and CEO, Double-Take Software; Rule, director, fuel cell development, Lilliputian Systems; and Skelly, partner, Nixon Peabody. Learn more about the series.

Get your tickets early—all these shows sold out last season in record time. For tickets or more information, call 617 923-8487. For Executive Sessions booking, call 617 747-2941.

 

Admission: 
$10; free with Berklee ID

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