Performance

Ensembles: Directed Study, Stage Performance I and II

Tuesday / December 3, 2013 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Three ensembles will be performing: Directed Study, directed by Jeff Lockhart, at 1:30 p.m.; Stage Performance I, directed by Larry Watson, at 5:00 p.m.; and Stage Performance II, directed by Larry Watson, at 7:00 p.m.

Admission: 
Free

Ensembles: Afro Pop, Balkan Choir

Monday / December 2, 2013 / 4:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Two world music ensembles will perform: the Afro-Pop Ensemble, directed by Bob Pilkington, at 4:30 p.m.; and the Balkan Choir, directed by Christiane Karam, at 6:30 p.m.

Admission: 
Free

Kay Hanley / Field Day

Thursday / January 9, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Kay Hanley
Field Day

Kay Hanley was a member of Letters to Cleo from 1990 to 2000. In 1997, she began working on other projects, beginning with a role in the Boston Rock Opera's performance of Jesus Christ Superstar as Mary Magdalene.

In 1999, Hanley made a cameo as herself in the film 10 Things I Hate About You, singing a cover version of Nick Lowe's "Cruel to Be Kind" at the movie characters' high school prom, in addition to performing "Come On" with Letters to Cleo during an earlier scene at a club. Toward the end of Letters to Cleo's career, she began performing with her husband, and fellow Letters to Cleo member, Michael Eisenstein outside of the band. Around the same time, she gave birth to their daughter, Zoe.

Upon the split of Letters to Cleo, Hanley embarked upon a solo career. She performed music for the Kids WB cartoon series, Generation O! along with the rest of Letters to Cleo and provided the singing voice for Rachael Leigh Cook's character Josie in the movie Josie and the Pussycats. In 2002, she released her first solo album, Cherry Marmalade. That same year, she appeared on the Dropkick Murphys/Face to Face split cd, providing guest vocals on the original version of the Dropkick Murphys' song "The Dirty Glass."

Field Day formed in 2013 when drummer John Kehe and guitarists Dan Zedek and Joan Anderman decided to make an honest band out of their song circle. They recruited the exceedingly well-named Phil Magnifico to play bass and the rest is rock and roll.  

Admission: 
$12 in advance, $15 day of show, general admission

Andrew Ripp / Judah and the Lion

Saturday / February 22, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Judah and the Lion
Andrew Ripp

Andrew Ripp creates music that pushes the boundaries of genre stereotypes, blending the energetic beats of pop music into the depth and groove of soul music. Since beginning his career in 2005, Ripp's songs and records have successfully impacted a diverse and growing audience, including those who appreciate the nuances of a well-crafted album and those who simply want to hear a catchy tune.

Ripp celebrated a No. 1 album on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart in 2010 with his album She Remains the Same, which was the follow-up to his debut album in 2008, Fifty Miles to Chicago. Ripp, who is originally from Palatine, Illinois and now resides in Nashville, is no stranger to the national music scene, beginning his career as a songwriter and co-writing half of Ryan Cabrera's 2005 album, You Stand Watching, including the songs "You Shine On," which landed on Billboard's Hot 100. Ripp has had a hand in writing songs that have been featured on American IdolOne Tree Hill, and Live to Dance.

Watch a music video for Andrew Ripp's "Forever After Love" here:

Judah & the Lion is an Americana folk band with roots in Nashville. Drawing on many influences, the band's folk instrumentation showcases fresh musicianship and powerful vocal harmonies. The band got its start in December of 2011 and exists to create honest and relatable music. Lead singer Judah Akers, banjo player Nate Zuercher, and mandolinist Brian Macdonald lead the group and are honored to play with a band of talented musicians.

Watch a music video for Judah & the Lion's "Sweet Tennessee" here:

Admission: 
$10 in advance, $12 day of show, general admission

The State of Jazz Composition: Terence Blanchard

Sunday / April 27, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
Terence Blanchard

Terence Blanchard is a celebrated composer whose work spans numerous genres, from jazz to film and beyond.

In this culminating concert of the State of Jazz Composition symposium, Blanchard will perform with the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Greg Hopkins.

Admission: 
$16, $8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $20, $12 day of show, reserved seating

Annual Percussion Department Spring Scholarship Award Winners Concert

Thursday / April 3, 2014 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

This concert will feature this year's Percussion Department Spring Scholarship award winners. These 12 young men and women represent some of Berklee's finest drumset, orchestral percussion, hand percussion, vibraphone, marimba, and steelpan student performers. The faculty and the department chairs selected the winners based on the merits of their musicianship and academic standing.

In solo, duo, band, and jazz ensemble configurations, a variety of musical styles will be featured by works such as composers Joe Zawanul, Victor Feldman, Jerome Kern, Herbie Hancock, Daniel Berg, and Steve Reich. Students will also perform original compositions and the featured percussionists will be accompanied by some of the college's most dynamic instrumentalists.

The Percussion Department offers a special thanks to the Zildjian Cymbal Company, Vic Firth Inc., and other generous donors who make these scholarship opportunities possible for our students.

 

 

Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

International Folk Festival

Thursday / March 27, 2014 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

This annual performance celebrates Berklee's abundant international student population, proving that music is truly a cultural bridge. Students and faculty will perform, some wearing vibrant clothing and playing rarely seen instruments from their homelands. They will showcase a vast range of musical styles.

Watch video from the festival here:

Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, reserved seating

The Miguel de Cervantes Anniversary Concert

Tuesday / April 22, 2014 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

Berklee Latino, the Mediterranean Music Institute (MMI), and Instituto Cervantes, in collaboration with the Hispano-American consulates, will present a free concert celebrating Miguel de Cervantes on the anniversary of his death. The concert will feature Berklee students and faculty, including the Balkan Vocal Ensemble directed by Christiane Karam, and special guest, renowned Spanish artist La Shica, playing Latin and Spanish genres such as tango, salsa, bolero, cumbia, and rancheras.

The concert will also include a tribute to the great flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucía, who passed away earlier this year. A famous novelist, poet, and playwright, de Cervantes shaped the Spanish language of today and is best known for his classic epic novel Don Quixote.

The Miguel de Cervantes Anniversary Concert is led by MMI  and Berklee Latino artistic director and Grammy Award-winner Javier Limón; MMI executive director Matthew Nicholl; Berklee Latino academic director and Latin Grammy-winner Oscar Stagnaro; and voice instructor Sofia Rei. All the songs will be arranged by students, and coordinated by student arranging supervisor Esther Rojas.

Admission: 
Free

The Clark Sisters: Africana Studies Gospel Concert

Thursday / February 6, 2014 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
The Clark Sisters

The legendary Clark Sisters, a two-time Grammy Award-winning gospel group, will visit Berklee and will be interviewed by Gospel Today Magazine founder Teresa Hairston. The Clark Sisters will also perform some of their greatest hits with Berklee students, and Berklee alumnus Rashad McPherson ’09 will serve as music director.

Admission: 
$18 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $22 day of show, reserved seating

Sun Ra Cosmic Centenary

Thursday / February 20, 2014 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
Original Sun Ra member Danny Ray Thompson
Original Sun Ra member Marshall Allen
Original Sun Ra member Charles Davis

A self-proclaimed visitor from Saturn, as well as a composer and keyboardist, the visionary Sun Ra was the most eclectic and electric jazz musician and bandleader of the 20th century. His music ranged from keyboard solos to extravagant multimedia performances with his large Arkestra and touched on nearly the entire history of jazz. This concert, celebrating Sun Ra's 100th anniversary, features Arkestra members Marshall Allen, Charles Davis, and Danny Ray Thompson.

Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, reserved seating

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