Concert

Jorge Drexler Meets Berklee

Thursday / January 20, 2011 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Oscar-winning singer-songwriter Jorge Drexler matches a world music sensibility with the rhythms of his native Uruguay. Artists such as Mercedes Sosa, Shakira, Omara Portuondo, Maria Rita, Ana Belén, Victor Manuel, and Zélia Duncan have recorded on his songs. Drexler released his first album, La Luz Que Sabe Robar in 1992, the same year he earned a doctorate from the University of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay. His albums have received a combined total of seven Grammy and Latin Grammy award nominations, and he's won two Spanish Music Prizes. Drexler became the first Uruguayan to win an Academy Award with Best Original Song "Al Otro Lado del Río," from the internationally acclaimed film The Motorcycle Diaries. Drexler's recent work includes the soundtrack for James Ivory's film The City of Your Final Destination. Jorge Drexler Meets Berklee is produced by Bass Department professor Oscar Stagnaro and arranged and conducted by Contemporary Writing and Production chair Matthew Nicholl.

Learn more about the concert.

Admission: 
$20, $15, reserved seating

Dimitri Pevtsov and Cartush

Thursday / March 17, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
D. Pevtsov and Cartush

There are many singers but only one Pevtsov. In this concert, the acclaimed Russian actor Dimtri Pevtsov performs with the group Cartush. Please note that this performance will be presented in the Russian language without English translation. For tickets, call 617 965-1673 or email tabansky@comcast.net.

Admission: 

Divine Sparks: A Spontaneous Spiritual Celebration

Saturday / March 12, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

It's a once-in-a-lifetime event: World-class singers and musicians use Jewish religious songs as the springboard for musical improvisation and spiritual expression. The all-star ensemble features Frank London of the Klezmatics, 26-year-old Orthodox cantorial sensation Yaakov Lemmer, and Moroccan cantor/oudist Aaron Benssousan as well as local cantors Gaston Bogomolni and Elias Rosemberg and Hebrew College rabbinical student Jessica Kate Meyer.

Admission: 
$72, $54, $36, $25, $18, reserved seating

Eva Ayllón and Peru Negro

Sunday / January 30, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Eva Ayllón

Afro-Peruvian diva Eva Ayllón is joined by the quintessential Afro-Peruvian folklore group Peru Negro to perform the music and dance of black Peruvians.

Admission: 
$35, $30, $25, reserved seating

Lionel Loueke

Friday / December 31, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Lionel Loueke

First Night Boston, Berklee College of Music, and 89.7 WGBH present the Lionel Loueke Trio, performing at the Berklee Performance Center on Year's Eve, Friday, December 31, kicking off NPR's annual worldwide broadcast Toast of the Nation. The concert is a centerpiece of this year's First Night Boston festival.

Admission is $18 by purchase of a First Night button. The Lionel Loueke Trio performs two sets: at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (NPR broadcast) and 9:30 p.m. Loueke’s performance will be rebroadcast at 3:15 a.m. EST—12:15 a.m. Pacific—for revelers in the Western time zones.

Virtuoso jazz pianist Takeshi Ohbayashi performs the first set of the evening at 6:30 p.m. Ohbayashi, a 2010 Berklee graduate, leads a group of current Berklee students that includes Hailey Niswanger on saxophones, Aaron Darrell on bass, and Mark Whitfield Jr. on drums. Each of the three performances will be seated separately. The Berklee Performance Center is located at 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston. Please call 617 747-2261 for more information.

New Year's Eve 2010 marks the seventh consecutive year that Berklee, 89.7 WGBH, and NPR have collaborated to kick off the live holiday special Toast of the Nation. Heard on more than 200 NPR affiliate stations and NPR Worldwide, Toast of the Nation begins in Boston and will move across the country.

For a full schedule of performances, and to find local participating NPR stations, please visit wbgo.org/toast. Hosted by Steve Schwartz of Jazz on WGBH, the concert can be heard locally on WGBH 89.7 FM. Toast of the Nation is produced for NPR by WBGO-FM, Newark; WGBH Radio produces the Boston portion of the broadcast.

The Hynes Auditorium Garage will provide a $7 discounted parking rate if the garage's ticket is presented with a BPC parking validation stamp after the concert. The Hynes Auditorium Garage is located at 50 Dalton Street, Boston. The discounted rate applies to cars entering the garage after 5:00 p.m.

Admission: 
$18

Allison Weiss / Field Mouse / Ian Axel

Thursday / January 20, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Allison Weiss

Brooklyn-based Allison Weiss is an energetic 23-year-old with an electric guitar, a heart full of feeling, and an avid online following. With her quirky charm and sharp pop sensibilities, Weiss makes the sense of loss a little more fun.

Also from New York, Field Mouse is the musical collaboration of Rachel Browne and Andrew Futral. Their debut album, You Are Here, is a modern collection of melodic, lush pop sentiment filtered through dreamy reverb, paired with sincere reflective songwriting.

On his upcoming debut album, This is the New YearIan Axel celebrates relationships, personal transformation, and fresh starts. While examining ties to family, friends, and significant others, Axel has created an album of playful anthems to extoll these human connections.

Admission: 
$8, general admission

Oguz Can Ozcanli

Thursday / January 20, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Born in Izmir, Turkey, Oguz Can Ozzanli began playing jazz in high school, where he was initially influenced by Herbie Hancock. Oguz began his musical career in Turkey, where he wowed audiences with his band RagBag at the Eskisehir Amateur Jazz Festival. After receiving a scholarship, he attended the Siena International Summer Jazz Workshop in Italy as well as the Berklee Umbria Jazz Clinics. In 2009 he moved to Boston to attend Berklee, double majoring in contemporary writing and production and performance. He currently studies with Ray Santisi, Rebecca Cline, Jackson Schultz, and Wayne Naus. Catch his trio as they play the January installment of the Heck Room Music Series.

Admission: 
Free

Poetry Slam and Open Mic

Tuesday / December 7, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This performance features students from the Poetry Jam and Slam class, with special guest Sean Colon and co-hosts Caroline Harvey and Alex Charalambides.

Admission: 
FREE

The Kalistos Chamber Orchestra with Guest Conductor David Callahan

Wednesday / December 8, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Old South Church
645 Boylston Street
BOSTON
MA
United States
02116

The Kalistos Chamber Orchestra with guest conductor David Callahan will present a concert for string orchestra written by Berklee student composers. Sponsored by the Professional Writing Division. The performance will feature music by Marco Scorsolini, Nao Sato, Nicolas Ruegenberg, Michael Engesser, Anh Tuan Timothy Nguyen, Juan Carlos Enriquez, Manuel Garcia-Baro, Andrew Lembo, Ayal Vishnitzer, and Aaron Gage.

Admission: 
Free

The Society of Composers

Monday / December 6, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Old South Church
645 Boylston Street
BOSTON
MA
United States
02116

The Society of Composers, Berklee's student composers club, will present its fall concert, including original music by Alisa Apreleva, Isaac Richardson, Robin Conroy, Maria Eugenia Leon Mazorra, Sarah Eide, Galen Fraser, Joel Clarkson, Caitlin Callas, Timothy Do Nguyen, Andrew Trovato, Juan Carlos Enriquez, Alexander Arntzen, Vima Pratama, Asa Gray, and Michael Oldham.

Admission: 
Free

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