KidsJam is a free early childhood (3-5 years) music education program provided to the community. During these workshops, Berklee music education students, led by faculty members Libby Allison and Charlene Ryan, will practice their teaching skills with children in this fun and interactive setting.
The program is intended to introduce young children to a variety of musical activities essential to a well-rounded music education. These include singing and sound exploration; moving; playing rhythm instruments; and creating, listening, and responding to music, as well as learning about a variety of musical concepts and instruments.
Sessions are limited to 20 children. Email email@example.com for registration and program information.
The Berklee Harmony Department presents GUIT(h)ARmony, a concert featuring the work of its four faculty guitarists: Eric Byers, Steve Kirby, Steve Rochinski, and John Stein. Each of these fine musicians has a distinctive approach to composition, improvisation, and the guitar, and will lead his own group consisting of Harmony faculty members and guests in original works and arrangements.
Combining a talent for gospel with a love for r&b, pop, soul, and classical, Smallwood creates music that reflects his varied background as a classical pianist and gospel aficionado. After graduating cum laude from Howard University, the pianist, singer, music director, composer, and arranger released his first album, RichardSmallwood Singers (1982), which spent 87 weeks on Billboard's Gospel chart. Smallwood won his first Grammy for his production on the Quincy Jones's gospel project Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration. Smallwood's music has been recorded by major artists including Destiny's Child, Yolanda Adams, and Karen Clark-Sheard. The concert is part of Berklee's Warrick L. Carter Lecture Series and will honor Smallwood for his contributions to gospel music. Dr. Teresa Hairston, publisher of Gospel Today and gospel archive donor to Berklee, will be the guest emcee. The concert is produced by Africana Studies students and faculty, led by Bill Banfield, director of Africana Studies.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.