Concert

The Esterhazy Quartet

Thursday / October 20, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Throughout its distinguished career the Esterhazy Quartet has delighted audiences on three continents, performing at venues such as the Haydn Festspiele in Austria, the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, and the Beethoven Society in Santiago de Chile. Critics have praised the Esterhazy Quartet for its intelligence, refinement, and warmth of sound, described as a "velvety palette of tonal colors" (La Nación, Buenos Aires).

Taking its name from Prince Nikolaus Esterházy, the patron of composer Joseph Haydn (considered the "father" of the string quartet), the Esterhazy Quartet has appeared at numerous important music festivals in the United States and abroad over the last four decades. The quartet has frequently performed live on National Public Radio.

Formed in 1968 as the ensemble-in-residence of the University of Missouri, the Esterhazy Quartet is widely recognized for its commitment to performing and promoting the music of our time, especially modern music of the Americas. The group maintains one of the largest collections of Latin American string quartets in the United States, and is responsible for the commission, world premiere, and recording of several new American string quartets.

In addition to collaborating with contemporary composers, the Esterhazy Quartet actively promotes the advancement of the string quartet art form through master classes, seminars, and workshops for young performers and composers, including its annual residency for composers at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and a yearly summer chamber music seminar at the University of Missouri.

George Sebastian Lopez, pianist, has been featured across the globe. He received critical acclaim for his interpretation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations in Amsterdam and performed the complete cycle of Beethoven piano concertos in his last two concert seasons. He was hailed by the Los Angeles Times for his “musical perspective, continuity, and kaleidoscopic colors.” 

Lopez just returned from Italy, where he performed in a music festival in Umbria. He is currently artist-in-residence at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where he lives with his wife and two children. He will be going on a European tour in March 2012 with the Bowdoin College chamber choir performing a new work for solo piano and chorus especially written for them.

 

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TFDI Featuring Tony Lucca, Jay Nash, and Matt Duke

Sunday / October 9, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Apparently they couldn't get enough of the "bromance" that began last year on their first annual group tour, because Tony Lucca, Jay Nash and Matt Duke are doing it all over again—one year later. To celebrate that anniversary, the three music compadres plan to criss-cross the Northeast, the Mid-Atlantic, the South, and the Midwest.

During last year's tour, a series of video blogs allowed fans to watch the nightly shows and the travel between them, and there is sure to be more hilarity, musicality, and hijinks of the same sort this go-around. Last year, the tour name was prompted by a high-energy video blog jingle by Nash—that fans chanted at every show.

Also appearing: Benny Marchant.

Admission: 
$10 in advance; $15 day of show

Fresh Prospects: China Fox and Canary

Friday / October 7, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Fresh Prospects is a showcase of the best up-and-coming college artists throughout Boston—from Berklee and beyond. October's lineup features China Fox and Canary.

Admission: 
Free

Leo Blanco and Ricardo Monzon

Monday / November 7, 2011 (All day)
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Ensembles led by Leo Blanco and Ricardo Monzon.

Admission: 

Bernardo Hernandez

Tuesday / November 29, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A faculty-led ensemble by Bernardo Hernandez.

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The Third Annual Multicultural Fundraiser

Saturday / October 29, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Featuring artists PanXpressions, Roy L. Teague, and Paula Terenzi's Dance Complex. Proceeds will go toward the construction of an orphanage/school for the orphan girls in Haute Feuille, Haiti and its neighboring towns.

Admission: 
$50, general admission

Yoron Israel and High Standards

Monday / October 17, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472
Yoron Israel

The Jazz at the Arsenal series features Berklee faculty artists. This month's concert features assistant chair of the Percussion Department Yoron Israel and his band High Standards. The group features Lance Bryant on sax, Laszlo Gardony on keyboard, John Lockwood on bass, and Yoron Israel on drums.

Yoron Israel, a native Chicagoan, is one of the most gifted musicians of his generation. His exciting and tasteful drumming, along with his compositional talents, are spotlighted throughout his fine recordings, Basic Traneing (Ronja Music Company), Chicago (Double Time), Live at the Blue Note (Half Note), A Gift for You (Ronja Music Company), and the soon-to-be-released So Wonderful: The Music of Stevie Wonder.

All of these fine works have received enthusiastic praise from journalists, musical peers, and fans alike. They represent the extensive depth of Yoron Israel's musicianship as he continues to evolve as a leader. He brings his unique influences and experiences in jazz, world styles, gospel, funk, R&B, and orchestral idioms full circle with his compositions, arrangements, repertoire, and ensemble concepts. His musical vision is that of connection and communication, providing music to be enjoyed by all. As Jack DeJohnette says, "A Gift for You is a sparkling musical offering from a drummer who has good taste. He has a sense of direction and a feeling of joy in his drumming, compositions, and arrangements. Yoron Israel is an important voice you should listen to."

In addition to his varied projects as a bandleader, Israel's brilliant musicality, intensity, and versatility are appreciated worldwide, through consistent performances at prestigious concerts, notable festivals, and prominent clubs as well as on more than 150 major recordings as an accompanist. Otis Clay, Shirley Caesar, Kenny Burrell, Horace Silver, Sonny Rollins, Abbey Lincoln, Ahmad Jamal, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutchinson, Art Farmer, Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Heath, Cedar Walton, Grover Washington, Freddie Cole, Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, Pharoah Sanders, David "Fathead" Newman, Red Holloway, Larry Coryell, Doctor Lonnie Smith, Bennie Wallace, Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Vanessa Rubin, Kevin Mahogany, Roy Hargrove, Bill Mays, James Williams, Cyrus Chestnut, Joshua Redman, and Jay Hoggard are among the numerous artists that he has worked with.

Additionally, he has maintained a busy schedule performing and recording with many outstanding Boston-based artists, since moving his move from New York in 2000, including the Macanda Project, Laszlo Gardony, Marco Pignatoro, Stan Strickland, Donna McElroy, Gabrielle Goodman, Shawn Monterro, and Lance Bryant. Additionally, he has become a first-call accompanist for a wide range of artists appearing in the New England area; this list includes Abraham Laboriel, Eddie Gomez, Ernie Andrews, Frank Morgan, Joanne Brackeen, Eliane Elias, Larry Goldings, Ann Hampton Callaway, Jane Ira Bloom, Greg Osby, Clark Terry, and Joey DeFrancesco, among numerous others.

Admission: 
$18, $15, students/seniors/Arsenal members

Dead on Live: Workingman's Dead / American Beauty

Saturday / October 22, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Multi-instrumentalist Marc Muller '83 directs faithful note-for-note recreations of the Grateful Dead's 1970 Workingman's Dead and American Beauty albums, a celebration capturing this important and beloved period in the Dead's long, illustrious, and stylistically diverse career. He has assembled an impressive cast of world-class musicians who have been able to reproduce virtually every note of every instrument, as well as all the beautifully orchestrated vocal arrangements that are a trademark of these two American classics.

Admission: 
$34, $29, $24, reserved seating

Banded Showcase

Thursday / October 6, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Brighton Music Hall
158 Brighton Avenue
Allston
MA
United States
02314

Five Boston bands were given this task: write and record an original song. Sounds easy, right? Now do it in front of the expert ears of Berklee professors and the watchful lenses of a Berklee film crew. The songs will be unveiled at the live concert featuring Zili Misik, Aloud, the Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library, Ghost Box Orchestra, and Tumbleweed Company, along with a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the upcoming documentary, Banded.

Banded aims to show how the academics of music theory connect to the creative spark and inspiration behind writing a song in a band. To capture the process, cameras followed the musicians as they wrote, rehearsed, rewrote, recorded, and even completed music theory assignments.

The Banded Showcase will kick off with a brief panel discussion featuring the Berklee faculty coaches (from the Composition, Music Production & Engineering, and Songwriting departments at the school) and members of the bands talking about their experiences with the groundbreaking project. Video trailers of each band will be teased out to viewers. Then special student guests from the Berklee City Music Ensemble will perform to start the night of eclectic and original music.

Proceeds will benefit a technology scholarship for the Berklee City Music program.

Learn more about Berklee PULSE, Berklee City Music, and all the bands, visit.

Admission: 
$10

Piano Mondays: Joanne Brackeen - Solo Piano

Monday / October 3, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Piano Department presents Piano Mondays, featuring Joanne Brackeen on solo piano.

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