Concert

Across the Borders, Across the Seas II: Wits Choir of University of the Witwatersrand

Wednesday / July 6, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Admission: 

Kathy Mattea Meets Berklee

Thursday / March 10, 2011 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Kathy Mattea

The 2011 Berklee College of Music Signature Series, where world-renowned musicians share the stage with Berklee students, continues on Thursday, March 10, with two-time Grammy Award-winning country and bluegrass singer Kathy Mattea. Best known for blending folk, Celtic, and country sounds, Mattea, a repeat Country Music Association Award winner, has recorded 17 albums and has charted more than 30 singles on the Billboard charts. Performing songs from a nearly 30-year career, Mattea will be backed by a Berklee student band. Mattea's relationship with Berklee goes back as far as 2005, when she recorded a song written by Berklee students with Grammy-winning producer/engineers Elliot Scheiner and George Massenburg. 

19-year-old bluegrass mandolin phenom Sierra Hull will perform with Mattea, as well as open the show with her band Highway 111. She is performing in support of Daybreak, her upcoming release on Rounder Records (March 8). Hull, who recently performed at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC, with Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski, is in her final year at Berklee. She is the first student to be awarded Berklee's Presidential Scholarship specifically for bluegrass music. For more information, visit sierrahull.com

Kathy Mattea Meets Berklee takes place on Thursday, March 10, at 8:15 p.m. at the Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston. General admission tickets are $15, $10 reserved seating, and are available at the box office, at ticketmaster.com, or by calling 617 931-2000. For more information, call 617 747-2261, visit berkleebpc.com, or read the press release. The venue is wheelchair-accessible. The concert is produced by Music Production and Engineering professor Stephen Webber, who co-hosts Berklee's annual spring break trip to Nashville. 

Mattea, in residence at Berklee March 7–10, will also teach a vocal master class, work with a student recording ensemble, and present "My Coal Journey," a clinic about her family's ties to coal mining culture in Appalachia. 

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, MA. Learn more . . .

Admission: 
$20, $15 reserved seating

Women Musicians Network Concert

Thursday / March 3, 2011 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Now in its 14th year, this always-exciting show has earned a great reputation for quality, diversity, and originality. The night features Berklee women students and their bands performing a wide range of original compositions and arrangements, plus guest artists from the Berklee community and beyond. Read the press release.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Celtic <em>FUSION</em> 2011

Tuesday / May 3, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

FUSION Magazine and Irish and Celtic Studies present Boston’s best traditional Irish and Celtic music, featuring:

George Keith, fiddle
Oisin McAuley, fiddle
Matt Heaton, guitar, bouzouki
Shannon Heaton, flute, vocals
Maeve Gilchrist, harp, vocals
John McGann, mandolin
Sean Gannon, accordion

In addition, Joe Nugent of Boston College will read Irish poetry and selections from James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. For more information, contact Berklee faculty member Joseph Coroniti, Ph.D. and editor-in-chief of FUSION Magazine at jcoroniti@berklee.edu.

Admission: 

Fresh Prospects: Sharin Toribio / Mario Jose

Friday / March 4, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Fresh Prospects: Sharin Toribio/Mario Jose

The Red Room at Cafe 939 and James Joseph Salon present Fresh Prospects, a showcase of up-and-coming Berklee artists reworking their favorite songs into intimate acoustic performances. This month's artists are Sharin Toribio and Mario Jose. They will hit the stage at 7:00 p.m. for a spectacular night of talent and music.

Sharin Toribio, a Tampa, Florida native, is all about singing pop music and adding her own Latin flavor. She composes and performs her own original music, as well as beautiful renditions of tunes by John Mayer and Natasha Bedingfield. Not even cancer could keep her from accomplishing her musical dreams—at the age of 20, she was diagnosed with lymphoma. After several harsh months of intensive therapy, she beat the cancer and continues to make music to honor the miracle of her life. Through her music, she touches audiences with her optimism and genuine nature.

Mario Jose hails from the San Francisco Bay area, and there is no doubt about it: This boy was born to entertain. This skilled vocalist sings a wide range of light-hearted pop to jazz standards. He currently performs with Pitch Slapped, Berklee’s acclaimed a cappella group, and has had the honor of performing in some of Berklee’s biggest productions, sharing the stage with music legends such as Philip Bailey and Paula Cole.

Tickets for this show are free.

Admission: 
Free

Jetro Da Silva: The Secular Meets the Sacred

Monday / February 28, 2011 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

After a long world tour with Whitney Houston, faculty pianist Jetro Da Silva returns to the stage, but this time he's celebrating his 44th birthday in The Secular Meets the Sacred: My Life Story. He will perform some of his favorite compositions by Abraham Laboriel, Thomas O. Chisholm, Djavan, Ivan Lins, Villa-Lobos, and others. Da Silva will be joined by Abraham Laboriel, the Berklee Jazz/World String Orchestra conducted by Eugene Friesen, Casey Scheuerell, Lawrence Watson, Jeffrey Lockhard, Donna McElroy, Teodross Avery and Andre Ward, plus many surprise guests from the music business. Don't miss this spiritual and emotional experience.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Lavalier / And the Wiremen

Friday / February 25, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
And the Wiremen

Lavalier is the brainchild of former Cloud Room members Dave Horowitz and Steve Milton. Conceived over the course of several years touring the globe and navigating the requisite backstage debauchery, cramped vans, and couch surfing, Milton and Horowitz developed their penchant for a melancholy, psychedelic, lo-fi sound that features seductive fuzz-slide guitars and a hypnotic accordion.

And the Wiremen is the band of Bee and Flower (former Cordero) guitarist Lynn Wright. His music combines images of a gothic Deep South with the rhythms of South America and the grainier elements of barroom jazz and avant-pop.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

Violette / Project K-Paz / Tom Howie

Wednesday / February 23, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Joie de Vivre, the title of Violette's second album, hearkens back to her first "official" commendation: the Joie de Vivre award she won in kindergarten. Influenced by Sarah Vaughan, Aretha Franklin, and Stevie Wonder, her music is tinted with shades of jazz, R&B, soul, and gospel. While most of her songs are sung in English, a few are in her native French. The sophistication of the compositions and arrangements, as well as Violette's incredible vocal range, are truly unexpected in an artist at such an early stage of her career. 

Project K-Paz is a musical collective specializing in spontaneous music: 100% pure improvisation. They create music in the moment, which is the sum of the musicians present. By living the art that is spontaneous music, the possibilities are endless.

Also appearing: Tom Howie. The 22-year-old guitarist and songwriter's soaring vocals and songwriting talents have drawn comparison to Jeff Buckley and Thom Yorke.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Anthony Viscounte

Thursday / February 17, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Anthony Viscounte performs his original compositions including the brand-new Lullaby Suite I: The Princess of Atogobi and the Kingdom of Paradise in its entirety. The suite portrays a mystical medieval story and combines a dreamlike ambiance with elements of popular song.

The Philadelphia artist has performed with groups such as the Strauss Symphony of America, Philadelphia Sinfonia, Bryn Athyn Orchestra, Sean J. Kennedy Quartet, and Hoppin' John Orchestra. Through his involvement with such groups, Viscounte has had the opportunity to frequent some of the world's most fantastic venues, including the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, St. Simon and St. Jude Cathedral in Prague, Nowa Huta Cultural Center in Krakow, and New York City's famed Avery Fisher Hall.

Viscounte has also been involved with various recording projects. A proud Lost World Music recording artist, Viscounte's debut EP with Ramblin' Ant and the Locust Street Band will be available on iTunes this March.

This concert is part of the Heck Room Music Series.

Admission: 
Free

WesFest 6

Sunday / February 27, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Roxy Theater (LA)
900 West Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood
CA
United States

An all-star band will perform at WesFest 6, a concert to benefit the Wes Wehmiller Scholarship at Berklee. The event continues the tradition of paying tribute to Berklee alumnus Wes Wehmiller.

This year's headliner, PSP, is an extraordinarily gifted trio of musicians—drummer Simon Phillips, keyboardist and alumnus Philippe Saisse '78, and bassist Pino Palladino—who have collectively performed with the crème de la crème of contemporary pop music over the past several decades, including the Rolling Stones, the Who, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Toto, David Bowie, John Mayer, Chaka Khan, and Paul Simon. They first joined forces onstage for a series of dates at Billboard Live in Japan, the results of which are featured on their 2009 debut album. While they all have continuing careers as first-call session players and recording/touring artists, the internationally rooted ensemble is intent on making PSP stick, "We realized after our live gigs together, that what we're doing musically feels pretty special," said Palladino, "so we're committed and excited about seeing how far we can take it."

The scholarship fund honors Wes Wehmiller (1971–2005), a Berklee graduate ('92) and highly accomplished bassist, athlete, and photographer who died of thyroid cancer in January 2005. Established by his family and friends, the Wes Wehmiller Endowed Scholarship is awarded annually to a continuing student at Berklee who best exemplifies the excellence and grace Wehmiller showed as a bassist and as a human being. The WesFest concert series has raised more than $70,000 for the fund to date, and this sixth annual concert is the centerpiece of an annual fundraising drive for the scholarship.

WesFest 6 advance tickets are available through February 25 for $35 per pair of tickets or $20 a ticket. Tickets are $30 each at the door. Ticket orders and donations will be accepted via check or credit card. Complete ordering instructions and procedures can be found online at bit.ly/wesfest6.

Admission: 
$20 ($35 per pair) through February 25, $30 at the door

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