Concert

Phil Wilson's Rainbow Band: A Lifetime of Great Music

Thursday / August 4, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Phil Wilson presents the Berklee Rainbow Band in A Lifetime of Great Music. The Berklee Rainbow Band remains one of the premier college show bands worldwide. The concert will feature the great vocalist Christine Fawson and blues harmonica player Ralph Rosen, along with many of Berklee's current instrumentalists. Can't make it to the show? This event will stream live on Concert Window.

Admission: 
$10

Joe Stump

Monday / August 1, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee faculty shred guitar specialist Joe Stump performs tracks from his extensive catalogue. He was named by Guitar One magazine as one of the 10 fastest shredders of all time and by Guitar magazine as one of the top 20 shredders of all time. A night of speed metal/shred guitar pyrotechnics is guaranteed. 

Can't make it to the show? This event will be live streaming on Concert Window.

Admission: 
$10

Mia Verdoorn

Saturday / July 23, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Georges Island
Boston Harbor Islands
Boston
MA
United States
02125
Mia Verdoorn

She started taking piano lessons at the age of 11 and voice lessons at the age 14. While attending St. Mary's Diocesan School for Girls in Pretoria for High School, Mia passed the Grade 8 Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) Voice exam with distinction and the same board's Grade 7 piano exam with Merit.

In 2006 she was approached to record an Afrikaans album consisting mainly of covers of classic Afrikaans tunes in a more contemporary and Brazilian style. This was a very exciting venture and it was extremely interesting for her to work with some prominent South African musicians and producers such as Randall Abrahams, Wessel Van Rensburg, Johan Botha, Juan Oosthuizen and Dave Thompson. Upon being accepted into Berklee, she decided to put the album on hold to further her studies and get a degree before the completion and release of the album.

In the same year, she was privileged enough to travel to America on a choir tour organized by her school's choirmaster, Michael Barrett. They visited several towns and cities on the east coast, including Boston, New Canaan, Bethel and New York City. They stayed with generous host families who had high school kids they same age as the touring group, and who were also involved in their school choirs and A cappella groups. They performed typical South African songs and dances, and sang in as many of the country's 11 national languages as the repertoire would allow.

In 2008 she was asked to be one of five adjudicators for the University of Johannesburg's Vocal serenade competition held over three nights at the San Lam Auditorium at the Kingsway Campus of the University of Johannesburg. The competition consisted of 12 male and female dormitories competing against each other for the coveted trophy and title of "Best Vocal Res on Campus".

Before coming to Berklee, Mia focused much of her time in the Pop/Rock genre, as well as Classical set repertoire for the ABRSM exams, but started venturing more into Jazz, Blues and Latin music since attending Berklee. During the Spring semester of 2009, she represented South Africa in the International Folk Festival held in the Berklee Performance Center together with other students also from South Africa, as well as other African countries.

Mia was awarded her first Berklee Achievement based scholarship of $6000 lasting for one academic year at the end of the Spring semester in 2009. Her scholarship was then renewed and increased in March 2010.

In the Fall semester of 2009, she participated in the International Study abroad program organized by Berklee's Office of International Programs held at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory in Athens, Greece. This study abroad program was for the entire duration of the Fall semester (16 weeks) and gave her a wonderful opportunity to broaden her horizons and perspectives through music. She was able to travel throughout Greece, not only with the Greek civilization class, but also by her own accord. In conjunction with Berklee credited courses such as Counterpoint 1, Conducting 1 and Private Lessons, she was able to take the Modern Greek Language and Crossroads of Greek Rhythms and Sound as Liberal Arts electives, which proved to be very beneficial and enriching.

In the summer semester of 2010, Mia went back to South Africa to Intern for Sony Music SA as well as Warner Music Gallo Africa during the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup period. Here, she got to meet the legendary trumpet player, Hugh Masekela, and was asked to have a radio interview on one of South Africa's most popular radio stations, Jozi FM. During this period, she also had two very successful sold out performances in which she launched her first EP "What's Happening".

Mia has been involved in several upper semester students' projects in terms of recordings and performances and is currently a contributing member of Berklee's Music Business Journal. She has been on the Berklee College of Music Dean's List for five semesters in a row. 

 

Admission: 
Free

Dub Apocalypse / 6th Degree

Wednesday / July 27, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Dub Apocalypse is an all-star combination of Boston's best musicians, led by drummer Tommy Benedetti (Berklee Alum, John Browns Body) and guitarist Johnny Trama (Nate Wilson Group). The dub reggae group's live performances are filled with wild improvisation, blistering drum beats and emotional blues-driven guitar licks.

6th Degree is a dub reggae collective dedicated to bringing good vibes and great tunes to every performance. The group was founded by Ryan Nava of Indonesia. He moved to the United States and began his studies at Berklee, envisioning the formation of a group that could perform all the world music styles he had grown up with. Fast forward to 2009 and 6th Degree was born.  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Admission: 
$8, general admission; $5, Berklee ID

The National Poetry Slam Finals

Saturday / August 13, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join us for the final round of the 2011 National Poetry Slam. The top four slam teams of the weeklong festival will compete for the title, with showcased performances by world and local champions.

Admission: 
$25, general admission

National Poetry Slam 2011 Preliminaries

Thursday / August 11, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

It's the preliminary matches of the National Poetry Slam, where every night, poetry slam teams from all over North America battle it out to see who will win the biggest competition in slam.

In the fast-paced art of poetry slam, competitors have a limited amount of time to impress judges randomly selected from the audience. Performers use the tricks of storytelling, songwriting, theater, stand-up comedy, and cold hard poetry to wheedle points out of the judges from 0.0 (terrible) to 10.0 (perfect).

Admission: 
$5

National Poetry Slam 2011 Preliminaries

Wednesday / August 10, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

It's the preliminary matches of the National Poetry Slam, where every night, poetry slam teams from all over North America battle it out to see who will win the biggest competition in slam.

In the fast-paced art of poetry slam, competitors have a limited amount of time to impress judges randomly selected from the audience. Performers use the tricks of storytelling, songwriting, theater, stand-up comedy, and cold hard poetry to wheedle points out of the judges from 0.0 (terrible) to 10.0 (perfect). 

 

Admission: 
$5

National Poetry Slam 2011 Preliminaries

Tuesday / August 9, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

It's the preliminary matches of the National Poetry Slam, where every night, poetry slam teams from all over North America battle it out to see who will win the biggest competition in slam.

In the fast-paced art of poetry slam, competitors have a limited amount of time to impress judges randomly selected from the audience. Performers use the tricks of storytelling, songwriting, theater, stand-up comedy, and cold hard poetry to wheedle points out of the judges from 0.0 (terrible) to 10.0 (perfect). 

Admission: 
$5

Ensemble Showcase: Soul

Thursday / August 4, 2011 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon recitals, led by faculty members Kevin Cervenka and Larry Watson. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including soul.

1:30 p.m. Ken Cervenka: Small Band Rating 6
4:30 p.m. Larry Watson: Foundations of Singing with Soul
6:30 p.m. Larry Watson: Motown Ensemble

Recitals will run about 45 minutes long. Performance times are subject to change without notice.

Admission: 

Rebecca Loebe / The Chapin Sisters / Lauren Flaherty

Wednesday / July 20, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

IMPORTANT UPDATE - Lauren Flaherty will open, the Chapin Sisters will play second, and Rebecca Loebe will close. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. as scheduled.

Rebecca Loebe's full-length album Mystery Prize spent more than two months on both the U.S. and European Americana charts. In the UK, Mystery Prizereceived a four-star review from Maverick Magazine, which reported "(the) sophomore album sparkles and bubbles."

In 2010, the Chapin Sisters were busy touring as part of She & Him's band and opening many of their shows. They released a five-song live EP, Oh, Hear The Wind Blow and headlined their first national club tour in the U.S. They are currently featured on the b-side to the new She & Him single, "I Put A Spell On You"/"Lingering Still (live from KCMP)."

Also performing: Lauren Flaherty

 

 

Admission: 
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