Concert

Italo Cunha and the Mates

Thursday / March 8, 2012 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Italo Cunha and the Mates present exciting original music.

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Julian Lage Trio

Saturday / December 31, 2011 / 8:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Julian Lage

For New Year's Toast of the Nation NPR concert broadcast, Julian Lage will be joined by two of his newest collaborators, the jazz virtuosos Larry Grenadier on bass and Eric Harland on drums. 

Hailed by All About Jazz as "a giant in the making," 2008 Berklee graduate Julian Lage grew up in California and was the subject of an Academy Award-nominated documentary, Jules at Eight. He gained pivotal early exposure as a protégé of legendary vibraphonist Gary Burton, recording and touring with Burton on three projects: Generations (2004), Next Generation (2005), and Common Ground (2010). Following his Grammy-nominated 2009 debut, Sounding Point, Lage's latest release is the evocative and finely wrought Gladwell.   

The concert will be heard domestically on more than 200 NPR affiliate stations, on Sirius XM Radio, and around the world on NPRmusic.org and on NPR Worldwide.

Admission: 
$18

Manami Morita Plays First Night Boston

Saturday / December 31, 2011 / 5:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Manami Morita

Fun, endearingly off-kilter jazz pianist Manami Morita, a 2008 Berklee grad, performs the first set of the evening at 6:30 p.m. Jazz.com said, "a Japanese dynamo . . . sophisticated beyond her years, with a steady, lilting groove." Morita is joined in her longtime trio by fellow Berklee alumni Zak Croxall on bass and Tom Hartman on drums.

Admission: 
$18

Art of the Duo: Favorite Songs III

Thursday / February 9, 2012 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Art of the Duo is a spontaneous collection of music rooted in the jazz tradition presented by pianist Douglas Johnson and vocalist Lisa Thorson. No charts, no lyric sheets, just our favorite songs played with a spirit of adventure.

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Tre Corda

Monday / January 30, 2012 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Blending composition and improvisation in new and exciting ways, Tre Corda features "chamber jazz" music written and arranged by all members of the trio: pianist Tim Ray, cellist Eugene Friesen, and trumpeter Greg Hopkins.

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The Zodiac Trio Presents the Boston New Music Project

Friday / February 3, 2012 / 5:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The Zodiac Trio—Vanessa Mollard (violin), Kliment Krylovskiiy (clarinet), and Riko Higuma (piano)—perform music of Berklee faculty, students, and guests including Margaret McAllister, Andrew List, Francine Trester, Larry Bell, John McDonald, and Berklee students.

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Running Back, Act II

Monday / January 30, 2012 / 6:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

A staged reading of Running Back, Act II, music and lyrics by professor Michael Wartofsky, book and lyrics by award-winning playwright Marcus Gardley. A dramatic comedy for four African-American actors about a football legend at the top of his game who shocks the world by proposing marriage to his boyfriend on national television.

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Tubby Love / Eric Robertson / Liz Longley

Saturday / December 31, 2011 / 6:30 p.m.
Modern Theatre
525 Washington Street
Boston
MA
United States
02111
Liz Longley

Tubby Love and Eric Robertson come from very different musical roots grown in the same soul. The idea of a collaboration stemmed from their mutual appreciation for good songs without regard to style or genre. The duo is currently working on its debut album Animals to Angels, a soulful expression of man's coming to consciousness. Love has performed at the Life is Good Festival, Blackwater Music Festival, and with bands Spiritual Rez and Dub Apocalypse. Robertson took last semester off from Berklee to tour for the U.S. State Department in Southeast Asia with his Earth Stringband.

In the short time since her graduation from Berklee in 2009, singer-songwriter Liz Longley has assembled quite an impressive resume. While best known for her stop-you-in-your-tracks voice, Longley has quickly built a reputation as an accomplished songwriter, crafting intimately personal portraits through her music. Her ever-expanding fan base is not the only group to acknowledge her talent. In 2010 alone, she took home top prizes at some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country: the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship Competition, the International Acoustic Music Awards, and the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest.

While Berklee and First Night have collaborated on New Year's concerts in prior years, New Year's Eve 2011 marks the first year that Berklee, 91.9 WUMB and First Night will work together on a concert broadcast.  

Admission: 
$15

The Sisters of Swing

Monday / December 19, 2011 / 6:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472
Roberta Radley: The Sisters Of Swing

The Sisters of Swing features Berklee's assistant chair of Ear Training, Roberta Radley, along with Ruthie Ristich and April Hall on vocals. Assisted by Bill Brinkley on guitar, Tom Hall on sax, and Marty Ballou on bass, the group will be presenting their new Christmas CD at the Arsenal.

Christmas in July?

The Sisters of Swing had been keepin' it cool in the studio all summer long, recording their latest holiday CD, Swing-a-Jing-a-Lingin'.

Some featured favorites: "Let it Snow," "Winter Wonderland," "Jingle Bells," "Rockin' around the Christmas Tree," "Jingle Bell Rock," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," "Christmas Time Is Here," and many more.

The sisters are joined by "brothers of swing" Bill Brinkley on guitar, Tom Hall on saxes, and Marty Ballou on bass, who keep things groovin' from first to last note.

Roberta, Ruthie, and April combine their musical personalities into one harmonious delivery of holiday song and cheer. Their performances are fresh, sophisticated, and fun, with original arrangements that make the familiar "winter chestnuts" sound new again. And true to their name, these sisters swing. This "sister act" is a hard one to follow.

Dust off your Santa hat and join in the fun!

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

Sounds of Silents: Battleship Potemkin

Monday / December 19, 2011 / 6:00 p.m.
Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard Street
Brookline
MA
United States
02446

The Coolidge Corner Theatre and Berklee College of Music present a rare screening of Sergei Einstein's 1925 silent film masterpiece Battleship Potemkin, featuring a newly commissioned live score composed by professor Sheldon Mirowitz and his students in the Film Scoring Department, under the guidance of department chair Dan Carlin. This lively event is the third collaboration between the Coolidge and Berklee as part of the Sounds of Silents film series. 

In 1924, the Russian revolutionary leadership requisitioned Sergei Eisenstein to make a new film celebrating the 20th anniversary of the famous Potemkin uprising. Vladimir Lenin had hailed this revolt as the first proof that Russian troops could be counted on to join the proletariat in overthrowing the Czarist regime. Battleship Potemkin has become one of the touchstones in film history and one of the landmarks of silent cinema. Don't miss this one-night-only chance to experience this powerful story on the Coolidge's giant silver screen with a live orchestral performance conducted and performed live by Berklee students.

For more information about the Sounds of Silents series, visit the Coolidge Corner Theatre website

Admission: 
$20 general public, $17 students and seniors, free for Coolidge members

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