The Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Francisco Noya will present its spring concert on Wednesday, April 3 at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. The concert will feature selections from Serge Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Danzón No. 2 by Arturo Márquez and Symphonic Poem No. 1 by Aaron Gage, a recent Berklee graduate and winner of the 2012 Berklee Composition Competition.
The second half of the program will feature the Berklee Global Jazz Institute artists Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci, Joe Lovano, and Adam Cruz. Pianist Danilo Pérez serves as UNESCO Artist For Peace, Artistic Director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, and Artistic Director of the Panama Jazz Festival. In previous years, he served as Goodwill Ambassador to UNICEF and Cultural Ambassador to the Republic of Panama. Perez will be performing selections from his recording Across the Crystal Sea with the orchestra. World-renowned jazz bassist and Berklee faculty member John Patitucci will perform his pieces Voyager and Communion with the orchestra. Patitucci has performed with many jazz greats, such as Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Chick Corea and is considered one of the greatest jazz bassists of his generation. Sax master Joe Lovano will perform songs from his Celebrating Sinatra album with his wife, Judi Silvano. Longtime Berklee associate Adam Cruz will join the ensemble on drums.
Saxophonist Jason Threm will lead his quartet, the Thickest Thieves, in playing music with a groove: instrumental funk with some jazz fusion thrown in. Most of the songs played will be originals by members of the band.
Vocalist Ella Joy Meir and her band Isis Lune combine electronic textures with a raw human element. Titles such as "In the Belly of a Whale" and "Bring Me the Moon" will submerge the listener in a world of demons and magic, of vast oceans and endless skylines. The band includes Ella Joy Meir on voice and Piano, Asher Kurtz on electric guitar, Ran Gil on keyboard and laptop, Aaron Liao on bass and Tim Merle on drums.
The third and final event of the annual Berklee Armand Zildjian Artist-in-Residence program features this year's guest artist, drummer Antonio Sanchez. An impressive and inspiring drummer, Sanchez is well-known for his work with Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Danilo Perez, and Gary Burton, among many others. Watch Sanchez perform alongside guest musicians George Garzone, John Lockwood, and the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Greg Hopkins.
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission
When the unmistakable musical influences of Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker intersect with J.S. Bach, Scott Joplin, and the folkloric rhythms of Cuba, could one possibly conceptualize the celebration that occurs? Boston/New York-based jazz pianist Kevin Harris, joined by Berklee faculty Ron Mahdi and Ralph Peterson, will play a distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary music that seeks to explore such a crossroad.
Mario Frangoulis is a tenor of the 21st century, with the ability to sing everything from the hard-rock anthem to an operatic aria. He is touring in support of his highly acclaimed international release Beautiful Things.
Russian violinist, art critic, and social activist, Michael Kazinik will perform his new concert, Transformation through Music. Kazinik (violin) will be accompanied by Vyacheslav Zubkov (piano) and both will perform the music of Scarlatti, Bach, Mozart, Liszt, and Rachmaninoff, among other composers. This unique event will combine their performance with a master class about classical music and art. Kazinik is a professor at the Dramatic Institute in Stockholm, Sweden as well as the International Business School of Scandinavia. He is also an actor and director at Teatrstudio Lederman in Stockholm.