Concert

Berklee World Strings

Tuesday / December 14, 2010 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee World Strings, directed by faculty member Eugene Friesen, will present music from Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, and Colombia. Featured guests will include Brazilian percussionist/composer Café Edson da Silva and Berklee faculty members Leo Blanco, piano/composer; Jamey Haddad, drums; and Fernando Huergo, bass. The evening will also feature Mexican vocalist and Berklee professor Mili Bermejo in a special performance of "Pasarero" with bassist Dan Greenspan and pianist Tim Ray.

Da Silva, born in Rio de Janeiro and currently living in New York City, embodies the extraordinary rhythmic traditions and styles of Brazil. The original music "Café" creates, arranged for this concert by Berklee's Matthew Nicholl, captures a facet of Brazilian sentiment, saudade: a mixture of nostalgia, yearning, love, and peace. His pieces include tributes to the great Brazilian singer Clementine de Jesus and the legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius.

Leo Blanco is a Venezuelan pianist, arranger, and composer. He grew up in Mérida, where from an early age he was surrounded by Venezuelan folklore—a blend of African and European musical traditions—as well as jazz, classical music, and pop. Berklee World Strings will perform with Blanco on two of his compositions. Blanco has appeared at many jazz festivals, including Newport, Monterey, and Kobe.

Mili Bermejo, born in Argentina and raised in Mexico City, comes from a large family of celebrated musicians and has collected a library of songs from South America and Mexico. She will perform "Pasarero," a composition by Carlos Aguirre of the Aca Seca Trio that's included on a new album featuring Bermejo with Berklee World Strings.

The December concert will also feature the premiere of "Venetango," a new work for strings by Eugene Friesen, as well as student soloists Naseem Alatrash, Joshue Ashby Humphreys, Alex Galle-From, Sierra Hull, Rika Ikeda, Jul Kang, Patrick M'gonigle, Malcolm Parson, and Jakub Trasak.

The Berklee World Strings are devoted to the art of ensemble playing and the development of new music that features improvisation and the rhythmic capabilities of string instruments and players. Drawing from Celtic, bluegrass, jazz, rock, and classical styles, the ensemble presents original programs that include new compositions and arrangements from a wide variety of the world's music. The group features Berklee's finest string players from countries around the world and the United States.

Admission: 
$10 general admission

Performer/Songwriter Showcase 2010

Tuesday / December 14, 2010 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This concert features the top 10 winning songs from the performer/songwriter 2010 competition. This annual concert is sponsored by the Songwriting Department and provided a variety of song styles: rock, pop, country, metal, alternative, folk, and more. Support your local songwriters!

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Chamberlin (Acoustic)

Tuesday / December 7, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Chamberlin

Chamberlin plays music in an isolated cabin, high in the mountains of Vermont. When not playing music the band members keep themselves entertained with cheap whiskey and cheaper thrills, like backgammon, cricket (their favored variation of English darts), cynicism, ad hominems, skeet shooting and Shagai, a traditional Mongolian dice game.

They are currently recording their full-length debut album with producer Scott Tournet, a fellow Vermonter who plays guitar with Grace Potter and Blues and Lasers. The record is set for release in 2011 on Roll Call Records/EMI. 

 

Admission: 
Free

Singers Showcase

Thursday / December 2, 2010 / 7:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The annual Singers Showcase highlights some of Berklee's most talented vocalists. Featured singers don't easily earn the spotlight; auditions attract more than 100 students vying for a place in the program. For this installment, singers will present a jukebox of pop, r&b, Latin, blues, jazz, and folk tunes, followed by selections from the Beatles's Abbey Road—the first time the showcase has focused on a specific album.

Admission: 
$15, $10 reserved seating

Perfect Pitch

Tuesday / November 30, 2010 / 5:45 p.m.
The Middle East
472 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge
MA
United States
02139
Perfect Pitch, April 2010

Fifteen of Berklee's top singers will belt out original songs that were custom-written for each performer. Vocalists will be backed by a band full of the college's prestigious presidential scholars and other talented instrumentalists. Audience members get to vote for their favorites in an American Idol-style showdown. The winners will receive more than $3,000 in studio time to record the winning songs.

On stage and behind the scenes, Perfect Pitch is the culmination of the work of more than 50 students from across the globe.

 

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The Spirit of the King: Steve Connolly with Master Magician Steve Dacri

Saturday / January 8, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Steve Connolly/Steve Dacri

Steve Connolly resides in Las Vegas and during the past 12 years has become one of the most accomplished Elvis entertainers ever to perform in Las Vegas. His unique show recreates the complete experience of Elvis Presley's performances of the early '50s through to mid-'70s, so that audiences can experience not just the music of Elvis Presley but grasp the real "Spirit of the King" as if he were performing for them.

The response to his incomparable style of Elvis Entertainment in Las Vegas has been exceptional. He has done more than 4,000 performances in Las Vegas consisting of three years at the MGM Grand, one year at the Aladdin, four and a half years at Fitzgerald's, six months at Ballys and the Riviera, plus over 900 private and corporate engagements at such casinos as the Flamingo, Venetian, Wynn, Desert Inn, Bellagio, Imperial Palace, Harrah's, Caesar's, Paris, Treasure Island, Mirage, Mandalay Bay, Luxor, Monte Carlo, Golden Nugget—98 percent of all casinos in Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Convention Center, including many more dates in the U.S. and around world.
 
To date, Connolly remains the only entertainer depicting Elvis to be chosen by the Las Vegas Review Journal Staff as the Best Elvis in Las Vegas two years in a row and has also been recognized by former President Clinton, Donald Trump, Kenny Logins, Dennis Miller, and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith for his outstanding live Performances.

While tourists in Las Vegas can find amazing sights and sounds around every corner in the entertainment capital of the world, magic fans can catch the real deal up close and personal with superstar illusionist Steve Dacri.

Steve Dacri is one of the foremost practitioners of what is known as micromagic, a highly adept form of sleight-of-hand that makes the impossible seem possible in an incredibly close and intimate setting.

Through his nimble fingers, Dacri can make cards, handkerchiefs, balls, casino chips, and other items appear, disappear, and reappear from thin air, all with a style and flourish that creates a unique and engaging atmosphere.

Dacri studied under the legendary Dai Vernon, a magician widely revered by professional magicians the world over and celebrated as the only man to ever fool the great Harry Houdini—a trick Dacri performs in his shows.

Admission: 
$49, $45, $39, reserved seating

Curtain Up: Original Musical Theater Songs Written and Arranged by Berklee Students

Monday / May 2, 2011 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

A revue of dramatic and original musical theater songs conceived by students, featuring an 11-piece band and over two dozen singers. Faculty members Jeri Sykes and Michael Wartofsky choose the songs from a college-wide contest. The matching of student arrangers and songwriters mirrors the professional relationship in the theater industry between composer/lyricists and arranger/orchestrators. Includes arrangements by students in Orchestration and Arranging for Musical Theater and many songs by students in Musical Theater Writing.

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Straight Up / Mario Jose

Friday / December 10, 2010 / 7:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Straight Up

Straight Up is an r&b/hip-hop band that plays old-school covers from the '70s to the early 2000s and original music. Members of the band are Doneil Curwen, Matthew Hines, Paul Jefferson, Andy Merrill, Evan DiGiambattista, Massimo Buonnano, and front man Brandon H. Allen. The group loves the messages and the "soul" of older music before the industry became too much like the fast food industry. They excel at taking the audience through the past with their repertoire and making the audience dance and reminisce on younger days. Most members of Straight Up have already been playing music with each other previously in the student-led Prince Tribute Ensemble, and because of this, there is a great chemistry between the band members. Straight Up wants to keep the old-school music ever present in the consciousness of the people because they know they wouldn't be the musicians they are and current music couldn't be what it is without the old-school jams.

San Francisco Bay Area native Mario Jose has been singing and performing since he was just a little guy. Now at Berklee College of Music, Mario has been performing all over Boston. He is in Pitch Slapped, a student run a cappella group that performs all over the New England area. He has performed in Maggie Scott's Vocal Jazz Series (fall '08, spring and fall '09), Berklee's New Music Festival, Berklee's Pop/Rock Showcase (spring '09 and spring '10), and several senior recitals. Mario also has had the honor to share the stage with music legends. He has performed in the African American Composer's Concert with Patrice Rushen, the American Idol Vocal Clinic with Dorian Holley, Shining Stars: The Music of Earth, Wind & Fire with special guest Philip Bailey, the Great American Songbook: The Music of Motown, Berklee's Encore Gala, Berklee Meets Don Was featuring Don Was, and Singers Showcase (spring and fall '09, spring '10), where he shared the stage with Paula Cole, Darcel Wilson and Lalah Hathaway.

Admission: 
Free

Natural Forces

Tuesday / November 30, 2010 / 12:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Natural Forces

The Red Room presents the New Brew Lunchtime Concert Series. Every Tuesday and Thursday, Berklee students, staff, or faculty help you either slow down or power up for the afternoon. Concerts are free, all-ages, and open to the public. Bring your lunch, snag a coffee, and grab a seat for our New Brew performances-they're good for the soul. This week's featured artist is Natural Forces.

Natural Forces is a duo rock band with Josh Washam on guitar/vocals and Andrew Kahl on drums/background vocals. Formed in February of 2010, Natural Forces has played shows in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. They are constantly writing, recording and playing. Their live studio EP, One-Track Mind, is available as a free download through their website.

Admission: 
Free

Sonya Belousova: The Sound of Russia

Thursday / December 9, 2010 / 6:00 p.m.
Steinert Hall
162 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States

In collaboration with the Steinway Society of Massachusetts and Berklee College of Music, internationally recognized, award-winning pianist and composer Sonya Belousova proudly presents an energetic and stunning evening of today's classical Russian piano music. Belousova will perform works of Russian living composers: Shchedrin, Slonimsky, Metallidi, and herself.

Sonya Belousova was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia. She began her musical training at the early age of 5, and since 7 she has been constantly performing in the largest halls of Saint Petersburg and Moscow. Belousova has been the winner of multiple international contests as a young composer and pianist as well as the Russian Ministry of Culture Award, which is considered the most prestigious Russian award granted on the basis of an exceptional compositional maturity and talent.

Belousova's individual style is based on the synthesis of Russian national traditions with contemporary techniques. Her melodic and harmonic language is striking for its brightness and richness. The instrumental texture and form in her works prove her thorough mastery of classical and modern writing.

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