Concert

Ensemble Department Funk Festival

Thursday / February 28, 2013 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Led by Ensemble Department faculty, students and faculty pay tribute to heroes of funk, R&B, and soul music.

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Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Women Musicians Network Concert

Thursday / March 7, 2013 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Quality, originality, and diversity take center stage at the BPC with 13 acts ranging from big band and acoustic jazz to Balkan folk, rock, poetry, and 1950s Italian doo-wop. The focus is on Berklee women students and their bands from around the world. Featuring a Berklee City Music ensemble directed by alumna Annette Philip and special guest, poet, and social activist CD Collins. Produced and directed by Lucy Holstedt, Christiane Karam, and the WMN student club. "Once a year, a once-in-a-lifetime show!"

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Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Nona Hendryx Re-Wired

Tuesday / March 26, 2013 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This concert is a collaboration between Nona Hendryx and the Electronic Production and Design Department. The concert will feature new pieces utilizing the latest trends in music technology composed and performed by Nona Hendryx and EPD students and faculty.

Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Songwriters Night

Tuesday / April 2, 2013 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The winning songs of the annual Songwriters Competition are presented. The songs are written in a wide variety of styles and are usually performed by the writers themselves. The songs are presented in ways that show them in their best setting, whether it be a solo instrument and voice, or voice plus rhythm section, or more elaborate ensembles. 

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Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Professional Writing and Music Technology Awards Concert

Tuesday / April 9, 2013 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This concert features compositions by professional writing and music technology student award winers. It is an eclectic night of music featuring the best student compositions for orchestra, jazz ensemble, electronica, and songwriting.

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Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Singers Showcase

Thursday / April 18, 2013 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

This event has been rescheduled to Sunday, May 5, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Tickets for both dates will be honored. For refunds, please contact the box office at bpc@berklee.edu or 617 747-2261.

Singers Showcase, Berklee's premier vocal event, offers a variety of styles and musical settings for some of the college's exceptional singers. The outstanding lead singers are chosen from more than 100 students who audition for a spot in this immensely popular concert.

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Admission: 
$8, $16 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12, $20 day of show, reserved seating

Ragam, Talam, Natyam: The Language of Indian Music and Dance

Tuesday / April 23, 2013 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee faculty, visiting artists, and students representing different countries will present the language of Indian classical dance and music. The performance will focus on nritta (footwork/movements) and nritya (facial expression) to narrate the beautiful language of Indian classical dance tradition, accompanied by the Contemporary Indian Ensemble. The ensemble will explore the music from India, lush vocal arrangements, and an eclectic blend of traditional (carnatic and Hindustani classical music), folk songs, qawwali (Sufi tradition), and contemporary Indian music as well as Western instrumentation. Through original choreography and compositions the performance strives to showcase the rich diversity of Indian music and dance. 

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Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

BGJI Jazz Summit with Brian Blade

Monday / April 29, 2013 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Brian Blade

The Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) presents its third annual BGJI Summit, featuring master drummer Brian Blade with BGJI all-stars Danilo Pérez, Joe Lovano, and John Patitucci.

Blade—who was born in Shreveport, Louisiana—established himself as a versatile, accomplished drummer early in his career, appearing on the albums of Joni Mitchell, Kenny Garrett, Joshua Redman, and Bob Dylan, among others. In 1998, when he was 27, Blade released his first album, The Brian Blade Fellowship, on Blue Note, which was highly acclaimed and solidified his standing as one of the most sought-after jazz drummers of the era. Since 2000, Blade has been a member of the Wayne Shorter Quartet, described by the New York Times as  "a band of spellbinding intuition, with an absolute commitment to the spirit of discovery, [one that] has had an incalculable influence on the practice of jazz in the 21st century."

The first part of the concert will feature the BGJI Red and Green student ensembles playing original compositions. The ensembles feature students from Spain, South Africa, South Korea, and the United States. Following the first set, Brian Blade will join artist-in-residence saxophonist Joe Lovano, world renowned bassist John Patitucci and BGJI artistic director and pianist Danilo Pérez.

UNESCO Artist for Peace Danilo Pérez says the concert is scheduled for the end of April to honor International Jazz Day and the beginning of the International Decade for People of African Descent. In November of 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight the virtues of jazz as vehicle for peace, unity, and dialogue between people. The year 2013 also marks the beginning of UNESCO’s International Decade for People of African Descent for the “recognition, justice, and development of people of African heritage.” Africa, where jazz draws its origins, will be honored this year with a special screening of a short documentary that will present the BGJI’s recent trip to Benin and Togo.
 
The Berklee Global Jazz Institute is a performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical creative thinking with the natural environment.

 

Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Trouble Man

Wednesday / May 1, 2013 / 7:30 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Valerie Simpson

Trouble Man is a play with music and dance about the artistry of Marvin Gaye. Scripted by Berklee students, the production features guest songwriting legend Valerie Simpson (Ashford & Simpson), who will sing her anthem "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" as part of the two performances.

One of Motown's leading male singers who went on to create his unforgettable What's Going On album, Gaye had it all: looks, smarts, and an irresistible voice. Yet, his life was filled with struggle and turmoil. Marvin Gaye sang honestly about his life and the world around him. Trouble Man is directed by Rebecca Perricone. Music ensemble direction is by Terri Lyne Carrington.

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Admission: 
$8 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12 day of show, general admission

Franco Corso: A Tribute to Andrea Bocelli and Friends

Saturday / September 15, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Franco Corso

"If you like Andrea Bocelli, you will love Franco Corso " - the New York Times

With a voice that melts hearts and instills passion, Franco Corso is the newest Italian singing sensation in America. His distinctive and powerful baritone voice has been called elegant and provocative.

Born and raised in San Remo, Italy, Corso grew up filling his lungs with sea-kissed Mediterranean air. Inspired by Andrea Bocelli, Dean Martin, and Jimmy Rosselli, Corso has built a music career channeling the charisma and passion of Italian and American singers, effectively transforming past masterpieces into modern treasures. His voice recalls the era when crooners ruled the music industry and avid listeners went weak in the knees at love songs laden with raw emotion.

After a successful TV campaign on NBC and CBS last Christmas, Corso performs for the first time in Boston and takes his audience on a musical journey through Italy in his acclaimed show A Tribute to Andrea Bocelli and Friends. Under the music direction of international pianist and winner of seven Emmy Awards Mike Renzi, Corso performs the perfect blend of classic Italian-American songs and the most popular songs from Bocelli. As an aerial tour of his beautiful Italy flashes in a montage during his performance, Corso conveys the nostalgia of love lost, lived, and lasting.

Now, respected publications all across the country are raving about Corso's meteoric rise. The New York Times, the Chicago Magazine, the Daily News, and the Palm Beach Post have praised his music, calling Corso powerful, enchanting, and elegant.

Corso's star continues to rise as he brings his show to the international performing arena, where he wows new audiences of all ages with his timeless music and style.

His music is available on FrancoCorso.com and LoveFranco.com

Denise Decaro will join Franco Corso on the duet "The Prayer" (David Foster/Carol Sager). Decaro originally from Providence, RI, has been al LA based cabaret stylist and recording artist since 1977.

A graduate of the Boston conservatory, Decaro has performed and recorded with Barbara Streisand, David Foster and Michel LeGrand. She has been a featured Artist with the Boston Pops and played Anita in the European Tour of "West Side Story" .Most recently she performed for the First Lady Michelle Obama Fundraiser Event. She is still the fist actress who has played Connie Francis in the movie "American Hot Wax" (Paramount).

Guest Appearance: Award winning singer-songwriter Briana Cash.

Cash moves easily across several different music genres. She sings hit Italian favorites by Mina, Mariella Nava, Giorgia Todrani, and Eros Ramazzotti—to name few—as well as American pop tunes. Her sound is unique, however, inspired by the musical legends of yesteryear. Her original songs have a strong jazz, pop, intimate vibe. 

Cash was born in Orlando, FL, where she sang for Disney and Universal Studios. She graduated from Berklee with honors and received Berklee's BEST Scholarship. Her grandmother's birth in Rome and her grandfather's strong Neapolitan roots seem to "sing" when this classically-trained first soprano performs Italian classics. 

No matter what genre she performs, Cash delivers the voice of an angel—sweet and transcending. Boston's award-winning singer songwriter, a 92.5 River Rising Star, is a huge advocate for many charities. She has recorded and narrated three PSAs for Susan G. Komen for the cure. 

Cash's enchanting voice and timeless music will whisk you away to far-off places. Her album, All I Want, is available on her website, brianacash.com, and on iTunes and Amazon.

 

Admission: 
$49, $41, $36, reserved seating

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