Performance

Curtain Up 5: Musical Theater Songs by Berklee Students

Wednesday / April 2, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

The fifth annual Curtain Up theatrical concert showcases the winning songs of a campus-wide musical theater songwriting contest, with new arrangements by students of musical theater arranging and orchestration. 

Curtain Up fosters relationships between songwriters and arrangers, mirroring the standard theater industry collaboration. It's also an incredibly entertaining show with dazzling singing actors, a fabulous pit band, and overflow crowds.

Admission: 
Free

Aftersong: Songwriters as Responders

Monday / March 24, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

On December 14, 2012, the world was shocked by the terrible events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. In April 2013, tragedy hit even closer to home for the Berklee community, with bombings at the Boston Marathon and the surreal manhunt and city lockdown that followed. Musicians and songwriters responded in artistic ways, both during and after these events. What is the role of creative work, both as personal response and as an expression of collective social response and healing for the wider community? This concert—not a contest showcase—features selected work from students, alumni and faculty exploring the role of “songwriter as responder.”

Joining the Berklee community for this special concert will be renowned Senegalese social-change oriented hip-hop group Bideew Bou Bess, joined by tama (talking drum) master Massamba Diop, and Tony Vacca on balafon. With their innovative fusion of traditions and languages, Bideew Bou Bess—brothers Moctar, Baidy, and Ibrahim Sall—have been called 21st century griots, a living link between African and American hip-hop traditions, and outspoken global citizens. (This flash concert appearance of Bideew Bou Bess is made possible with the generous support of the Cycon family and Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee.)

As a follow-up to this concert, visiting artist songwriter and guitarist Patty Larkin will lead a clinic and discussion on Songwriting and Social Change: How Songs Can Change Our World, on Wednesday, March 26 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. To participate in the clinic, contact Mark Simos of the Songwriting Department at msimos@berklee.edu.

Please note: This spring, this concert and clinic take the place of the annual Songs for Social Change songwriting contest and showcase, which will be re-envisioned for future semesters. We expect that this concert and clinic will bring to light additional creative work, by current students and others in Berklee’s extended community, from this difficult period. The Songwriting Department will be working with Berklee’s FUSION magazine to explore other ways to present this work.

Admission: 
Free

Guitar Night: R&B/Funk Showcase

Thursday / March 13, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Guitar faculty member Thaddeus Hogarth presents the sixth annual Guitar Night: R&B/Funk Showcase, featuring six stellar guitarists leading their groups in an evening of original and cover material in the genres of R&B and funk.

Admission: 
Free

Africana Studies Lecture

Tuesday / March 11, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED. 

An evening lecture given by a leading scholar in the field of Africana Studies.

Admission: 
Free

Composition Department Faculty Concert

Thursday / February 20, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

A program of Berklee Composition Department faculty compositions.

Admission: 
Free

Composition Department Faculty Concert

Tuesday / March 11, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

A concert of Composition Department faculty compositions.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Chamber Players

Monday / March 10, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

The Berklee Chamber Players are a group of versatile Berklee faculty committed to the art and craft of chamber music. In addition to the much-loved classical chamber music repertoire, this ensemble plays fresh and vibrant music by Berklee faculty, some with the ink barely dry, and some that never saw ink in the first place. Founded by string department chair Melissa Howe, the Berklee Chamber Players deliver vivid, innovative, and beautiful string music to its listening audiences.

Admission: 
Free

Me and Chet: The Music of Jerry Reed and Chet Atkins

Wednesday / March 26, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

A group composed of some of Berklee's most talented guitarists performs originals by Jerry Reed, as well as other guitar masterpieces from Me and ChetChet and MeChet Atkins Picks on Jerry Reed, and Sneakin' Around.

Admission: 
Free

Flamenco Festival 2014: Tomatito

Sunday / March 16, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115
Tomatito
Tomatito
Tomatito

José Fernández Torres, known as Tomatito, is the famed guitarist who accompanied Camarón de la Isla for the last 18 years of the great singer’s life, collaborating with him on the seminal album La Leyenda del Tiempo (The Legend of Time), and many other essential flamenco recordings. Since Camarón’s tragic death in 1992, Tomatito has become a soloist of major significance within the realm of the flamenco guitar. His unique approach and elegant style highlight his musical sensitivity and interpretative power. He will be accompanied by a full ensemble and a spectacular flamenco dancer.

Admission: 
$48, $42, $37, $30, reserved seating

Flamenco Festival 2014: Stars of Flamenco

Sunday / March 9, 2014 / 3:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

This star-studded evening features Antonio Canales, one of Spain's most powerful flamenco dancers of all time; Carlos Rodríguez, the unforgettable choreographer of Nuevo Ballet Español; Karime Amaya, grandniece of Carmen Amaya and a sensationally beautiful and riveting performer; and the young star Jesús Carmona—all accompanied by a fiery ensemble of flamenco musicians. 

Admission: 
$79, $58, $48, $30, reserved seating

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