Concert

The Ensemble Pianist

Wednesday / May 4, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Come enjoy beautiful and exciting classical music for piano and other instruments performed by the students of Jennifer Elowsky-Fox, a professor in the Piano Department. The students will play selections from Bach to Bartok and beyond.

Admission: 
Free

Italian Classical Art Songs and Arias

Monday / May 2, 2016 / 1:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Students from the class Introduction to Italian Diction and Art Songs will present a selection of songs and arias.

Admission: 
Free

The Spring Winds and Piano Ensemble with the Berklee Flute Choir

Wednesday / March 30, 2016 / 2:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Spring Winds and Piano Ensemble and the Berklee Flute Choir, directed by flutist Wendy Rolfe, a professor in the Woodwind Department, will present a program ranging from the Baroque to Latin to contemporary. Lively and lyrical works including originals and arrangements by Berklee composers will be featured. Enjoy the sonorities of flutes, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and piano played by some of Berklee's outstanding student instrumentalists.

Admission: 
Free

Paula Cole Songwriters

Wednesday / March 30, 2016 / 7:30 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Paula Cole presents the Paula Cole Songwriters concert.

Admission: 
Free

Lily & Madeleine / Shannon Hayden

Wednesday / March 2, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Lily & Madeleine / Shannon Hayden

When Indianapolis, Indiana sisters Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz first started making music together, it didn’t cross their minds that they could make a living at it. Although they now find themselves with an acclaimed, full-fledged career, what got them here has nothing to do with money and everything to do with the spirit. Their goal is to release an album a year for three years, a rare feat when the trend among singer-songwriters is to space albums out by half a decade. So far, they’re on track: Fumes, the duo’s second LP, was released on October 28, 2014, 366 days after last year’s Lily & Madeleine album. The sophomore album is a leap forward for the duo, a mature sentiment of two gifted young artists who have launched from their hometown onto the world stage with speed and grace.

Cellist Shannon Hayden has been playing cello since the age of seven and has studied and competed both in the United States and abroad. In addition to the intense classical study she has done, Hayden has become an accomplished guitarist as well as cellist. She has performed and recorded with bands and used her creativity and unique skills to create cello compositions that incorporate her knowledge of electric guitar to make her own sound. 

Admission: 
$12 in advance / $14 day of show

Star & Micey / Golden Bloom

Thursday / March 10, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Golden Bloom
Star & Micey
Golden Bloom

According to Josh Cosby, frontman of Star & Micey, Star was (or perhaps still is) a homeless man in Memphis, Tennessee who sang a song to Cosby about his (Star's) fiancée, Micey. Star & Micey has its roots in the friendship between bassist Geoff Smith and frontman Cosby. The two Nashville, Tennesseebased musicians became good friends when they were barely teenagers and began working on songs together when they were in high school. The Memphis-based group (Cosby, Smith, Nick Redmond, Jessie Munson, Jeremy Stanfill, and Adam Woodard) makes winsome, feel-good, old-timey-tinged pop tunes that owe as much to sea shanty–spouting indie acts like the Decemberists as they do to straight-up bluegrass bands like Freakwater and Nickel Creek.

In 2008, Shawn Fogel adopted the name Golden Bloom for his solo project. Now Golden Bloom is writing, arranging, and recording as a band, and making heartfelt pop music that is dynamic, bombastic, and beautiful. Over the years Golden Bloom has shared the stage with acts like Guster, the Lumineers, Robyn Hitchcock, Mates of State, and David Bazan. Their new album, Searching for Sunlight, was released in January 2016.

Admission: 
$10 in advance / $12 day of show

Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles

Monday / February 29, 2016 / 9:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Cory Henry

Cory Henry is a multi-instrumentalist and producer with a catalog worthy of a man twice his age. His primary instrument is the organ, and he began playing at the age of two. At the age of six he competed at the Apollo Theater and made it to the finalist round. At 19, he began traveling with jazz legend Kenny Garrett as his organist in a stint that lasted three years. He has done television work, playing on the third season of Sunday's Best for BET and on the Jimmy Fallon Show. He has worked with a wide range of stars including Yolanda Adams, Sara Bareilles, Stanley Brown, P. Diddy, and Bruce Springsteen, to name just a few. In addition, Henry's awe-inspiring impromptu YouTube performances have gained him a loyal and sizable following. His latest release, First Steps (2014), and went to No. 1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart. He is currently touring with Snarky Puppy and lending his considerable talent to the production of several projects for other artists.

Admission: 
$17 in advance / $20 day of show

Cory Henry Presents the Revival

Monday / February 29, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Cory Henry

Cory Henry is a multi-instrumentalist and producer with a catalog worthy of a man twice his age. His primary instrument is the organ, and he began playing at the age of two. At the age of six he competed at the Apollo Theater and made it to the finalist round. At 19, he began traveling with jazz legend Kenny Garrett as his organist in a stint that lasted three years. He has done television work, playing on the third season of Sunday's Best for BET and on the Jimmy Fallon Show. He has worked with a wide range of stars including Yolanda Adams, Sara Bareilles, Stanley Brown, P. Diddy, and Bruce Springsteen, to name just a few. In addition, Henry's awe-inspiring impromptu YouTube performances have gained him a loyal and sizable following. His latest release, First Steps (2014), and went to No. 1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart. He is currently touring with Snarky Puppy and lending his considerable talent to the production of several projects for other artists.

Admission: 
$17 in advance / $20 day of show

Jazz at the Arsenal Featuring Jeff Ramsey and George Russell Jr.

Monday / January 18, 2016 / 7:30 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472

The Jazz at the Arsenal series that features Berklee faculty artists continues with a concert of songs that personify the civil rights movement as well as songs that are directly related to the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Vocalist Jeff Ramsey and pianist George Russell Jr. will bring in a band to honor King's memory. The band will include Winston Maccow on bass and Anthony Steele on drums.

An alumnus of Berklee, Jeff Ramsey has toured the world for such artists as Lalah Hathaway, Al Jarreau, Tina Arena, Patrice Rushen, and Maxwell. In 2011, he added Anita Baker, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Corinne Bailey Rae, and Jill Scott on the roster of artists for whom he's sung background at Mary J. Blige's MJB Honors concert, a benefit for her Fawn Foundation. He has sung on recordings for artists such as Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, and Barbara Streisand, just to name a few. He’s done commercials for radio and television for Burger King, Levi 501, Dryel, Mountain Dew, and Michelob. In addition, he has lent his voice singing lead for many different projects including famed Tower of Power bassist Rocco Prestia’s Everybody on the Bus and several James Day albums including Remember When and Better Days. Now an associate professor in the Voice Department, Ramsey shares his experiences on the road and in the studio with Berklee students and continues to sing and perform. His debut, My Best, was released in 2009 and his second album is due for a 2016 release.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, inspirational jazz pianist George W. Russell Jr. is a performer, composer, and educator. He grew up playing piano at his local church and has been teaching private piano lessons since the age of 16. In college at Duquesne University, he discovered jazz and the harmonies that were used in jazz, and began to understand from a theoretical viewpoint what exactly he was playing, both in church and from his classical repertoire. That’s when Russell's unique fusion of gospel and jazz began to form. He continued his study of music at the New England Conservatory, receiving a Master of Arts in Jazz Studies. Currently the chair of the Harmony Department, Russell has also taught harmony and piano at Berklee and worked at Tufts University, the New England Conservatory Extension Division, and the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts. He has been awarded the Ted Pease Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Curriculum Development Award for the Writing Division, and the Most Distinguished Faculty Award. His performances range from solo piano to a groove-oriented jazz trio to a soulful, fresh-sounding larger ensemble that arouses the listener's intellect and, most importantly, touches the soul.

Admission: 
$20 / $18 for Arsenal members / $15 for students

Berklee Entering Student Convocation Featuring AfroBrazil

Tuesday / January 12, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Be sure to join us as we welcome Berklee’s newest entering class. This welcome concert and presentation features talented Berklee students, alumni, and notable administrators, and is for all students and their families.

Featured group AfroBrazil is a percussion ensemble that guarantees a spectacular show combining traditional Brazilian samba grooves with funk, rock, and hip-hop. Its special sound and upbeat energy is inspired and led by Brazilian percussionist Marcus Santos. Santos also leads 22 groups in Europe, Canada, and the United States as part of Grooversity, an international drumming network that performs at festivals worldwide. In addition, he is featured on BOSE's Musically Speaking II and in the movie Rachel Getting Married

Admission: 
Free

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