Concert

Ensemble Showcase: Rock, Country, Funk

Tuesday / April 19, 2011 / 1:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon and evening recitals, led by faculty members Kudisan Kai, Mike Ihde, and Ken Zambello. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including funk, rock, and country.

1:30 p.m. Kudisan Kai: Women in Rock

4:30 p.m. Mike Ihde: Country Music

6:30 p.m. Ken Zambello: Music of Tower of Power

Recitals will run about 45 minutes long. Performance times are subject to change without notice.

Admission: 
Free

Daniel Harper / Tumbleweed Company / Natural Forces

Wednesday / April 13, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Daniel Harper hails from Greenville, South Carolina, where he first developed his singer-songwriting skills into his own brand of folk/western meets R&B/soul. The Nashville-bound vocalist and guitar picker picked up his bluesy-soulful sound from a southern upbringing in New Orleans and the Carolinas. Joining him and his band will be Oak Park, California native Devon Clarke Geyer, along with some other very special guests. Also appearing are Tumbleweed Company and Natural Forces.

Daniel Harper's engaging stage presence frequently draws comparisons to legends from Elvis Presley to Bruce Springsteen. Harper also possesses a keen sense for story-telling, reminiscent of Tom Waits or Bob Dylan.

A new sound is nothing without an old soul. Keeping this in mind, Tumbleweed Company strives to craft each song with equal parts care and exploration. Musical alchemists, the six-piece group brings listeners a sound that combines the comfort of the South with the adventure of the West, all while maintaining the member's Northeastern roots of passion and academia (planted at Berklee). Mixing folk and blues, Tumbleweed Company rocks and rolls. Four-part harmonies ring over an orchestra of unique instruments, allowing a range of emotion that lends itself perfectly to musical storytelling. A cacophony of soulful sounds that is sure to inspire, the music of Tumbleweed Company will continue to echo.

Natural Forces is a rock duo made up of two musicians who grew up on opposite sides of the United States. Catchy hooks, thoughtful lyrics, and hard-hitting grooves are the elements that make up the band's sound. Natural Forces are constantly in the studio and they are starting to share their raw and organic music with live audiences.

Admission: 
Free

Berklee Spring Fest

Saturday / April 16, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

The all-ages, public event features several of Berklee's up-and-coming bands, a marketplace of local vendors, and activities for kids. This is an opportunity for students, friends, and family to enjoy the day, listen to great music, and experience the community. Featuring the Bob Marley Ensemble, El Frente, Rodeo Church, the Lydia Fischer Band, Polar Eye, Columbus, the Grace Kelly Experience, Robert Gillies, Kina Zori, Foxtrot, and Joe's Truck Stop. Free and open to the public, rain or shine.

Admission: 
Free

The Three Cohens

Thursday / April 14, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Three Cohens

Berklee College of Music and Marsalis Music present Marsalis Berklee Jams, an innovative combination of concert performance, jam session, and classroom interaction. This semester's featured artists are the three Cohens: Yuval, Anat, and Avishai.

The three Cohen siblings, Yuval, Anat, and Avishai, have had a very similar musical path. Growing up in Tel Aviv under the same roof, attending the same day schools and the same music conservatory in the afternoons, have helped shape their musical taste, approach, and ideas. They attended the Tel Aviv School for the Arts, the Thelma Yalin high school for the arts, and the Jaffa Music conservatory. The three Cohens had a classical music background that included some symphonic orchestral playing. But it didn't take long before the three discovered their lifelong love of jazz music.

And then there was Berklee College of Music. The World Scholarship Tour awarded the three of them scholarships to attend Berklee. The three got to expand their musical taste and to develop themselves musically at the college and after graduating.

In November 2002 the three formed a sextet and performed in a jazz festival in Poland, playing their original music. That was the beginning of their debut album, One.

Since then, the three siblings have been performing as often as possible. Their concerts include performances in the Lodz Jazz Festival (Poland 2003), the Tel-Aviv Jazz Festival (2004), Caesarea Jazz Party in a special program of the music of Louis Armstrong (2005), and the Givatayim Jazz Festival in Israel (2005, 2006, and 2007), Tudo E Jazz (2008), as well as NYC festivals and clubs, including a weeklong appearance at the legendary Village Vanguard (2009).

The remarkable story of the three Cohens continues with the release of Braid (Anzic Records 2007). It is obvious that the Cohens would have some sort of telepathy and symbiosis on the bandstand and in the studio, but the level of interplay and musical cooperation that exists between the siblings on Braid can only be described as astounding. Their individual virtuosity, creativity, and exceptional taste only serve to enhance the music that primarily stems from their mutual respect and love for one another, as family, and as musicians.

Anat, Yuval, and Avishai are each leading their own bands regularly, and for this special show they join forces and colead the Three Cohens Sextet with New York's top players in a special show celebrating the music of Louis Armstrong.

Also performing will be Aaron Goldberg on piano, Matt Pennman on bass, and Greg Hutchinson on drums.

Admission: 
$10

Singers Showcase

Thursday / April 14, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee's premiere vocal event offers a variety of styles and musical settings for some of the college's exceptional singers. 

Can't make it to the show? Berklee is teaming with Concert Window to broadcast live streams of this and other Berklee shows. Concert Window is dedicated to presenting live music on the web, and is building a network of venues, including the Berklee Performance Center and the legendary Club Passim in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Learn more and watch the show at concertwindow.com/berklee.

Admission: 
$15, $10 reserved seating

Arsenal Center for the Arts Fifth Anniversary Celebration

Wednesday / April 6, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Arsenal Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown
MA
United States
02472

The evening begins at 7:00 p.m. with an elegant reception featuring music by a jazz ensemble led by saxophonist Larry Monroe, director of the center's popular American Songbook Series. The program begins at 8:00 p.m. in the Charles Mosesian Theater and includes an on-stage fifth anniversary celebration following the performance.

Tickets are $85 and include both pre- and post-receptions. To order, call 617 923-8487 or visit arsenalarts.org. The Arsenal Center for the Arts is located at 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA  02472. 

Liz Callaway is known for her Broadway appearances, with starring turns in Cats (as Grizabella singing "Memory"), Miss Saigon, Baby (for which she received a Tony Award nomination), Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along, and other shows.  Other New York appearances include Hair in Concert, the legendary Follies in Concert at Lincoln Center and the off-Broadway musical The Spitfire Grill, for which she received a Drama Desk nomination. 

Her voice can also be heard on the soundtracks of many Disney films, including Aladdin, Anastasia, Lion King II, and Beauty and the Beast. Boston audiences may remember her Emmy Award-winning performance on CBS TV's children's show Ready to Go.

Callaway often performs and records with her sister, acclaimed singer Ann Hampton Callaway, with past concert appearances at NYC's Rainbow and Stars, in Los Angeles and London. She sings on the theme song to The Nanny television show with (and written by) her sister.

She has appeared in concert throughout Europe and Asia, and in  national engagements at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl, on the television special: In Performance at the White House, and on tour with the Boston Pops.

Callaway recently released her fourth solo album, Passage of Time, adding to her earlier CDs: The Beat Goes On, The Story Goes On, and Anywhere I Wander.

Admission: 
$85

Songwriters Circle

Tuesday / April 12, 2011 / 4:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Come hear some of Berklee's best singer-songwriters in a very intimate setting.

Admission: 

BCSO with Patrice Rushen and Daniel Bernard Roumain

Sunday / April 17, 2011 / 8:00 p.m.
Jordan Hall
30 Gainsborough Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Under the direction of faculty member Francisco Noya, the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra performs at Jordan Hall for the first time. The concert will feature two guest artists—pianist Patrice Rushen and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain—and the work of several award-winning student musicians.

The program includes performances of works written by the winners of Berklee's Concerto Competition—Sonya Belousova, performing the finale of Shchedrin's Piano Concerto No. 1, and saxophonist Alexey Sokolov, performing the Glazunov Saxophone Concerto. In addition, Composition Competition winner Arturo Cardelus will premiere a movement of his Piano Concerto. Selections from Michael Daugherty's Metropolis Symphony will round out this showcase.

The concert is free and open to the public. Jordan Hall is located at New England Conservatory, 30 Gainsborough Street, in Boston.  

The concert is being held thanks to the support of Katie and Paul Buttenwieser.

Admission: 
Free

Back to the Future: Two Generations of Film and Video Game Composers, with Alan Silvestri

Friday / April 1, 2011 / 8:30 p.m.
Symphony Hall, Boston
310 Massachusetts Ave
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee's Film Scoring Department, students, alumni, and staff present an evening of music from celebrated movies and video games. With Boston's historic Symphony Hall as the setting, the concert features the Video Game Orchestra, directed by guitarist Shota Nakama and conducted by Yohei Sato.

Special guest conductors include Grammy winner and Oscar nominee Alan Silvestri; Emmy winner Daniel Carlin (Berklee's chair of film scoring); Golden Knight winner Lucas Vidal; composer for the popular video game Chrono Trigger Yasunori Mitsuda; and video game composer Wataru Hokoyama, whose credits include AFRIKA and Resident Evil. The concert also features a performance by the 90-member world pop music group, Rhythm of the Universe

The program features acclaimed music from popular film, television, and video games by Berklee-affiliated artists Alan Silvestri, Howard Shore, Georges Delerue, Alf Clausen, Wataru Hokoyama, Yasunori Mitsuda, Lucas Vidal, and others. Additional featured performers include talented musicians from the Berklee community, such as composer/conductor Keith Murray and conductor Simone Scazzocchio.

The Video Game Orchestra (VGO), comprised of Boston-area college students and graduates, was formed in 2008 by Berklee alumnus Shota Nakama. Musicians from 20 countries make up the large contemporary ensemble, which has performed in New England for audiences as large as 7500.  

Rhythm of the Universe (ROTU), founded in 2010 at Berklee by Berklee student Emir Cerman, is comprised of musicians from 90 countries. The organization promotes collaboration between people of many cultures who might otherwise be separated by political, religious, or geographical barriers. The performance will be conducted by Simone Scazzocchio. ROTU's first single was composed by Turkish composer Emir Cerman.

 

 

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Percussion Days: Kim Plainfield and Kenwood Dennard

Friday / April 1, 2011 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Please join us for Friends United—an evening of diverse, eclectic music celebrating the power and bond of unity and lifelong friendship. Kim Plainfield will be performing with Lincoln Goines, Bill O'Connell, and Sheryl Bailey. Kenwood Dennard with be performing with John Stallworth, Rebecca Kline, and Thaddeus Hogarth. 

Can't make it to this concert? Berklee is teaming with Concert Window to broadcast live streams of this and other Berklee shows. Concert Window is dedicated to presenting live music on the web, and is building a network of venues, including the Berklee Performance Center and the legendary Club Passim in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Learn more . . . 

Admission: 
$10 general admission

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