Professor Larry Watson will present a musical evening of "edutainment," performing original compositions and soulful African American classical music. He will be joined by the Alvin Foster Orchestra, a full orchestra and choir composed of Berklee alumni, faculty, students, and members of the Boston community. It will be an evening of celebration and retrospection honoring the music and the trailblazers of soul, rhythm, gospel, jazz, black arts songs, and contemporary music.
Alvin Foster, a Berklee alumnus, has demonstrated his compositional skills, vocal prowess, and ability to execute several musical styles that are part of the foundation of the Berklee curriculum. Watson has invited Alvin Foster to be the evening's musical director and conductor. Watson, one of Foster's mentors, is inviting several members of the Berklee community to present an evening of music that captures the essence of the Berklee mission statement:
"The mission of Berklee College of Music is to educate, train, and develop students to excel in music as a career."
Alvin has transcribed and composed several string and horn parts to several of my original compositions. The musical selections represent the part of the African diaspora that affirms the fluidity of the traditional definitions currently associated with soul, blues, jazz, contemporary pop, rhythm, and gospel music. The music presented will tap into the tradition characterized by Nina Simone, Sweet Honey and the Rock, Donny Hathaway, the Last Poets, Gil Scott Heron, and the Sounds of Blackness. The music borrows from all of the traditional categories that popularly define black music and thereby is an authentic homage to the black musical tradition.