Looking for indoor entertainment for the family in December? Current Berklee students will perform holiday-inspired concerts at the Prudential Center the week of December 13. The December 14 show features Emily Elbert.
20-year-old Emily Elbert is a singer/songwriter with deep musical roots and a clear love for creative expression.Fresh off a northeast run with G Love and Special Sauce and a showcase spot at the Folk Alliance Festival in Memphis, Elbert is quickly growing in the national spotlight. Her lifelong passion for music from around the world and distinctive combination of jazz, folk, soul, blues, and pop creates a sound that engages the hearts, minds, and ears of listeners around the globe. Elbert blends a hip musical perspective with an in-depth knowledge of classic songs to create unique vocal and guitar arrangements. She is currently based in Boston, where she tours locally and is a recipient of a full-tuition scholarship to Berklee College of Music.
Looking for indoor entertainment for the family in December? Current Berklee students will perform holiday-inspired concerts at the Prudential Center the week of December 13. The inaugural show features fiddler Ivonne Hernandez and songwriter Liz Longley.
12:00 p.m. - Ivonne Hernandez
Ivonne Hernandez has mastered Canada's traditional fiddle music. She embodies the country's 21st-century multiculturalism, and her music reflects the new century's marriage of cultural influences. She is a current Berklee student and will be finishing her studies at Berklee this December.
2:00 p.m. - Liz Longley
Berklee awarded Liz Longley their highest honor for songwriting, the Scott Benson Scholarship, and "Rush" was chosen as the No. 1 song in Berklee's 2009 Songwriting Competition. The previous year, "Whatever Goes Up" was the No. 2 song in the contest. "Whatever Goes Up" also received high marks in Garageband.com's folk category, garnering the all-time No. 1 spot for best melody and best lyrics. Longley was recently selected by Berklee to represent the school at the annual Kennedy Center Conservatory Project in Washington, D.C.
Student ensembles perform a series of afternoon recitals, led by faculty members Bruce Nifong, Ricardo Monzon, Oscar Stagnaro, and Consuelo Candelaria. These end-of-semester performance finals will cover a range of styles, including jazz, Latin jazz, and Afro-Cuban. Follow the "details" link for set start times.
1:45 p.m. Bruce Nifong: Small Band Ensemble 4
2:30 p.m. Ricardo Monzon: Small Band Ensemble 4
3:15 p.m. Oscar Stagnaro: Latin Jazz Ensemble
4:00 p.m. Oscar Stagnaro: Latin Jazz Ensemble
4:45 p.m. Consuelo Candelaria: Advanced Small Band Ensemble
Recitals will run about 45 minutes long. Performance times are subject to change without notice.
An acoustic concert of Sephardic music sung in Ladino (Judeo-Español), with beautiful modal-infused melodies in a music and language that have traveled throughout Spain and the Middle East since the Jewish and Muslim expulsion from Spain in 1492. The concert's theme is "a celebration of light," with songs of love, life, dreams, and faith. Featuring Julia Madeson, Tev Stevig, Brian O'Neill, Sabi Saltiel, and students Cagri Erdem, Jussi Reijonen, Sarah-Jane Pugh, and Jean-Pierre D'Alencon.
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$10 general admission; student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center box office