Concert

Liz Longley

Thursday / May 21, 2009 / 6:00 p.m.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street NW
Washington
DC
United States
20566
Liz Longley and her band

One of the college's finest songwriters brings her band to perform as part of the Conservatory Project, the Kennedy's Center's showcase for the nation's top music colleges and conservatories. Grammy winner John Mayer describes her music as "gorgeous . . . just gorgeous!"

Admission: 
Free admission

Phil Wilson Presents the Berklee Rainbow Band: A Lifetime Celebration

Thursday / August 6, 2009 / 8:15 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Phil Wilson presents the Berklee Rainbow Band featuring vocalist Aubrey Logan. Great, classic music from the history of jazz.

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Casimir Liberski

Thursday / June 18, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States
Casimir Liberski

Jazz fans will get a glimpse of the next generation when Casimir Liberski performs at Kendall Square. The gifted young pianist and composer from Belgium, who begins his studies at Berklee in September, taught himself how to play the piano and by the age of 5, was playing jazz, blues, and pop tunes. His first major influences were Thelonious Monk, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Keith Jarrett, and Nino Rota. Liberski founded his first trio when he was about 12 and performed at jazz festivals and other venues in Belgium and France.

Liberski has studied with Ornette Coleman, Brad Melhdau, and Masabumi Kikuchi. He has performed or jammed with musicians such as Denardo Coleman, Charnett Moffett, Greg Osby, and Larry Grenadier. He has composed music for three films and has made three studio recordings—featuring his original music—with his Liberski Trio.

Admission: 
Free

Neara Russell

Thursday / July 9, 2009 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States

Student composer, pianist, and vocalist Neara Russell has been winning awards for her original rock songs since she started writing them while growing up in Wisconsin. She was 17 when she arrived at Berklee as a full-ride Presidential Scholar. Her Kendall Square performance features an intimate setting in which to get familiar with an innovative new voice in rock music.

Russell, who is from Spring Green, Wisconsin, was homeschooled but participated in local bands and choirs. She found her way into the Wisconsin School Music Association and competed at state music festivals, placing first for solo performances in piano, voice, bass clarinet, and xylophone. Her first-ever composition won Best Vocal Solo in a statewide writing contest, the first of many for her original song cycles and and rock music.

In 2006, Russell was invited to perform her original work "Lemonade Pie" on the weekly National Public Radio program From the Top. She was also asked to write and and perform a country tune about her birth, which she named "Born in a Pickup Truck." As an honoree of the From the Top's Young Composer Project, she was granted a mentoring session with Academy Award-winning composer John Corigliano, and was made a cultural leader and role model for the arts, performing and discussing composition for schoolchildren in New York, Boston, and Wisconsin.

Russell's vision is "to create art that is sophisticated and fun, intelligent while universally accessible, with unique imagination in every aspect."

She recently released a debut CD with original art songs, Food for the Gods, recorded with soprano Wendy Rowe.

Admission: 
Free

Neara Russell

Friday / May 22, 2009 / 5:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Neara Russell

Student composer, pianist, and vocalist Neara Russell has been winning awards for her original rock songs since she started writing them while growing up in Wisconsin. She was 17 when she arrived at Berklee as a full-ride Presidential Scholar. Her ICA performance features an intimate setting in which to get familiar with an innovative new voice in rock music.

Russell, who is from Spring Green, Wisconsin, was homeschooled but participated in local bands and choirs. She found her way into the Wisconsin School Music Association and competed at state music festivals, placing first for solo performances in piano, voice, bass clarinet, and xylophone. Her first-ever composition won Best Vocal Solo in a statewide writing contest, the first of many for her original song cycles and and rock music.

In 2006, Russell was invited to perform her original work "Lemonade Pie" on the weekly National Public Radio program From the Top. She was also asked to write and and perform a country tune about her birth, which she named "Born in a Pickup Truck." As an honoree of the From the Top's Young Composer Project, she was granted a mentoring session with Academy Award-winning composer John Corigliano, and was made a cultural leader and role model for the arts, performing and discussing composition for schoolchildren in New York, Boston, and Wisconsin.

Russell's vision is "to create art that is sophisticated and fun, intelligent while universally accessible, with unique imagination in every aspect."

She recently released a debut CD with original art songs, Food for the Gods, recorded with soprano Wendy Rowe.

Once a month, Berklee student performers with innovative original music representing a wide range of styles perform in the State Street Corporation Lobby at the ICA. The Water Café by Wolfgang Puck serves refreshments.

 

Admission: 
Free with museum admission

Neara Russell

Thursday / July 9, 2009 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210
Neara Russell

Student composer, pianist, and vocalist Neara Russell has been winning awards for her original rock songs since she started writing them while growing up in Wisconsin. She was 17 when she arrived at Berklee as a full-ride Presidential Scholar. Her ICA performance features an intimate setting in which to get familiar with an innovative new voice in rock music.

Russell, who is from Spring Green, Wisconsin, was homeschooled but participated in local bands and choirs. She found her way into the Wisconsin School Music Association and competed at state music festivals, placing first for solo performances in piano, voice, bass clarinet, and xylophone. Her first-ever composition won Best Vocal Solo in a statewide writing contest, the first of many for her original song cycles and and rock music.

In 2006, Russell was invited to perform her original work "Lemonade Pie" on the weekly National Public Radio program From the Top. She was also asked to write and and perform a country tune about her birth, which she named "Born in a Pickup Truck." As an honoree of the From the Top's Young Composer Project, she was granted a mentoring session with Academy Award-winning composer John Corigliano, and was made a cultural leader and role model for the arts, performing and discussing composition for schoolchildren in New York, Boston, and Wisconsin.

Russell's vision is "to create art that is sophisticated and fun, intelligent while universally accessible, with unique imagination in every aspect."

She recently released a debut CD with original art songs, Food for the Gods, recorded with soprano Wendy Rowe.

Admission: 
Free

The Fifth Annual String Department Faculty Concert

Wednesday / September 16, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Join the String Department faculty for this welcome-back concert.

Admission: 

Mitch Seidman and Friends

Wednesday / July 22, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jazz guitarist and faculty member Mitch Seidman will lead a trio performance of jazz compositions and standards.

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The International String Trio

Monday / July 27, 2009 / 5:00 p.m.
Regattabar
One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
Cambridge
MA
United States
02138
The International String Trio

The International String Trio was founded in 1999 by its musical director and guitarist, Slava Tolstoy. During the last 10 years the group has performed at more than 1000 venues across the United States and has gained national recognition for its distinct sound and stylistic diversity. The trio's repertoire includes classical, jazz, popular, and world music (Italian, French, Russian, Jewish, Spanish, Latin American, Gipsy, and Irish).

The International String Trio has developed a unique concert program that is both highly entertaining and educational, energetic and musically gratifying. The group plays about 150 gigs a year at a variety of venues, including concert halls, jazz clubs, universities, schools, and private homes. At performances the IST enjoys leading its audiences on a cultural musical journey, as performances include music from countries around the world.

The inspiration for the group's latest CD, Appalachia, sprung from music written about the Appalachian Mountains. In addition, popular pieces from several other music traditions have been included to create a well-rounded and multicultural musical experience.

"Time to Say Goodbye;" "Tango from Scent of a Woman;" and "Ashokan Farewell," from Ken Burns's Civil War documentary, are a few of the songs featured on Appalachia. It also includes one original composition written by Slava Tolstoy ("Appalachian Waltz") and some of the most beautiful tunes from the Jewish tradition ("Erev Shel Shoshanim," "Jerusalem of Gold," and "Shalom Aleichem Waltz").

Admission: 
Free

Composition Department Faculty Concert

Monday / October 5, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Contemporary "classical" music by various Berklee composition faculty members.

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