Concert

String Department Faculty Concert

Tuesday / September 13, 2016 / 7:30 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Welcome back with this eclectic concert presented by the String Department faculty.

Admission: 
Free

Magik*Magik

Wednesday / November 16, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Minna Choi, Magik*Magik
Magik*Magik

Minna Choi was born in Berkeley, California, the child of Korean American immigrants. Although she took piano lessons, a career in music was not encouraged, but she did enjoy writing vocal harmony arrangements for her high school vocal group patterned on En Vogue, TLC, and SWV. After graduating from New York University in 2003, Choi interned at a recording studio in Times Square. After returning to the Bay Area, Choi's studio experience led to the creation of the Magik*Magik Orchestra, whose services are still thriving and on demand. The sensibility she brings to the songs she composed for her eponymous debut album, Magik*Magik, was honed by her work as the music director of the group, which she started while attending the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2008. 

"Magik*Magik is a solo album and, while it features members of the Magik*Magik Orchestra, the music is different than anything I've done before," Choi says. She will continue running the orchestra but will soon be taking the songs from the album on tour with a full band as well.

Admission: 
$15 general admission (standing room only)

Moonface

Friday / November 18, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Spencer Krug, Moonface

Moonface is the moniker under which artist Spencer Krug currently produces, releases, and performs his music. Whether it be solo or collaborative material, Moonface could generally be described as dark, introspective, and slightly absurd, while simultaneously hopeful and hopeless. Sometimes more pop than rock, sometimes more rock than pop, each album tends to explore new instrumentation and work within parameters different from the last. Before Moonface, Krug wrote, recorded, and performed with such bands as Sunset Rubdown, Wolf Parade, Swan Lake, Frog Eyes, and Fifths of Seven.

Admission: 
$17 in advance / $20 general admission (standing room only)

Boston Book Festival

Saturday / October 15, 2016 / 11:00 a.m.
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Copley Square
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Boston Book Festival celebrates the power of words to stimulate, agitate, unite, delight, and inspire by holding year-round events culminating in an annual, free festival that promotes a culture of reading and ideas and enhances the vibrancy of our city.

The lineup for the Berklee stage will include luhx., Neo Gcabo, Stephanie James, Samuel Batista Trio featuring Yoav Eshed, Joaquina, and more.

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Free

Graduate Studies Reception and Concert

Friday / September 2, 2016 / 5:30 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Join in welcoming the second class of Berklee Boston master's degree students at a concert and reception featuring student performers, led by Professor George Garzone, at 939 Cafe Red Room.

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Free

Icons: The Music Lives On

Tuesday / November 1, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Bridge The Gap is proud to present the first-ever merger show at the BPC. Icons: The Music Lives On will honor musical icons representing both Berklee and Boston Conservatory at Berklee who have died in the past 30 years.

Admission: 
$8 Advance / $12 Day of Show

Avishai Cohen's Triveni

Wednesday / September 28, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Avishai Cohen
Avishai Cohen

The Checkout—Live at Berklee, a collaboration between WBGO-FM and Berklee, presents the 10-year anniversary of trumpeter Avishai Cohen's Triveni with Ben Street on bass and Nasheet Waits on drums.

For four years running, Cohen '99 has been voted a Rising Star trumpeter in the DownBeat Critics Poll. Cohen arrived as an experienced professional musician when he accepted a full scholarship to study at Berklee. In 1997, the young musician established an international reputation by placing third in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Trumpet Competition. He came of age as a jazz player as part of the fertile scene at the club Smalls in New York’s West Village. His most recent recording, Into the Silence, was produced by Manfred Eicher and released by ECM Edition of Contemporary Music.

Famed New York–area radio station WBGO-FM/WBGO.org, NPR Music, and Berklee present the sixth year of The CheckoutLive at Berklee. The series brings critically acclaimed, New Yorkbased Berklee alumni back to their alma mater for concerts in the Red Room at Cafe 939. The shows are broadcast in New York over WBGO-FM as a special edition of The Checkout, the acclaimed multimedia show featuring what’s new on New York’s jazz scene. In addition, selected shows will be webcast live worldwide in high definition and available for on-demand listening at NPRmusic.org. They will also be archived at Checkoutjazz.org.

Admission: 
$10 general admission (standing room only)

Sean McConnell

Wednesday / October 26, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Sean McConnell
Sean McConnell

Growing up in the coffee houses of the Boston folk scene, Sean McConnell watched his parents play songs written by Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, and Bob Dylan, among others. He was soaking it all in, locking it away somewhere inside. Now an artist in his own right, McConnell travels the U.S. performing his own style of music, which he describes as “lyric-driven roots rock with soul.” A live Sean McConnell show is truly a dynamic experience. One moment is reckless rock, and the next is intimate and acoustic. While most of his performances are backed by his four-piece band, you can sometimes find him by himself on a stool with a guitar, getting back to the basics. McConnell says, “It’s all about the song. That never changes. It always starts with an acoustic guitar and a notepad. The lyrics are the point; the story is central.”

Admission: 
$10 in advance / $12 general admission (standing room only)

William Fitzsimmons / Laura Burhenn (of the Mynabirds)

Tuesday / November 29, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Growing up with two blind parents, for William Fitzsimmons, sound became extremely important in communicating and relating to one another. After growing up around music, he set it aside to pursue his education. Fitzsimmons received his masters in counseling and worked as a psychotherapist for several years before turning to songwriting. He truly writes the kind of songs that most songwriters dream about: brilliant, heavy, complex, and intensely personal, the songs are nothing short of breathtaking.

American singer-songwriter Laura Burhenn is a shape-shifter who can’t sit still. Since 2010 she’s worked under the moniker The Mynabirds, releasing three critically acclaimed and stylistically different albums on Saddle Creek: What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood (2010), and GENERALS (2012), both produced by Richard Swift, and Lovers Know (2015). She has also toured as a member of the Postal Service (2013) and Bright Eyes (2011), helped found Omaha Girls Rock (a non-profit helping young girls find their voices), and in 2013 gave a TED talk based on her “New Revolutionists” portrait project, exploring what it means to be a revolutionary woman in this day and age.

Through all of her transformations, there’s one thing that remains constant: her voice. She’s been compared to Cat Power, Fiona Apple, and Adele. 

Admission: 
$18 advanced / $20 day of show (standing room only)

Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees with Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, and the Milk Carton Kids

Sunday / October 16, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Grammy Award-winning artist Emmylou Harris will tour this fall with Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, and the Milk Carton Kids. The 11-stop tour, called Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees, will raise awareness for the unprecedented worldwide refugee crisis.

Jesuit Refugee Service/USA (JRS) will host this singer-songwriter tour in support of the organization’s Global Education Initiative, which was launched in 2015 and endorsed by Pope Francis. JRS seeks to double the number of refugees served in its educational programs to 240,000 by 2020.

“After witnessing firsthand the work of JRS in Ethiopia this past June, I have never been more inspired to champion such a critical cause,” said Harris, 13-time Grammy winning artist. “The better angels of our nature call upon us to act with compassion and not with fear in the face of so much suffering.”

Everyone’s journey begins somewhere, and for some that journey includes Lampedusa, an Italian island off the coast of Sicily that serves as a waypoint in a refugee’s search for safety and security.

JRS works in more than 45 countries worldwide to meet the educational, health, social, and other needs of many of these refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. The scale of this humanitarian crisis is staggering: one in every 122 people is a refugee. More than half are women and children; at least 30 million are under the age of 18. 

Funds raised by the concert will support educational programs for refugees around the world. “Education is the one lifesaving intervention offered to displaced people that cannot be taken away,” notes JRS International Director Fr. Thomas H. Smolich S.J.

For more information about Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees, visit www.jrsusa.org/lampedusa

Admission: 
$57.00 / $67.00 / $77.00

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