Concert

Berklee Global Strings Ensemble

Friday / December 18, 2015 / 4:00 p.m.
Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street
Boston
MA
United States
01233

The Berklee Global Strings Ensemble directed by Simon Shaheen, a professor in the String Department, will perform a holiday concert featuring talented students from the U.S., Brazil, Palestine, and Jordan. The ensemble will perform a selection of Middle Eastern classical music in the State House Grand Staircase Hall. 

Admission: 
Free

Audire Soundtrack Choir's Fall Concert 2015

Friday / December 11, 2015 / 7:00 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

Audire Soundtrack Choir will be performing music from Harry Potter, Interstellar, Grand Budapest Hotel and many more with arrangements a capella and with orchestra accompaniment. For more details click here.

Kris Allen: Letting You In Tour

Saturday / April 9, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Kris Allen
Kris Allen

On his third full-length album, Horizons, singer-songwriter Kris Allen sharpens his craft with a bolder approach to his pop-rock music. His first independently released album, it showcases his new sophistication and power as a singer and guitarist, and it all began with his song "Beautiful and Wild," which was inspired by the birth of his first child in 2013. Allen's past work includes a 2009 self-titled debut album featuring the platinum-selling single “Live Like We’re Dying.” 

Admission: 
$20, general admission

Brooke Waggoner / Eternals

Tuesday / February 16, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Brooke Waggoner
Eternals
Brooke Waggoner
Eternals

Music continually exists between nostalgia and innovation, cycling through one reinvention to the next. Brooke Waggoner’s inherent grasp of and commitment to her sound seems decidedly unconventional considering these patterns. “I found my sound at a pretty young age,” says the songwriter, composer, and performer. That sound, explored and refined in her latest album, Sweven, draws the notes between her past and present and doesn’t hesitate to mine an unusual source: herself. The album, scheduled for an early 2016 release, builds upon her previous work to tackle a more direct conversation about aging. Its subject matter reveals a maturing artist and an evolving outlook, brewing since the release of her first EP, Fresh Pair of Eyes. Her next release, Heal for the Honey, vividly displayed the depths of heartbreak and its repair with a jaunty, '70s-style pop lightness. Go Easy Little Doves, released in 2009, later debuted as number one on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter Chart. Originator, released in 2013, was dubbed "a bold step forward" by Entertainment Weekly, and it led to gigs at the Austin City Limits Festival and Lollapalooza. In the midst of collaborating with and writing for Nashville­-based musicians and orchestras, Waggoner took time off in 2011 and 2012 to record and tour with Jack White. Licensing deals with prominent TV shows emerged as well, showcasing her artistry and songwriting abilities.

The Somerville-based quartet Eternals imagines songs as structures, houses with a form, function, and beauty you want to live in. The group comprises Eric Bolton, Stephan Konrads, Harrison Seiler, and Wayne Whittaker. Their most recent single, "Out of Context," was released in October of 2015.

Admission: 
$10 in advance / $12 day of show

Emmy the Great

Tuesday / February 23, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Emmy The Great
Emmy the Great

The inventive, acoustic guitar–wielding folksinger Emma-Lee Moss (stage name Emmy the Great) was born in Hong Kong and later moved with her family to England, where she became a fixture on London's burgeoning anti-folk scene. The young singer-songwriter collaborated with Lightspeed Champion, Fyfe Dangerfield, and Jeremy Warmsley, and her audience grew as she shared the stage with the likes of Martha Wainwright, Tilly and the Wall, and Kimya Dawson. Emmy the Great's debut single, "Secret Circus," was released in 2006, followed in 2007 by her EP, My Bad. Meanwhile, she was joined by Euan Hinshelwood and expanded her reach by touring the festival circuit, bringing her articulate folk songs to audiences at the Green Man Festival, Latitude Festival, and Glastonbury Festival. "We Almost Had a Baby," a single from her debut studio album, arrived in November 2008. It was followed several months later by the 2009 release of First Love. In 2011, fueled by the unfortunate last-minute breakdown of an engagement, Emmy the Great wrote and recorded her second album, Virtue, with Hinshelwood once again having a huge hand in its creation. Produced by Gareth Jones, the follow-up to First Love was a step up in quality both sonically and thematically, while Emmy the Great's blossoming relationship with Ash frontman Tim Wheeler resulted in the festive This Is Christmas album. She spent much of the next few years touring and travelling the world, which inspired her next release, the 2015 EP S.

Admission: 
$12 in advance / $15 day of show

An Evening With Hamilton Leithauser and Paul Maroon

Friday / January 22, 2016 / 8:30 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Hamilton Leithauser
Hamilton Leithauser

Hamilton Leithauser announces his debut solo album, Black Hours, via Ribbon Music, inaugurating a new chapter in an already remarkable career that included being front man of the Walkmen. The album brings Leithauser full circle and then some, from lonely midwinter piano and vocals sessions to a loud, live rock ‘n’ roll group and back again. It features Leithauser with a slew of talented collaborators including Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Paul Maroon (the Walkmen), Morgan Henderson (Fleet Foxes) and Richard Swift (the Shins and solo). The album showcases Leithauser in his most passionate, personal, and free state. In its orchestrated rhythms, dynamic vocals, and generous production, Black Hours speaks from one booming voice. The instrumentation provides muscle and texture; Maroon covers a wide range of acoustic and electric guitars as well as grand piano; Batmanglij switches between guitar, harpsichord, piano, bass, and harmonica; Henderson takes the marimba and upright bass; and Swift lays down impressive drums on seven tracks. Amber Coffman from the Dirty Projectors provides backing vocals on several numbers, and even Hugh McIntosh of Leithauser's first band, the Recoys, returns to the drum stool for a pair of songs.

Admission: 
$20 general admission

The Music of Harry Potter

Thursday / March 10, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Harry Potter Soundtrack Orchestra

Experience the magical symphonic music of Harry Potter performed live by Berklee's finest musicians. The Harry Potter Soundtrack Orchestra takes you on a musical journey inspired by the magical world of Harry Potter in a night of symphonic wizardry. The program will feature selections from the soundtracks of the Harry Potter movie series.

Admission: 
$8 in advance / $12 day of show

Lianne La Havas: An Exclusive Solo Performance

Tuesday / February 2, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Lianne La Havas
Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas, a young English singer-songwriter and guitarst, released her debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough?in 2012 to more accolades than many artists experience in their entire career. Sparked by a sensational introduction on Later with Jools Holland, the years that followed the album’s release included more than 120 shows across Europe, North America, and Japan including two sold-out London shows at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, a sold-out headline show at the Somerset House Summer Series, and a top-five position on the UK chart. Is Your Love Big Enough? won iTunes Album of the Year in the UK and earned Ivor Novello Best Album and Barclaycard Mercury Prize nominations. La Havas’s new album, Blood, is a collection that shakes, shimmies, and swings with imaginative and immersive grooves. “It seems as though you hear music everywhere you go in Jamaica, and there are gigs going on all the time at the beach,” she says. “People appear to have an in-built ability to dance, which comes from a deep-rooted connection to the feeling in the music. I found a new way to enjoy rhythms and syncopation and how to interweave delicate guitar parts with more aggressive sounding beats. What I definitely took from Jamaica is how to write songs based on the feeling of the rhythm and to build from there, and I’ve applied that philosophy, in some form, to everything I’ve written thereafter."

Admission: 
SOLD OUT

Sonic Relief: A Fundraising Concert for Syrian Refugees

Wednesday / December 16, 2015 / 7:30 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Curated and organized by musicians Gabriela Martina, Sophie Maricq, and Jussi Reijonen in collaboration with Berklee's Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Sonic Relief is a humanitarian fundraising concert to gather donations and raise awareness to aid refugees of the war in Syria. Now in its fifth year, the war has cost the lives of more than 250,000 people and displaced over 11 million people, creating an unprecedented humanitarian crisis.

Performing onstage will be world-renowned Arabic oud (an 11-string fretless lute) and violin virtuoso Simon Shaheen, as well as the Lee Swensen Katz Trio with Cleveland Quartet founding member and Grammy Award–winning cellist Paul Katz. All artists are forgoing their performance fees to support the cause. Razek Siriani from Aleppo will appear as a guest speaker and share his experience as a Syrian displaced by the conflict. Nadia Rhodes Schroeder from Questscope will give a presentation on the organization’s work in the conflict-affected areas.

All proceeds will be donated towards humanitarian aid in refugee camps and conflict-affected areas in Syria and Jordan via Questscope, an international 501(c)(3) organization based in Jordan. All gifts to Questscope qualify as charitable contributions and are 100 percent tax deductible. Donations can be made here

Please note that limited seating is available. To ensure that you have a seat, please email jussi@jussireijonen.com after purchasing your ticket. 

Admission: 
$50 minimum donation

Cabaret

Monday / February 1, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
The Red Room

Cabaret is a night showcasing students who have interests in musical theater. It’s a night dedicated solely to Broadway, Cabaret, new musicals, and all of the students at Berklee who love them. Bring your friends, and enjoy a night of musical theater.  

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Admission: 
Free

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