Concert

The Fisk Jubilee Singers at Symphony Hall: A Tribute

Sunday / February 21, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
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Symphony Hall, Boston
310 Massachusetts Ave
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Fisk Jubilee Singers
Fisk Jubilee Singers

Organized in 1871, the world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers have played an important role in introducing and sustaining the tradition of negro spiritual and black American religious music to the world. That music created the paradigm later followed by the blues, jazz, rock 'n' roll, hip-hop, and the many styles of music derived from the African cultural diaspora in the United States, thus permanently altering the course of the world's music. Composed of Fisk University students annually selected for the quality and unique harmonious compatibility of their voices, the Fisk Jubilee Singers was awarded the National Medal of Arts, the nation's highest artistic honor, in 2008.

Watch the Fisk Jubilee Singers perform "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" here:

Berklee College of Music is proud to collaborate on a program to pay tribute to this towering musical and social achievement, as well as participate in the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Fisk University's founding in 1866. This special evening of uniquely impactful music at Boston's historic Symphony Hall will feature the singers' traditional repertoire, directed Paul Kwami. It will also include guest appearances by Berklee students—the Berklee Jubilee Celebration Orchestra, conducted by Julius Williams, will perform—and faculty, led by 1977 Fisk alumna Donna McElroy, who is a former Jubilee Singer. Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Harvard professor, author, and Berklee board member Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot will do a reading at the show. 
 
Admission: 
$25–$65

CANCELED: Urban Indie/Pop Showcase

Friday / December 11, 2015 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Joe Dias
J SKY
Dylan Reese
Joe Dias
J Sky
Dylan Reese
CANCELED: Please contact the box office for information on refunds.

Joe Dias is turning tragedy into triumph through his powerful messages and strong musical talent. When his younger sister Gianna passed away after a long battle with cancer, Dias began channeling his raw emotions into music. One night, fans started gathering, supporting the passion and heart put into his original songs and electrifying live performances. He is currently finishing up his debut EP, Legacy, and things are just beginning for the young Bostonian.

J Sky is a songwriter, producer, and rapper from Long Island, New York. His debut EP, Waves, is a self-produced expression of his experiences and state of mind during the creation of his work. He wrote and produced this EP during his last summer in Boston after graduating from Berklee College of Music. J Sky collaborated with friend and cowriter Miranda Inzunza on two of the tracks, including the title track, "Waves." He hopes to connect with people through his lyrics, voice, and tracks. 

Dylan Reese is a well-rounded artist from Chicopee, Massachusetts who owns the stage with his R&B, pop, funk, hip-hop, and soul music. He has performed at various events and venues such as the Ocean City Hip-Hop Festival, Kielbasa Festival, and the Hopsin Knock Madness Tour.

Admission: 
$8, general admission

Advanced Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Thursday / December 10, 2015 / 7:00 p.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Ned Rosenblatt's Advanced Jazz Choir is preparing for a performance at the American Choral Director's Conference in January. We cordially invite you to attend an informal pre-Conference performance that will help them get ready for the event.

The students are excited about the opportunity to perform for this event, which attracts Choral Directors from all over the United States and Europe. We are proud to have this outstanding group of students represent Berklee College of Music at this event.

We hope you can join us next Thursday.

 

Admission: 
Free

Lunar New Year Concert

Tuesday / February 9, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Lunar New Year Concert is an annual concert held by the Chinese Student and Scholar Association since 2012. Its main purpose is celebrating the Spring Festival for Chinese students as well as for other Asian students who celebrate this festival as well. Players from multiple Asian countries including China, Korea, Japan, and Indonesia will perform many different styles of music including pop, rock, jazz, R&B, and traditional Chinese music. Featured musicians include Indo Berks, Skybridge, Sun Beatz, and Jiayun Yu.

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

Bill Laurance

Friday / March 25, 2016 / 9:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Bill Laurance
Bill Laurance

Bill Laurance, the Grammy Award winner and original member of the internationally acclaimed Snarky Puppy, released his debut album, FLINT, in 2014. It went straight to No. 1 on the iTunes Jazz Charts. He also received international critical acclaim for the album. His second album, SWIFT, was released on GroundUP music in spring 2015.

As a classically trained musician and a professional since his teen years, Laurance has toured internationally as a pianist, keyboard player, composer, producer, and arranger. He has worked with such artists as David Crosby, Bobby McFerrin, Lalah Hathaway, Laura Mvula, and Musiq Soul Child, and such dance companies such as Alvin Ailey, Ballet Rambert, and Matthew Bourne's Adventures in Motion Pictures. Laurance's own music production company, Twenty Thousand, specializes in music for film, TV, and commercials and has worked with Apple, Sky Broadband, and Nokia. A specialist lecturer at the Institute of Contemporary Music in London, Laurance also gives clinics at music institutions around the world.

Admission: 
$25

Bill Laurance

Friday / March 25, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
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David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Bill Laurance
Bill Laurance

Bill Laurance, the Grammy Award winner and original member of the internationally acclaimed Snarky Puppy, released his debut album, FLINT, in 2014. It went straight to No. 1 on the iTunes Jazz Charts. He also received international critical acclaim for the album. His second album, SWIFT, was released on GroundUP music in spring 2015.

As a classically trained musician and a professional since his teen years, Laurance has toured internationally as a pianist, keyboard player, composer, producer, and arranger. He has worked with such artists as David Crosby, Bobby McFerrin, Lalah Hathaway, Laura Mvula, and Musiq Soul Child, and such dance companies such as Alvin Ailey, Ballet Rambert, and Matthew Bourne's Adventures in Motion Pictures. Laurance's own music production company, Twenty Thousand, specializes in music for film, TV, and commercials and has worked with Apple, Sky Broadband, and Nokia. A specialist lecturer at the Institute of Contemporary Music in London, Laurance also gives clinics at music institutions around the world.

Admission: 
$25

International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Northeast Quarterfinal

Saturday / January 30, 2016 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Varsity Vocals International Championship of A Cappella is the only international tournament that showcases the art of student a cappella singing. Their programs include both the Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) and the Varsity Vocals International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA), and both are dedicated to providing top-notch collegiate a cappella groups with valuable feedback from highly qualified judges. Young vocalists also have the opportunity to showcase their talent to an international audience and develop relationships with each other, cultivating the art of a cappella singing and a lifelong love of music. 

This event will include performances by Acappellics Anonymous (Emerson College); In Achord (Boston University); Not Too Sharp (University of New Hampshire); the CharlieChords (Berklee College of Music); the Harvard Opportunes (Harvard University); Tonal Recall (Colleges of the Fenway); Upper Structure (Berklee College of Music); and UniSons (Northeastern University). 

Admission: 
$20

Session Americana

Wednesday / February 10, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
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Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Session Americana
Session Americana

Session Americana is a rock band in a tea cup or possibly a folk band in a whiskey bottle. The anything-could-happen feel of their shows comes from a craft that is not accidentally or easily achieved. No two Session Americana shows are alike. They have recast their live show experiences as a familial gathering of musicians seated at a round table, swapping songs and instruments. Although the musicians face each other, the audience feels drawn into the circle, engaged by the joyous camaraderie, playful musicality, and charming original music of this all-star cast of characters.

Admission: 
$15 in advance / $18 day of show

Chris Bathgate / Stephanie Parsons

Saturday / January 30, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Chris Bathgate
Chris Bathgate

Indie folk singer-songwriter Chris Bathgate first made his name in Ann Arbor, Michigan's local music scene. Local label Quite Scientific released his first album, A Cork Tale Wake, in 2007, and the music garned him attention here and in the United Kingdom. After that, Bathgate went on several solo tours of Europe and continued releasing albums through Quite Scientific, including his most popular album to date, Salt Year (2011). He has toured the United States extensively, performed in one of NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts, and played at South by Southwest. After a two-year hiatus from performing, during which time he worked on a project called SKULLS, made performance videos, and kept on writing new music, Bathgate is now returning to touring. His latest EP, Old Factory, comes out in early 2016.

Singer-songwriter and Berklee student Stephanie Parsons opens the show. 

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

Dylan LeBlanc / Brian Dunne

Friday / February 5, 2016 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
LeBlanc
Brian Dunne
Dylan LeBlanc
Brian Dunne

Dylan LeBlanc is embarking on a solo tour in support of his new album, Cautionary Tale. After releasing two critically acclaimed albums early in his career, he left a major label deal behind due to a combination of feeling overwhelmed by his sudden success and his own self-doubt. His latest album is filled with shimmering songs and his trademark vocals, which had attracted attention from Lucinda Williams and Bruce Springsteen in the past. Now that he's back on the road, he has opened for British singer-songwriter George Ezra, and he's looking forward to his own tour with shows throughout the South, Midwest, and New England.

A New York–born folk singer-songwriter, Brian Dunne has won the attention and praise of many. With his sharp lyrics and country-influenced vocals, he has played throughout the U.S. folk scene. Citing influences such as Bob Dylan, the Band, and Bruce Springsteen, Dunne shows his roots through the sound and style of his songwriting and performing. After graduating from Berklee in 2011, he moved to Brooklyn and is currently based there. Following his 2012 EP, The Brooklyn Bridge, which received praise from John Mayer among others, Dunne is planning to release his first full-length record, Songs from the Hive, on February 17.

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

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