Concert

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

Sweeney Todd

Wednesday / February 24, 2016 / 7:30 p.m.
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee's Musical Theater Club presents Sweeney Todd, the Tony Award–winning musical thriller written by Stephen Sondheim. This production, which will be set in a 19th century insane asylum, features a 30-piece orchestra and full cast ensemble of some of Berklee's best musical theater performers. The musical director is Asher Denburg, and the director is Justin Gates.

Please note: Sweeney Todd contains graphic violence and sexual innuendo, and is not appropriate for children.
Admission: 
$12 / $17

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.
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

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