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The Legacy of Lawrence Berk

Saturday / April 25, 2015 / 4:00 p.m.
West End Museum
West End Place, 150 Staniford Street
Boston
MA
United States
02114

Cosponsored by Gallery East and the West End Museum, this reception celebrates The Legacy of Lawrence Berk, an exhibit celebrating Berklee's founder that will be on display from April 21 until June 20.

Berk grew up in Boston's West End and is best known as the founder of Berklee College of Music. He played piano as a youth in the Boston English High School band and at age 13 began moonlighting professionally. He pursued a “legitimate” career, earning a degree in architectural engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After graduating, with few engineering jobs available, Berk moved to New York City. There he gained more professional music experience and studied under Joseph Schillinger, who taught such jazz greats as George Gershwin, Gerry Mulligan, Benny Goodman, and Tommy Dorsey.

Berk returned to Boston during World War II to work for Raytheon but continued his musical pursuits. In 1945, he opened Schillinger House on Newbury Street to offer music education beyond the classical realm, embracing jazz and commercial music. The school became one of only five colleges to offer jazz for credit in the late 1940s. By the 1950s, the number of students had ballooned from fewer than 50 to more than 500. In 1954, Berk changed the name to Berklee School of Music to reflect the growth and expanded curriculum (and for his eldest son, Lee). In 1970, the name changed to Berklee College of Music. From 1974 to 2004, Lee Eliot Berk served as Berklee’s president and continued to evolve his father’s vision, establishing the college as one of the most respected music schools in the world. 

The West End Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of the history and culture of the West End neighborhood. 

Admission: 
Free

Stefon Harris and Lizz Wright Open Rehearsal w/ Rainbow Band directed by Tia Fuller

Friday / April 17, 2015 / 3:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Students are invited to observe this rehearsal of the Rainbow Band as they prepare for the evening’s concert, and to learn about rehearsal techniques.

Admission: 
Free

All Songs Considered Listening Party

Wednesday / April 22, 2015 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

Bob Boilen, (NPR Music's All Songs Considered, Tiny Desk Concerts), and Stephen Thompson (NPR Music, Pop Culture Happy Hour) invite you to be part of a lively music conversation. We’ll play music and give everyone a chance to voice their opinion. Some songs you will know and some you maybe have never heard. Everyone is given a stack of cards numbered 1 through 10, then listens to and rates the music.  A 1 means you pretty much hate a song. A 10 means you're in love with it. Sometimes it gets heated, but it’s always exciting. A panel of guests joins the All Songs Considered team, including a musician who performs a song or two after the discussion.

A limited number of free tickets are available at the Berklee Performance Center box office.

Open Rehearsal with the Rainbow Band

Friday / April 17, 2015 / 3:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Students are invited to learn about rehearsal techniques through observing this rehearsal of the Rainbow Band with Lizz Wright and Stefon Harris as they prepare for the evening's concert. 

Admission: 
Free

First Berklee Allies Event of the Year for Faculty and Staff

Tuesday / April 14, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

Come meet other Berklee Allies, or invite Berklee faculty and Staff who are interested in becoming a Berklee Ally. This is a great opportunity to socialize with other LGBTQI* and Straight Allies. Free food and drinks.

Violence Against Women Workshop -- CANCELLED

Tuesday / April 14, 2015 / 7:00 p.m.
Steve Heck Room
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215

This event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  

Admission: 
Free

"Stand by Berklee"

Monday / April 13, 2015 / 7:00 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

 

Join Josh Crary from Berklee’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and special guest Zak Ahmad-Kahloon from University of New Hampshire’s Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program, in exploring the numerous ways you can be an active bystander in support of those from the LGTBQ community who are facing sexual assault, harassment, and violence. This event is open to the Berklee community.  Contact Josh Crary for more information.  

Admission: 
Free

"I STAND because" photo shoot

Monday / April 13, 2015 / 5:30 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

 

As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Week (SAAW), the student-led STAND initiative invites members of the Berklee community to have their photo taken for their ongoing poster campaign against sexual violence.  For more information about STAND, and to view pictures of faculty, staff, and students who have participated in the campaign, check out the STAND page.  

Admission: 
Free

Found in Translation: A celebration of the music and poetry of Berklee's diverse community

Sunday / April 12, 2015 / 7:00 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

From merengue to K-pop, from haiku to flamenco...a celebration of the music and poetry of Berklee's global community

Admission: 
Free and open to the public

Public Safety Focus Group for On-Campus Resident Students

Tuesday / April 21, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Meeting space information will be provided when you receive your confirmation

The Office of Institutional Assessment invites you to participate in a focus group about Public Safety at Berklee. We would like to know about your feelings of safety on campus and your thoughts about the effectiveness of Public Safety and their programs.

Lunch will be provided, space is limited. Please RSVP. Details on location and other relevant information will be provided in a confirmation email to you.

We appreciate your participation, and welcome your questions about how the focus group will be conducted. The session will be audio-recorded, but your comments will be confidential. Please email inquiries to institutionalassessment@berklee.edu.  

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