Encore Gala Raises $2.3 Million for Berklee City Music

By 
Katie Gibson
October 30, 2019

The 25th annual Encore Gala included guest musicians such as Chaka Khan, Grandmaster Flash, and Livingston Taylor. 

Chaka Khan performing
Grandmaster Flash at the turntables
City Music students on stage
President Roger Brown poses with Linda Mason, Livingston Taylor, and Susan and Lee Berk
Krystal Banfield, Roger Brown, Chaka Khan, Linda Mason
Deval Patrick
Larry Simpson, Demond Martin, Ron Savage, Greg Cannon, Grandmaster Flash, Roger Brown
Deval and Diane Patrick, Krystal Banfield, Bill and Kelly Kaiser
Gala sponsors pose with Grandmaster Flash
Chaka Khan performs the Starlight Finale at the 25th annual Berklee Encore Gala
Featured performer and hip-hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash at the turntables.
The Berklee City Music Ensemble performs during the concert portion of the evening.
From left: Linda Mason, President Roger H. Brown, Livingston Taylor, Susan Berk, and Former President Lee Berk
From left: Krystal Banfield, Roger Brown, Chaka Khan, Linda Mason, and John Connaughton
Former Governor Deval Patrick addresses the gala crowd.
From left: Larry Simpson, Demond Martin, Ron Savage, Greg Cannon, Grandmaster Flash, and Roger Brown
From left: Deval Patrick, Diane Patrick, Krystal Banfield, Bill Kaiser, and Kelly Kaiser
From left: Grandmaster Flash, David Gross-Loh, John Connaughton, Judy O'Brien, Jim O'Brien, David Sprows, Lori Sprows, and Roger Brown
Image by Phil Farnsworth
Image by Phil Farnsworth
Image by Phil Farnsworth
Image by Phil Farnsworth
Image by Phil Farnsworth
Image by Phil Farnsworth
Image by Phil Farnsworth
Image by Phil Farnsworth
Image by Phil Farnsworth

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Berklee Encore Gala raised a record $2.3 million in support of Berklee City Music. The annual event, held at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, included more than 150 faculty, student, and alumni musicians who played for more than 900 guests. Deval Patrick, former governor of Massachusetts, spoke at the dinner. The evening also included a silent auction.

Guests enjoyed a wide variety of musical acts in seven different nightclub settings. Performers included hip-hop icon Grandmaster Flash; Berklee faculty member Livingston Taylor; and Berklee alumni band Twisted Pine, winner of the 2018 Boston Music Award for Americana Artist of the Year. The evening's roster also included the Berklee Indian Ensemble; the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra, directed by Greg Hopkins and featuring guest vocalists Donna McElroy and Renese King; Mar del Norte, featuring Eguie Castrillo; and the Berklee City Music Ensemble. Grammy-winning singer Chaka Khan '04H gave the evening's Starlight Finale performance. 

Copresenting sponsors included Abrams Capital and Bain Capital Community Partnership. Colead sponsors included Aramark Education, the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, and Jim and Judy O'Brien. They cochaired the event, along with David and Lori Sprows.

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