A week after two bombs shocked and shook the Back Bay, killing three and injuring more than 170, the Berklee community responded to the Boston Marathon tragedy in a way only a place like Berklee knows how: through an afternoon of music and reflection.
Songwriting major Callie Benjamin helped victims after a bomb exploded during the Boston Marathon outside the restaurant where she works.
Tanja Utunen spent 15 years as an investment officer at the International Finance Corporation, the private arm of the World Bank, but left all of that behind to enroll as a songwriting major at Berklee.
Berklee's Ralph Peterson Sextet, featuring some of the college's top student instrumentalists and composers, will play New York City's Blue Note Jazz Club on Monday, April 15, 2013. Directed by Peterson, a world-renowned drummer, the group will perform mostly original compositions, and Peterson will perform with the students on a number of tunes. It will be the 15th straight year a group of Berklee students have performed at the annual concert. Past showcases have included notable Berklee alumni Esperanza Spalding, Julian Lage, Kendrick Scott, and others.
Entrepreneur and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, eager to engage college students through his cable network AXS TV, is launching a contest for Berklee College of Music: the Berklee student who comes up with the best idea for a new show wins a $5,000 prize. The contest and prize are exclusively for Berklee students.
Berklee’s Musical Theater Ensemble and Musical Theater Orchestra present a fully staged production of the Broadway musical Hair on April 25 and 26. Inspired by the peace movement and the social revolution of the 1960s, Hair's songs, including “Aquarius,” “Easy to be Heard,” and “Let the Sunshine In,” became anthems of the anti-Vietnam war movement and opened Broadway theater to rock music.
Berklee College of Music presents Israeli pianist and composer Yakir Arbib, premiering his new piece, Waves of Visions, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in Washington, D.C., Friday, April 12. The concert is part of the Kennedy Center's Conservatory Project, a showcase for outstanding students from America's finest music colleges and conservatories.
Led by Grammy-award winning pianist and Berklee professor Danilo Pérez, the Berklee Global Jazz Institute delighted audiences with its musical virtuosity infused with multicultural influences from around the world.
Jordan Williams was so impressed with the Five-Week Summer Performance Program last year that he came back for another session—this time to focus primarily on jazz.
Belanger and her bandmates will perform at the 80,000-person festival on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10.
A student-penned play with music and dance features Paula Cole, with music directed by Terri Lyne Carrington.