Whitney Houston Tribute Concert, January 23

Susan Scotti
January 15, 2013
Press release

Berklee will host a special tribute concert to Whitney Houston. The all-star student cast will be led by professor Jetro Da Silva, a longtime pianist, arranger, and friend of Whitney Houston.

Da Silva first met Houston in 1999 while rehearsing with her band. He played keyboards and arranged while touring with Houston, and in her last world tour he played the keyboards and the acoustic guitar. In his own words, “I saw her as spiritual, anointed, beautiful, talented, and blessed with a beautiful voice. To me, she was not just a singer. I dare to say that she was a trumpet to the world. Her mission on this planet was bigger than just have a unique voice.”

The Whitney Houston Tribute Concert takes place Wednesday, January 23, at 8:15 p.m., at the Berklee Performance Center (BPC), 136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA. Tickets, $8 in advance, $12 day of show, can be purchased at the BPC box office. The venue is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call 617 747-2261 or visit berkleebpc.com. Can't make it to the show? The event will stream live on Concert Window.

Special guests will include Gary Michael Houston, Whitney Houston's nephew; Shalotte Gibson, a longtime lead background singer and friend of Houston; disco/R&B singer and actress Melba Moore; and TV and movie actress Janet Hubert.

Songs performed will include "I Have Nothing," "Didn't We Almost Have It All," "My Love Is Your Love," "All at Once," and "Step by Step."

This tribute is also the reunion of Da Silva and classmate Michael Trammel, a Berklee alumnus and former BMG Distribution/Arista Records manager when Houston was an artist on the label.

Prior to the concert there will be an intimate Whitney Houston Symposium. It will be held in room 1A  at 1140 Boylston Street at 1:30 p.m., with special guests speaking about never-before-shared intimate moments and stories about Houston on the road, expert music industry insights into her rise within the music industry. Members of the community will also have an opportunity to share their stories with Houston's family and friends in attendance.

Da Silva is a professor in the Ensemble Department at Berklee. In addition to working with Houston, he has performed with Stevie Wonder, Celine Dion, Faith Hill, Gladys Knight, Mary Mary, Bonnie Raitt, and many more.

Press contact:
Susan Scotti
Berklee Concert Operations