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New Orleans-based artist Big Freedia at the Berklee bookstore

Big Freedia Brings Label-Defying Bounce to Berklee

November 17, 2016

Big Freedia, a leading artist in the New Orleans-based bounce music genre, took time during her tour stop in Boston to field questions from Berklee students about topics ranging from working with Beyoncé to the challenges of being an openly gay and African American artist in the music industry.

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VIDEO: Flash Mob from Harry Potter Orchestra Manages Mischief

November 16, 2016

In anticipation of the new J.K. Rowling film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Berklee's Harry Potter Soundtrack Orchestra performs, flash-mob style, for unsuspecting bystanders in the Berklee Dining Hall. Warner Brothers Studios collaborated with the orchestra on the project.

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PODCAST: Inside Berklee—President Roger H. Brown

November 15, 2016

In his 12 years as president of Berklee, Roger H. Brown has presided over some of the college's biggest milestones, such as the opening of an international campus in Valencia, Spain, the expansion of Berklee Online, and the merger that created Boston Conservatory at Berklee this year, adding theater and dance to the college's traditional educational repertoire of music.

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Matthew Shepard's Moving Story Presented in a Musical Experience at Symphony Hall

November 14, 2016

Berklee's Signature Series presents Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Conspirare in a performance of Considering Matthew Shepard, a moving, three-part contemporary oratorio composed by Craig Hella Johnson in response to the tragic 1998 killing of Matthew Shepard.

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Courtney Harrell '01

VIDEO: Alumna Courtney Harrell ’01 Reaches Top 12 on The Voice

November 14, 2016

Looking for a favorite to cheer on in NBC’s hit performance show, The Voice? Berklee alumna and singer-songwriter Courtney Harrell ‘01 is one of 12 competitors remaining on the show.

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Lawrence Fields '08

Rising Jazz Pianist Lawrence Fields ’08 Reunites with His Berklee Family

November 10, 2016

In advance of his upcoming concert at the Red Room at Cafe 939 as part of The Checkout—Live at Berklee, which will be broadcast on NPR station WBGO, jazz pianist Lawrence Fields '08 discusses his path to and after Berklee, upcoming projects, and how his education informs his music.

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Alex, Stephen, and Will pose together backstage.

On Broadway, Alumni Lacamoire, Oremus, and Wells Give Back

November 10, 2016

Broadway titans Alex Lacamoire ’95 (Hamilton, In the Heights) and Stephen Oremus ’92 (The Book of Mormon, Kinky Boots) recently spoke as part of a panel moderated by Will Wells '11 (Hamilton), "Directing Greatness: An Evening Behind Broadway." Lacamoire then visited Berklee, giving notes to students working on an upcoming production of In the Heights.

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Slideshow: Students Post Thoughts in Wake of 2016 Elections

November 9, 2016

As America awoke to new leadership on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, it was abundantly clear that Berklee students had strong reactions spanning the gamut of emotions. Some students decided to publicly post their responses on campus.

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Panos Panay, founding managing director of BerkleeICE

PODCAST: Inside Berklee—Panos Panay, BerkleeICE

November 8, 2016

In this episode of Inside Berklee, Panos Panay '94 talks about the synergy between music and entrepreneurialism, and founding the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE).

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From Figaro to Faust, Boston Conservatory at Berklee Goes to the Opera in Valencia, Spain

November 7, 2016

Boston Conservatory at Berklee, which is recognized for offering one of the best opera programs in the U.S., is now launching a summer program at Berklee's international campus in Valencia, Spain for students from all over the world looking to pursue a career in opera.

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WBUR: Richard Carrick on Arranging the Rwandan National Anthem

November 4, 2016

WBUR’s Radio Boston speaks with Richard Carrick, new chair of Berklee’s Composition Department, about his creative process, his advice for Berklee students, and the influence Rwanda has had on his music.

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Warnecke Wonders on the Sounds of Human-Computer Interaction

November 2, 2016

In partnership with German Public Radio, and with a Berklee faculty fellowship, Pierce Warnecke set about exploring a futuristic soundscape through a 50-minute piece he calls "Functional Mating Calls."

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PODCAST: Pablo Ziegler

November 1, 2016

Pablo Ziegler, the longtime pianist for late tango great Astor Piazzolla, is one of the foremost figures today in tango nuevo, an innovative style of music that blends traditional Argentine tango with American jazz. On Thursday, November 10, 2016, Ziegler will bring his music to the Berklee Performance Center.

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David Gergen Shares Insights on Clinton, Trump, Election 2016 at Berklee

November 1, 2016

David Gergen—political adviser to four presidents, Harvard Kennedy School professor, and CNN political analyst—stopped by Berklee to talk about the 2016 presidential election and what’s shaping it.

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Jazz trumpeter Daniel D'Alcantara

BIN Faculty of the Year Brings Wisdom, Grooves to Campus

October 31, 2016

To help commemorate the Berklee International Network (BIN) 2016 Faculty of the Year selection, honoree Daniel D'Alcantara, a Brazilian jazz trumpeter, was brought to campus to conduct a series of master classes over a three-day period, which concluded with a concert in the David Friend Recital Hall.

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L'ai Dowsett

From Berklee to Apple and Tesla, La'i Dowsett '14 Fuses Music and Business to Blaze Tech Trail

October 28, 2016

Alumna La'i Dowsett '14, who began her career with Apple and currently works in marketing at Tesla, melds her passion for music and business with technology.

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Marketplace: Stephanie Kellar Weighs in on Taylor Swift’s Business Savvy

October 27, 2016

Stephanie Kellar, assistant professor of music business/management at Berklee, discusses Taylor Swift's knack for business on Marketplace.

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Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors and Terri Lyne Carrington to Play Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola

October 27, 2016

The Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors are set to take the stage at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York with special guest Terri Lyne Carrington, a Berklee professor and multiple Grammy-winning drum virtuoso, on Monday, November 7. 

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Boston Conservatory President Richard Ortner Announces His Intention to Retire in 2017

October 26, 2016

Boston Conservatory President Richard Ortner announces he will retire in June after 18 years of transforming the institution into a renowned center of dance, music, and theater education. 

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Gloria Estefan performs with Berklee City Music program students

Encore Gala Raises Nearly $2 Million for Berklee City Music Program

October 26, 2016

Alongside Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, and others, Boston had a good time for a great cause at the 22nd annual Encore Gala to benefit the Berklee City Music program.

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