Sony Digital Rapids Pixel Power calrec Sony

Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra Performance Spans Countries, Cultures, and History

11/12/2019

On November 22, the anniversary of President John F. Kennedys assasination in 1963, the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra (BCSO), conducted by Julius P. Williams, performed a concert inspired by Kennedys own words.

In a television broadcast in 1962, Kennedy remarked on behalf of the National Cultural Center, I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we too will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit. With Kennedy's vision in mind, the BCSO embarked on a global musical journey, with each piece selected for this program written by a composer from a different country.

Williams spoke to the crowd that night, remarking, The students in our orchestra are from 14 different countries, and we conceived tonights program to reflect who we are as global citizens: our different cultures and range of experiences. The selections chosen were similarly inclusive, featuring female composers and composers of color, as well as contemporary composers and those from musical genres not traditionally performed in the concert hall.

The concert included modern favorites such as Dearly Beloved, composed by Yoko Shimomura for the video game Kingdom Hearts; the iconic Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto by He Zhanhao and Chen Gang, performed by Serena Harnack; enduring works such as Jean Sibelius's Finlandia; and contemporary composer Nkeiru Okoye's Voices Shouting Out, described by the composer as a sparkling celebration of life. The night culminated with Aaron Copland's iconic Lincoln Portrait, featuring narrator Ron Savage, dean of Berklees Professional Performance Division, reading excerpts from some of Abraham Lincoln's greatest speeches, including the Gettysburg Address.

About the Orchestra The Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra is a full symphony ensemble committed to the art of orchestra playing that honors the past, present, and future. In addition to the great compositions of the past, the orchestras repertoire includes original compositions by Berklee faculty and students, and contemporary music from around the globe and from burgeoning genres such as film and video game scores. Committed to programming that reflects diverse communities, the orchestra is managed by artistic director Julius P. Williams and managing director Jamie Davis-Ponce. For any questions, please email jdavisponce@berklee.edu.

Related categories:

News

Related Reading

Berklee's Signature Series Returns February 21 Grammy Award-winning producer, songwriter, and musician Larry Klein kicks off the celebrated series with Grammy-winning Brazilian jazz vocalist Luciana Souza.

Julius P. Williams Is Named First African American President of the Conductors Guild Williams, a professor in the Composition Department, began his two-year term on January 3.

Berklee Silent Film Orchestra Performs Its Score to The Phantom of the Opera The screening includes a new and digitized restoration of Lon Chaneys 1925 classic.

More from Berklee Now

Most Popular

Berklee Alumni and Faculty Nominated for Grammy Awards 28 Berklee alumni and two faculty members were nominated for Grammys across 17 categories.

Latest

Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra Performance Spans Countries, Cultures, and History Inspired by an iconic John F. Kennedy quote, the BCSO selected each piece to be written by a composer from a different country, embarking on a global musical journey.

Former Fox Music President Robert Kraft Makes His Own Lane The longtime film music executive offered advice to Berklee students on withstanding the constant changes of a life in the industry.

Berklee Names Former Academic Chair Sean Hagon Dean of Career Education and Services Hagon will bring an innovative and comprehensive strategy to help prepare students to better support their artistry through a creative entrepreneurship lens.

Read All

Subscribe The latest sounds, stories, and ideas, sent to your inbox weekly.

Berklee Blogs

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube

Instagram

Snapchat

Soundcloud

Spotify
LINK: https://www.berklee.edu/news/berklee-now/berklee-contemporary-symphony...
See more stories from berklee

North America Stories

05/08/2020

The SVG Podcast: NHL CCO Steve Mayer Plus the Return of NBA and NHL and a PGA Championship Preview With the SVG Edit Team

The SVG Podcast: NHL CCO Steve Mayer Plus the Return of NBA and NHL and a PGA Ch...

05/08/2020

Eleven Sports Focuses on Esports, Women's, in Expanded Content Offering

Esports, women's and local the focus as Eleven Sports expands content offering By Will Strauss, Editor Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - 08:22 Print This Story...

05/08/2020

RTI Names Neal Ellsworth as Director of Product Management, AV Distribution

SHAKOPEE, Minn. - July 23, 2020 - RTI, a leading control and automation manufacturer, today announced that Neal Ellsworth has joined the company as Director of ...

05/08/2020

RTI Appoints Jim Koenig as U.S. Director of Sales

SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Aug. 4, 2020 - RTI, a leading control and automation manufacturer, today announced that Jim Koenig has joined the company as U.S. Director of ...

05/08/2020

MatrixStore Cloud Integrates with 3rd Party Solutions

-- Object Matrix has announced it has validated a number of 3rd party integrations against its managed service cloud storage platform, MatrixStore Cloud. The ...

05/08/2020

Cinegy Multiviewer 15.2 Offers Enhanced Performance

-- Cinegy GmbH, the premier provider of software technology for digital video processing, asset management, video compression and automation, and playout, has...

05/08/2020

Eventide Releases ShimmerVerb, a Massively Lustrous Reverb Plug-In

-- Eventide Audio has released its new ShimmerVerb plug-in, combining a massively lustrous reverb with parallel pitch shifters to add ethereal layers, making ...

05/08/2020

Pomfort Releases Livegrade Pro and Livegrade Studio V5.2

-- Pomfort, a leading provider of professional software solutions for digital media assets and color management in motion picture and broadcast production, to...

05/08/2020

V-Nova and NETINT enhance transcoding quality and speed with MPEG-5 LCEVC

-- V-Nova, a leading provider of video compression solutions and NETINT Technologies, an innovator of computational storage and video processing SoC solutions...

05/08/2020

Damian Taylor Employs Focusrite Red and RedNet at His New L.A. Facility

-- When six-time GRAMMY -nominated record producer, engineer, mixer and remixer, songwriter and programmer Damian Taylor relocated from Canada to Los Angeles,...

05/08/2020

Ross Video Joins The DPP

Ottawa, Canada, August 5th 2020 Ross Video is pleased to announce that we have just become the latest member of the DPP. The DPP was initially formed by th...

05/08/2020

TSL Products Launches Worldwide Virtual Training Program

Following the success of its 2019 world tour, TSL Products is now offering a virtual training program for its TallyMan Advanced Broadcast Control System to cust...

05/08/2020

AJA Helo Aids PT SportSuite's Livestream of Cricket Championship

GRASS VALLEY, Calif.-Earlier this summer, AJA joined PT SportSuite's team to help bring the Three Team Cricket (3TC) Solidarity Cup to fans live from South ...

05/08/2020

NAB Partners on Voting Campaign

WASHINGTON-New PSAs encouraging Americans to register and vote launched today. The National Association of Broadcasters and the League of Women Voters announce...

05/08/2020

NEP's Smart Stage' Presents a New Arena for Production

NASHVILLE, Tenn.-The COVID-19 pandemic was a big blow to television production; Los Angeles, the center of the production world, suffered its lowest filming lev...

05/08/2020

Trump Rescinds O'Rielly Nomination at FCC

WASHINGTON-Michael O'Rielly's renomination as an FCC commissioner was rescinded by President Trump Monday, according to published reports. O'Rielly...

05/08/2020

NBA Adds Betting-Focused Streams

NEW YORK-NBA fans will be able to enjoy the game action coming from the league's restart in its Orlando, Fla., bubble through a couple of new ways, includin...

05/08/2020

ViacomCBS Announces EyeQ Advertising Platform

NEW YORK-ViacomCBS plans to bring all of its connected video assets into a single advertising platform, ViacomCBS EyeQ. The new platform, which is targeting a f...

05/08/2020

TAG Video Systems Joins Streaming Video Alliance

TEL AVIV, Israel-TAG Video Systems is joining the Streaming Video Alliance, the company has announced. The Streaming Video Alliance is a global industry forum ...

05/08/2020

Staying Safe on Set

WASHINGTON-As television and film production begins to open up after four months of being shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, producers and crews have le...

05/08/2020

TCT Television Deploys Hybrid Master Control Leveraging AI

AKRON, Ohio-Religious broadcaster TCT Television will go live with a new hybrid master control (MC) system in mid-August that leverages a unique combination of ...

05/08/2020

TSL Products Launches Virtual Training Program

MARLOW, U.K.-Consumers can now get detailed instructions on the use of TSL Products' TallyMan Advanced Broadcast Control System, as the company has announce...

05/08/2020

Heads Up on BT Sport's Remote Production of the FA Cup Final Between Arsenal, Chelsea

Heads Up on BT Sport's remote production of the FA Cup Final between Arsenal...

05/08/2020

This Week in Webinars: AWS, Sony, Riedel Communications, and More

This Week in Webinars: AWS, Sony, Riedel Communications, and More By SVG Staff Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - 10:02 am Print This Story | Subscribe Story Hig...

05/08/2020

NBA Launches Betting-Focused NBABet Stream' Alternative Broadcasts

NBA Launches Betting-Focused NBABet Stream' Alternative Broadcasts By SVG Staff Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - 10:23 am Print This Story | Subscribe Sto...

05/08/2020

NBA Returns: Turner Sports Teams With League, ESPN on Made-for-TV Season

NBA Returns: Turner Sports Teams With League, ESPN on Made-for-TV Season With REMI MLB effort at home, the broadcaster opts for onsite NBA production By Ken Ke...

05/08/2020

SRT Alliance Surpasses 400 Members as Grass Valley, Evertz, Xilinx, and Primestream Join the SRT Open Source Project

SRT adoption skyrockets, satisfying the growing need for low latency video conne...

05/08/2020

NAB Statement on Withdrawal of Nomination of FCC Commissioner Michael ORielly

NAB Statement on Withdrawal of Nomination of FCC Commissioner Michael ORielly WASHINGTON, D.C. - In response to the withdrawal of the nomination of Michael ORi...

05/08/2020

Jason Palmer Releases Duo Collaborations in Honor of Breonna Taylor

Acclaimed jazz trumpeter Jason Palmer, an assistant professor in Berklees Ensemble Department, has released more than a dozen collaborative instrumental tracks,...

04/08/2020

Our commitment to a zero waste future

Our commitment to a zero waste future Published on Aug 4, 2020 LinkedIn Corporate Communications Share LinkedIn Facebook Twitter Today, LinkedI...

04/08/2020

Blueprint for the Hybrid Workplace

News Summary: The future of work will blend working in an office and working remotely. Cisco has created a blueprint to help customers navigate this future. (...

04/08/2020

Velocity Micro Announced New Line of Pro Desktop and Server Workstation Solutions

RICHMOND, VA - Velocity Micro, builder enthusiast desktops, laptops, high-perfor...

04/08/2020

Reallusion Releases Character Creator 3.3 and SkinGen

Reallusion has added another link in the chain of tools to design the ultimate digital human. Character Creator 3.3 features new realism tools that work with th...

04/08/2020

Elton Johns One World: Together At Home Performance Posted in DaVinci Resolve Studio

Blackmagic Design today announced that DaVinci Resolve Studio was used for end t...

04/08/2020

Flying Turtle Post Creates Visual Effects for Looks That Kill with Fusion Studio

Blackmagic Design today announced that visual effects (VFX) company Flying Turtle Post used Fusion Studio VFX and motion graphics software on the new comedy Lo...

04/08/2020

FRAMETRUNK SUPPORTS REMOTE PRODUCTION PROJECTS DURING LOCKDOWN

FrameTrunk, one of the leading suppliers in next generation broadcast solutions, today announced its recent successes in a variety of remote production projects...

04/08/2020

SmallHD Debuts Reference-Grade 4K OLED

Orders for SmallHD 4K Production Monitors begin today SmallHD announces a new entry into the reference-grade monitor space: the OLED 22 4K Production Monitor. ...

04/08/2020

SixArms announces launch of U.S certified RF Verification Service in partnership with QCommunications

SixArms, an innovative Australian-based RF Test and Measurement Consultancy comp...

04/08/2020

Black Box to Host Aug. 6 Webinar on Building a Modern Control Room

Black Box, a global information technology solutions provider, will be hosting a 45-minute live webinar, "How to Build a Modern Control Room, at 11 a.m. EDT on ...

04/08/2020

ISG Fills Stands for Lega Serie A Using ChyronHegos Virtual Placement to Enhance Storytelling and Sponsorship Options

ChyronHego today announced that its Virtual Placement technology is being used b...

04/08/2020

First sample ProRes RAW footage from Sony PXW-FX9 and Atomos Shogun 7

This week saw Atomos announce the ability to record 4Kp60 Apple ProRes RAW over HDMI from the Sony Alpha 7S III to the Ninja V HDR monitor-recorder. Today, we a...

04/08/2020

YouTube Content Creator Cherry Wallis Switches to DaVinci Resolve

Blackmagic Design today announced that YouTube personality and creator Cherry Wallis now relies on DaVinci Resolve Studio for all aspects of post production on ...

04/08/2020

Blackmagic Design Announces New ATEM Streaming Bridge

Blackmagic Design today announced ATEM Streaming Bridge, a new converter that decodes the live stream from any ATEM Mini Pro model switcher and converts it back...

04/08/2020

OS Studios Helps Create Virtual Graduation in Minecraft for UC Berkeley with Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design today announced that OS Studios used its gear to help produce ...

04/08/2020

PIP STUDIOS NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Audio post production facility Pip Studios has today announced that is now fully open, offering unrivalled Dolby Atmos capability from its six purpose-built Atm...

04/08/2020

The Photography Show and The Video Show 2020 set to host first virtual festival

This September, for the first time, the UK's largest photography and moving image event will move from the halls of Birmingham's NEC to an entirely digi...

04/08/2020

V-Nova and NETINT Technologies collaborate to enhance transcoding quality and speed with MPEG-5 LCEVC

V-Nova, a leading provider of video compression solutions and NETINT Technologie...

04/08/2020

Sennheiser Digital 6000 System installed in largest television station in Puerto Rico

-- WKAQ, owned and operated by the Telemundo Group and the largest and longest...

04/08/2020

AJA HELO Helps PT SportSuite Deliver Cricket Solidarity Cup Livestream

-- Sports fans have eagerly awaited the return of sport throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and as the world has started to emerge from lockdown, sports organiz...

04/08/2020

Get creative with Sennheiser XS Wireless Digital at 40% off

-- Whether you are a videographer, a musician, or a content creator - Sennheiser celebrates its 75-year anniversary by offering the XSW-D Portable Lavalier Se...