The nominees for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards were announced on Tuesday, November 24, and Berklee alumni and faculty are once again well represented across many of the major categories. Boston Conservatory at Berklee alumni were well represented in the Best Musical Theater Album category, with members of the original cast of Little Shop of Horrors, Jagged Little Pill, American Utopia on Broadway, and Soft Power receiving nominations.
Boston Conservatory at Berklee students, alumni, and faculty proved to be an integral part of Boston’s theater scene at the 38th Annual Elliot Norton Awards, Boston’s largest theater awards ceremony, held virtually on May 11.
It isn’t every day that student musicians are featured on a professional recording alongside an acclaimed soloist, but with the release of Bowie Cello Symphonic: Blackstar on January 10, several Boston Conservatory at Berklee students can claim this distinction.
This time of year, scores of Boston Conservatory at Berklee students, alumni, and faculty light up stages with their artistry, bringing seasonal joy to audiences across the country. On December 13 at the Boch Center Wang Theatre, three Conservatory students did just that—this time, alongside a certain pop superstar whose voice has become practically synonymous with Christmas: Mariah Carey.
Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s Alumni Entrepreneurial Grant Program (EGP) empowers alumni to explore and develop their unique programmatic ideas in the arts. Established in 2013, the EGP has awarded nearly $20,000 to date, seeding ideas that have become fledgling theater companies, vital community programs, cutting-edge contemporary dance presentations, and more.
As if composing a large-scale choral and orchestral work wasn’t already an incredible feat, composer and Berklee College of Music alumna Susan Botti B.M. '86 takes things a step further by sharing the stage with musicians performing her work. As the accomplished composer and soprano explained to Berklee Today, “I'm putting myself on the line just as the players in the orchestra are. When I'm a part of it with everyone else, something powerful happens with the musicians.”
On Friday, November 1, Boston Conservatory at Berklee will kick off its 2019–2020 Center Stage season with Chamber Series: Russian Giants, a celebration of three towering figures of classical music: Sergei Rachmaninov, Sergei Prokofiev, and Dmitri Shostakovich.