Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra in Cronin Auditorium March 27

Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra in Cronin Auditorium March 27
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The Bromfield School Music Department is presenting a concert featuring the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra on Friday, March 27, at 8 p.m. in the Cronin Auditorium at Bromfield, 14 Massachusetts Avenue, Harvard.

The Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra, directed by Greg Hopkins, is one of the most prestigious performing groups at Berklee College of Music in Boston. The ensemble features the finest jazz instrumentalists in the school playing primarily original music written expressly for the group by the most accomplished jazz composers on campus.

The musical expression of the ensemble represents a unique fusion of international musical styles. The group represents a true melting pot of fine musical talent from around the world. The music is composed by writers from Spain, Italy, Turkey, Serbia, Argentina, Japan, France, Switzerland and the United States. These composers combine a wealth of exotic musical ideas with current and traditional jazz forms, resulting in many fresh approaches to the idiom.

This orchestra traditionally plays a concert of original student jazz compositions each semester, representing the true essence of the jazz tradition at Berklee, to showcase the best talent from the Performance and Jazz Composition Departments. Also the band does play out in the New England area at local jazz clubs and schools.

The band performed to rave reviews at the 2000, 2004 I.A.J.E. convention in New Orleans and New York. In July of 2007 they were featured with McCoy Tyner at the Montreal Jazz Festival. Last April they played to packed houses at the Blues Alley Jazz Club in Washington, DC.

Admission to the concert is $12 per person. Tickets may be obtained from Bromfield High School Wind Ensemble and Concert Choir members or may be obtained at the door. Proceeds from the concert will be used to benefit the Bromfield High School Wind Ensemble and Concert Choir trip to the Atlantic Festival of Music in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, being held from April 29 to May 2.

For information, call Music Director Tom Reynolds at 617-529-9402 or by email at treynolds@psharvard.org.