In the David Friend Recital Hall on May 3rd, the Berklee City Music Mentoring Program held their annual Completion Ceremony Concert. At this event, the ensembles performed an array of songs, ranging from jazz standards to current Top 40 hits. The ten graduating seniors were also given parting gifts to take with them on their future endeavors. This year, the Mentoring Program had record numbers, with forty-one students and forty mentors combining to make one great concert with some notable performances.
The Jazz Ensemble debuted their original group composition, “Q-Improvise” led by Milad Zendehnam. Featuring mixed meters and several different key signatures playing simultaneously, it was entertaining to the ear on several levels.
The Rock Ensemble turned up the intensity in the room with their performance of Paramore’s “Ain’t It Fun” and “Still Into You”, finishing their set with “I Write Sins (Not Tragedies)” by Panic! At the Disco.
The Pop Ensemble, dressed in matching black, blue, and white, ending the show on a an energetic high note, getting the crowd dancing in their seats with Top 40 hits from Estelle, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, and Pharrell Williams with an original rap thrown in.
City Music Boston also presented three other concerts on the weekend of May 3-4: the Preparatory Academy Completion Ceremony, the Composer/Songwriter/Arranger Concert, and the High School Academy Completion Ceremony. City Music Boston ended its year on Saturday, May 17 with the annual Faculty Outreach Concert, with featured performances by Boston Public School students at Berklee Performance Center.
Congratulations to all of the students, teachers, and staff on another successful year!
Photos by Photos by Dave Green, courtesy of Berklee College of Music