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The Berklee World Strings, a 17-piece group directed by Associate Professor Eugene Friesen, perform a concert at the Terrace Theater as part of the Kennedy Center's Conservatory Project. This is the seventh season of the Conservatory Project, the Kennedy Center's program showcasing students from America's finest music colleges and conservatories.
The Berklee World Strings are devoted to ensemble playing and the development of new music that features improvisation and the rhythmic capabilities of string instruments and players. Drawing from Celtic, bluegrass, jazz, rock, and classical, the ensemble presents an exciting, original program that includes student arrangements of Pablo de Sarasate and James Scott Skinner, and compositions by Friesen, Dimitri Shostakovich, Eddie Sauter, and George Gershwin. The group features Berklee's finest string players from South Korea, Czech Republic, Japan, Spain, Canada, and the U.S.

Over the past six years of Conservatory Project performances at the Kennedy Center, Berklee students have presented jazz, country, salsa, bluegrass, folk/rock, and now an improvising string orchestra.

Official Website: http://www.kennedy-center.org

Added by Berklee MR on May 4, 2010