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The Signature Series at Berklee continues on February 26 with The Great American Songbook: Tribute to Laurel Canyon featuring the music of James Taylor, the Doors, the Mamas and the Papas, Eagles, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and more. The event will showcase the work of legendary photographer Henry Diltz, who will host and narrate the concert.
The concert will feature over 50 students, including an orchestra, vocalists, and arrangers, performing music from the Laurel Canyon scene of the late ’60s and early ‘70s—iconic songs that defined a generation. Among the highlights: A Mamas and the Papas retrospective, a gospel version of the Beatles’ “Let It Be,” the Doors’ “Riders on the Storm” and “Light My Fire” complete with orchestral arrangement, and Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” performed by acclaimed singer-songwriter and associate professor Melissa Ferrick.
Henry Diltz is one of American popular music’s most noted photographers. With a concentration on the Laurel Canyon scene from the mid-1960s on, Diltz’s vast catalog of photographs is essential to comprehending the significance of one of rock music’s most creative and colorful scenes. Access to the Laurel Canyon musicians, knowledge of the canyon’s counterculture, and a photographic style best described as innocent, intimate, and intuitive, Diltz’s images artfully document a high watermark in rock history.
The Great American Songbook: Tribute to Laurel Canyon takes place on Sunday, February 26, 7:30 p.m. at the Berklee Performance Center (BPC), 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. Tickets are $8 in advance, $12 day of show, and are available at berkleebpc.com, by calling 617-747-2261, or at the BPC box office. The venue is wheelchair accessible.
The concert is produced by Rob Rose, vice president for special programs, with musical direction by Ken Zambello, professor of ensembles.
Featured photo via henrydiltz.com.