April 2015


Spring is upon us at The West End Museum, and there's no better time to celebrate Jazz Week, sponsored by Gallery East!  We have an eclectic roster of music and film events coming up, as well as a new exhibit, The Legacy of Lawrence Berk. Read below for more details!


Also in this newsletter, find out about our special talk, Brunel: The Man Who Changed the World.  Learn how Brunel's innovative engineering genius changed the world forever.


Please also note, the opening reception for our Legacy of Lawrence Berk exhibit will be April 25th, at 4pm.  The reception is free and open to the public.

If you enjoy our upcoming roster of events, we hope you will consider becoming a West End Museum member. If you're already a member, please help us spread the word about supporting our ongoing mission to highlight the history and culture of the neighborhood for visitors and residents of our City alike. Corporate and individual members  are always welcome (special rates for students and seniors) as are donations . Membership and donations are tax deductible, and members receive discounts on paid Museum programs.


Thank you and best wishes!




The Membership Team 


Jazz Week is Here, Including a New Exhibit!

By Sue Minichiello



The West End Museum is once again taking part in Greater Boston's Jazz Week with a new exhibit, two concerts and a film screening, all sponsored by Gallery East.


Exhibit - The Legacy of Lawrence Berk; April 21 to June 20; Reception: April 25, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.; FREE

Lawrence Berk grew up in the West End and is best known as the founder of Berklee College of Music. He played piano as a youth in the Boston English High School band and, at age 13, began moonlighting professionally. He pursued a "legitimate" career, earning a degree in architectural engineering from MIT. After graduating, with few engineering jobs available, Berk moved to New York City. There he gained more professional music experience and studied under Joseph Schillinger, who taught such jazz greats as George Gershwin, Gerry Mulligan, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey.


Berk returned to Boston during WWII to work for Raytheon, but continued his musical pursuits. In 1945, he opened Schillinger House on Newbury Street to offer music education beyond the classical realm-embracing jazz and commercial music. The school became one of only five colleges to offer jazz for credit in the late 1940s. By the 1950s, the number of students had ballooned from fewer than 50 to more than 500. In 1954, Berk changed the name to Berklee School of Music, reflecting the growth and expanded curriculum (and for his eldest son, Lee). In 1970, the name changed to Berklee College of Music. From 1974 to 2004, Lee Elliot Berk served as Berklee's president and continued to evolve his father's vision, establishing the college as one of the most respected music schools in the world.



Concert - The Trombone Giants + One George Garzone; April 25; 7:00 p.m.; $10 ($5 Museum members)

Pre-registration required at thewestendmuseum.org/whats_on/event-registration

This concert features a sextet playing original compositions by John Licata. The group includes Licata and Michael Wang on trombone, George Garzone on tenor sax, John Arcaro on piano, Dave Gold on bass and Tom Goodkind on drums. For more than 40 years, Licata has perfected his craft as a jazz trombonist and composer. He has played with such greats as Jimmy Dorsey, Alan Dawson and Danilo Perez. Saxophonist George Garzone is a member of The Fringe, a jazz trio founded in 1972. He is also an educator at Berklee, New England Conservatory, Longy School of Music, New York University and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Trombonist, composer and arranger Michael Wang has performed at countless venues worldwide including Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC and Blue Note in Taipei, Taiwan. He is currently attending Berklee on the exclusive Presidential Scholarship. Pianist and recording artist John Arcaro is a piano professor at Berklee as well as artist-in-residence at Centro-Cultural Costariccense Norteamericano in Costa Rica. He has performed with many jazz greats including Bob Moses, Gray Sargent and Alan Dawson as well as with Diahann Carroll, Vic Damone and The Drifters.



Concert - Bright Moments; May 2; 7:00 p.m.; $10 ($5 Museum members)

Pre-registration required at thewestendmuseum.org/whats_on/event-registration

This concert presents a sextet playing the music of Charles Mingus and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Forces in the 1950s and 60s, Mingus and Kirk brought a modern verve to music rooted in gospel and blues. Both artists led the direction of contemporary jazz music. The band tries to capture the experience of their live performances. They have performed in jazz clubs, art galleries and outdoor festivals, often augmenting their music with poetry and social-historic presentations. The sextet features Bob Drinkwater and Bob McCloskey on reeds, John Licata on trombone, Rick Lynch on piano, Dave Gold on bass and Dave Dillon on drums.



Film Screening - Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey; April 30; 6:30 p.m.; FREE

Pre-registration required at thewestendmuseum.org/whats_on/event-registration

This documentary chronicles the life of Leon Theremin, inventor of the first electronic synthesizer instrument. The film explores Theremin's fascinating life-including his kidnapping by the KGB and time in a Soviet gulag-as well as the history of his instrument. Known for its eerie sound, the theremin is most often heard in 1940s sci-fi scores and appears on the soundtracks of such films as Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound and Billy Wilder's The Lost Weekend. Director: Steven M. Martin; Run time 83 minutes


Jazz Week '15: Jazz in the Neighborhood runs from Friday, April 24 to Sunday, May 3 with 200 events scheduled throughout Greater Boston. The 10-day celebration of the music and the area's unique jazz
scene ties in with the Smithsonian's national observance of April as Jazz Appreciation Month and Duke Ellington's birthday on April 29. For more information on Jazz Week '15 visit www.jazzboston.org.  



Talk: Brunel: The Man Who Changed the World

Wednesday April 22.

6:00 PM Reception and 6:30PM Lecture

Cost: $10 Members/$15 Non Members



The English Speaking Union and the Victorian Society in America Presents: Brunel: The Man Who Changed the World with Robert Hulsem the Director of London's Brunel Museum.


The Victorians' favorite term for machines and 

engineering was 'promethean,' an adjective that suggests gigantic, world changing, world shocking design. Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859) was 

the quintessential promethean engineer, who changed the world. His first project, London's Thames Tunnel, is the birthplace of urban transport and altered the very essence of the cities in which we live. To the Victorians, it was the eighth wonder of the world, and on its opening day in 1843 was seen by 500,000 people. His last project, the Great Eastern, changed trade and the shape of the world. When the huge ship arrived in America in 1860, people lined Manhattan fifty deep to see...





Exhibit Reception!

April 25th
Come visit The West End Musuem as we celebrate our new exhibit on this legendary jazz musician and the founder of the Berklee College of Music!  Free and open to the public.  

Located in the Main Exhibit Hall The West End House exhibit features artifacts, photographs, oral history video and memorabilia representing over 100 years. Among the club's most distinguished alumni are Leonard Nimoy and crooner Buddy Clark.


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