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Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Valencia, City of Music in “La Nit de Berklee”

Berklee College’s annual concert on the occasion of the graduation of its students brings together hundreds of people at the City of Arts and Sciences

Valencia is a unique city in the world, with a very outstanding artistic vocation, which is demonstrated in the headquarters of Berklee College. The private university of music, with enormous international prestige, has established itself as an educational model in the City of Arts and Sciences, where it welcomes hundreds of students from different nationalities every year. These students, together with their teachers offer a multitudinous concert on the floating stage installed on the northern lake of the Hemisfèric, at the end of the academic year. It is free and open to the public, and has attracted hundreds of people this year.

During last weekend’s event, the musicians performed their own songs. This is the case of ‘Band of Travelers‘ by the American Leslie Harper, who composed the piece especially for this concert, and for this reason she based on the experiences of the students from all over the world; also ‘The Succumbed Life Waltz‘, composed by the Serbian Ana Krstajic and performed with the Budapest Art Orchestra: or ‘La Tierra’ (The Earth), by the Spanish Eva Villalba.

The fourth edition of the Berklee Concert, which has established itself into  the July events program and the Fira de València (Grand Fira), also counted on the performance of the legendary American guitarist Al Di Meola. Two days before being named Honorary Doctorate, Di Meola played two original songs, ‘The Infinite Desire‘ and ‘Mediterranean Sundance/Rio Ancho’, the latter composed in collaboration with Paco de Lucía.

Also, the Young Symphonic Band of the Federació de Societats Musicals de la Comunitat Valenciana (FSCV), which performed together with Berklee students on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, was particularly noteworthy. It should be noted that Valencia is the city within Spain with more music bands, something that gives it a special attraction and great sensitivity. Justin Timberlake’s song Can’t stop the feeling was chosen by the students as their closing theme, and they delighted the audience at the end of a spectacular evening.

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