Two musicians who have made indelible
contributions to the field of popular music will receive honorary Doctor
of Music degrees from Berklee College of Music. Hit record producer
David Foster and legendary jazz vocalist Shirley Horn will be honored at
Berklee's 2002 Commencement, Saturday, May 11, at the Reggie Lewis Track
Center in Boston. Foster will deliver the Commencement Address to
approximately 600 graduates and 3,000 guests.
The evening before commencement, students will present a concert tribute
to the honorees, performing selections from each of their extremely
distinguished careers. The 2002 Commencement Concert will be broadcast
live on the Internet, and can be viewed at www.berklee.edu, beginning at
7:15 p.m. EST. The webcast also will be archived on the Berklee website
for future viewing.
Producer David Foster, originally from British Columbia, has won
fourteen Grammys, out of a total of 42 nominations for his work as a
songwriter, arranger, and producer. He has won both Producer of the
Year and Album of the Year three times. Foster produced several of the
1990s' biggest hits, include "Unforgettable" by Natalie Cole, "I Will
Always Love You" by Whitney Houston, and "Because You Loved Me" by
Celine Dion. He also has produced music by Toni Braxton, the Corrs,
Barbara Streisand, and Chicago.
In addition, Foster has written and produced music for feature films,
earning three Academy Award nominations and winning the Golden Globe for
the song "The Prayer," from the soundtrack to The Quest for Camelot. He
is also the founder and chairman of 143 Records, a joint venture with
the Warner Music Group.
Shirley Horn, of Washington, D.C., is widely regarded as the premier
singing pianist in jazz since Nat "King" Cole, and is renowned for her
ability to negotiate melodies and lyrics at an exquisitely unhurried
pace. Horn's career spans five decades and has included collaborations
with fellow jazz greats Kenny Burrell, Johnny Mandel, Hank Jones, Quincy
Jones, and her mentor Miles Davis.
Horn's 1992 recording Here's to Life was the year's top selling jazz
album, and earned a Grammy for arranger Johnny Mandel. In 1998, Horn
paid tribute to Davis with the album I Remember Miles, which won her the
Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. Her most recent album, You're
My Thrill, was released last year to widespread acclaim.
Foster and Horn will join such Berklee honorary doctorate recipients as
Duke Ellington, David Bowie, B.B. King, Patti LaBelle, Sting, James
Taylor, Pat Metheny, Dizzy Gillespie, Carly Simon, Billy Joel, Bonnie
Raitt, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen of Steely Dan, and alumnus Quincy
Founded in 1945, Berklee College of Music has been advancing careers in
contemporary music for more than 50 years. The world's largest
independent college of music, Berklee has a multi-cultural enrollment of
more than 3,300 students, 30 percent of whom are international. The
college's alumni include some of the most respected figures in
contemporary music, including many multi-Grammy award winners.
Sat Apr 20 2002 (7:51:00 PM)