Carolyn Newberger is an artist, child psychologist, and musician (flute and jazz washboard) whose deep concerns for people and their lives drive her work. Her drawings, paintings and collage have achieved recognition and awards in juried and solo exhibitions. Carolyn went to Sarah Lawrence College and received her doctorate from Harvard, after two years in Burkina Faso with the Peace Corps. As a psychologist, Carolyn developed an influential theory of parental consciousness that continues to frame family studies and efforts to prevent child abuse. Her research and teaching at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, and her ability clearly and soundly to address such subjects as parental discipline, sexual abuse, and domestic violence, attract respect and notice by clinicians and media alike. Called often as an expert on television news, she appeared twice on the Oprah Winfrey show and has published widely in both the scientific and popular press. Carolyn’s art is represented by Galatea Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts and she performs regularly on jazz washboard with Eli and the Hot Six. To learn more about Carolyn and to view her art, visit her website at www.carolynnewberger.com.
After Yale College, where he was a Scholar of the House in music theory, Eli Newberger received his M.D. from Yale Medical School. He went from Peace Corps service in Burkina Faso, West Africa, to pediatric training at Boston Children’s Hospital, where over 30 years he founded and directed the Child Protection and Family Development Programs. In addition to eight books and more than 100 articles in the medical field, he applied techniques of musical analysis to the development of jazz piano style, reporting his findings in the Journal of Jazz Studies and Annual Review of Jazz Studies. Newberger’s book on strengthening the characters of boys and men, “The Men They Will Become” (Da Capo Books) appeared along with a jazz CD of the same title with pianist, Butch Thompson, and banjo/vocalist Jimmy Mazzy (Stomp Off Records). An active performer on piano and tuba, Newberger cofounded the New Black Eagle Jazz Band in 1970 and played piano and tuba with them for 31 years. With over 40 recordings to his credit, he won three national readers’ polls for best jazz tuba player.
All of Newberger’s past musical publications and reviews, many medical articles, and numerous lectures and musical performances, may be found on his website. ( www.elinewberger.com )
Eli & The Hot Six, an all-star traditional jazz band, released its CD, “Contemporary Classic Jazz,” ( https://www.cdbaby.com/elithehotsix ) at a sold-out concert, noted in the Boston Globe, at Scullers Jazz Club on Boston in 2015.
The Hot Six are renowned in the Northeast for their heartfelt and virtuosic interpretations of the jazz age songbook: Bob Winter, the Boston Pops pianist, Bo Winiker, trumpet, bandleader, and frequent Boston Pops Conductor, Jimmy Mazzy, banjo and vocals, Ted Casher, clarinet and saxes, Herb Gardner, trombone, and Bob Tamagni, professor of percussion at Berklee College of Music.
Eli’s 75th birthday celebration at Scullers featured an All-Gershwin program, noted with a pictorial article in the Boston Globe (https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/2015/12/28/tuba-hand-acclaimed-physician-eli-newberger-delights-his-first-passion/Bw3NRBiZpquTRTH3wtGXlK/story.html )with Carolyn Newberger featured as guest washboard wizard.
Eli & The Hot Six perform on the 3rd Thursday of every month at Ristorante Primavera (https://www.primav.com/ ) in Millis, Mass., from 7:00 to 9:30.
Monday, 26 Aug 2019 - True to Coltrane’s inspiration, this performance emerged in real time, an improvisation over a structure of African-American historical and musical narrative, danced with ensemble choruses, interspersed with solos and duos supported by the ensemble, and framed by projections depicting the course and realities of African- American experience.
Wednesday, 14 Aug 2019 - Truly, this vast space was filled with love as well. Performers from New Zealand to Hawaii, from British Columbia to South Dakota to the Berkshires, thrilled us with a generous display of their indigenous song and dance traditions.
Monday, 5 Aug 2019 - These spoken words, along with Lang’s keening cello score played by Maya Beiser and the unfurling movements of Wendy Whelan (choreographed by Lucinda Child), mourns with devastating understatement the magnitude of loss when the Twin Towers fell Sept. 11, 2001, turning to ashes all those living, breathing, feeling, innocently unaware, engaging lives within.
Thursday, 1 Aug 2019 - Where the “Walküre” singers were mainly from older generations, the orchestra’s members, drawn from colleges and conservatories around the world, pulled from their guts a distinctive, youthful passion and addressed Wagner’s challenging score with aggressive aplomb.
Monday, 22 Jul 2019 - The essence of Mark Morris’s art is ineffable, most emphatically not based on formulas and established narrative tropes. Rather, its genius is its ability to draw us in.
Monday, 15 Jul 2019 - Through Verdi’s affecting search for the meaning of life and the devastation of loss, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus served brilliantly as a Greek chorus of legend.
Saturday, 13 Jul 2019 - It is not an exaggeration to suggest that, for many devotees in the audience, this experience was indeed like being in a cathedral, with the voices coming from the stage reaching to the heavens above as well as into their hearts.
Thursday, 11 Jul 2019 - The selection of the evening’s works was also fitting to the moment of new meets old, in that just prior to writing them, both Mozart and Mahler had immersed themselves in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, the better to hone their comprehension and execution of the counterpoint of which he was and remains the supreme master.
Wednesday, 10 Jul 2019 - Had composer and conductor Oliver Knussen not died in Suffolk last year at the age of 66, he would have presided over this year’s Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music. It seemed fitting as well that the first sounds to put the new hall to test were Knussen’s stunning 'Prequel to Opening Signal.'
Tuesday, 9 Jul 2019 - Here was a morning of provocative musical offerings and ear-rattling virtuosity, leaving the listener to wonder from minute to minute, “How is that even possible?” and “How come I never heard these guys?”
Monday, 8 Jul 2019 - Jacob's Pillow is celebrating the Merce Cunningham centennial with performances, talks, and festival-long digital and film exhibitions in the Doris Duke Theatre and Blake’s Barn.
Monday, 8 Jul 2019 - This performance left little doubt that the future of classical music is assured in this magnificent environment and in the hands of these marvelous teachers.
Wednesday, 3 Jul 2019 - Although each speaker offered a unique perspective on their place in and vision for this major new center, two themes ran through everyone’s remarks: the pivotal role of the arts and learning in our society, and the importance of and commitment to the Berkshire community.
Friday, 28 Jun 2019 - Compañía Irene Rodríguez is known for its integration of Flamenco with Spanish dance, Afro-Cuban rhythms, contemporary movement, and modern themes.
Monday, 24 Jun 2019 - Several of the female dancers were Alvin Ailey Dance students, from diverse ethnic and geographical backgrounds – Swiss, French, Asian, African-American, white American – embodying the universality of dance and its power to connect us.
Saturday, 22 Jun 2019 - Opening night performance of Circa at Jacob's Pillow left reviewers Carolyn and Eli Newberger awestruck and moved.
Thursday, 13 Jun 2019 - After the excited, powerful statement of the second theme in the Dvorak quintet, the movement took flight as a plane from the runway, and the two violins were as wings lifting the ensemble up and up.
Thursday, 30 Aug 2018 - If the overall story was a succession of loosely threaded skits, Leonard Bernstein’s music was a curio box that overflowed with pleasures.
Saturday, 25 Aug 2018 - This summer is the centennial anniversary of the birth of both Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein. This week it’s Jacob Pillow’s turn to celebrate with a performance of pure Jerome Robbins.
Friday, 27 Jul 2018 - At a more philosophical plane he asks: What is dance and who can dance it? What is history and who gets to write it?
Thursday, 19 Jul 2018 - Solos, duets, trios and multitudes crackled with electricity, improvisation, shouts and whispers of the legacies of their and our tap forebears, and at the same time protecting and insulating us.
Tuesday, 10 Jul 2018 - Both Lang and Buchbinder availed themselves fully of the Shed’s magnificent magnification. One often not only could hear a pin drop, but concentrated deeply on the exaltation of glorious sound.
Thursday, 28 Jun 2018 - Ms. Asherie stretches boundaries and categories of dance, and in the process, redefines what dance is and what dance can do.
Thursday, 28 Jun 2018 - His deep knowledge of New Orleans musical history was evident in spoken asides throughout the evening, offering reverence to such iconic figures as his “musical idol,” Louis Armstrong.
Sunday, 13 May 2018 - Hats off to the organizers of this evening’s pageant, an unforgettable musical experience, which left a full congregation on its feet in a prolonged ovation for all the players, lined up in the side aisles.
Tuesday, 13 Feb 2018 - Dedicated to the values, teaching and scholarship of the Tanglewood Music Center (TMC), the complex will also serve as the home of the new Tanglewood Learning Institute (TLI).
Tuesday, 22 Aug 2017 - Through the vehicle of dance, Jacob’s Pillow is expanding our understanding of peoples, cultures, perspectives and dance itself, and leading us to ask deeper questions about our own beliefs and preconceptions.
Saturday, 12 Aug 2017 - This work is a celebration of the joys, the community, and the integrity of Ms. Brown’s girlhood, gazing back from her adult perspective. Surely, it is a gift to all of us!
Friday, 28 Jul 2017 - Both the music and dance of Ballet Hispánico straddle and explore culture, with thrilling consequences.
Saturday, 8 Jul 2017 - Eric Hoeprich’s basset clarinet sung with exquisite clarity and depth in the Clarinet Quintet, K. 581. All through the piece, his perfectly calibrated, whizzing arpeggios and fluttering thirds resonated like mellow love-calls through the ensemble.
Saturday, 1 Jul 2017 - In so many ways, Daniel Stepner and his band made early music new again.
Friday, 30 Jun 2017 - The magic of tap is movement, plus percussive instrument, plus compositional originality through improvisation. All this rests on a foundation of musical structure, communication, and a story to tell, often of the difficult lives of its African American and Latin originators.