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Programming Highlights

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 7:00pm

Two wonderful things in store for you on tonight's Soul Serenade! First, we'll celebrate the life of a man who's one of the architects of soul music, the genius of soul, Ray Charles. We'll also learn more about a great event happening right in our own backyard-- The Shawna Shea Film Festival. Join host Tom Shaker. It all starts at 7pm!












Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 7:00pm

To celebrate the publication of his new memoir, My Dear Departed Past, we revisit Judy’s 2007 conversation with the pianist/composer.

Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an all-new "The Business Beat," Steve Jones-D'Agostino interviews Kaska Yawo, co-founder and executive director of African Community Education. They talk about educating Worcester’s African refugee and immigrant children.

In 2006, Kaska Yawo and Olga Valman, who is now an ACE board member, founded ACE, a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit, as a community-oriented educational program targeted toward African refugee and immigrant children living in Worcester. The students attending this program have come to the U.S. from nations suffering from war and either political or social instability. As a result, these children were unable to engage in meaningful schooling during their childhood. When they arrive in the U.S., they are enrolled in school according to their age, rather than their actual level of education, and thus are often years behind their peers in most subjects.

Fortunately, many of these children are bright and motivated, and ACE seeks to draw on these strengths to close the gaps with their education. To meet the needs of this population, ACE has developed a Saturday program with formal classes in Math and English, a one-on-one tutoring and mentoring, life-skills courses, and extracurricular activities, such as dance, soccer and art.

ACE also offers after-school tutoring, Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Lastly, ACE employs culturally competent outreach staff to do home visitations with families and encourage parents to take an active role in their child's education. All of ACE’s students, who are from many nations, come to learn, achieve, and succeed. At ACE, the goal is to help them achieve their goals by providing a safe and supportive environment for learning.

On Thursday, October 12 from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. at UMass Medical School in Worcester, ACE will hold its Annual Fall Fundraiser.

In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve Jones-D'Agostino does volunteer public-relations work for ACE.

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 10:00pm

Monday night, Uncle Mark will play music from the decade of the 90s in Britain. It was  politically a time of change and turmoil. Musically, it was a time of great bands like Pulp, Belle and Sebastian, Elastica, Stereo MC's and (of course) Oasis. Tune in for this evening of Brit Rock from the end of the last century!

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Underwriter of the Week

Berklee's mission is to educate, train, and develop students to excel in music as a career.

Developing the musicianship of all our students is the foundation of our curriculum. We believe that the lessons and qualities derived from that work—the self-discipline needed for excellence, the empathy required of music making and the openness and curiosity essential to creativity—are critical to achievement in any pursuit, musical or otherwise.