Video: Berklee Students Perform at Symphony Hall

The Loft Sessions are back! This time, the Berklee students performed with Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart.

The Loft Sessions are at it again. After the group of Berklee College of Music students wowed us with a popup performance of “O Holy Night” at the MFA in December, they released a new video this week of a performance at Boston’s iconic Symphony Hall.

And it’s not just any performance. “Keep On Dreaming” is conducted by Boston Pops frontman Keith Lockhart himself. The video stars 23-year-old singer-songwriter Sarah Walk (at the piano), and features 60 more Berklee performers joined by BSO members Gus Sebring on horn and Owen Young on cello (Sebring and Young both teach at Berklee).

The Loft Sessions was founded by Berklee grad Evan Chapman and focuses on showcasing young emerging artists through online videos.

“I was just kind of amazed at the production quality. It really shows the entrepreneurial spirit. They’re entirely grassroots efforts—the video production, the musicians—everything comes from Berklee,” Lockhart told WBUR. “And the level is really, really high.”

Our only problem with this performance at Symphony Hall? The fact that the seats were empty.

Fortunately, we can all look forward to more from Berklee’s students when they perform a show in June with Melissa Etheridge. Walk, a recent Berklee grad, and current students Sarah McKenzie, Deni Hlavinka, and Ahmad El Haggar were selected by Lockhart to perform their original works at the event with custom arrangements with the Boston Pops.


“Berklee Night at the Boston Pops with Melissa Etheridge” will take place June 12 at 8 p.m. at Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. Tickets start at $24. For more info, visit

Yiqing Shao Yiqing Shao, Digital Editor at Boston Magazine

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