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Mixtape Monday: Voices of the 2017-18 Season

Sing along with this week’s Mixtape Monday! From Broadway royalty to opera’s rising stars to longtime Celebrity Series favorites, this week’s playlist explores the human voice in all its glory with tracks from 2017-18 Season artists, including Audra McDonald, Alan Cumming,  Eric Owens, Lawrence Brownlee, Joan Osborne, Jamie Barton, and more.

Want to hear these artists live? Visit our 2017-18 calendar to see when they’re coming to Boston!

To listen to the full songs on this playlist, you’ll need a Spotify account. Sign up for a free account here.

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Mixtape Monday: Hudson

This all-star band calls themselves Hudson, named after the Hudson River Valley they each call home. Drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist Larry Grenadier, keyboardist John Medeski, and guitarist John Scofield team up to celebrate their musical histories and Jack’s 75th birthday year in a tour de force of creative interplay. Fans know them as hard swinging jazz masters, deft and creative jam purveyors, rocking funky groove maestros, each musician at the top of his game. It’s rare that so impressive a group of individuals finds time away from their own projects to tour together.

This week’s mixtape dives into their self-titled album that is true to the spirit of the project’s name: a repertoire of Hudson Valley materials from Bob Dylan and The Band to to the Woodstock Festival’s Joni Mitchell anthem and blues-rock-soul from Jimi Hendrix — in addition to several originals inspired by their surroundings. Continue Reading

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Neighborhood Arts: Meet this Season’s New Artists!

Voci Angelica, Mike Block, and Castle of Our Skins Join Celebrity Series’ Neighborhood Arts 2017-18  Roster

Each season, Celebrity Series teams up with talented local artists to bring the joy of live performance to neighborhoods across Boston, and our 2017-18 Season looks to be one of our best seasons yet! As we’re hard at work wrapping up details of what’s to come, we invite you to join us in welcoming three new incredible artists to the program: trio Voci Angelica, cellist Mike Block, and string quartet Castle of Our Skins. Continue Reading

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First Republic Bank Renews Support for Take Your Seat for 2017-2018

Celebrity Series is pleased to announce that First Republic Bank has renewed support for our Take Your Seat program for the 2017-18 season. Take Your Seat provides free and discounted tickets for thousands of children, students, and families to attend world-class performances, offering experiences that many participants otherwise would be unable to access and welcoming participants to performances at Symphony Hall, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, the Boch Center Wang and Shubert Theatres, and other leading venues. First Republic has supported Take Your Seat since 2012.

Each year Celebrity Series reaches out to a broad range of community organizations, including schools, community organizations, after school programs, Boys & Girls Clubs, youth arts ensembles, and more, to encourage them to take advantage of the discounted and complimentary tickets available through Take Your Seat, via complimentary tickets available to 45+ community partners in Celebrity Series’ Neighborhood Arts program, $10 tickets available to community organizations and schools in the city of Boston, 50% discounted child tickets for youth under 18, and discounted student tickets offered to college and conservatory students. Continue Reading

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National Endowment for the Arts Supports Neighborhood Arts

Shaw Pong Liu and Sandeep Das perform at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Mattapan, May 2017.

Last month, National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Celebrity Series is honored to have received an Art Works award of $15,000, renewing the NEA’s support for our Neighborhood Arts program.

Now entering its sixth season, Neighborhood Arts draws deeply on partnerships with Boston-area artists and community organizations to activate six Boston neighborhoods – Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale, Roxbury, and the South End – with a rich and varied array of opportunities. This season’s activities include free public concerts, artist residencies with youth ensembles, and interactive workshops at venues such as community centers, churches, schools, and Boys & Girls Clubs — all through collaboration with a diverse and talented group of local performing artists experienced in engaging young people. Sharing the joy of live performance lies at the heart of Neighborhood Arts, and deep community partnerships and artist-driven collaboration shape the program each season. Continue Reading

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Mixtape Monday: Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs

Actor, singer, author, and activist Alan Cumming, appearing on the Celebrity Series for the first time, brings his acclaimed vocal stage show ALAN CUMMING Sings Sappy Songs. Join us at Sanders Theatre on Friday, October 6, 2017, for what The New York Times heralded as an “emotional firestorm.” Not sure what that entails? Get a taste of what to expect from this incredible performer with this week’s serving of “Mixtape Monday,” featuring everything from Annie Lennox’s “Why” to “You, You, You” of Broadway’s The Visit to Avril Lavigne’s “Complicated” — all reimagined by Cumming in this live recording of his hit show.

To listen to the full songs on this playlist, you’ll need a Spotify account. Sign up for a free account here.

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Mixtape Monday: A Musical Shout-Out to America

Happy Fourth of July!

Whether you’re busy enjoying a long holiday weekend or back at your desk getting things done, we invite you to join us in saying “Happy Birthday, America” this week with our own spin on Americana music. Enjoy these handful of songs inspired by our 2017-18 Season and infused with Americana roots—a little folk, a little bluegrass, a little blues, a little jazz, and a few off-the-wall picks to help celebrate the holiday.

To listen to the full songs on this playlist, you’ll need a Spotify account. Sign up for a free account here.

Still haven’t purchased your 2017-18 Subscription, and need a little inspiration? Browse the top-pick performances of some of our Celebrity Series staffers.

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Staff Picks for the 2017-18 Season

What a season we have ahead of us! We kick things off this October with the brilliant cabaret singing of actor Alan Cumming and close the season with the always exciting Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis—this time the seating in Symphony Hall will be “Pops-style.” In between these two events is one incredible artist after another, and there’s not enough time to see them all. (Although we won’t stop you from trying!) How do you choose what makes it to the top of your list?

We took this tough question to several members of the Celebrity Series staff to see what they had to say. So, whether you’re still deciding how to build your subscription package or are looking for ideas of events to add, we invite you to check out our Staff Picks for the 2017-18 Season. Continue Reading

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Mixtape Monday: Explore the Jazz of our 2017-18 Season

Jazz has become a cornerstone of each Celebrity Series season, and our 2017-18 offering has something for every fan of great jazz. The buzz is growing for Hudson, the first show in our jazz lineup on October 8, featuring drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist Larry Grenadier, pianist John Medeski, and guitarist John Scofield, “a confab of four master improvisers who never hesitate to lay down a groove” (NPR). Two generations of Cuban jazz piano share the Jordan Hall stage when Chucho Valdés & Gonzalo Rubalcaba get together for a special two-piano performance on February 16. Celebrate 80 years of Eddie Palmieri when the Grammy-winning bandleader brings his Latin Jazz Orchestra to Boston on November 4. Mix in Christian McBride’s New Jawn (Oct. 29), woodwind virtuoso Anat Cohen and her Tentet in a double bill with saxophonist Ben Wendel on March 10, saxophonist Joshua Redman with the innovative string quartet Brooklyn Rider on May 19, and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis on June 10, 2018 (with “Pops-style” seating at Symphony Hall!) and you know you’ll be in for a year of great jazz. Continue Reading

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Tickets Moving Fast! Explore Some of Our Most Popular 2017-18 Events

Audiences are thrilled about our 2017-18 Season, and it’s not too late to join us as a subscriber! With 48 events to choose from, you can completely customize your subscription package to any three (or more!) shows you want. There’s no shortage of incredible performers this season, but you may want to act fast—tickets are definitely on the move!

Sign up today to receive fantastic subscriber benefits, including the flexibility to exchange your tickets to other events in the season. View the full season calendar, or jump right in and start building your subscription now.

Still choosing your performances? Browse some of the current favorites of our 2017-18 subscribers: Continue Reading