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.
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!
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Our 2016-17 Season may be over, but the memories will be staying with us—thanks in large part to Celebrity Series photographer Robert Torres. Each year, he spends countless hours behind the viewfinder capturing the emotion and energy behind 100+ main stage performances, community concerts, workshops, and more.
As we wrap up our 78th Season, we’ve asked him to share a collection of his favorites snapshots—from both on and off the stage—and now invite you to relive the season through the remarkable photos below!
Don’t miss our 2017-2018 season! Subscribe today to reserve your seats to our thrilling season ahead, featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel, our 50th anniversary of presenting Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Boston, celebrated actor and singer Alan Cumming, Afro-Latin jazz veteran Eddie Palmieri, and so many more. Tickets are currently available as part of a Celebrity Series subscription.
Founded in 2012 by renowned choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied (former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer and Artistic Director of the Paris Opera Ballet), L.A. Dance Project has made an impact on the dance world with what the Los Angeles Times describes as “a defining artistic vision for our time” with its contemporary approach to art and movement.
Celebrity Series is pleased to offer an artist post-performance talk on Sunday, May 21, with L.A. Dance Project’s ballet master, Sébastien Marcovici. This 20-minute talk, moderated by Peter DiMuro of The Dance Complex, will be held in front of the stage immediately following the Sunday afternoon performance. In anticipation of the engagement, DiMuro shares his thoughts on the company and its Boston debut.
I know I am not writing about film in this space, but I can’t stop thinking about David Lynch and his movie Mulholland Drive. At some point, after my fourth or fifth viewing, Lynch’s version of Los Angeles had taken over for my brain’s View-Master worldview of the city. When once my visual equivalent for L.A. might have been scenes from Lucy and Ricky and the Mertz’s trip to Hollywood, it had now become Lynch’s dark world of dueling realities—one peopled by polished and endless bright adventures; the other, the gritty lives of imperfection, unraveling in front of us.
On Tuesday, May 9, you’re invited to stream the announcement of the worldwide centennial celebration of Leonard Bernstein—the composer, conductor, educator, musician, cultural ambassador, and humanitarian—from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York. Join Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, members of the Bernstein Family, and other guests for musical performances and an important announcement about centennial celebration programming around the world.
Leonard Bernstein at 100 is the worldwide celebration of the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein and officially kicks off on the artist’s 99th birthday, August 25, 2017. Centennial activities will continue through through his 100th year until August 25, 2019.
Celebrity Series is pleased to take part in the celebration with our 2017-18 Season presentation of What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow and Jessica Rivera, The Songs of Leonard Bernstein. On Friday, March 9, 2018, Kapilow will examine the songs of Leonard Bernstein with contemporary works from Broadway of the era. With music from Bernstein’s early production Wonderful Town (1946) to Bernstein’s landmark musical, West Side Story (1957), and a few familiar Broadway favorites of the time, Kapilow and the brilliant young soprano, Jessica Rivera, explore the brilliant songwriting of this American master. Tickets to this performance are currently available as part of a 3-event subscription, and single tickets go on sale Monday, September 11, 2017.
Photo by Robert Torres
Thank you to everyone who joined us for Marc-André Hamelin’s recital at NEC’s Jordan Hall on Friday, March 5. We hope you enjoyed the concert.
Below is the final program that was performed.
HAYDN: Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI: 48
SAMUIL FEINBERG: Sonata No. 2 in A minor, Op. 2
SAMUIL FEINBERG: Sonata No. 1 in A Major, Op. 1
BEETHOVEN: Sonata in F minor, Op. 57, “Appassionata”
SCRIABIN: Sonata No. 7, Op. 64, “White Mass”
SCHUMANN: Fantasie in C Major, Op. 17
SCHUBERT: Impromptu in A-flat Major, D. 935, No. 2
MOSZKOWSKI: Waltz in E Major, Op. 34, No. 1
Last Saturday marked a special milestone for our Arts for All! program: The matinee audience included the 75,000th student to attend an Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performance since 1990, when we began offering free and discounted tickets to Alvin Ailey performances. Ahead of the performance, Alvin Ailey Artistic Director Robert Battle gave a curtain speech that recognized the 200 students in attendance and reminded the audience of the importance of the performing arts.
“Experiencing the arts opens a door for young people to dream and excel and see beyond place and circumstance,” said Battle. He also quoted Alvin Ailey, “What is important is the quality of our work, of a culture in which the young are not afraid to take chances and can hold on to their values and self-esteem, especially in the arts and dance. That’s what it’s all about to me.”
Following the performance, a select group of students from Boston Arts Academy and the Mattapan Teen Center were invited backstage to meet Battle and several company dancers. It was an exciting end to #75KDay, and we are grateful to everyone at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater who helped to make it happen!
Photos by Robert Torres
We’re still smiling from Kristin Chenoweth’s spectacular performance on Sunday evening celebrating her latest album, The Art of Elegance. Joined by musical director/pianist and Worcester native Michael Orland, the Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer performed classics from her album, as well as Broadway favorites, in a delightful evening of witty patter and song. From Wicked‘s “Popular” and My Fair Lady‘s “I Could Have Danced All Night” to her album’s “I Get Along Without You Very Well” and “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart,” it was an evening to remember. She even performed her own cheeky “Oklahoma version” of A Chorus Line‘s classic “Dance Ten, Looks Three.”
For the finale, Chenoweth invited 12 students from the Boston City Singers and Boston Conservatory at Berklee to join her in singing powerful renditions of “Upon This Rock” and “I Was Here.” For these aspiring singers, this was an especially thrilling opportunity to work with an industry idol in Boston’s most storied concert hall. Celebrity Series would like to extend a special thanks to Michael Orland as well as Boston Conservatory faculty Bill Casey and Peter Mansfield, Theater Department Chair Sara Stackhouse, and Boston City Singers Artistic Director Jane Money, who were all instrumental in helping the students in rehearsals before the show.
Our Spring Auction is now open – May 1st through 31st!
Did you know that ticket sales cover 58% of the cost of Celebrity Series performances and programs? Support our mission and get fantastic bargains by participating in our online auction, which is now live and runs thru May 31. The auction features sports tickets, entertainment packages, gourmet meals, luxury hotel stays, unique experiences and much more! New exciting items will be added throughout the month. Spread the word, and make your bid to support the Celebrity Series!