Press Release: Celebrity Series of Boston Presents Colin Currie, Percussion

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 8pm — Longy’s Edward M. Pickman Hall

For Immediate Release
Contact: Stephanie Janes PR, (617) 419-0445, stephanie@stephaniejanespr.com
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Colin Currie

Colin Currie

(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present percussionist Colin Currie on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 8pm at Longy’s Edward M. Pickman Hall, Longy School of Music of Bard College, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA. The Debut Series is sponsored by Harriet and David Griesinger and the Longy School of Music of Bard College.

Remaining tickets start at $25, and are available online at www.celebrityseries.org or by calling CelebrityCharge at (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

This performance marks the second Celebrity Series concert for Colin Currie, though it is his debut solo recital. He made his first Celebrity Series performance with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet in 2005.

Hailed as “the world’s finest and most daring percussionist” (The Spectator, 2013), Colin Currie is a solo and chamber artist at the peak of his powers. Championing new music at the highest level, Currie performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors.

A dynamic and adventurous soloist, Currie’s unrivalled commitment to commissioning and creating new music was recognized in 2015 by the Royal Philharmonic Society, who awarded him the Instrumentalist Award. From his earliest years Currie forged a pioneering path in creating new music for percussion, winning the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award in 2000 and receiving a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2005. Currie has premiered works by numerous composers such as Steve Reich, Elliott Carter and Nico Muhly.

Currie is Artist in Association at London’s Southbank Centre, where he was the focus of a major percussion festival “Metal Wood Skin” in 2014, featuring premieres by Steve Reich, Anna Clyne, James MacMillan “Percussion Concerto No.2” with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Louis Andriessen’s “Tapdance” with Asko-Schoenberg Ensemble alongside school’s concerts and percussion workshops. Currie is also Artist in Residence with Oregon Symphony Orchestra. The three season residency includes annual performances with Oregon Symphony Orchestra, the world premiere of a new percussion concerto by Andy Akiho, and extensive education and outreach work.

Currie’s dynamic percussion ensemble the Colin Currie Group was formed in 2006 to celebrate the music of Steve Reich and made its five-star debut at the BBC Proms. Since then, with Reich’s personal endorsement Currie and his ensemble have taken on the role of ambassadors of Drumming, which they have performed at many venues and festivals internationally.

Currie’s recording of Rautavaara’s “Incantations” with the Helsinki Philharmonic/Storgårds (Ondine) was released to critical acclaim and won a 2012 Gramophone Award. Previous releases by Currie include Jennifer Higdon’s “Percussion Concerto” with the London Philharmonic/Alsop, which won a 2010 Grammy Award.

PROGRAM
CARTER – Figment V
NØRGÄRD – “Fire over Water,” from I Ching
HOSOKAWA – Reminiscence, for solo marimba
MANTOVANI – Moi, Jeu…
XENAKIS – Rebonds B
STOCKHAUSEN – Vibra-Elufa
WALLIN – Realismos Mágicos

Program is subject to change.

About Celebrity Series of Boston
Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 78-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arturo Toscanini, Ignace Paderewski, Artur Rubenstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Stern, Andrés Segovia, Kirsten Flagstad, Marian Anderson, Luciano Pavarotti, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Martha Graham, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mstislav Rostropovich, and the New York City Opera Company.

The Celebrity Series has been bringing the very best performers–from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, and more–to Boston’s major concert halls for 78 years. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its education initiatives, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience–on stages, in schools, at home– everywhere.

The Celebrity Series of Boston, Inc. receives generous support from Amy & Joshua Boger, Leslie & Howard Appleby, the Boston Cultural Council, The Boston Foundation, the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, Charlesbank Capital Partners LLC, the Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Deloitte LLP, Donna & Mike Egan, Foley & Lardner LLP, Gabor Garai & Susan Pravda, David & Harriet Griesinger, Zachary Haroutunian and the Garbis & Arminé Barsoumian Charitable Foundation, the Charles and Cerise Jacobs Charitable Foundation, Paul L. King, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Joseph McNay, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, Eleanor & Frank Pao, The Peabody Foundation, PTC, the Cynthia and John S. Reed Foundation, the Royal Little Family Foundation, the Stifler Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Henri A. Termeer, Michael and Susan Thonis,Tufts Health Plan, Sanjay & Sangeeta Verma, Nancy Richmond Winsten, Anonymous, and many others.

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