CELEBRITY SERIES OF BOSTON ANNOUNCES 79th SEASON | 2017-2018

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Highlights of the 2017-2018 Season include:

  • Los Angeles Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel performing the Boston premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s new orchestral work on April 25, 2018 at Symphony Hall
  • Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, with conductor Sir Antonio Pappano & piano soloist Martha Argerich on October 22, 2017 at Symphony Hall
  • Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos, and Yo-Yo Ma performing the piano trios of Brahms on February 21, 2018 at Symphony Hall
  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 50th Anniversary of their first performance with Celebrity Series, March 22-25, 2018 at the Boch Center Wang Theatre
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis on June 10, 2018 at Symphony Hall with “Pops-style” seating
  • Circa, “S”– contemporary circus from Australia March 2-4, 2018 at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre
  • Pianist Evgeny Kissin with the Emerson String Quartet April 22, 2018 at Symphony Hall
  • Alan Cumming in a rare, cabaret vocal appearance on October 6, 2017 at Sanders Theatre
  • Tenor Lawrence Brownlee and bass-baritone Eric Owens in their Celebrity Series debuts on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at NEC’s Jordan Hall.
  • Ira Glass, producer & host of This American Life, performing Seven Things I’ve Learned on April 15, 2018 at Symphony Hall
  • Jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman in collaboration with new music quartet Brooklyn Rider on May 19, 2018 at Berklee Performance Center
  • Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, two of the world’s most highly regarded banjo players, performing November 16, 2017 at Sanders Theatre
  • Jamie Barton, the multiple award-winning mezzo-soprano in her Celebrity Series debut December 13, 2017 at Longy’s Pickman Hall
  • Daniil Trifonov, joining his esteemed teacher Sergei Babayan in a rare two-piano performance on March 3, 2018 at NEC’s Jordan Hall
  • Let’s Dance Boston!, the five-day dance extravaganza with live bands and expert dance instructors returns to The Greenway September 13-17, 2017


(Boston) April 19, 2017: The Celebrity Series of Boston announced its 2017-2018 season today, marking 79 years of bringing the world’s greatest performing artists to Boston. The season opens on Friday, October 6, 2017 with Broadway and film star, Alan Cumming. In total, the 2017-2018 season will include 49 music, dance, and entertainment engagements. The 2017-18 season is sponsored by Amy and Joshua Boger.

The 2017-2018 season offers a five-performance debut series, two orchestras, thirteen ensembles, four piano recitals, five instrumental recitals, three vocal recitals, twelve jazz and popular song performances, seven dance companies, and three spoken word performances. Celebrity Series events will take place in NEC’s Jordan Hall (30 Gainsborough Street, Boston), Symphony Hall (301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston), Longy’s Pickman Hall (27 Garden Street, Cambridge), Berklee Performance Center (136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston), Sanders Theatre (45 Quincy Street, Cambridge), Boch Center Shubert Theatre (265 Tremont Street, Boston), and the Boch Center Wang Theatre (270 Tremont Street, Boston).

SUBSCRIPTION AND SINGLE TICKET SALES

Subscription sales (any order with three or more events), both online and by mail, will begin on April 19, 2017. Online subscriptions will be available beginning at 9am on April 19 at www.celebrityseries.org. Subscription brochures with mail order forms will be mailed the week of April 19. Subscription sales include half-price child ticket pricing for most events.

Subscription orders by phone will begin on Monday, June 5, 2017, and single ticket sales for most events will begin on Monday, September 11, 2017. The deadline for subscription orders is Thursday, October 5, 2017.

Persons who wish to receive a copy of the new brochure in the mail should email brochures@celebrityseries.org with their full name and mailing address or write to Celebrity Series of Boston, 20 Park Plaza, Suite 1032, Boston, MA 02116.

BOSTON DEBUTS

The 2017-2018 season will feature the Boston debuts of period-instrument ensemble Quatuor Mosaïques, composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi, Thomanerchor Leipzig (St. Thomas Boys Choir of Leipzig), hip-hop “inspired-modern” dance group Compagnie Accrorap, violinist Benjamin Beilman (recital debut), Doric String Quartet, Huayin Shadow Puppet Band, pianist Rafał Blechacz, soprano Julia Bullock (recital debut), and dance ensemble Company Wayne McGregor.

CELEBRITY SERIES DEBUTS

Making their Celebrity Series debuts during the 2017-2018 season are Broadway star Alan Cumming, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with conductor Sir Antonio Pappano, jazz legend Eddie Palmieri, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner, jazz pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, pianist Sergei Babayan, bass-baritone Eric Owens, tenor Lawrence Brownlee, saxophonist Joshua Redman, and music/dance ensemble Body Music.

THE DEBUT SERIES

The Debut Series continues for the sixth year at Longy’s Pickman Hall with mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, Doric String Quartet, violinist Benjamin Beilman with pianist Orion Weiss, pianist Rafał Blechacz, and soprano Julia Bullock. The Debut Series is sponsored by Harriet and David Griesinger and the Longy School of Music of Bard College.

STAVE SESSIONS

Celebrity Series will present its signature contemporary music festival Stave Sessions for the fourth year. Performers, dates, and locations to be confirmed.

ORCHESTRAS

Celebrity Series will present Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, with conductor Sir Antonio Pappano and piano soloist Martha Argerich October 22, 2017 at Symphony Hall. They will perform Verdi’s Sinfonia from Aida, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, and Respighi’s Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome. Sponsored by Zachary Haroutunian and The Garbis & Arminé Barsoumian Charitable Foundation.

Los Angeles Philharmonic will perform under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel on April 25, 2018 at Symphony Hall. They will perform the Boston premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s new orchestral work, Varèse’s Ameriques, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5. Sponsored by Eleanor and Frank Pao; Media partner 99.5 WCRB.

PIANISTS

The 2017-2018 Celebrity Series season will feature four piano recitals, beginning with pianists Daniil Trifonov and his esteemed teacher Sergei Babayan in a rare two-piano performance on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at NEC’s Jordan Hall. They will perform Schumann’s Andante and Variations in B-flat Major, Opus 46, Mario Lanza’s New Work for Two Pianos, Schubert’s Fantasie in F minor for Piano Four Hands, D. 940, and Rachmaninoff’s Suites No. 1 and No. 2 for Two Pianos. Sponsored by Dorothy and Stephen Weber.

Pianist Maurizio Pollini performs a solo recital on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at Symphony Hall. Program to be announced. An Aaron Richmond Recital; Media partner 99.5 WCRB.

Pianist Rafał Blechacz performs as part of The Debut Series on April 11, 2018 at Longy’s Pickman Hall. The Gilmore Artist Award winner will perform Mozart’s Rondo in A minor, K. 511, Mozart’s Sonata in A minor, K. 310, Beethoven’s Sonata in A Major, Op. 101, Schumann’s Carnival Scenes From Vienna, Op. 26, Chopin’s Four Mazurkas, Op. 24, and Chopin’s Ballade No. 4, Op. 52. The Debut Series is sponsored by Harriet and David Griesinger and the Longy School of Music of Bard College.

Pianist Yuja Wang performs the season’s final piano recital on Friday, May 11, 2018 at NEC’s Jordan Hall. Program to be announced. An Aaron Richmond Recital.

ENSEMBLES

Quatuor Mosaïques, the most prominent period-instrument quartet performing today, will make their Boston debut on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at NEC’s Jordan Hall. They will perform Mozart’s Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 458 “The Hunt,” Mozart’s Quartet in D minor, K. 421, and Haydn’s Quartet in C Major, Opus 20 no. 2. Sponsored by The D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corp.; An Aaron Richmond Recital.

Banjoists Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn are two of the world’s most highly regarded banjo players and fearless musical explorers. The husband and wife duo will perform on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 8pm at Sanders Theatre.

Canadian Brass, seen by hundreds of millions of people on television, brings their joyous arrangements and new works to NEC’s Jordan Hall on Saturday, November 18, 2017. Sponsored by Sally Seaver and The D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corp.

Four-time Grammy-winning sextet eighth blackbird are champions of the most interesting music of their generation and will perform Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Sanders Theatre. Their innovative and thoughtful program features two works from the ensemble’s Grammy Award-winning album Filament: Murder Ballades, by Bryce Dessner of the indie rock band The National, and DoubleSpeak, an homage to Phillip Glass by Nico Muhly. Sponsored by Donna and Mike Egan.

Brazilian-born guitarists Sérgio and Odair Assad team up with Israeli mandolin player Avi Avital to bring a program that explores both classical repertoire and traditional Choro music, a popular genre in Brazil known for its upbeat rhythms and brazen virtuosity. The performance on Saturday, February 10, 2018 will take place at NEC’s Jordan Hall.

Doric String Quartet has been the leading British string quartet of its generation after its First Prize win at the 2008 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and the Ensemble Prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. On Thursday, February 15, 2018, they will make their Boston debut at Longy’s Pickman Hall with Haydn’s Quartet Opus 64, no. 6, Britten’s Quartet No. 3, and Mendelssohn’s Quartet in F minor, Op. 80. The Debut Series is sponsored by Harriet and David Griesinger and the Longy School of Music of Bard College.

Pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Leonidas Kavakos, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma—three of the world’s greatest classical musicians—form a “super trio” for an intimate performance exploring the piano trios of Johannes Brahms. They will perform Trio No. 2 in C Major, Trio No. 3 in C minor, and Trio No. 1 in B Major on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at Symphony Hall. Sponsored by Eleanor and Frank Pao; Media partner 99.5 WCRB.

Takács Quartet, a longtime Celebrity Series favorite, performs Mozart’s Quartet in G Major, K. 387, Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 11, and Beethoven’s Quartet No. 14, Opus 131 on Friday, March 23, 2018 at NEC’s Jordan Hall. Sponsored by The D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corp.; An Aaron Richmond Recital.

World-renowned master of the pipa, Wu Man, joins the brilliant Huayin Shadow Puppet Band for an evening of traditional Chinese music and other selections with shadow puppetry on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at NEC’s Jordan Hall.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain tackles an ambitious range of music from Lady Gaga to Wagner. This group of eight genre-benders performs covers of pop, jazz, country, and classics from film, along with anything else they think is ripe for the picking. After their sold-out 2015 debut concert, they’ll return to NEC’s Jordan Hall on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

NEC Philharmonia, New England Conservatory’s top student orchestra, plays a special concert at Symphony Hall on Wednesday, April 18, 2018* in honor of the school’s 150th anniversary. Hugh Wolff conducts the orchestra with violin soloist In Mo Yang in a program of Bernstein’s Serenade for violin & orchestra, Debussy’s La Mer, and Aaron Jay Kernis’ new work which was co-commissioned by NEC in honor of its 150th anniversary with the Nashville Symphony.
*This concert is a free subscriber bonus event presented by New England Conservatory and does not count toward the three-event subscription total.

Pianist Evgeny Kissin and the Emerson String Quartet team up for a rare chamber music collaboration on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Symphony Hall. The powerhouse quintet of performers will tackle Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478, Fauré’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15, and Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81.

INSTRUMENTALISTS

Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi makes his Boston debut in Essential Einaudi

on Friday, October 27, 2017 at Berklee Performance Center with a program of hauntingly-beautiful and evocative music. His music defies categorization and is a thrilling blend of electronic and acoustic, alt-classical, ambient, and pop. He draws from his rock ‘n’ roll upbringing as well as from classical minimalist masters like Philip Glass and Steve Reich. Einaudi has produced 17 albums and composed scores for a plethora of major films including Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar and the Oscar-winning film Black Swan. 

Legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman and violinist/violist Pinchas Zukerman are joined by pianist Rohan De Silva for an evening of music including Bach, Mozart, and Bartók on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Symphony Hall. Support provided by The Consulate General of Israel to New England.

Mandolinist Chris Thile is not only an acclaimed virtuoso, he is also now the host of NPR’s iconic Prairie Home Companion. He will present a solo concert in An Evening with Chris Thile on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at Sanders Theatre.

Pianist and artistic director Jeremy Denk partners with violinist Stefan Jackiw and
a capella group Hudson Shad on The Complete Ives Violin Sonatas on Friday, January 26, 2018 at NEC’s Jordan Hall. This fresh, re-imagined format features an introduction to Ives by Denk, who speaks of the penchant for nostalgia in Ives’ work drawn from church hymns, patriotic songs and marches. To illustrate, the five singers of Hudson Shad will perform hymns and songs before the performance of the sonata in which they are musically quoted. The violin sonatas include: Violin Sonata No. 4, “Children’s Day at the Camp Meeting”; Violin Sonata No. 3; Violin Sonata No. 2; and Violin Sonata No. 1. An Aaron Richmond Recital.

Violinist Benjamin Beilman and pianist Orion Weiss are two of the industry’s most exciting rising international stars. The duo will perform on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Longy’s Pickman Hall in a program of Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1, Bartók’s Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2, Frederic Rzewski’s new work, co-commissioned by Celebrity Series of Boston, and Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 10. The Debut Series is sponsored by Harriet and David Griesinger and the Longy School of Music of Bard College.    

THE HUMAN VOICE

Alan Cumming—actor, singer, author, and activist—makes his Celebrity Series debut with his latest vocal stage show on Friday, October 6, 2017 at Sanders Theatre. An iconic multi-genre performer, Cumming played Eli Gold on CBS’s The Good Wife, stole the show as the Tony Award-winning Emcee in Cabaret, and currently hosts PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery.

Master satirist David Sedaris returns for an evening of readings and irreverent humor on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Symphony Hall. He will read selections from his latest book, Theft by Finding, a collection of his favorite diary entries kept over nearly four decades.

Singer-songwriter Joan Osborne brings her unique vocal gifts to the iconic music of Bob Dylan in her show Joan Osborne Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan. The commanding and evocative performance will take place on Friday, November 3, 2017 at Sanders Theatre.

Thomanerchor Leipzig (St. Thomas Boys Choir)
was established 800 years ago (in 1212) in Leipzig, Germany, and was led by J.S. Bach for 27 years until his death in 1750. In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, the choir will perform works by Heinrich Schütz, Johann Hermann Schein, J.S. Bach, and Mendelssohn on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at NEC’s Jordan Hall. Sponsored by The D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corp. Support provided by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, winner of the 2017 Beverly Sills Artist Award, the 2015 Richard Tucker Award, and the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, makes her Celebrity Series debut on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at Longy’s Pickman Hall. Program to be announced. The Debut Series is sponsored by Harriet and David Griesinger and the Longy School of Music of Bard College.

Playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner and author Sarah Vowell will examine the life’s work and legacy of President Abraham Lincoln in The Lincoln Legacy on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Sanders Theatre. Kushner penned the 1993 Tony Award-winning play Angels in America, and wrote the screenplay for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. Vowell, a best-selling author, journalist, essayist, social commentator, and actress, has written seven nonfiction books about American history and culture, including Assassination Vacation and The Wordy Shipmates.

Tenor Lawrence Brownlee and bass-baritone Eric Owens are two of today’s greatest American voices, and they’ll make their Celebrity Series debuts on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at NEC’s Jordan Hall. Program to be announced. Sponsored by The D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corp.; an Aaron Richmond Recital.

Ira Glass, creator, producer, and host of This American Life, brings his new show Seven Things I’ve Learned: An Evening with Ira Glass to Symphony Hall on Sunday, April 15, 2018. Using audio clips, music, and video, Glass will share lessons from his life and career in storytelling while mixing stories live onstage. Sponsored by The D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corp.

Singer and actress Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry, from Broadway to television. Join the enchanting songstress on Friday, April 13, 2018 at Symphony Hall. Sponsored by Foley & Lardner.

Soprano Julia Bullock makes her Boston recital debut on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Longy’s Pickman Hall. Winner of the 2014 Naumburg International Vocal Competition, Bullock has captivated audiences with her artistry and commanding stage presence. The Debut Series is sponsored by Harriet and David Griesinger and the Longy School of Music of Bard College.

JAZZ

Legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette invites bassist Larry Grenadier, keyboardist John Medeski, and guitarist John Scofield to help ring in his 75th birthday in an amazing new collaboration on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at Berklee Performance Center. They named themselves Hudson, after the Hudson River Valley they all affectionately call home. Sponsored by Donna and Mike Egan.

Christian McBride’s New Jawn with Josh Evans, Marcus Strickland, and Nasheet Waits takes over Sanders Theatre on Sunday, October 29, 2017. This evening is a chance to immerse yourself in McBride’s exciting new quartet, featuring some of the most forward-thinking jazz artists on today’s scene. Sponsored by Donna and Mike Egan and The D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corp.
Eddie Palmieri, known as one of the industry’s finest jazz pianists, brings his Latin Jazz Orchestra to the Berklee Performance Center for Eddie at 80 on Saturday, November 4, 2017. Named an NEA Jazz Master in 2013, he skillfully fuses the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of his jazz influences: Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, and McCoy Tyner. Sponsored by Sponsored by Donna and Mike Egan and The D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corp.; Media Partner WGBH.

Chucho Valdés and Gonzalo Rubalcaba bring their two-piano project Trance to NEC’s Jordan Hall on Friday, February 16, 2018. Trance brings together the leading living exponents of two generations in the great Cuban piano tradition for an exciting evening of acoustic piano jazz. Sponsored by Donna and Mike Egan.

Woodwind virtuoso Anat Cohen brings audiences an evocative and exciting experience centered around the clarinet with the Anat Cohen Tentet on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at
Sanders Theatre. Saxophonist Ben Wendel reimagines his acclaimed The Seasons project with an all-star ensemble for this double bill. A Grammy Award nominee, Wendel is a founding member of the band Kneebody and has received an ASCAP Jazz Composer Award. Sponsored by Donna and Mike Egan.

Esteemed saxophonist Joshua Redman joins forces with the game changing string quartet Brooklyn Rider, along with fellow all-star collaborators Satoshi Takeishi (percussion) and Scott Colley (bass), for an entirely unique convergence of their respective worlds on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Berklee Performance Center. Sponsored by Donna and Mike Egan.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis is composed of 15 of jazz music’s leading soloists. Taking place on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Symphony Hall, the concert will feature “Pops-style” seating at tables for five in the orchestra floor section. Sponsored by Susan and Michael Thonis; Media Partner WGBH.

WHAT MAKES IT GREAT?

Rob Kapilow shines the What Makes It Great? spotlight on Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor with the NEC Chamber Orchestra on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at NEC’s Jordan Hall.

What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow explores The Songs of Leonard Bernstein in honor of the centennial of the composers birth on Friday, March 9, 2018 at Sanders Theatre. With music from Bernstein’s early production Wonderful Town (1946) to his landmark musical, West Side Story (1957), and a few familiar Broadway favorites of the time, Kapilow and the brilliant soprano, Jessica Rivera, explore the brilliant songwriting of this American master.

What Makes it Great?
is sponsored by Amy and Joshua Boger.

DANCE & MOVEMENT

Pilobolus, the wildly creative avant-garde dance company named after a fungus, continues to explore new ways of using the human body as a graphic and expressive medium, Friday-Sunday October 27-29, 2017 at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre. The program will include The Inconsistent Pedaler, an absurd, acrobatic, and lyrical collaboration between Pilobolus, fiction writer Etgar Keret, and filmmaker Shira Geffen that opens up a mesmerizing physical world. Sponsored by The D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corporation.

Brazilian contemporary dance ensemble Grupo Corpo reflects the amazing diversity and rich color of Brazil with its seductive movement, scintillating music, and vibrant costumes. Renowned for its stunning physicality, dynamic ability, and rich visual finesse, the company returns to the Celebrity Series Friday-Sunday January 26-28, 2018 at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre with two thrilling new works by Rodrigo Pederneiras, Suite Branca and Danca Sinfonica. Sponsored by The D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corporation.

Compagnie Accrorap
embodies a unique alchemy of hip hop, circus, and contemporary dance. Artistic director, dancer, and choreographer, Kader Attou, is a leading representative of the French hip-hop dance movement. By emphasizing humanistic engagement and cultural blending, Compagnie Accrorap brings the thrilling, evening-length work, The Roots to the Boch Center Shubert Theatre Friday and Saturday February 2-3, 2018. Support provided by The French Cultural Center.

Circa features an ensemble of multi-skilled artists under the direction of Yaron Lifschitz, and has been at the frontier of a new vision of circus arts – creating powerful works that challenge, thrill and delight. Inspired by the shape, grammatical functions, and sound of the 19th letter of the alphabet, “S” will fill the Boch Center Shubert Theatre stage Friday-Sunday March 2-4, 2018 with the raw immediacy of performers at their physical and emotional limits. “S” is performed to music of Kimmo Pohjonen, Samuli Kosminen and the Kronos Quartet.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater made its Celebrity Series debut in 1968, which has led to a brilliant 50-year relationship between this iconic dance company and the Celebrity Series. Through decades of brilliant performances and educational outreach, the partnership between Celebrity Series and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has had a deep and lasting impact on the Greater Boston community. A range of activities are planned throughout the season to honor this lasting relationship. From a symposium on Ailey’s 50 years in Boston in the fall, to
in-school residencies in January, Revelations community workshops (in locations around the City of Boston) in February, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s return engagement at the Boch Center Wang Theatre, Thursday-Sunday March 22-25, 2018 for five thrilling performances, the 2017-2018 season will be an Ailey celebration!

Company Wayne McGregor is led by Wayne McGregor CBE, a multi-award winning British choreographer and director, internationally renowned for trailblazing innovations that have redefined dance in the modern era. Driven by an insatiable curiosity about movement and its creative potentials, his experiments have led him into collaborative dialogue with an array of artistic forms, scientific disciplines, and technological interventions. The program, Friday-Saturday, May 4-5, 2018 at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre will feature Atomos, a collaboration with Studio Wayne McGregor and XO. Using XOX emotional wearable technology, the collaborators mapped the dancers’ biometrics to create digital skins inspired by each dancer’s emotional algorithms.

The 2017-18 Dance Series, featuring Pilobolus, Compagnie Accrorap-Kader Attou, Circa, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Company Wayne McGregor is sponsored by the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, the Royal Little Family Foundation and the Cynthia and John S. Reed Foundation.

Body Music is a dynamic and deeply visceral cross-cultural conversation using only the instrument we all share. Sand dance, hand dance, foot percussion, lyrical harmony singing, visual rhythm in architecture and design, virtuosic solos, dynamic ensemble works — Body Music is a collaborative evening that showcases the artists’ virtuosity and cultural vibrancy with themes that emanate from using only the human instrument to create complex, evocative music/dance. Body Music will perform a one-night only engagement on Saturday, May 5, 2017 at Sanders Theatre. 

ARTS FOR ALL!

Alongside the main stage performances, Celebrity Series’ Arts for All! community engagement programs reach over 10,000 individuals annually, through master classes with main stage artists in public schools and conservatories; hands-on, interactive workshops for youth led by a core group of Boston area artists; free community concerts in Boston neighborhoods; free and discounted tickets to main stage performances; and large-scale, public performance projects.

Neighborhood Arts will sponsor more than 90 workshops and classes with 17 concerts in schools and community venues in Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale, Roxbury, and the South End. New artists and events in 2017-2018 will include several Stringfests with cellist Mike Block in concerts with Shaw Pong Liu (erhu) and Sandeep Das (tabla), as well as Castle of Our Skins (celebrating classical and contemporary chamber music of Black American composers) with Roxbury and Dorchester youth ensembles. World music trio Voci Angelica will present Exploring Migration through Music in workshops, a vocal residency, and performances. Original composition and dance residencies will continue with percussionists Ryan Edwards, Maria Finkelmeier, and choreographers Jean Appolon and Yo-El Cassell. Sol y Canto will continue to delight audiences, and the Guy Mendilow Ensemble will present a new Heart of the Holidays winter concert (Ladino music) with Boston City Singers and a residency featuring music and animation video.

These programs connect Celebrity Series with community collaborators and root the organization more deeply in local neighborhoods, helping fulfil Celebrity Series’ vision of a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience – on stages, in schools, in homes – everywhere.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Let’s Dance/Bailemos Boston! returns to The Greenway September 13-17, 2017. The five-day dance extravaganza with five live bands preceded by expert dance instructors was a huge success during its inaugural year in 2015. It was one of the largest, free outdoor music and dance parties that Boston has ever experienced! Celebrity Series is thrilled to bring this enormously popular event back to the City of Boston. Sponsored by Amy and Joshua Boger, Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, Donna and Mike Egan, and Eleanor and Frank Pao.

The 2018 Gala will be held on April 28, 2018. Join the Celebrity Series for a spectacular evening that will recognize the Celebrity Series’ history and its impact on Boston’s cultural community. Supporters, patrons and community leaders will come together to celebrate the future of the Celebrity Series of Boston during this black-tie event. We invite you to experience this innovative event that delights guests with dramatic surprises. Proceeds from the Gala will benefit the education, programming, and outreach efforts of the Celebrity Series of Boston.

ABOUT CELEBRITY SERIES OF BOSTON
Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 79-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 79 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, the Barr Foundation, Leslie & Howard Appleby, the Boston Cultural Council, The Boston Foundation, the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, Charlesbank Capital Partners LLC, Deloitte LLP, Donna & Mike Egan, Foley & Lardner LLP, Gabor Garai & Susan Pravda, David & Harriet Griesinger, Zachary Haroutunian and the Garbis & Arminé Barsoumian Charitable Foundation, Paul L. King, the Liberty Mutual Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, 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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