Arts for All, Boston Community, Neighborhood Arts

Celebrity Series Announces Neighborhood Arts 2017-18 Season

Fall is approaching, and so is the 2017-18 Neighborhood Arts season!

Now entering its sixth season, Neighborhood Arts brings the joy of live performance to people of all ages and abilities, drawing deeply on partnerships with Boston area artists and community organizations to activate neighborhoods with a rich and varied array of opportunities. This season, Neighborhood Arts will present 90+ events, including interactive, hands-on workshops for youth, artist residencies with youth ensembles, and free concerts in neighborhood venues in six Boston neighborhoods: Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale, Roxbury, and the South End.

“This season we are delighted to collaborate with more than 44 community partners and to showcase nine ensembles comprised of 36 artists, including six returning Neighborhood Arts ensembles,” said Robin Baker, Senior Manager of Community Engagement. “With more than 20 concerts that span six continents of global culture—all located at accessible venues around Boston, there’s truly something for everyone this season.”
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Classical, Main Stage, Playlist

Mixtape Monday: Chamber Music Inspired by Our 2017-18 Season

It’s Mixtape Monday, and this week we’re shining a light on the brilliant chamber musicians taking part in our 2017-18 Season. From the period instrument sounds of Quatuor Mosaïques to the contemporary textures of eighth blackbird, immerse yourself in the stunning precision and artistry of our chamber musicians.

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

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Arts for All, Boston Community, Dance, Public Art

Let’s Dance Boston: 5 Questions with Swing Instructors, Katie and Paolo

From the Lindy Hop to the Carolina Shag, there is a vibrancy and excitement to Swing that will be evident as we kick off Let’s Dance Boston on Wednesday, September 13, at Dewey Square Park! Join us on the dance floor as local instructors and choreographers, Katie and Paolo Piselli, lead the audience in a swing lesson for dancers of all ages and abilities. Partners in life and dance, Katie and Paolo bring more than 15 years of swing dancing experience to the Let’s Dance Boston stage and are returning instructors from our inaugural 2015 event.

How did they get into social dancing? What do they say to someone with two left feet? Ahead of the event, we asked Katie and Paolo a handful of questions to help you get to know these talented cats before joining them on the dance floor this September.

Celebrity Series: How did you get into social dancing?

Paolo: A long time ago a friend dragged me to a swing dance.  At first I wasn’t interested but I ended up having a blast!  Almost 20 years later I am still dancing and loving it.

Katie: I started because of Paolo! We met doing a show together at the Turtle Lane Playhouse and he offered to teach swing dance to any cast members who might be interested. I very eagerly said “yes, please!” (I also had a crush on him. So….win win?) Years later we’re married and I am a full time swing dance instructor. So there you go. Continue Reading

Arts for All, Boston Community, Dance, Playlist, Public Art

Mixtape Monday: Let’s Dance Boston!

Let’s Dance Boston returns this September with bands that are sure to make you move! For this week’s “Mixtape Monday,” we’re giving you a taste of what to expect on the dance floor with music from the artists who will be playing live. Like what you hear? Be sure to join us September 13-17 at Dewey Square Park on the Greenway for this free, five-day dance party!

And don’t worry if you don’t have the moves: Before each band takes the stage, we’ll have expert dance instructors teaching the basics of the featured dance style of the day. After the 45-minute lesson, a live band performs a 90-minute set to accompany the dancing and continue the party. Continue Reading

Main Stage, Pianist, Piano, Playlist

Mixtape Monday: The Pianists of Our 2017-18 Season

Martha Argerich. Eddie Palmieri. Daniil Trifonov. Maurizio Pollini. There is no shortage of variety when it comes to the pianists of our 2017-18 Season. This week’s Mixtape Monday brings together this season’s masters of the ivories in an over 2-hour musical exploration. We invite you to grab your headphones and experience the sheer power of Yuja Wang, the potent Cuban jazz rhythms of Chucho Valdés, the hauntingly beautiful sounds of composer Ludovico Einaudi, and much 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.

Arts for All, Boston Community, Dance, Public Art

Let’s Dance Boston Returns September 13-17!

Ever wanted to learn how to salsa? Always looked on in envy as your friends take over the dance floor with their swing moves? This September 13-17, everyone is invited to join Celebrity Series at the Rose Kennedy Greenway for Let’s Dance Boston! Fun for all, the five-day dance party features five different live bands preceded by expert dance instructors. Each event begins with a 45-minute free dance lesson taught by professional teachers in the dance style of the evening. After the lesson, a live band performs a 90-minute set to accompany the dancing and continue the party.

We’re excited to share the dance styles and performers for each event, including:

SWING: Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders, featuring Laura Windley – Wed., 9/13
MAMBO: Tito Puente, Jr. and His Orchestra – Thurs., 9/14
’70s DISCO: The Loser’s Lounge – Fri., 9/15
SALSA: Orquesta SCC “La Excelencia” – Sat., 9/16
KLEZMER: Alicia Svigals’ Klezmer Fiddle Express – Sun., 9/17

Visit to learn more about the performers, dance instructors, and more. We look forward to seeing you on the dance floor next month!

Dance, Playlist

Mixtape Monday: Highlights from Our 2017-18 Dance Performers

It’s Mixtape Monday! July 29 was National Dance Day, so it only seems appropriate that this week’s playlist gives nods to the incredible dance companies joining us for our 2017-18 Season. From highlights of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s treasured Revelations to OK Go’s Grammy-nominated video for All Is Not Lost featuring Pilobolus, and teasers for programs by Circa, Company Wayne McGregor, and more, we hope you’ll be just as excited as we are to see these artists live on stage! Watch our playlist above and scroll down to find details on this season’s dance performances. Continue Reading

Dance, Main Stage

Steppin’ into the New Season: Don’t Miss Our 2017-18 Dance Events!

July 29th is National Dance Day, so we’re celebrating by taking a closer look at the incredible dance companies joining us for our 2017-18 Season! From our 50-year anniversary of presenting the treasured Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to the Boston debut of the innovative Company Wayne McGregor, it’s a season you don’t want to miss. Mix in some exciting off-the-beaten-path performances like the dynamic acrobatics of Circa or the percussive dance and singing of Body Music, and you’ll find there’s no shortage of adventurous choreography for the dance lover.

Not sure what you can expect this season? View a few of our favorite company highlights below, and subscribe now to reserve your seats today! 
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Main Stage, Playlist

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!

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Main Stage, Playlist

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