Special Events

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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!

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Classical, Main Stage

Encores from Natalie Dessay, soprano, and Philippe Cassard, piano

This past Saturday evening, French soprano Natalie Dessay made her return to Boston with a riveting recital program exploring the “Portraits of Women.” Accompanied by pianist Philippe Cassard, the pair left the audience entranced in an evening of Schubert, Mozart, Gounod, and more. Explore the full program listing here. The program’s encores included:

DELIBES: “Les filles de Cadix” from Chanson Espagnol
STRAUSS: “Breit über mein Haupt”
DEBUSSY: “Mes longs cheveux” from Pelléas et Mélisande
DELIBES: Aria from Lakmé

Dance, Main Stage

Backstage at the Boch Center Wang Theatre with Alvin Ailey Dancers

Video Production: Kristín Otharsson

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater members Belen Pereyra, Jeroboam Bozeman, and Solomon Dumas joined us earlier this season to lead four youth workshops around Boston as part of our Arts for All! program. Despite our busy schedules, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to tour the historic venue where these dancers make their mark every year in Boston. Take a tour backstage at the Boch Center Wang Theatre, and join us for one of their performances starting tonight through Sunday, April 30!

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Dance, Main Stage

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Opens this Thursday!

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater comes to Boston for 5 performances only and the magic starts this Thursday! With powerful Boston premieres like Kyle Abraham’s Untitled America and veteran company member Hope Boykin’s r-Evolution, Dream.—as well as the company’s signature piece, Revelations, anchoring each performance—you don’t want to miss this week’s events. Tickets start at just $35!

Go behind-the-scenes of Boykin’s r-Evolution, Dream., inspired by the sermons and speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The work melds creative storytelling, new music by Ali Jackson (from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra), and historic and original writings recorded by Tony Award winner Leslie Odom, Jr. (from Hamilton). Continue Reading

Main Stage, News

What’s new with subscriptions in 2017-18?

Your spoiler-free guide to our new process

Let’s get this out of the way: we’re not going to spill the beans about any of the exciting performances that are coming to Boston in the new season, but we do have some exciting changes to tell you about.

The new season announcement will take place at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, April 19. The full season will be available to browse on our website and you can place your order online. Continue Reading

Dance, Main Stage

5 Reasons Not to Miss Alvin Ailey in Boston!

It’s a Boston tradition that’s celebrated every spring: Don’t miss Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater when it returns to Boston April 27-30! The beloved company never fails to energize and inspire audiences with its thrilling choreography, contagious enthusiasm, and powerful narrative behind every work. Still haven’t bought your tickets? Here are a few reasons you don’t want to miss Alvin Ailey this year. Continue Reading

Arts for All, Boston Community, Neighborhood Arts, Public Art

Celebrity Series Receives Boys & Girls Club of Boston’s Community Impact Award

On March 31, 2017, Celebrity Series of Boston was honored to receive the Boys & Girls Club of Boston’s Community Impact Award, presented by President & CEO Josh Kraft in a ceremony at the Yawkey Club of Roxbury.

While we were thrilled to receive this recognition, the true reward of our partnership lies in the many young people whose lives have been touched through our collaborations. It all began with our first Neighborhood Arts workshops at the Sumner Boys & Girls Club in 2013, in the inaugural year of that program, and has since grown to touch all of our Arts for All! community engagement programs. We are so grateful to Leah Reich of Boys & Girls Club of Boston and Nina Vansuch of the Sumner Club for reaching out to begin this partnership, to Devin Ferreira of the Mattapan Teen Center for serving on our Community Engagement Committee alongside Nina and other community partners, and to all of our colleagues across the Boys & Girls Clubs organization.
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Jazz, Main Stage

Ali Jackson Helps the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Shine a Light on Buddy Rich

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s Ali Jackson.

Big band drums and rhythm take center stage when the always thrilling Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis returns to Boston next month! Celebrating the centennial of the great Buddy Rich, the program showcases how expert drummers energize and uplift the audience and the entire band. Rich was a renowned musical powerhouse for most of the 20th century, influencing generations and offering a visceral excitement that few drummers could capture.

Drummer Ali Jackson arranges the music of this legendary drummer in a program that culminates in the Boston premiere of his own Living Grooves: A World in Jazz Rhythm, an extended piece written in the innovative spirit of drum greats like Rich. Jackson himself is well-versed in a spectrum of jazz styles, ranging from the earliest American drum cadences to ragtime, marching bands, West African traditions, Brazilian music, the Detroit jazz tradition, and Afro-Cuban styles. You can check out the powerhouse player in the short video below. Continue Reading