Thanks for joining us at NEC’s Jordan Hall last Sunday for another enlightening What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow, where he explored Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor with the help of the NEC Chamber Orchestra. How well were you paying attention? Kapilow joined us at M. Steinert & Sons’ South Boston showroom to give us a little post-performance pop quiz.
See if you know the right answer and join us for another What Makes It Great? when Kapilow returns this March to examines The Songs of Leonard Bernstein.
Thanks to all who joined us for the return of Canadian Brass last Saturday at NEC’s Jordan Hall. The award-winning quintet delivered an exciting program that spanned the gamut, from Dowland, Bach, and Gabrieli to arrangements from West Side Story and opened the evening with the five brass masters serenading the audience as they made their way through the hall. Celebrity Series photographer Robert Torres captured many of the night’s most special moments, including the quintet’s sound check, and at the request of the Quintet captured a unique view of the performers doing their final encore of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee.”
Canadian Brass is one of our northern neighbor’s most recognizable musical exports. Heading into their 48th year as an ensemble, they were founded in 1970 during the first Trudeau administration and will celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2020! These cultural ambassadors have touched fans in virtually every country in the world; their commitment goes beyond performances and into classrooms around the globe.
In advance of their performance on November 18, we chatted with two members of Canadian Brass, trumpeters Caleb Hudson and Chris Coletti about performing with the Celebrity Series and spending time in Boston.
Whether this is your first time at Sanders Theatre or your 100th, you should know that Sanders is a beautiful, historic venue. Originally built in 1878 in memory of the Harvard men who fought for the Union in the Civil War, it has since been host to illustrious speakers and musicians like Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jr., Wynton Marsalis, Leonard Bernstein, and countless others.
“This is all well and good,” you’re probably thinking. “But where do I park, what do I wear, and how can I tell where my seat is?” All excellent questions! We’ll go through some of the top questions we usually hear from our audiences at Sanders Theatre.
You may know Abigail Washburn as one of the best claw hammer banjoists playing today, but did you know the folk music veteran speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese? In fact, the artist has held a longtime fascination with East Asia, and she’s continued to nurture that fascination throughout her career.
After her early upbringing in Washington D.C. and Minnesota, Washburn landed at Colorado College where she became the school’s first East Asian Studies major, an experience that would cement her interest with the land and people of China. She spent time in China perfecting her Mandarin before recording her first record, Song of the Traveling Daughter, in Nashville. Needless to say, her 2005 debut was heavily influenced by her travels, effortlessly blending Chinese instrumentation and lyrics with Appalachian folk music.
Photos by Robert Torres
Thanks to all who joined us at Sanders Theatre Friday night for Joan Osborne Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan! We hope you enjoyed the evening as much as we did.
Browse some of our favorite images below, captured by Celebrity Series photographer Robert Torres.
Joan Osborne has always had a fascination with Bob Dylan. Her multi-platinum 1995 debut, Relish, as well as 2000’s Righteous Love both give nods to the great American songwriter with covers of “Man in the Long Black Coat” and “Make You Feel My Love,” respectively. She’s even shared a mic with the songwriter: Back in 1998, she was invited to record a duet version of “Chimes of Freedom” for the NBC mini-series The ‘60s.
So it’s no surprise that, when New York City’s Café Carlyle invited her for a residency gig last year, the singer opted to dedicate each evening to celebrating the great Dylan catalog. And, it was that series of shows—followed by a second residency the following year—that spawned the idea of recording her latest work, Songs of Bob Dylan. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Osborne praises the music legend: “I don’t think it’s hyperbole to talk about Dylan as an artist who’s on the same level as Pablo Picasso or William Shakespeare. He’s really an epic poet of America, and any singer can find such an incredible wealth and richness in his material, not just me.”
Released September 1, Songs of Bob Dylan marks Osborne’s ninth studio album, and it’s been received with much acclaim. Reinterpreting a collection of gems like “Tangled Up in Blue” and “Highway 61 Revisited,” the singer brings her own style to Dylan classics, and American Songwriter praises the way “she sheds new light on old material, exposes some seldom heard Dylan gems and proves once again how flexible and powerful his work remains.”
“Kids take really well to our brand of choreography.
It’s a lot of fun. It’s very creative.
A lot of it is just playing and making stuff together
and really being a team.”
– Jacob Warren, Pilobolus dancer
Photos: Robert Torres
Video Production: Kristín Otharsson
Students at several Boston-area schools and organizations were treated to a visit from Pilobolus last week as part of our Artist Connections program. Ahead of their Celebrity Series performances, dancers from the famed company visited Sumner Boys & Girls Club in Roslindale, Boston Renaissance Charter School in Hyde Park, and Rafael Hernández K-8 School in Roxbury to lead creative movement workshops.
The Celebrity Series photography team was on hand to capture all the fun at Rafael Hernández K-8 School, where fourth graders learned to solve movement challenges with one of the most playful & creative dance companies around.
Ever wonder what goes into prepping for a Pilobolus performance? Company member Jacob Warren took control of our Instagram account last Saturday to give us a unique peek backstage. In case you missed the fun in real time, you can scroll below to relive his day and see what takes place before the curtain rises.
Not following us on Instagram? You should be! Check us out at @celebrityseries for more great photos and videos!