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Emanuel Ax, piano
Emanuel Ax, piano
An Emanuel Ax recital leaves audiences fulfilled, nurtured, and with the clearest sense of his humanity. He may be the most beloved of the regular Celebrity Series performers.
Sun 5/1/16 3:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall


Sweet Honey in the Rock
Sweet Honey in the Rock
Rooted in a deeply held commitment to create music out of the rich textures of African American legacy and traditions, Grammy Award winning Sweet Honey In The Rock possesses a stunning vocal prowess that captures the complex sounds of blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, African chants, hip hop, ancient lullabies, and jazz improvisation.
Fri 5/6/16 8:00PM Sanders Theatre


Malpaso Dance Company with Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble
Malpaso Dance Company with Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble
Founded by choreographer Osnel Delgado in 2012 and based in Havana, Cuba, Malpaso Dance Company is one of only a handful of Cuban dance companies that operates independently from the Cuban government, signaling a new era in Cuban dance. The Boston debut of the company will include new works by American choreographer Trey McIntyre and Malpaso’s Artistic Director Osnel Delgado, music set to and performed live by Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble.
Sat 5/14/16 8:00PM Shubert Theatre
Sun 5/15/16 3:00PM Shubert Theatre


Béla Fleck and Victor Wooten
Béla Fleck and Victor Wooten
Béla Fleck is considered by many the premiere banjo player in the world and Victor Wooten the most influential bassist since Jaco Pastorius. They are also longtime musical compatriots as members of the Grammy-winning supergroup, Béla Fleck & The Flecktones. The rapport these two musical masters enjoy is a rare treat for audiences.
Sat 10/15/16 8:00PM Sanders Theatre


Jazz 100
Jazz 100
Jazz has long roots in New Orleans history, but the music was clearly defined once the term “jazz” took hold in 1916. Join us in a celebration of the birth of jazz while honoring the centennial birthdays of greats Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald and Mongo Santamaria. Jazz 100 pivots on the musical direction of Danilo Pérez, former pianist for Dizzy Gillespie. Personnel includes: DANILO PÉREZ, piano; CHRIS POTTER, tenor saxophone; AVISHAI COHEN, trumpet; WYCLIFFE GORDON, trombone; LIZZ WRIGHT, vocals.
Sun 10/16/16 7:00PM Sanders Theatre


Ian Bostridge, tenor<br>Thomas Adès, piano
Ian Bostridge, tenor
Thomas Adès, piano
A 13-time Grammy nominee, one of the world’s leading tenors and an unparalleled recitalist, Ian Bostridge stands at the peak of his powers. Bostridge is also the author of Schubert’s Winter Journey, Anatomy of an Obsession, an insightful and gracefully written work on Winterreise that positions Bostridge as a leading authority on the work. Pianist Thomas Adès is renowned for his brilliant compositions as much as his stellar performances. The New York Times called Adès, “the most complete musician of his generation.” The pairing of these two remarkable musical partners has drawn raves across the world.
Fri 10/28/16 8:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall


Vertigo Dance Company
Vertigo Dance Company
Vertigo Dance Company was founded in 1992 by Noa Wertheim and Adi Sha’al as a two-person collaboration. Over the years, the Jerusalem-based company has become internationally celebrated not only for their artistic innovation but also for their unwavering commitment to the intersections of creativity, social responsibility, and ecological sustainability. Program will include Vertigo 20, a work which revisits this fascinating company’s unique history and development over the past two decades.
Sat 10/29/16 8:00PM Shubert Theatre
Sun 10/30/16 3:00PM Shubert Theatre


Sol Gabetta, cello<br>
Bertrand Chamayou, piano
Sol Gabetta, cello
Bertrand Chamayou, piano
Argentine cello star Sol Gabetta teams up with the phenomenal young French pianist, Bertrand Chamayou. Gabetta burst onto the international scene in 2004 winning the Crédit Suisse Young Artist Award and making her debut with Wiener Philharmoniker and Valery Gergiev. Chamayou has established himself at the highest level and is the only artist to win France's prestigious Victoires de la Musique on three occasions.
Wed 11/2/16 8:00PM Longy's Edward M. Pickman Hall


Imogen Cooper, piano
Imogen Cooper, piano
Regarded as one of the finest interpreters of Classical and Romantic repertoire, Imogen Cooper is internationally renowned for her virtuosity and lyricism.
Sat 11/5/16 8:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall


Chucho Valdés Joe Lovano Quintet
Chucho Valdés Joe Lovano Quintet
Two artists who exemplify the standards for creativity and exploration at the venerable Blue Note Records come together for the first time in the Chucho Valdés Joe Lovano Quintet. Pianist Chucho Valdés, has been a key figure in the evolution of Afro-Cuban jazz for the past 50 years while saxophonist Joe Lovano has recorded more albums on the famed Blue Note Records than any other artist.
Sun 11/6/16 7:00PM Berklee Performance Center


Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle, conductor
Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle, conductor
Berliner Philharmoniker is arguably the preeminent symphony orchestra of the age. Don’t miss the chance to hear Sir Simon Rattle in his last Boston performance in his role as Chief Conductor.
Please note: Child tickets are not available for this performance.
Fri 11/11/16 8:00PM Symphony Hall


Emerson String Quartet
Emerson String Quartet
The Emerson String Quartet has accumulated an unparalleled list of achievements over three decades: more than thirty acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys®, three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America’s "Ensemble of the Year." The arrival of Paul Watkins in 2013 has had a profound effect on the Emerson Quartet. His dedication and enthusiasm have infused the Quartet with a warm, rich tone and a palpable joy in the collaborative process.
Sun 11/20/16 3:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall


David Sedaris
David Sedaris
“Sedaris has hit upon the narrative equivalent of Pepsi, or the PlayStation, or oxygen, or the haircut: something that others in the world might actually want and find useful. . . He’s smart, he’s caustic, he’s mordant, and, somehow, he’s . . . well, nice.” —Toronto Globe and Mail
Please note: Child tickets are not available for this performance.
Sun 11/20/16 7:00PM Symphony Hall


What Makes It Great?<br>with Rob Kapilow<br>and NEC Philharmonia<br>Mussorgsky’s <i>Pictures at an Exhibition</i>
What Makes It Great?
with Rob Kapilow
and NEC Philharmonia
Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition
Modest Mussorgsky composed his masterwork Pictures at an Exhibition as a memorial to his friend, artist Viktor Hartmann. Devastated by the sudden death of his close friend, Mussorgsky visited a retrospective exhibit of Hartmann’s artwork and was moved to capture the experience in music. Join Rob Kapilow and NEC Philharmonia as they dissect and examine Ravel’s arrangement of this great work, accompanied by projections of many the original Hartmann images which inspired the work.
Fri 12/2/16 8:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall


Diana Damrau, soprano<br>Xavier de Maistre, harp
Diana Damrau, soprano
Xavier de Maistre, harp
Diana Damrau has been called the “leading coloratura soprano in the world.” She continues to amaze audiences with her unique voice and arresting stage presence. Damrau was awarded the title Bayerische Kammersängerin in 2007 and named “Best Female Singer” at the 2014 International Opera Awards. Works by Debussy, Smetana, Richard Strauss, Reynaldo Hahn, Chausson, Fauré, Duparc and Eva Dall’Acqua.
Sun 12/4/16 3:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall


Colin Currie, percussion
Colin Currie, percussion
Hailed as “the world’s finest and most daring percussionist,” and a recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society 2014 Instrumentalist Award, Scottish percussionist Colin Currie is a solo and chamber artist who uses his probing intensity and boundless energy to stunning musical affect.
Wed 12/7/16 8:00PM Longy's Edward M. Pickman Hall


What Makes It Great?<br>with Rob Kapilow<br>and Kyle Athayde Dance Party<br><i>The Train in Classic Jazz from Miller to Marsalis</i>
What Makes It Great?
with Rob Kapilow
and Kyle Athayde Dance Party
The Train in Classic Jazz from Miller to Marsalis
From Glenn Miller's Chattanooga Choo-Choo to Wynton Marsalis' Big Train, the everyday, ordinary sounds of trains have inspired some of the greatest jazz compositions of the 20th century. Railroads were a constant in American culture and deeply connected to the world of working musicians criss-crossing the country. In this installment of What Makes it Great? Rob Kapilow and the Kyle Athayde Dance Party examine and perform iconic jazz classics inspired by trains and composed by Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, and Wynton Marsalis.
Fri 1/20/17 8:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall


Jessica Lang Dance
Jessica Lang Dance
Founded in 2011, Jessica Lang Dance (JLD) is a New York City-based dance company dedicated to creating and performing the work of Jessica Lang (a former dancer with Twyla Tharp) who was hailed as "a master of visual composition" by Dance Magazine. The recipient of a 2014 Bessie Award, JLD seamlessly incorporates striking design elements and transforms classical ballet language into artfully crafted, emotionally engaging contemporary works.
Fri 1/27/17 7:30PM Shubert Theatre
Sat 1/28/17 8:00PM Shubert Theatre


Danish String Quartet
Danish String Quartet
Embodying the quintessential elements of a chamber music ensemble, the Danish String Quartet has established a reputation for their integrated sound, impeccable intonation and judicious balance. Audiences revel in the freshness and energy of this remarkable quartet. Celebrity Series audiences will recall the stunning sold-out 2013 recital by the group – not to be missed!
Sat 1/28/17 8:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall


Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet was founded during the era of Herbert von Karajan in 1988, and is the first permanently established wind quintet in the famous orchestra's rich tradition of chamber music. The program will feature the Boston premiere of a new work by Kalevi Aho, composed in 2015 for the Quintet.
Fri 2/3/17 8:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall


Susanna Phillips, soprano
Susanna Phillips, soprano
Alabama-born soprano Susanna Phillips, recipient of The Metropolitan Opera’s 2010 Beverly Sills Artist Award, continues to establish herself as one of today’s most sought-after singing actors and recitalists. Celebrity Series audiences will remember her stunning Debut Series performance in 2013 with tenor Joseph Kaiser. We are delighted to present Ms. Phillips for her first Celebrity Series solo recital.
Sat 2/4/17 8:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall


Igor Levit, piano
Igor Levit, piano
As the youngest participant in the 2005 Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv, Igor Levit won the Silver Prize, the Prize for Best Performer of Chamber Music, the Audience Favorite Prize and the Prize for Best Performer of Contemporary Music. Igor Levit’s presence was immediately felt and his career well launched.
Wed 2/8/17 8:00PM Longy's Edward M. Pickman Hall


Regina Carter, <i>Simply Ella</i>
Regina Carter, Simply Ella
Regina Carter is the foremost jazz violinist of her generation and a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” recipient. Marking the 100th birthday of a musical legend, Regina’s upcoming album and touring program celebrates the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald – THE source of Regina’s musical inspiration. An influence she has cherished throughout her life, Regina describes her visceral connection to Ella’s music.
Fri 2/10/17 8:00PM Sanders Theatre


Budapest Festival Orchestra, I. Fischer, cond., R. Goode, piano
Budapest Festival Orchestra, I. Fischer, cond., R. Goode, piano
Their Nonesuch recording of the Beethoven Piano Concertos was universally-acclaimed, including a Gramophone Record of the Year nomination. Hear this magnificent orchestra with conductor Ivan Fischer and renowned master pianist Richard Goode when they bring their special Beethoven project to Symphony Hall.
Sun 2/12/17 3:00PM Symphony Hall


VOCES8
VOCES8
Formed in 2003 by former Westminster Abbey choristers, VOCES8 is an exciting and versatile vocal group. The British octet performs repertoire ranging from Renaissance polyphony to modern jazz and pop arrangements.
Wed 2/15/17 8:00PM Longy's Edward M. Pickman Hall


Aaron Diehl and Cécile McLorin Salvant, <i>Jelly and George</i>
Aaron Diehl and Cécile McLorin Salvant, Jelly and George
Timeless classics are elevated by modern masters when Aaron Diehl and Cécile McLorin Salvant revisit and revitalize the works of jazz piano greats George Gershwin and Jelly Roll Morton. Combining lesser-known works with new arrangements of favorites, Aaron and Cécile’s project celebrates the past while tracing a musical lineage that spans a century.
Fri 2/17/17 8:00PM Berklee Performance Center


Philharmonia Quartett Berlin
Philharmonia Quartett Berlin
Hailed as "four of the best" by the British press after their debut at Wigmore Hall in London over two decades ago, the Philharmonia Quartett Berlin has celebrated a critically acclaimed career, establishing itself among the world's premier string quartets with 20-plus years of international concerts and a large and diverse discography.
Fri 3/3/17 8:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall


Sydney Dance Company
Sydney Dance Company
Sydney Dance Company is a legendary force in Australian contemporary dance. Its performances have appeared on the great dance stages of the world, from the Sydney Opera House in Australia, to the Joyce Theatre in New York, the Grand in Shanghai and the Stanislavsky in Moscow. In 2009, Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela’s sensuous aesthetic initiated a new chapter in the annals of the legendary Sydney Dance Company.
Sat 3/4/17 8:00PM Shubert Theatre
Sun 3/5/17 3:00PM Shubert Theatre


Vijay Iyer Sextet
Vijay Iyer Sextet
Grammy-nominated composer-pianist Vijay Iyer was named DownBeat Magazine’s 2015 Artist of the Year and 2014 Pianist of the Year, a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, and a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist. In 2014 he began a permanent appointment as professor of music at Harvard University. This remarkable, continually exploring artist has more than justified the avalanche of praise heaped on him in recent years. Celebrity Series audiences have experienced Iyer’s work with his trio, in collaboration with poet Robert Pinsky, as a composer, and now expanding his working trio to a sextet. Personnel: VIJAY IYER, piano; GRAHAM HAYNES, trumpet; MARK SHIM, tenor saxophone; STEVE LEHMAN, alto saxophone; STEPHAN CRUMP, bass; MARCUS GILMORE, drums.
Thu 3/9/17 8:00PM Sanders Theatre


Aoife O’Donovan, Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge
Aoife O’Donovan, Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge
For a decade, Aoife O’Donovan wielded her instrument with tensile strength as the captivating lead singer of the Boston-based progressive string band Crooked Still. Celebrity Series audiences will recall her turn as a featured vocalist on The Goat Rodeo Sessions concert with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile. O’Donovan is joined on this double-bill by Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge. Though still in his twenties, Lage has already enjoyed a remarkable, genre-crossing career. As the New York Times has put it, Lage is an artist whose roots are "tangled in jazz, folk, classical and country music." Guitarist Chris Eldridge, a founding member of Punch Brothers, has been at the vanguard of acoustic music for much of the past decade.
Fri 3/17/17 8:00PM Sanders Theatre


KODO, <i>Dadan 2017</i>
KODO, Dadan 2017
KODO celebrates its 35th Anniversary in 2016-17 by bringing Dadan 2017 to North America. Dadan is the latest work by KODO’s renowned Artistic Director Tamasaburo Bando and offers a bold new exploration of Japanese drumming traditions. KODO continues to be that rare combination of supreme artistry and physical endurance, which creates a mesmerizing, riveting and spiritual experience enjoyed by millions around the world.
Please note: Child tickets are not available for this performance.
Sun 3/19/17 5:00PM Symphony Hall


Paul Lewis, piano
Paul Lewis, piano
Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. His numerous awards have included the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year, two Edison awards, and three Gramophone awards.
Sun 3/26/17 3:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall


Sanam Marvi
Sanam Marvi
A gifted singer, Sanam Marvi is known as one of the finest singers of Sufi devotional music and Pakistani folk songs. Her work with major Bollywood stars has made her one of the leading voices in India and Pakistan. Whether singing in Urdu, Sindhi, or Saraiki, Marvi aims to reach across generations and cultures to create an inspiring experience, meditative and trance-inducing one moment and then thrillingly ecstatic the next. Like that of the late Nustrat Fateh Ali Khan, Marvi’s devotional joyousness and intoxication with divine love are completely awe-inspiring.
Please note: Child tickets are not available for this performance.
Sun 3/26/17 7:30PM Sanders Theatre


Che Malambo
Che Malambo
The Argentine dance company Che Malambo is a thrilling, percussive dance and music spectacle that celebrates the unique South American cowboy tradition of the gaucho. This powerhouse all-male company of 14 gauchos is directed by French choreographer and former ballet dancer, Gilles Brinas. Che Malambo brings fiery Malambo traditions and virtuosic dancing to the stage for an exhilarating and entertaining show that is perfect for the entire family.
Fri 3/31/17 7:30PM Shubert Theatre
Sat 4/1/17 8:00PM Shubert Theatre


Hilary Hahn, violin<br>Robert Levin, piano
Hilary Hahn, violin
Robert Levin, piano
In the two decades since her professional debut, three-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn has brought her virtuosity, expansive interpretations, and creative repertoire choices to Celebrity Series audiences. She has become among the most beloved of recitalists.
Sat 4/1/17 8:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall


Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis<br>
<i>Buddy Rich Centennial: Celebrating the Jazz Drum</i>
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Buddy Rich Centennial: Celebrating the Jazz Drum
Ali Jackson will propel the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in a virtuosic display of big band drums and rhythm. Jackson will arrange the music of Buddy Rich, an innovative big band genius who would have turned 100 this year. Rich was a renowned musical powerhouse for most of the 20th century, influencing generations and offering a visceral excitement that few drummers could capture. For the program’s second half, audiences will witness the Boston premiere of Jackson’s Rhythm Concerto, an extended piece written in the innovative spirit of drum greats like Rich.
Sun 4/9/17 5:00PM Symphony Hall


Escher String Quartet
Escher String Quartet
The Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty. Avery Fisher Career Grant recipients, the Eschers were recognized and championed by none other than the Emerson String Quartet, from which the group’s rise has been swift: BBC New Generation Artist; appearances on the Young Artists Program at Canada’s National Arts Centre; to being named Artists of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Wed 4/12/17 8:00PM Longy's Edward M. Pickman Hall


Roomful of Teeth with A Far Cry
Roomful of Teeth with A Far Cry
Roomful of Teeth is a GRAMMY-winning vocal project dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice. Celebrity Series audiences got a taste of this ensemble’s particular brand of magic at last season’s Stave Sessions. At Sanders Theatre, Roomful of Teeth will be joined by Boston’s own 17-piece collective, A Far Cry, in an innovative and exciting program that will include selections from Ted Hearne’s Law of Mosaics and Coloring Book, and Caroline Shaw’s arrangement of Josquin’s La déploration de la mort de Johannes Ockeghem and Music In Common Time.
Thu 4/13/17 8:00PM Sanders Theatre


Yo-Yo Ma–Edgar Meyer–Chris Thile, <i>The Bach Trios</i>
Yo-Yo Ma–Edgar Meyer–Chris Thile, The Bach Trios
A collaboration forged when the three performed as part of the Goat Rodeo Sessions bears fruit in a superb evening of the music of J.S. Bach. MacArthur Grant winners, world-renowned stars, supremely gifted artists — think of them however you like, this concert is about witnessing three master musicians at the peak of their powers. A must see!
Fri 4/21/17 8:00PM Symphony Hall


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
On March 30, 1958, Alvin Ailey led a group of young African-American modern dancers in a now-fabled performance at the 92nd Street Y in New York City that forever changed the perception of American dance. And in 1968, Celebrity Series of Boston first presented the Ailey company in what has become an annual tradition and celebration.
Thu 4/27/17 7:30PM Wang Theatre
Fri 4/28/17 8:00PM Wang Theatre
Sat 4/29/17 2:00PM Wang Theatre
Sat 4/29/17 8:00PM Wang Theatre
Sun 4/30/17 3:00PM Wang Theatre


Natalie Dessay, soprano
Natalie Dessay, soprano
French soprano Natalie Dessay is one of the very brightest stars in today’s operatic world, thrilling audiences as both a singer and an actress. Celebrity Series audiences were riveted by her Boston recital debut in 2014. We are pleased to present Ms. Dessay’s much anticipated return. Program to include works by Schubert, Fauré, Pfitzner, Liszt and Bizet.
Sat 4/29/17 8:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall


Marc-André Hamelin, piano
Marc-André Hamelin, piano
Marc-André Hamelin is among the elite world pianists for his unrivaled blend of musicianship and virtuosity in the great works of the established repertoire, as well as for his intrepid exploration of the neglected music of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Fri 5/5/17 8:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall


Chris Potter-Dave Holland-Kevin Eubanks-Obed Calvaire
Chris Potter-Dave Holland-Kevin Eubanks-Obed Calvaire
Each of these musicians has an impressive list of accomplishments, but for this band of leaders – a working band that plays together regularly – that means the kind of focused, musical mind reading that the very best improvisers can bring nightly. Tenor saxophonist Chris Potter, bassist Dave Holland, guitarist Kevin Eubanks, and drummer Obed Calvaire add up to an unforgettable night of great jazz.
Sat 5/6/17 8:00PM Sanders Theatre


L.A. Dance Project
L.A. Dance Project
Founded in 2012 by renowned choreographer and dancer Benjamin Millepied (former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer and Artistic Director of the Paris Opera Ballet), L.A. Dance Project has made an impact on the dance world with what the Los Angeles Times describes as “a defining artistic vision for our time” with its contemporary approach to art and movement.
Fri 5/19/17 7:30PM Shubert Theatre
Sat 5/20/17 8:00PM Shubert Theatre
Sun 5/21/17 3:00PM Shubert Theatre