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Stephen Hough, piano
Stephen Hough, piano
British pianist Stephen Hough combines an exceptional facility and tonal palette with a uniquely inquisitive musical personality. His musical achievements have resulted in many awards and accolades for his concerts and a discography of more than fifty recordings.
Fri 5/8/15 8:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall Stephen Hough, piano


Jad Abumrad, Gut Churn
Jad Abumrad, Gut Churn
This lecture thread begins with a simple question: what does it mean to “innovate?” How does it feel to make something new in the world? (These are questions Radiolab host Jad Abumrad was frequently asked after being awarded a MacArthur fellowship in 2011). This lecture, on one level, is the personal story of how Jad invented a new aesthetic. On another, it is a clinic in the art of storytelling. On a third and more profound level, the lecture is the result of a three-year investigation into the science, philosophy and art of uncertainty, which all began with the two words that are the title of this talk. Gut Churn. What use do negative feelings have during the creative process? Do those feelings get in the way, or do they propel us forward?
Sat 5/9/15 8:00PM Sanders Theatre Jad Abumrad, Gut Churn


Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet
Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet
Founded in 2003, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet has distinguished itself through its exceptionally talented corps of sixteen dancers, its constant quest for new forms and an extraordinary repertory of work by some of the world’s most forward-thinking choreographers.
Fri 5/15/15 7:30PM Citi Shubert Theatre Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet
Sat 5/16/15 8:00PM Citi Shubert Theatre Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet
Sun 5/17/15 3:00PM Citi Shubert Theatre Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet


Kurt Elling <i>Passion World</i> <br>with special guest Anat Cohen
Kurt Elling Passion World
with special guest Anat Cohen
Named DownBeat Critics Poll’s Male Vocalist of the Year an unprecedented fourteen times, Kurt Elling is one of the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. Every one of his albums has been nominated for a Grammy Award. Originally commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center, Passion World explores the language of love in a journey around the world through internationally famous ballads of love and loss. For this edition of Passion World, Elling is joined by special guest, multi-reedist Anat Cohen.
Fri 5/15/15 8:00PM Sanders Theatre Kurt Elling Passion World
with special guest Anat Cohen


David Sedaris
David Sedaris
One of America’s preeminent humorists and a Celebrity Series favorite. Sedaris is a must.

Spellbound Contemporary Ballet
Spellbound Contemporary Ballet
Spellbound was a revelation when they made their Boston debut for the Celebrity Series in 2013. For this engagement, the company dances choreographer Mauro Astolfi’s reimagined Le Quattro Stagioni (The Four Seasons). The work is a stunning achievement that pushes past the traditional symbols associated with the passing of the seasons and dives into a visceral reconnection with the cycles of renewal in nature. Dancers explore the kaleidoscope of the seasons to segments of Antonio Vivaldi’s masterpiece juxtaposed with original music by Luca Salvadori and fragments of bird song, modal ancient melody, abstract electronic sound bites, the glass harmonica, and bass flute.

Dawn Upshaw, soprano
Dawn Upshaw, soprano
The inimitable Dawn Upshaw and her perfectly matched partner pianist Gilbert Kalish bring a special program inspired by folk songs, to include works by Schubert, Messiaen, Bartók, Kodály, Ives and Bolcom.

Pavel Haas Quartet
Pavel Haas Quartet
Since the Pavel Haas Quartet won the Paolo Borciani competition in Italy in Spring 2005, this young Czech quartet has established itself as one of the leading chamber ensembles of the day, performing at the world’s most prestigious concert halls and recording five award-winning CDs.

Lang Lang, piano
Lang Lang, piano
“Lang the magician is slowly transforming himself into Lang the musician…there will be no stopping this nonchalant dervish of the keyboard . . .his playing was so raptly beautiful that one was afraid to breathe for fear of missing anything.” —Chicago Tribune

Gil Shaham, violin
Gil Shaham, violin
Gil Shaham performs the Sei solo, “six alone,” as J.S. Bach labeled his set of three sonatas and three partitas for solo violin in a fascinating multi-media performance at Sanders Theatre. These iconic landmarks of European culture are among the most technically challenging music ever written for the violin. Gil Shaham’s collaborative vision for tackling these masterworks includes newly commissioned films by visual artist David Michalek, creator of the internationally celebrated outdoor installation, SLOWDANCING.

What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow. American song from Kern to Copland and Beyond
What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow. American song from Kern to Copland and Beyond
From Jerome Kern to Aaron Copland, from Broadway to art songs, America produced a stunningly varied and brilliant array of songs in the 20th century in a variety of styles. Rob Kapilow will unpack and celebrate American songwriting in this edition of the ever popular What Makes It Great?

Mavis Staples and Joan Osborne, Solid Soul
Mavis Staples and Joan Osborne, Solid Soul
From her early days with the iconic Staple Singers, when she was on top of the charts with songs like the 1972 #1 hit "I’ll Take You There", to her recent albums with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples has been a leader in American music for six decades. The "Solid Soul" tour marks her first tour collaboration with multi-platinum recording artist Joan Osborne, the widely celebrated singer-songwriter who dominated Top 40 radio with her hit song "One of Us" and whose albums have garnered seven Grammy nominations.

Bach Collegium Japan
Bach Collegium Japan
Bach Collegium Japan is widely recognized as one of world’s leading interpreters of J.S. Bach and his contemporaries. Its inspirational Music Director Masaaki Suzuki founded Bach Collegium Japan in 1990 to introduce the Japanese audience to period instrument performances of great works from the baroque period.

Chucho Valdés: Irakere 40
Chucho Valdés: Irakere 40
Winner of five Grammy and three Latin Grammy awards, the Cuban pianist, composer and arranger Chucho Valdés is the most influential figure in modern Afro-Cuban jazz. Irakere is the small, Cuban-style big band that he founded 40 years ago, still going strong with an explosive mix of jazz, rock, classical, Afro-Cuban and traditional Cuban music.

Circa, Opus
Circa, Opus
Opus is a work of stunning power, virtuosity and poetry. Fourteen acrobats and a string quartet celebrate the music of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. In Opus, three of his quartets form the musical and dramatic spine of a red-hot fusion of extreme acrobatics, lyrical movement and group choreography. This is groundbreaking work of intense power; a melding of music and bodies at the highest level.
Fri 11/13/15 7:30PM Citi Shubert Theatre Circa, Opus
Sat 11/14/15 8:00PM Citi Shubert Theatre Circa, Opus
Sun 11/15/15 3:00PM Citi Shubert Theatre Circa, Opus


Soweto Gospel Choir
Soweto Gospel Choir
Winner of two Grammys, one Emmy, three SAMAS and one Oscar nomination, Soweto Gospel Choir is one of South Africa’s most accomplished performing groups. This 24-member choir’s signature mix of African gospel, reggae, original arrangements of American pop music have has inspired fans worldwide.

Yo-Yo Ma, cello;  Kathryn Stott, piano.
Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Kathryn Stott, piano.
The many-faceted career of cellist Yo-Yo Ma is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. We are all lucky to have Yo-Yo Ma living in our era, for he is simply the best.

Jennifer Koh, violin; Shai Wosner, piano:  Bridge to Beethoven
Jennifer Koh, violin; Shai Wosner, piano: Bridge to Beethoven
Grammy-nominated violinist Jennifer Koh joins Avery Fisher Career Grant winner and pianist Shai Wosner for Bridge to Beethoven, a project to explore the impact and significance Beethoven and classical music have had on a diverse group of composers and musicians. This program features a new commission from jazz pianist and composer Vijay Iyer as a companion piece to Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” sonata.

Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci & Brian Blade: Children of the Light, with special opening by Joey Alexander
Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci & Brian Blade: Children of the Light, with special opening by Joey Alexander
Pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade are three jazz masters of their era—each a powerful leader in his own right—who came together under the leadership of tenor saxophone titan Wayne Shorter and have now launched themselves skyward as an all-star trio.

Billy Collins & Aimee Mann: An Evening of Poetry, Acoustic Music & Conversation
Billy Collins & Aimee Mann: An Evening of Poetry, Acoustic Music & Conversation
Former U.S. Poet Laureate and a Guggenheim Fellow Billy Collins and Oscar- and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Aimee Mann come together for a rare evening of poetry, acoustic music and conversation about their art forms and creative process.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Hailed as "an extraordinarily versatile orchestra" by The Los Angeles Times, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is composed of fifteen of jazz music's finest soloists under the leadership of musical director Wynton Marsalis. A powerfully swinging experience!

Tara Erraught, mezzo-soprano
Tara Erraught, mezzo-soprano
Irish-born mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught’s star is rising. Since stepping in on five days’ notice to sing the role of Romeo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi at the Bayerische Staatsoper in 2011, Erraught has become a genuine star in Europe. For those who have experienced her rich voice, expansive range and charming stage presence, her stardom in this country seems inevitable.

Takács Quartet
Takács Quartet
The masterful Takács Quartet return to the Celebrity Series with a program featuring the Boston premiere of a new work by Timo Andres.

David Finckel, cello;  Wu Han, piano;  David Shifrin, clarinet
David Finckel, cello; Wu Han, piano; David Shifrin, clarinet
“Mr. Finckel and Wu Han gave eloquent and deeply committed performances. He played with a deep and burnished tone and she with a sparkling virtuosity.” —The New York Times

Denis Kozhukhin, piano
Denis Kozhukhin, piano
Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin was launched onto the international scene after winning First Prize in the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels at the age of 23. His utter command, both technically and artistically, combined with a clearly communicated sense of joy are quickly making him one of his generation’s most in demand pianists.

Billy Childs with Becca Stevens and Alicia Olatuja: Reimagining Laura Nyro
Billy Childs with Becca Stevens and Alicia Olatuja: Reimagining Laura Nyro
When jazz pianist and Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Billy Childs was 11 years old, his older sister introduced him to the work of singer-songwriter, Laura Nyro (1947-1997). Her blend of Broadway inspired melodies, jazz improvisation and socially conscious lyrics stayed with him, and in 2014 Childs released his two Grammy Award winning tribute, Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro. Joined by an extended ensemble including saxophone, harp, guitar and string quartet and vocalists Becca Stevens and Alicia Olatuja, Childs brings us an evening of Nyro’s songs made famous by other artists including Barbra Streisand, The 5th Dimension, Patti LaBelle, and Blood, Sweat & Tears.

Del McCoury and Woody Guthrie:  The Del McCoury Band sings unreleased songs of Woody Guthrie
Del McCoury and Woody Guthrie: The Del McCoury Band sings unreleased songs of Woody Guthrie
An evening of unheard lyrics from America’s great folk poet, Woody Guthrie, with music by the most awarded artist in the history of bluegrass.

Orchestre National de France; Daniele Gatti, music director, Alexandre Tharaud, piano soloist
Orchestre National de France; Daniele Gatti, music director, Alexandre Tharaud, piano soloist
"The orchestra has a sheen and brightness that bathes the music in a new light... Details were in place, shadings were almost miraculous." —Philadelphia Inquirer

BalletBoyz
BalletBoyz
The brainchild of former Royal Ballet principal dancers, Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt, BalletBoyz was founded in 2001. An all-male company of ten dynamic dancers, BalletBoyz is one of the most original and innovative forces in modern dance, celebrated for its energy and grace. Program will include Christopher Wheeldon’s Mesmerics, originally created for the company in 2003 and now reworked for the current ensemble.

Mack Avenue Superband
Mack Avenue Superband
Celebrity Series audiences won’t soon forget the Christian McBride Trio’s Sanders Theatre -rocking performance in our 2014-15 season. The same Trio that lit up Cambridge forms the backbone of the Mack Avenue Superband. With a front line that boasts Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra alum Sean Jones on trumpet and saxophonist Tia Fuller from Beyoncé’s all-female band as well as musical direction from bassist Christian McBride and legendary vibraphonist Gary Burton, this band has everything it needs – and everything you need.

Brooklyn Rider with Gabriel Kahane
Brooklyn Rider with Gabriel Kahane
Two artists featured as part of the Celebrity Series’ Stave Sessions performances last season, Brooklyn Rider and Gabriel Kahane are at the vanguard of a new generation. Hailed as “the future of chamber music” (Strings), Brooklyn Rider performs eclectic repertoire in arresting performances that have attracted legions of fans and rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike. Though much of his work to date is considered in the classical tradition, Kahane’s 2014 recording, The Ambassador, a unique and personal examination of Los Angeles, has drawn critical raves. Program will include selections from the Brooklyn Rider Almanac and Kahane’s Come On All You Ghosts for quartet and voice, Bradbury Studies and excerpts from The Ambassador.

Ana Gasteyer in Concert
Ana Gasteyer in Concert
When Saturday Night Live alum Ana Gasteyer steps up to the mic, she evokes the swagger of an era when a lady ruled a nightclub and an audience knew they were in for good time. From songs like One Mint Julep and Proper Cup of Coffee to a surprisingly smooth rendition of Carrie Underwood’s Before He Cheats, Gasteyer’s saucy selections tell stories with humor, heartbreak...and just a little splash of soda. The patter is real, the themes adult; the lyrics timeless, and the music swings like crazy!

Miloš Karadaglic, guitar
Miloš Karadaglic, guitar
Guitarist Miloš Karadaglic, whose two sold out performances highlighted the inaugural season of the Debut Series in 2013 returns to the Celebrity Series. Since topping the UK classical charts in 2011 with his first solo recording, the young guitar phenomenon continues to enjoy a meteoric rise.

András Schiff, piano
András Schiff, piano
"Schiff's interpretations were beautifully conceived with an intimacy and insight that spoke of his own profound feeling for the music." — Daily Telegraph (London)

Tetzlaff Trio:  Christian Tetzlaff, violin; Tanja Tetzlaff, cello; Lars Vogt, piano
Tetzlaff Trio: Christian Tetzlaff, violin; Tanja Tetzlaff, cello; Lars Vogt, piano
Violinist Tetzlaff and pianist Vogt, both well known and beloved by Boston audiences add cellist Tanja Tetzlaff to round out a phenomenally talented ensemble. Don’t miss this brilliant piano trio in its Celebrity Series debut.

Akram Khan & Israel Galván, Torobaka
Akram Khan & Israel Galván, Torobaka
Akram Khan is one of the most respected dance artists in the world today. Israel Galván has been at the forefront of contemporary flamenco for 20 years. Two tremendously gifted dancers, each from different disciplines –kathak and flamenco– face off in a program of extraordinary dancing and live music. Torobaka, the creation of Britain’s Akram Khan and Spain’s Israel Galván is a dance tour de force that will leave you breathless.

What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow with the NEC Philharmonia: Beethoven, Symphony No. 1
What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow with the NEC Philharmonia: Beethoven, Symphony No. 1
You’ll want to be on hand as Rob Kapilow performs another of his inimitable high energy deconstructions of a great classical work in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1. Kapilow will guide his audience past the ghosts of Haydn and Mozart that linger here while showing audiences how, with this work, the great Beethoven boldly introduced himself to the world as symphonic composer. Kapilow’s collaborators for this project will be New England Conservatory’s top orchestra, NEC Philharmonia.

Itzhak Perlman, 20th Anniversary of In The Fiddler’s House
Itzhak Perlman, 20th Anniversary of In The Fiddler’s House
Twenty years have passed since Itzhak Perlman released his stunningly successful and beloved klezmer recording and PBS special, In the Fiddler’s House. Perlman revisits this important, personal project celebrating the klezmer tradition at Symphony Hall with some of his closest musical friends.

Paul Appleby, tenor
Paul Appleby, tenor
A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, and already a regular guest at the Met, rising star tenor Paul Appleby is becoming one of the most sought-after voices of his generation.

Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins, and Anaïs Mitchell
Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins, and Anaïs Mitchell
In a highly anticipated collaboration, Grammy Award-winner Patty Griffin joins forces with Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek) and award-winning songwriter Anaïs Mitchell in a celebration of American songwriting and performance. This special “singers-in-the-round” style show features all three artists on stage together, sharing songs and accompanying each other for the entire evening.

Avi Avital, mandolin: Between Worlds Tour
Avi Avital, mandolin: Between Worlds Tour
Mandolinist Avi Avital is one of a generation of performers redrawing the boundaries of traditional musical genres. His ambition is to revitalize the mandolin in both solo and chamber repertoire and inspire the creation of new music for an instrument that has been unjustly neglected within classical music. Program will explore the borders between folk and classical music and include works by Kreisler, J.S. Bach, Villa-Lobos, Bartók and traditional Turkish and Israeli music.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
The Celebrity Series of Boston began its relationship with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater with a single night engagement in 1968. Since that time the annual Celebrity Series appearance by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has become a city-wide event celebrating the best of modern of dance and the relationship between Boston and this remarkable cultural treasure.
Thu 3/17/16 7:30PM Citi Wang Theatre Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Fri 3/18/16 8:00PM Citi Wang Theatre Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Sat 3/19/16 2:00PM Citi Wang Theatre Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Sat 3/19/16 8:00PM Citi Wang Theatre Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Sun 3/20/16 3:00PM Citi Wang Theatre Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater


Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  Joshua Bell, music director & soloist
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Joshua Bell, music director & soloist
Joshua Bell and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, one an artist at the peak of his powers, the other a cultural icon continuing a long and glorious reign, may well have found the perfect match in each other.

Binge-Worthy Journalism: Backstage with the Creators of SERIAL, Sarah Koenig & Julie Snyder
Binge-Worthy Journalism: Backstage with the Creators of SERIAL, Sarah Koenig & Julie Snyder
When it launched in the fall of 2014, Serial became the fastest podcast to reach 5 million downloads in iTunes history. Co-created by veteran radio journalists and producers Sarah Koenig & Julie Snyder, Serial quickly became the most popular podcast in the world. In this live presentation, Sarah Koenig & Julie Snyder will take the audience backstage in the creation of this cultural phenomenon. Using some of their favorite tape, they’ll tell personal behind-the-scenes stories, explain how they constructed certain episodes, and allow the audience to follow the ups and downs of creating a new form of modern journalism.

Jeremy Denk, piano
Jeremy Denk, piano
MacArthur Fellow and Avery Fisher Prize winner Jeremy Denk is a pianist of rare insight, possessed of stunning intellectual, technical and aesthetic gifts put brilliantly into action.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Celebrating 38 years as one of the most original forces in contemporary dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago has long been known for its exceptionally talented dancers and a diverse repertoire of adventurous choreography.
Fri 4/15/16 7:30PM Citi Shubert Theatre Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Sat 4/16/16 8:00PM Citi Shubert Theatre Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Sun 4/17/16 3:00PM Citi Shubert Theatre Hubbard Street Dance Chicago


Jerusalem String Quartet with Inon Barnatan, piano
Jerusalem String Quartet with Inon Barnatan, piano
Returning to Boston following their brilliant Boston debut performance in our 2013-14 season, the Jerusalem String Quartet brings with them another rising star in pianist Inon Barnatan, himself fresh from a triumphant December 2014 Debut Series recital.

SF JAZZ Collective, The Music of Michael Jackson and Original Compositions
SF JAZZ Collective, The Music of Michael Jackson and Original Compositions
An all-star ensemble comprising of eight of the finest performer/composers at work in jazz today, the SFJAZZ Collective’s mission each year is to perform fresh arrangements of works by a modern master and newly commissioned pieces by each Collective member. As the undisputed “King of Pop,” Michael Jackson’s influence continues to be felt throughout popular music. The Collective’s arrangements of Michael Jackson’s timeless music include the hits Rock With You, Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin, Thriller, Smooth Criminal, among others.

Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano
Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano
Susan Graham—dubbed “America’s favorite mezzo” by Gramophone magazine—rose to the highest echelon of international artists within just a few years of her professional debut. Throughout her career, this distinctly American artist has been recognized as one of the foremost exponents of French vocal music; a Texas native, she was awarded the French government’s prestigious “Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur.” but her range of repertoire and genres is truly vast. Program to include works by Schumann, Grieg, Strauss, Fauré, Mahler, Ravel, Poulenc, Granados.

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.

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.

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.