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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.
Sun 2/21/16 3:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall Miloš Karadaglic, guitar


Sir András Schiff, piano
Sir 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)
Fri 2/26/16 8:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall Sir András Schiff, piano


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.
Sat 2/27/16 8:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall Tetzlaff Trio: Christian Tetzlaff, violin; Tanja Tetzlaff, cello; Lars Vogt, piano


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.

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Sat 2/27/16 8:00PM Citi Shubert Theatre Akram Khan & Israel Galván, Torobaka
Sun 2/28/16 3:00PM Citi Shubert Theatre Akram Khan & Israel Galván, Torobaka


Kelli O'Hara in Concert
Kelli O'Hara in Concert
Kelli O’Hara, the reigning Tony Award-winning Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her role in The King and I, makes her Celebrity Series debut with an intimate one-night engagement. 2014 was an exceptionally busy year. Her performance as Francesca in the musical adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County earned her Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle nominations. Additionally, she starred as Mrs. Darling in NBC’s live telecast of “Peter Pan” alongside Allison Williams and Christian Borle, and on New Year’s Eve, Kelli made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the production of The Merry Widow with Renée Fleming.
Sun 2/28/16 7:00PM Sanders Theatre Kelli O'Hara in Concert


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.
Sun 3/6/16 3:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow with the NEC Philharmonia: Beethoven, Symphony No. 1


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.
Sun 3/6/16 7:00PM Symphony Hall Itzhak Perlman, 20th Anniversary of In The Fiddler’s House


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.
Wed 3/9/16 8:00PM Longy's Edward M. Pickman Hall Paul Appleby, tenor


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.
Thu 3/10/16 8:00PM Sanders Theatre Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins, and Anaïs Mitchell


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.
Fri 3/11/16 8:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall Avi Avital, mandolin: Between Worlds Tour


STAVE SESSIONS - Berklee Night
STAVE SESSIONS - Berklee Night
3 Sudacas is a trio formed by Marianella Rojas from Venezuela (voice and percussion), Eduardo Mercuri from Brazil (guitar), and Esther Rojas from Colombia (bass). The trio creates a fusion of traditional music from their native countries with jazz harmony and pop elements that give a subtle and fresh sound. The members met at Berklee College of Music 2 years ago and they have been playing together since then.

Mixcla is led by composer/pianist/singer Zahili Gonzalez Zamora and features Gerson Esteban Lazo Quiroga on bass and Takafumi Nikaido on percussion. Mixcla is a play on words and a play on sounds from the mountains of Chile the traditions of Japan and the fires of Cuba. Mixcla achieves a truly unique Latin jazz experience.
Sun 3/13/16 8:30PM 160 Massachusetts Ave STAVE SESSIONS - Berklee Night


STAVE SESSIONS - Sybarite5
STAVE SESSIONS - Sybarite5
Sybarite5 is the first string quintet ever selected as a winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition. Comprised of Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney, violins; Angela Pickett, viola; Laura Metcalf, cello; and Louis Levitt, bass, Sybarite5 has taken audiences by storm all across the US, forever changing the perception of chamber music performance. Sybarite5 is always on the lookout for new tunes and composers that speak with a unique and relevant voice. Outliers is a program with works written by "our favorite composers mixed with music from the friends we've made traveling the world performing the music we love." Sybarite5 plays the music of their friends Shawn Conley, Jessica Meyer, Michael Gilbertson and pairs with the group's favorite works of Armenian folk music, Piazzolla, Pete Seger, Elgar, and Radiohead.
Tue 3/15/16 8:30PM 160 Massachusetts Ave STAVE SESSIONS - Sybarite5


STAVE SESSIONS Kneebody+Daedelus
STAVE SESSIONS Kneebody+Daedelus
Kneebody's sound is explosive rock energy paralleled with high-level nuanced chamber ensemble playing, with highly wrought compositions that are balanced with adventurous no-holds-barred improvising. All "sounds-like" references can be set aside; this band has created a genre and style all its own. Kneebody, keyboardist Adam Benjamin, trumpeter Shane Endsley, electric bassist Kaveh Rastegar, drummer Nate Wood, and saxophonist Ben Wendel, have consistently earned critical praise. As a Los Angeles Times reviewer noted of one of their typically fierce gigs, "It's probably safe to assume at this point that no other band working today can offer what Kneebody delivered." While Daedelus (Alfred Darlington) has also been widely lauded for his vast number of albums, EPs, and remixes (most recently for Flying Lotus's Brainfeeder label), it's what he brings in bold strokes to live improvisational settings like this collaboration where he especially shines.
Wed 3/16/16 8:30PM 160 Massachusetts Ave STAVE SESSIONS Kneebody+Daedelus


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.

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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


STAVE SESSIONS - My Brightest Diamond
STAVE SESSIONS - My Brightest Diamond
Singer-songwriter Shara Worden's multi-faceted career as My Brightest Diamond, which began with an acclaimed independent rock record, has reflected her journey into the world of performing arts. She can front a rock band, sing Górecki's Third Symphony, lead a marching band processional down the streets of the Sundance film festival and perform in a baroque opera of their own composing all in a month’s time. An Arkansas native, Worden came from a musical family of traveling evangelists. She went on to study operatic voice and then classical composition after a move to New York City. Shara began working as My Brightest Diamond in 2006, following a protean period in the band AwRY, and joining Sufjan Stevens’ Illinoisemakers live ensemble. Asthmatic Kitty Records released her debut album, Bring Me The Workhorse in 2006, A Thousand Sharks' Teeth in 2008, 2011’s All Things Will Unwind, featuring yMusic, and This is My Hand in 2014.
Thu 3/17/16 8:30PM 160 Massachusetts Ave STAVE SESSIONS - My Brightest Diamond


STAVE SESSIONS - Sam Amidon & Glenn Kotche
STAVE SESSIONS - Sam Amidon & Glenn Kotche
Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/artist Sam Amidon began playing fiddle at the age of three. Raised by musician parents on a steady diet of Irish and Appalachian folk in Brattleboro, Vermont, Amidon spent much of his teens performing and recording traditional dance and avant-folk music with his parents, as well as his own group, Assembly. He added banjo and guitar to his repertoire after relocating to New York City, where he began collaborating with longtime friend Thomas Bartlett (Doveman), as well as a host of other groups like Tall Firs, The Swell Season, Stares and Bill Frisell. Since 2001, Kotche has been the rhythmic anchor in the rock band Wilco. His work with the group spans the breakthrough Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and the Grammy-winning A Ghost Is Born. He has appeared on over 80 recordings and has also written music for classical and post-classical ensembles like Kronos Quartet, the Silk Road Ensemble, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, So Percussion, and eighth blackbird. Starting with 2002's Introducing, Kotche's solo work traces an arc of creative growth and vitality that reflects this wide swath of influences. Mobile, released on Nonesuch Records in 2006, implied the travel-oriented theme of its title, ranging wide with vibraphone, kalimba, hammered dulcimer and crotales; Pitchfork found it "...as rooted around high-brow concepts as it is in rhythmic dynamicity and melodic bemusement."
Fri 3/18/16 8:30PM 160 Massachusetts Ave STAVE SESSIONS - Sam Amidon & Glenn Kotche


STAVE SESSIONS - So Percussion
STAVE SESSIONS - So Percussion
With its innovative multi-genre original productions, sensational interpretations of modern classics, and "exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam," (The New Yorker), So Percussion has redefined the scope of the modern percussion ensemble. Their repertoire ranges from core 20th century works by Cage and Steve Reich, to commissioning and advocating works by contemporary composers such as David Lang and Steve Mackey, to distinctively modern collaborations with artists who work outside the classical concert hall, including Shara Worden, electronic duo Matmos, Dan Deacon, Bobby Previte, jam band kings Medeski, Martin, and Wood, Glenn Kotche, and The National’s Bryce Dessner, among many others. Recent and upcoming dates include performances at Bonnaroo, Carnegie Hall, at Walt Disney Hall with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil, and at the Barbican in London. Buke and Gase are a Brooklyn-based duo, Arone Dyer on the "buke" (a self-modified six-string baritone ukulele) and Aron Sanchez on the "gase" (a guitar-bass hybrid of his own creation). Both of them play double duty mobilizing a small army of foot percussion. These instruments are then filtered through various pedals, amplifiers and other homemade inventions to create a surprisingly complex sound. Arone’s super melodic vocal lines weave through the beautiful yet sometimes unwieldy musical matter, balancing light and dark, calamity and control.
Sat 3/19/16 8:30PM 160 Massachusetts Ave STAVE SESSIONS - So Percussion


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.
Sun 3/20/16 3:00PM Symphony Hall Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Joshua Bell, music director & soloist


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.
Wed 3/30/16 8:00PM Symphony Hall Binge-Worthy Journalism: Backstage with the Creators of SERIAL, Sarah Koenig & Julie Snyder


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.
Sat 4/2/16 8:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall Jeremy Denk, piano


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.

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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.
Sun 4/17/16 3:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall Jerusalem String Quartet with Inon Barnatan, piano


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.
Sun 4/24/16 7:00PM Berklee Performance Center SF JAZZ Collective, The Music of Michael Jackson and Original Compositions



NEC Philharmonia with Hugh Wolff, conductor
Wed 4/27/16 8:00PM Symphony Hall NEC Philharmonia with Hugh Wolff, conductor


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.
Fri 4/29/16 8:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano


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 Emanuel Ax, piano


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 Sweet Honey in the Rock


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.

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Sat 5/14/16 8:00PM Citi Shubert Theatre Malpaso Dance Company with Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble
Sun 5/15/16 3:00PM Citi Shubert Theatre Malpaso Dance Company with Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble