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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 Boch Center Shubert Theatre
Sun 3/5/17 3:00PM Boch Center 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; JUSTIN BROWN, drums.
Thu 3/9/17 8:00PM Sanders Theatre


Release The Hounds: An Evening with Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge | Aoife O’Donovan
Release The Hounds: An Evening with Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge | Aoife O’Donovan
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.
Sun 3/19/17 5:00PM Symphony Hall


STAVE SESSIONS - yMusic
STAVE SESSIONS - yMusic
Six musicians (string trio, flute, clarinet, and trumpet) hailed by NPR’s Fred Child as “one of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music,” yMusic commission from and collaborate with many of the era’s most compelling creators of pop and classical music: Chris Thile, Nico Muhly, Ben Folds, José Gonzalez, and Andrew Norman, among many others.
Tue 3/21/17 8:30PM 160 Massachusetts Ave


STAVE SESSIONS - Melissa Aldana
STAVE SESSIONS - Melissa Aldana
Rising tenor sax star Melissa Aldana, the first woman to win the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone competition, makes no secret about being inspired by Sonny Rollins: like Sonny in the late ‘50s, she fronts a pianoless trio (Gary Zaleski, piano, Pablo Menares, bass, Jochen Rueckert, drums). But she’s coming into her own as an artist: her 2016 record “Back Home” was widely praised. Jazz Times said, “Melissa Aldana is going to be an influential tenor saxophonist in jazz for decades to come… she abets her old soul with a contemporary dexterity and harmonic sophistication.”
Wed 3/22/17 8:30PM 160 Massachusetts Ave


STAVE SESSIONS - Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
STAVE SESSIONS - Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
Darcy James Argue and his 18-piece big band have been celebrated for their “slashing fury and awesome full-ensemble precision” (The New York City Jazz Record) and “brilliant soundscapes” (Globe and Mail). The Society led the Big Band Category in DownBeat Magazine’s Critics Poll in 2015 and their recordings have earned GRAMMY and JUNO Award nominations. The set will include songs from the Society’s new recording, Real Enemies, among other selections.
Thu 3/23/17 8:30PM 160 Massachusetts Ave


STAVE SESSIONS - TIGUE and Innov Gnawa
STAVE SESSIONS - TIGUE and Innov Gnawa
TIGUE is a percussion trio using members’ conservatory training and eclectic influences to create music that sits at the intersection of contemporary music and art rock. Innov Gnawa performs Moroccan gnawa music: hypnotic Islamic liturgical chants with plucked string and percussive instrumentation. Together, they’ll explore traditional and modern approaches to trance.
Fri 3/24/17 8:30PM 160 Massachusetts Ave


STAVE SESSIONS - Blonde Redhead featuring ACME
STAVE SESSIONS - Blonde Redhead featuring ACME
Formed by Japanese lead singer and guitarist Kazu Makino and Italian twin brothers Amedeo (guitar/vocals) and Simone Pace (drums), Blonde Redhead have built their decades-long career as a driving creative force on the indie music scene. They will perform their seminal 2004 album Misery is a Butterfly in its entirety featuring ACME: American Contemporary Music Ensemble. NPR called ACME “contemporary music dynamos,” and The New York Times described their performances as “vital,” “brilliant,” and “electrifying.”
Sat 3/25/17 8:30PM 160 Massachusetts Ave


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.
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 Boch Center Shubert Theatre
Sat 4/1/17 8:00PM Boch Center 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 Boch Center Wang Theatre
Fri 4/28/17 8:00PM Boch Center Wang Theatre
Sat 4/29/17 2:00PM Boch Center Wang Theatre
Sat 4/29/17 8:00PM Boch Center Wang Theatre
Sun 4/30/17 3:00PM Boch Center Wang Theatre


Natalie Dessay, soprano
Natalie Dessay, soprano
Natalie Dessay explores “Portraits of Women” through lieder by Schubert and Mendelssohn, arias by Mozart and Gounod, and more. Don’t miss the long-awaited follow up to her sold-out 2014 Series debut!
Sat 4/29/17 8:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall


An Intimate Evening with Kristin Chenoweth
An Intimate Evening with Kristin Chenoweth
Emmy- and Tony-award winning singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth brings her boundless talent and charisma to Symphony Hall for an unforgettable evening of personal favorites: Broadway, pop, songbook classics, and more.
Sun 4/30/17 7:00PM Symphony 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


AZIZA featuring Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke and Eric Harland
AZIZA featuring Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke and Eric Harland
Each of these musicians has an impressive list of accomplishments, but 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. This will be 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 Boch Center Shubert Theatre
Sat 5/20/17 8:00PM Boch Center Shubert Theatre
Sun 5/21/17 3:00PM Boch Center Shubert Theatre