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What Makes It Great?<br>with Rob Kapilow<br>and Kyle Athayde Dance Party<br>with Special Guest Underground<br><i>The Train in Classic Jazz from Miller to Marsalis</i>
What Makes It Great?
with Rob Kapilow
and Kyle Athayde Dance Party
with Special Guest Underground
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, the Kyle Athayde Dance Party, and special guest Underground 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 Boch Center Shubert Theatre
Sat 1/28/17 8:00PM Boch Center 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


Noam Pikelny with Special Guest Anaïs Mitchell
Noam Pikelny with Special Guest Anaïs Mitchell
Noam Pikelny, hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the "pros' top banjo picker," has emerged as the preeminent banjoist of his generation. Noam is a founding member of Punch Brothers, a string ensemble which The Boston Globe calls "a virtuosic revelation" and The New Yorker describes as "wide- ranging and restlessly imaginative." Singer and songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, who appeared on the Series in 2016's Use Your Voice with Patty Griffin and Sara Watkins, appears as a special guest.
Sat 2/11/17 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
Thu 2/16/17 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 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.
Please note: Child tickets are not available for this performance.
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.
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 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
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


An Evening with Kristin Chenoweth Celebrating The Art of Elegance
An Evening with Kristin Chenoweth Celebrating The Art of Elegance
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