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Richard Goode, piano
Richard Goode, piano
“The American Richard Goode, the pianists’ pianist, a superb artist who attacks the classical repertoire with the full force of his heart and mind.” —The Times (London)
Sat 11/1/14 8:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall Richard Goode, piano


Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra<br> with Riccardo Chailly, conductor<br> and Nicolaj Znaider, violin
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
with Riccardo Chailly, conductor
and Nicolaj Znaider, violin
The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra 's unique timbre, its virtuosic flexibility, its musicians' rapture-inducing, infectious joy, coupled with the profound sincerity of their music-making, are the unmistakable characteristics of this beloved institution, the oldest civic symphony orchestra in the world.
Fri 11/7/14 8:00PM Symphony Hall Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
with Riccardo Chailly, conductor
and Nicolaj Znaider, violin


Rosanne Cash
Rosanne Cash
Singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash celebrates her acclaimed new album, The River & the Thread, a collection of new original songs that connect and re-connect Rosanne to the American South, the place of her birth and the home of her ancestors.
Thu 11/13/14 8:00PM Sanders Theatre Rosanne Cash


San Francisco Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor and Gil Shaham, violin
San Francisco Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor and Gil Shaham, violin
“Can every conductor be MTT? Obviously not, but every conductor can learn from him the value of bringing a sense of adventure back to the concert hall.” —The Toronto Star

“One of the world’s happy marriages between orchestra and conductor” —The New York Times
Sun 11/16/14 5:00PM Symphony Hall San Francisco Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor and Gil Shaham, violin


Simón Bolívar String Quartet
Simón Bolívar String Quartet
“There are some obvious facts about this quartet, such as that they come from Venezuela, from the El Sistema family, that they were – and still are – the principals of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, but what you’ll experience new … is the unique power of their music-making.” — Gustavo Dudamel
Tue 11/18/14 8:00PM Pickman Concert Hall Simón Bolívar String Quartet
Wed 11/19/14 8:00PM Pickman Concert Hall Simón Bolívar String Quartet


Tania Pérez-Salas Compañia de Danza
Tania Pérez-Salas Compañia de Danza
The contemporary choreographer Tania Pérez-Salas and her Compañía de Danza, which is based in Mexico City, are internationally celebrated for dramatically vivid, scintillating approach to modern dance.
Sat 11/22/14 8:00PM Citi Shubert Theatre Tania Pérez-Salas Compañia de Danza
Sun 11/23/14 3:00PM Citi Shubert Theatre Tania Pérez-Salas Compañia de Danza


Itzhak Perlman, violin
Itzhak Perlman, violin
Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Hearing this living legend perform live is an experience no music lover can afford to miss.
Sun 11/23/14 3:00PM Symphony Hall Itzhak Perlman, violin


What Makes it Great? Britten's "Ceremony of Carols"
What Makes it Great? Britten's "Ceremony of Carols"
The popular What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow examines Benjamin Britten’s Christmas choral masterwork, “A Ceremony of Carols,” the last work produced during Britten’s 3-year U.S. residency from 1939-42. Join the “hyper-kinetic maestro” Kapilow, as he teams up with the renowned chorus Voices Boston (formerly PALS Children’s Chorus) to examine one of the masterworks of 20th-century choral music.
Fri 12/5/14 8:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall What Makes it Great? Britten's "Ceremony of Carols"


Inon Barnatan, piano
Inon Barnatan, piano
A native of Tel Aviv, Inon Barnatan has recently been appointed New York Philharmonic's first Artist in Association. Don’t miss the much anticipated Boston recital debut of this rising artist.
Wed 12/10/14 8:00PM Pickman Concert Hall Inon Barnatan, piano


Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
A Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain concert brings a genre-crashing ride through popular music: a funny, virtuosic, foot-stomping and melodious entertainment. It is a joyous, thought-provoking journey through songs you’ve heard, songs you’ve forgotten, and songs you perhaps wish you hadn’t encountered, all transformed into a lively, headlong stream of transcendent sounds and warm personality.
Fri 1/16/15 8:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain


Emerson String Quartet
Emerson String Quartet
The Boston debut of the new Emerson, with cellist Paul Watkins, is greatly anticipated.
Thu 1/22/15 8:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall Emerson String Quartet


Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano and Angela Hewitt, piano
Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano and Angela Hewitt, piano
World-renowned British/Canadian pianist, Angela Hewitt, and internationally acclaimed Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter are two remarkably refined and sensitive performers, perfectly suited in musical temperament for brilliant collaboration.
Fri 1/23/15 8:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano and Angela Hewitt, piano


An Evening with Branford Marsalis
An Evening with Branford Marsalis
NEA Jazz Master, renowned Grammy Award-winning saxophonist, and Tony Award nominee Branford Marsalis is among the most revered instrumentalists of his time. Leader of one of the finest jazz quartets and a frequent soloist with classical ensembles, he continues to exercise and expand his skills as an instrumentalist and a composer. Expect an astounding performance by one of the most innovative and forward-thinking jazz ensembles around.
Thu 1/29/15 8:00PM Sanders Theatre An Evening with Branford Marsalis


Janine Jansen, violin and Itamar Golan, piano
Janine Jansen, violin and Itamar Golan, piano
Globe-trotting Dutch violinist Janine Jansen’s career is skyrocketing as is the pianist Itamar Golan, a consummate collaborator who has concentrated his formidable energies on chamber music. Both of these remarkable musicians share a passion for music played at the highest level.
Fri 2/6/15 8:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall Janine Jansen, violin and Itamar Golan, piano


Christian McBride Trio w/ Cécile McLorin Salvant
Christian McBride Trio w/ Cécile McLorin Salvant
This incredible double bill pairs the Christian McBride Trio with Cécile McLorin Salvant and her trio. Bassist Christian McBride has been one of the busiest and most important figures in the jazz world for 20 years. Miami born and raised, 24-year old vocalist Salvant has burst onto the jazz scene with astonishing speed since winning the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition three years ago.
Fri 2/6/15 8:00PM Sanders Theatre Christian McBride Trio w/ Cécile McLorin Salvant


Renée Fleming, soprano
Renée Fleming, soprano
One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renée Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry, and compelling stage presence.
Sun 2/8/15 3:00PM Symphony Hall Renée Fleming, soprano


Calder String Quartet
Calder String Quartet
The Calder Quartet performs a broad range of repertoire at an exceptional level, always striving to channel and fulfill the composer’s vision. Already the choice of many leading composers to perform their works – including Christopher Rouse, Terry Riley and Thomas Adès – the group’s distinctive approach is exemplified by a musical curiosity brought to everything they perform
Fri 2/20/15 8:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall Calder String Quartet


Mahler Chamber Orchestra with Leif Ove Andsnes, piano/conductor
Mahler Chamber Orchestra with Leif Ove Andsnes, piano/conductor
The magnificent pianist Leif Ove Andsnes collaborates as player/conductor with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra as part of his epic long-term project, The Beethoven Journey, focusing on the master composer’s five piano concertos.
Sun 2/22/15 3:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall Mahler Chamber Orchestra with Leif Ove Andsnes, piano/conductor


An Evening with Audra McDonald
An Evening with Audra McDonald
The darling of Broadway (and Boston) returns to the Symphony Hall stage for another of her brilliant, unforgettable performances.
Sun 3/1/15 5:00PM Symphony Hall An Evening with Audra McDonald


The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma 15th Anniversary Year
The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma 15th Anniversary Year
Celebrate the 15th anniversary of this groundbreaking ensemble, the beautiful and affirming realization of Yo-Yo Ma’s remarkable musical vision.
Wed 3/4/15 8:00PM Symphony Hall The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma 15th Anniversary Year


Cameron Carpenter
Cameron Carpenter
Juilliard trained organist Cameron Carpenter’s goals are anything but modest: the brash, outspoken and phenomenally talented musician and composer wants the organ recognized as a premier recital instrument on par with violins and pianos. Carpenter has energy and vision equal to his talent: His repertoire is perhaps the largest and most diverse of any organist.
Thu 3/5/15 8:00PM Sanders Theatre Cameron Carpenter


Daniil Trifonov, piano
Daniil Trifonov, piano
Daniil Trifonov dazzled Celebrity Series audiences in his sold out 2012 recital on The Debut Series. Don’t miss this phenomenal young pianist as he continues his meteoric rise.
Fri 3/13/15 8:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall Daniil Trifonov, piano


Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra <br>"CubaNOLA" with special guest<br>Donald Harrison, saxophone
Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
"CubaNOLA" with special guest
Donald Harrison, saxophone
Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra with special guest, alto saxophonist and New Orleans native Donald Harrison, explore the common roots of jazz as seen in the early music of New Orleans and Havana. CubaNOLA features arrangements of early charangas, rags, and contemporary works.
Sat 3/14/15 8:00PM Berklee Performance Center Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
"CubaNOLA" with special guest
Donald Harrison, saxophone


Lisa Batiashvili, violin Paul Lewis, piano
Lisa Batiashvili, violin Paul Lewis, piano
The English pianist Paul Lewis is internationally recognized as one of the leading performers of his generation. Lisa Batiashvili, a native of The Republic of Georgia, is one of the world’s most sought-after violinists and recently selected as the New York Philharmonic’s Artist-in-Residence for 2014-15.
Sun 3/29/15 3:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall Lisa Batiashvili, violin Paul Lewis, piano


Dublin Guitar Quartet
Dublin Guitar Quartet
Described as a "quartet with a difference" by the Irish Times, the Dublin Guitar Quartet is a one-of-a-kind classical guitar ensemble that occupies a unique space in the wider chamber music world. It is the first classical guitar quartet devoted to new music. Audiences can expect an explosive, entertaining, and completely novel concert experience.
Wed 4/8/15 8:00PM Pickman Concert Hall Dublin Guitar Quartet


What Makes it Great - "It Don't Mean a Thing" <br>Music of Duke Ellington w/ Kyle Athayde Dance Party
What Makes it Great - "It Don't Mean a Thing"
Music of Duke Ellington w/ Kyle Athayde Dance Party
Considered among the greatest American composers in any genre, Duke Ellington’s work looms large on the cultural landscape. In this performance, Rob Kapilow shines the What Makes it Great? spotlight on important elements of Ellington’s It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing), Nutcracker Suite, Queen’s Suite, Such Sweet Thunder and Afro-Eurasian Eclipse.
Fri 4/10/15 8:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall What Makes it Great - "It Don't Mean a Thing"
Music of Duke Ellington w/ Kyle Athayde Dance Party


The Art of Performance Gala
The Art of Performance Gala
Join us for a celebration of the performing arts! A gathering of friends, both old and new, and a spectacular evening that will highlight the value of the performing arts in our community.
Supporters, patrons, and community leaders will come together to celebrate the artistic quality, variety and diversity of artistic experiences and surprises.
Sat 4/11/15 The Park Plaza Castle The Art of Performance Gala


Chick Corea & Herbie Hancock
Chick Corea & Herbie Hancock
Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock stunned jazz audiences in 1978 when, in the midst of jazz-rock’s enormous popularity, they toured as an acoustic piano duet. That spirited tour produced two classic albums: Corea Hancock and An Evening with Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock: In Concert. Corea and Hancock have never again recorded together as a duet. The Celebrity Series checks in on this historic collaboration between two master musicians.
Sun 4/12/15 7:30PM Symphony Hall Chick Corea & Herbie Hancock


Joseph Calleja, tenor
Joseph Calleja, tenor
Blessed with a golden age voice that routinely inspires comparisons to earlier singing legends, the Maltese-born Joseph Calleja has quickly become one of the most acclaimed and sought-after tenors today. Gramophone magazine’s 2012 artist of the year and a Grammy nominee, this silver-toned tenor promises an unforgettable recital experience.
Fri 4/17/15 8:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall Joseph Calleja, tenor


Trio Jean Paul
Trio Jean Paul
Chamber music devotees will not want to miss Boston’s introduction to Trio Jean Paul, an illustrious two-decade chamber music institution that plays with a refined wit and poetic intensity worthy of its literary muse, the German Romantic poet, Jean Paul.
Wed 4/22/15 8:00PM Pickman Concert Hall Trio Jean Paul


Terence Blanchard Quintet and Ravi Coltrane Quartet
Terence Blanchard Quintet and Ravi Coltrane Quartet
A five-time Grammy Award winner and renowned film-score and soundtrack composer, trumpeter Terence Blanchard is one of the great renaissance men of jazz. Grammy-nominated saxophonist and Blue Note recording artist, Ravi Coltrane, son of legendary saxophonist John Coltrane, has matured into a compelling artist at the height of a career built on his talent, not his name. No Boston jazz fan will want to miss this exciting double-bill.
Sat 4/25/15 8:00PM Berklee Performance Center Terence Blanchard Quintet and Ravi Coltrane Quartet


Alisa Weilerstein, cello and Inon Barnatan, piano
Alisa Weilerstein, cello and Inon Barnatan, piano
Cellist Alisa Weilerstein’s breathtaking technique combine with passion and musicianship to make her one of today’s most exciting artists. Her frequent collaborator, Inon Barnatan, is a true poet of the keyboard: refined, searching, and unfailingly communicative.
Fri 5/1/15 8:00PM NEC's Jordan Hall Alisa Weilerstein, cello and Inon Barnatan, piano


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
Jad Abumrad
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


Kurt Elling's <i>Passion World</i> <br>with special guest Anat Cohen
Kurt Elling's 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's Passion World
with special guest Anat Cohen