Celebrity Series March/April events

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What Makes It Great? With Rob Kapilow, NEC Philharmonia and Beethoven Symphony No. 1
Sunday, March 6, 2016, 3pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall: 30 Gainsborough St., Boston, MA
Tickets: $30 and up
Phone: (617) 482-6661
MBTA: Green line E to Symphony

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 “In the Fiddler’s House”
Sunday, March 6, 2016, 7pm
Symphony Hall: 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA and Time
Tickets: $45 and up
Phone: (617) 482-6661
MBTA: Green line E to Symphony

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 

Ken Noda, piano

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 8pm
Pickman Hall: 27 Garden St., Cambridge, MA
Tickets: $20 and up
Phone: (617) 482-6661
MBTA: Red line to Harvard Square
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, Together On Stage

Use Your Voice with the League of Women Voters

Thursday, March 10, 2016, 8pm
Sanders Theatre: Memorial Hall, Harvard University, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA
Tickets: $30 and up
Phone: (617) 482-6661
MBTA: Red line to Harvard Square
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.

Between Worlds Tour
Avi Avital mandolin, Ksenija Sidorova accordion, Itamar Doari percussion
Friday, March 11, 2016, 8pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall: 30 Gainsborough St., Boston, MA
Tickets: Visit www.celebrityseries.org for information on price for this performance.
Phone: (617) 482-6661
MBTA: Green line E to Symphony
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.

 

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Joshua Bell, music director & violin soloist
, Pamela Frank, violin
Sunday, March 20, 2016, 3pm
Symphony Hall: 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA
Tickets: $45 and up
Phone: (617) 482-6661
MBTA: Green line E to Symphony
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.

Acclaimed violinist Pamela Frank will join Mr. Bell and the orchestra for the Bach Concerto for 2 violins in D minor, BWV 1043.

PROGRAM:
PROKOFIEV: Classical Symphony, op.25 (Symphony No.1)
TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto, op.35, TH 59, D major
J.S. BACH: Concerto for two violins in D minor, BWV 104
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 8, op.93, F major

 

Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder (Co-creators of SERIAL podcast), Binge-Worthy Journalism
Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 8pm
Symphony Hall: 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA
Tickets: $30 and up
Phone: (617) 482-6661
MBTA: Green line E to Symphony
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
Saturday, April 2, 2016, 8pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall: 30 Gainsborough St., Boston, MA
Tickets: $35 and up
Phone: (617) 482-6661
MBTA: Green line E to Symphony
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
Friday, April 15 | 7:30pm
Saturday April 16 | 8pm
Sunday April 17 | 3pm
Citi Shubert Theatre: 270 Tremont St., Boston, MA
Tickets: $35 and up
Phone: (617) 482-6661
MBTA: Green line to Boylston
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.

Jerusalem String Quartet with Inon Barnatan, piano
Sunday, April 17, 2016, 3pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall: 30 Gainsborough St., Boston, MA
Tickets: $30 and up
Phone: (617) 482-6661
MBTA: Green line E to Symphony
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.

 

SF Jazz Collective
The Music of Michael Jackson and Original Compositions

Sunday, April 24, 2016, 7pm
Berklee Performance Center: 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA
Tickets: $40 and up
Phone: (617) 482-6661
MBTA: Green line to Hynes Convention Center
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
Friday, April 29, 2016, 8pm
Berklee Performance Center: 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA
Tickets: $35 and up
Phone: (617) 482-6661
MBTA: Green line to Hynes Convention Center
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.
 

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