CELEBRITY SERIES OF BOSTON
76th Season | 2014-2015
Highlights of the 2014-2015 season include:
· Bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolinist Chris Thile team up on October 12, 2014 at Sanders Theatre to cross musical boundaries in a program featuring original music
· David Sedaris, humorist & author, performs October 15, 2014 at Symphony Hall
· Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash presents music from her recording The River & the Thread on November 13, 2014 at Sanders Theatre
· The San Francisco Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, and with violin soloist Gil Shaham, perform at Symphony Hall on November 16, 2014
· Violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman at Symphony Hall on November 23, 2014
· In a rare combination of the art forms dance & radio, Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes, and Anna Bass present “Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host” on January 24 & 25, 2015 at the Citi Shubert Theatre
· Soprano Renée Fleming returns to Symphony Hall on February 8, 2015
· Broadway darling Audra McDonald returns to Symphony Hall on March 1, 2015
· Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma celebrates its 15th anniversary on March 4, 2015 at Symphony Hall
· Pianist Daniil Trifonov in recital on March 13, 2015 at NEC’s Jordan Hall
· Master jazz pianists Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock will perform a piano duo at Symphony Hall on April 12, 2015
· Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet makes its Boston debut May 15-17, 2015 at the Citi Shubert Theatre
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(Boston) The Celebrity Series of Boston announced its 2014-2015 season today, marking 76 years of bringing the world’s greatest performing artists to Boston. The season opens on Sunday, October 5, 2014 with Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini in recital. In total, the 2014-2015 season will include 46 music, dance and entertainment engagements. The 2014-15 season is sponsored by Amy and Joshua Boger.
The 2014-2015 season offers a five-performance debut series, three orchestras, seven ensembles, six piano recitals, six instrumental recitals, three vocal recitals, thirteen jazz and popular song performances, six dance and physical movement companies and two spoken word performances. Celebrity Series events in the 2014-2015 season will take place in NEC’s Jordan Hall, Symphony Hall, Pickman Hall, Berklee Performance Center, Sanders Theatre, Citi Shubert Theatre, and the Citi Wang Theatre.
Subscription sales, both online and by mail, will begin on April 16, 2014.
Online subscriptions will be available beginning at 9:00am on April 16 at www.celebrityseries.org. Subscription brochures with ticket order forms will be mailed the week of April 16. Subscription sales include half-price child ticket pricing for most events.
Persons who wish to receive a copy of the new brochure in the mail should email [email protected] with their full name and mailing address or write to Celebrity Series of Boston, 20 Park Plaza, Suite 1032, Boston, MA 02116.
Subscription orders by phone will begin on Monday, June 9, 2014, and single ticket sales for most events will begin on Monday, September 8, 2014.
The 2014-2015 season will feature the Boston debuts of pianist Vadym Kholodenko, the Simón Bolívar String Quartet, Tania Pérez-Salas Compañia de Danza, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Brian Brooks Moving Company, organist Cameron Carpenter, Dublin Guitar Quartet, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Kyle Athayde Dance Party, chamber ensemble Trio Jean Paul, and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet.
CELEBRITY SERIES DEBUTS
Making their Celebrity Series debuts during the 2014-2015 season are dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass, violinist Lisa Batiashvili, tenor Joseph Calleja, singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash, Voices Boston (formerly PALS Children’s Chorus), Calder Quartet, alto saxophonist Donald Harrison, jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, violinist Janine Jansen, jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, Radiolab co-host Jad Abumrad, and jazz saxophonist Ravi Coltrane.
THE DEBUT SERIES
The Debut Series continues for the third year at Pickman Hall with pianist Vadym Kholodenko, the Simón Bolívar String Quartet, pianist Inon Barnatan, Dublin Guitar Quartet, and Trio Jean Paul. The Debut Series is sponsored by Harriet and David Griesinger in partnership with the Longy School of Music at Bard College.
Celebrity Series will present conductor Riccardo Chailly with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and violin soloist Nikolaj Znaider in a program of Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides Overture and Symphony No. 5, “Reformation,” and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto on Friday, November 7, 2014 at Symphony Hall; Sponsored by Eleanor and Frank Pao.
The San Francisco Symphony conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas with violin soloist Gil Shaham will perform Liszt Mephisto Waltz No. 1, Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2, Samuel Carl Adams Drift and Providence, and Ravel Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2 at Symphony Hall on Sunday, November 16, 2014; Media partner 99.5 WCRB.
Pianist/conductor Leif Ove Andsnes will lead the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in their Boston debut in his epic project The Beethoven Journey as they perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Opus 19, Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Opus 37, and Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Opus 58 on Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Jordan Hall; Sponsored by Tufts Health Plan; Media partner 99.5 WCRB.
The 2014-2015 Celebrity Series season will feature six piano recitals, beginning with pianist Maurizio Pollini in a program of R. Schumann and Chopinat Symphony Hall on Sunday, October 5th, 2015; Sponsored by Eleanor and Frank Pao; Media partner 99.5 WCRB.
Van Cliburn International Piano Competition 2013 gold medalist Vadym Kholodenko makes his Boston debut on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Pickman Hall.
On Saturday, November 1, 2014, American pianist Richard Goode performs an all-Beethoven program at NEC’s Jordan Hall; An Aaron Richmond Recital; Sponsored by the D.L. Saunders Real Estate & Hotel Investors Group, AMO.
Pianist Inon Barnatan will make his Boston recital debut on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at Pickman Hall.
Pianist Daniil Trifonov returns to the Celebrity Series for the first time since his 2012 sold-out debut on March 13, 2015 at NEC’s Jordan Hall; An Aaron Richmond Recital.
British pianist Stephen Hough will perform on Friday, May 8, 2015 at NEC’s Jordan Hall; An Aaron Richmond Recital; Sponsored by the D.L. Saunders Real Estate & Hotel Investors Group, AMO; Media partner 99.5 WCRB.
On Saturday, October 18, 2014, the Juilliard String Quartet will perform a program of Webern, Berg, and Schubert at NEC’s Jordan Hall. The Quartet has welcomed two new members since their last appearance in 2005, violinist Joseph Lin and violist Roger Tapping; An Aaron Richmond Recital; Sponsored by the D.L. Saunders Real Estate & Hotel Investors Group, AMO; Media partner 99.5 WCRB.
The Simón Bolívar String Quartet makes its Boston debut at Pickman Hall as part of The Debut Series on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 with a program of Mendelssohn, Ginastera, and Brahms. Created from within the Fundación Musical Simón Bolívar, the Simón Bolívar String Quartet is composed of principal musicians of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra (SBYOV) of Venezuela, an important product of El Sistema founded by maestro José Antonio Abreu.
On Thursday, January 22, 2015, the Emerson String Quartet will perform with new cellist Paul Watkins at NEC’s Jordan Hall in a program of Purcell, Beethoven, and the premiere of Lowell Liebermann’s String Quartet, which was co-commissioned by Celebrity Series of Boston.
The Calder Quartet will perform the Boston premiere of Andrew Norman’s Sabina, Ravel String Quartet in F Major, Thomas Adès Arcadiana, and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Opus 95, “Serioso” at NEC’s Jordan Hall on Friday, February 20, 2015; An Aaron Richmond Recital; Sponsored by the D.L. Saunders Real Estate & Hotel Investors Group, AMO; Media partner 99.5 WCRB.
Classical guitar ensemble the Dublin Guitar Quartet performs at Pickman Hall in their Boston debut on April 8, 2015 as part of The Debut Series. In keeping with the Quartet’s devotion to new music, the program will include works by John Tavener, Leo Brouwer, György Ligeti, and Arvo Pärt.
Trio Jean Paul presents a chamber music program at Pickman Hall in their Boston debut on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 as part of The Debut Series. The program will consist of Beethoven’s Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Opus 1, No. 1, Wolfgang Rihm’s Fremde Szenen III, and Dvořák’s Piano Trio No. 3 in F minor, Opus 65.
Bassist/composer Edgar Meyer and mandolinist/composer Chris Thile team up on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at Sanders Theater to cross traditional musical boundaries in a diverse program featuring original music. These two MacArthur Fellows were last seen on the Celebrity Series stage as part of the Grammy-winning “Goat Rodeo Sessions.”
Banjo virtuosos and husband and wife team Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn bring a riveting blend of unique yet familiar duet music to Sanders Theatre on Thursday, October 30, 2014.
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain will perform a blend of joyous and rhythmic popular music full of personality and warmth in their Boston Debut at NEC’s Jordan Hall on Friday, January 16, 2015; sponsored by the D.L. Saunders Real Estate & Hotel Investors Group, AMO.
The Silk Road Ensemble with cellist Yo-Yo Ma celebrates its 15th anniversary on March 4, 2015 at Symphony Hall; Sponsored by Foley & Lardner LLP; Media partner is 99.5 WCRB.
Reigning violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman will perform at Symphony Hall on Sunday, November 23, 2014; Sponsored by Charlesbank Capital Partners LLC; Media partner is 99.5 WCRB.
Dutch violinist Janine Jansen and Lithuanian-born Israeli pianist Itamar Golan present a program of Prokofiev’s FiveMelodies, Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 10 in G Major, and Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Piano and Tzigane at NEC’s Jordan Hall on Friday, February 6, 2015; Media partner is 99.5 WCRB.
Juilliard trained organist Cameron Carpenter will perform selections from his large and diverse organ repertoire at Sanders Theatre on March 5, 2015 in his Boston debut; Presented in association with the American Guild of Organists; Sponsored by Adrianne and Michael Canning.
Violinist Lisa Batiashvili and pianist Paul Lewis will perform Schubert’s Violin Sonata in A Major, Opus 162, D. 574,“Grand Duo” and Rondo in B minor, Opus 70, D. 895, Bach’s Sonata in E minor, BWV 1023, and Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 10 in G Major on Sunday March 29, 2015 at NEC’s Jordan Hall; An Aaron Richmond Recital; Sponsored by the D.L. Saunders Real Estate & Hotel Investors Group, AMO; Media partner 99.5 WCRB.
Cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Inon Barnatan will present a program of Bach’s Sonata for Viola da Gamba No. 2 in D Major, BWV 1028, Prokofiev’s Sonata in C Major, Opus 119, Schubert’s Fantasia in C Major, D. 934, and a new work by Joseph Hallman on Friday, May 1 at NEC’s Jordan Hall; Media partner 99.5 WCRB.
Pianist Angela Hewitt and mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter will perform a program of vocal and piano works by Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Fauré and Debussy at NEC’s Jordan Hall on Friday, January 23, 2015; Sponsored by the D.L. Saunders Real Estate & Hotel Investors Group, AMO; Media partner 99.5 WCRB.
The celebrated American soprano Renée Fleming returns to Symphony Hall on Sunday, February 8, 2015 for a solo vocal recital; Sponsored by Eleanor and Frank Pao; Media partner 99.5 WCRB.
Acclaimed Maltese-born tenor Joseph Calleja will perform on April 17, 2015 at NEC’s Jordan Hall; Sponsored by the D.L. Saunders Real Estate & Hotel Investors Group, AMO; Media partner 99.5 WCRB.
On Thursday, November 13, 2014, singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash and her band will perform music from Rosanne’s latest album The River & the Thread at Sanders Theatre.
What Makes It Great?’s Rob Kapilow and the renowned chorus Voices Boston (formerly PALS Children’s Choir) will perform Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols” on Friday, December 5, 2014 at NEC’s Jordan Hall; Sponsored by Amy and Joshua Boger.
NPR humorist and best-selling author David Sedaris returns Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Symphony Hall; Sponsored by Tufts Health Plan.
Jad Abumrad, co-host of the popular public radio program Radiolab and 2011 MacArthur Fellow, will speak at Sanders Theatre on May 9, 2015.
Violinist and MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter will showcase her virtuosity through American folk, American Cajun fiddle music, early gospel and more in her latest project, Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort, which traces her Alabama roots on Friday October 17, 2014 at Sanders Theatre; Sponsored by Donna and Mike Egan.
NEA Jazz Master, Grammy Award-winner, and Tony Award nominee, saxophonist Branford Marsalis, will perform with his ensemble on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Sanders Theatre. Sponsored by Donna and Mike Egan, and Tufts Health Plan; Media Partner is 89.7 WGBH.
The Christian McBride Trio and 24-year old vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant and her trio pair up in an incredible double bill at Sanders Theatre on Friday, February 6, 2015. Sponsored by Donna and Mike Egan; Media Partner is 89.7 WGBH.
Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra with special guest Donald Harrison on alto saxophone will perform a concert of early New Orleans and Cuban music in CubaNOLA on March 14, 2015 at the Berklee Performance Center.
What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow “It Don’t Mean a Thing: the music of Duke Ellington” explores the music of the great Duke Ellington with the Kyle Athayde Dance Party at NEC’s Jordan Hall on Friday, April 10, 2015. They will explore the songs 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. Sponsored by Amy and Joshua Boger.
Master jazz pianists Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock will perform as a duo at Symphony Hall on Sunday, April 12, 2015; Sponsored by PTC; Media Partner is 89.7 WGBH.
Two of jazz’s most exciting ensembles, Terence Blanchard Quintet and Ravi Coltrane Quartet, will present an exciting double bill evening of jazz at the Berklee Performance Center on Saturday, April 25, 2015; Media Partner is 89.7 WGBH.
Kurt Elling, jazz vocalist and fourteen time DownBeat Critic’s Poll’s Male Vocalist of the Year, performs PassionWorld, an exploration of love through famous ballads, with special guest clarinetist Anat Cohen, on Friday, May 15, 2015 at Sanders Theatre.
Popular dance ensemble Pilobolus returns to the Citi Shubert Theatre from October 24-26, 2014. This Boston favorite has appeared at the Olympics, the Oscars, and around the world.
Modern dance company Tania Pérez-Salas Compañia de Danza brings youthful, powerful energy to the stage as one of Mexico’s most accomplished contemporary ensembles. They make their Boston debut on Saturday, November 22 and Sunday, November 23, 2014 at the Citi Shubert Theatre; Sponsored by the D.L. Saunders Real Estate & Hotel Investors Group, AMO.
Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes, and Anna Bass present “Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host” in an unusual combination of the art forms dance and radio, on Saturday, January 24 and Sunday, January 25, 2015 at the Citi Shubert Theatre.
The Brian Brooks Moving Company with special guest Wendy Whelan performs works by Guggenheim Fellowship recipient and company founder, Brian Brooks, in their Boston debut. The program will include a collaborative duet with dancer Wendy Whelan that was originally choreographed to be part of the Celebrity Series’ 2013-14 season. Performances will take place February 28 and March 1, 2015 at the Shubert Theatre; Sponsored by Jann E. Leeming.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns for their annual visit with exciting and expanded repertoire under the guidance of Artistic Director Robert Battle from March 26-29, 2015 at the Citi Wang Theatre; Sponsored by Tufts Health Plan.
Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet closes the 2014-15 season with a program of forward-thinking choreography in their Boston debut from May 15-17, 2015 at the Citi Shubert Theatre.
The Dance Series is sponsored by the Little Family Foundation and the John S. and Cynthia Reed Foundation.
The 2015 Galawill be held on Saturday, April 11. Join the Celebrity Series for a spectacular evening that will recognize the Celebrity Series’ history and its impact on Boston’s cultural community. Supporters, patrons and community leaders will come together to celebrate the future of the Celebrity Series of Boston during this black-tie event. Proceeds from the Gala will benefit the education, programming and outreach efforts of the Celebrity Series of Boston.
ABOUT CELEBRITY SERIES OF BOSTON
Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 76-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arturo Toscanini, Ignace Paderewski, Artur Rubenstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Stern, Andrés Segovia, Kirsten Flagstad, Marian Anderson, Luciano Pavarotti, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Martha Graham, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mstislav Rostropovich, and the New York City Opera Company.
The Celebrity Series has been bringing the very best performers–from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, and more–to Boston’s major concert halls for 76 years. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its education initiatives, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience–on stages, in schools, at home– everywhere. For more information on Celebrity Series of Boston, call (617) 482-2595 or visit us online at www.celebrityseries.org.
The Celebrity Series of Boston, Inc. receives generous support from Amy & Joshua Boger; Donna & Mike Egan; Gabor Garai & Susan Pravda; David & Harriet Griesinger; Paul L. King; The Little Family Foundation; Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation; Eleanor & Frank Pao; The John S. and Cynthia Reed Foundation; Sanjay & Sangeeta Verma; Nancy Richmond Winsten; Charlesbank Capital Partners LLC; First Republic Bank; Foley & Lardner; Massachusetts Cultural Council;The Peabody Foundation; PTC; Tufts Health Plan; The D.L. Saunders Real Estate & Hotel Investment Group, AMO; Vertex Pharmaceuticals.