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Saturday, December 8

Code Listen 3.0: Music for Healing and Dialogue

About this Performer
A longtime Neighborhood Arts favorite and 2016 Artist-in-Residence with the Boston Police Department, multi-instrumentalist (erhu/violin) and composer Shaw Pong Liu returns this season with Code Listen 3.0, a musical collaboration that brings together mothers and teens who have lost a loved one to homicide, community social service and civic organizations, and Boston Police Officers. This special performance features Jason Palmer (jazz trumpet), Ashleigh Gordon (viola) and musicians of A Far Cry, with theatre direction by Pascale Florestal. Together, the ensemble co-creates and performs a powerful music and narrative piece that encourages healing and dialogue on critical issues: gun violence, racial justice, and law enforcement practices, including original music by Liu. Code Listen 3.0 uses music and stories to engage a citywide conversation on violence, racism, and police practices with public music-memorial-dialogue events during Homicide Survivor Awareness Month. Photo Memorial posters honoring over 70 loved ones lost to homicide will be displayed during the event. Please join us for this extraordinary performance!
Sunday, December 16

Charles Lloyd & the Marvels and Lucinda Williams

About this Performer
Saxophonist Charles Lloyd has a legendary history in the music world, and could certainly be in a position to slow down and rest on his laurels—but that is not his way. But looking back has never been of great interest to this tender warrior; this seeker of beauty and truth. “Go forward,” is his motto, as he keeps shifting to a higher, well calibrated gear. In November 2016, Charles Lloyd and the Marvels recorded a powerful version of Bob Dylan’s Masters of War with singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams. The success of that single led to this remarkable, unique collaboration and tour, which includes guitarist Bill Frisell, pedal steel guitarist Greg Leisz; bassist Reuben Rogers; and drummer Eric Harland.
About this Performer
The New York Times has called Leif Ove Andsnes “a pianist of magisterial elegance, power, and insight,” and the Wall Street Journal named him “one of the most gifted musicians of his generation.” With his commanding technique and searching interpretations, the celebrated Norwegian pianist has won acclaim worldwide.
February 8-10

Mark Morris Dance Group, Pepperland

About this Performer
Mark Morris, hailed as “the most successful and influential choreographer alive, and indisputably the most musical” (New York Times) returns to Boston with Pepperland, a unique tribute to the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles’ groundbreaking album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, accompanied live by an unprecedented band made up of vocals, soprano saxophone, two keyboards, theremin, and percussion. Ethan Iverson’s original score intermingles arrangements of the songs “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “With a Little Help From My Friends,” “A Day in the Life,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “Within You Without You,” and “Penny Lane” with six Pepper-inspired original pieces intended especially for Morris’ profound understanding of classical forms: Allegro, Scherzo, Adagio, and the blues. This is a must-see for dance and Beatles fans alike.

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