2022/23 Season Listing

Browse the full list of subscription series performances below and get excited for the new season!
Digital performances are available where noted, and a full season of free Neighborhood Arts performances will be announced in mid-July.

October 2022

Maria Schneider Orchestra
Data Lords 
Fri | October 7 | 8pm | Sanders Theatre 

One of the jazz world’s most respected and original voices, Maria Schneider brings her accomplished and cohesive ensemble to Sanders Theatre for the local premiere of Data Lords, her most ambitious project to date and a profound statement on the tension between our dystopian digital environment and the natural world.

Chucho Valdés
The Creation 
Fri | October 14 | 8pm | Berklee Performance Center

Chucho Valdés’ The Creation takes audiences through the Regla de Ocha story of creation from the Afro-Cuban religious practice Santería. This evening-length suite engages with powerful cultural rituals and explores how Valdés has woven his heritage throughout his extraordinary career.

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
María Dueñas, violin
Sun | October 23 | 5pm | Symphony Hall

Gabriela Ortiz | Violin Concerto (Boston premiere)
Gustav Mahler | Symphony No. 1 "Titan"

Constant innovation and reinvention define the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Now in his 12th season as music & artistic director, Gustavo Dudamel’s vision and creative direction for the organization has led the New York Times to herald the LA Phil as “the most important orchestra in America—period.” Joining Dudamel for the local premiere of a newly commissioned work by Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz is the young and electrifying Spanish violinist María Dueñas in her Boston debut.

November 2022

Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano
Kristian Bezuidenhout, piano
Sat | November 5 | 8pm | NEC’s Jordan Hall

Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter is universally recognized for her versatility and superlative skill at conveying a work’s textual meaning through her insightful musical interpretation. 

Jessica Vosk
My Golden Age 
Fri | November 11 | 8pm | Symphony Hall

Jessica Vosk, star of Wicked’s second national tour, makes her Boston concert debut with a program she premiered at a sold-out Carnegie Hall. In My Golden Age, Vosk pays homage to the iconic voices who inspired her—Bette Midler, Linda Ronstadt, Judy Garland—and to composers Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, and Leonard Cohen.

Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko
, conductor
Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin
Sun | November 13 | 8pm | Symphony Hall

Andrew Norman, Unstuck
Mozart, Violin Concerto No. 1, K.207
Korngold, Symphony in F-sharp Major

Kirill Petrenko makes his eagerly awaited Boston debut as music director of the Berliner Philharmoniker in what promises to be a highlight of the new season: a truly unmissable event. Petrenko leads the orchestra in three pieces, culminating in a sweepingly dramatic, richly textured work that he deeply champions: the Korngold Symphony.

Dance Series
A.I.M by Kyle Abraham

Requiem: Fire in the Air of the Earth
Co-commissioned by Celebrity Series
Fri & Sat | November 18 & 19 | 8pm | Boch Center Shubert Theatre

In Requiem: Fire in the Air of the Earth, a new work co-commissioned by Celebrity Series, Kyle Abraham poignantly reimagines Mozart’s Requiem. This collaboration unites electronic music pioneer Jlin’s extraordinary sense of rhythm with Abraham’s deep grounding in classical ballet, hip-hop, modern dance, and street dance for a powerful and unforgettable experience.

What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow*
Inventing America, Part 1
The Songs of Irving Berlin: An American Voice for Popular Music

Rob Kapilow, piano and commentator
Michael Winther, vocalist
Sun | November 20 | 3pm | Calderwood Studio at GBH Boston

In the first performance of this two-part series, Rob Kapilow peels away the layers of composer Irving Berlin’s iconic American songs. The program features unforgettable favorites including, “Cheek to Cheek,” “Puttin' on the Ritz,” “You’re Just in Love,” and many more. It’s a must-see event for anyone who enjoys Broadway, Hollywood musicals, and the American songbook.

*On-Demand Digital Streaming: Recordings will premiere forty-eight hours after the live event and will be available for one week.

Debut Series
Víkingur Ólafsson, piano
Tue | November 29 | 8pm | Longy’s Pickman Hall

Acclaimed pianist Víkingur Ólafsson makes his Boston debut with a carefully-curated program that places works from Mozart’s last decade in fascinating dialogue with pieces by contemporaries Haydn, C.P.E. Bach, Cimarosa, and Galuppi.

December 2022

Mountain Stage
hosted by Kathy Mattea
featuring Rosanne Cash
Sun | December 4 | 7pm | Berklee Performance Center

NPR Music’s Mountain Stage radio show—produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting—comes to Berklee Performance Center with a star-studded showcase celebrating the talented women of the Americana, folk, and bluegrass traditions. Hosted by Kathy Mattea and featuring Rosanne Cash, with other extraordinary artists to be announced.

Debut Series
Martin Helmchen*, piano
Tue | December 6 | 8pm | Longy’s Pickman Hall

Bach | Partita No. 6
Schumann | Selected Novelletten, Op. 21
R. Schumann | Gesänge der Frühe, Op. 133
Brahms | Sonata No. 3, Op. 5

Pianist Martin Helmchen’s highly virtuosic yet unaffected style has made him known as one of the greatest pianists of his generation. For his Celebrity Series debut, Helmchen brings a program of Bach, Brahms, and Schumann to Boston audiences.

*On-Demand Digital Streaming: Recordings will premiere forty-eight hours after the live event and will be available for one week.

Soweto Gospel Choir
Hope: It’s Been a Long Time Coming 
Fri | December 9 | 8pm | Berklee Performance Center

South Africa’s Soweto Gospel Choir returns with an inspiring, feel-good program entitled Hope: It’s Been a Long Time Coming. Dressed in vibrant colors, the choir melds together African and American musical influences, from gospel to Christian to pop and Broadway covers.

Junction Trio 
Sat | December 10 | 8pm | NEC’s Jordan Hall

Johannes Ciconia Le ray au soleyl (Chantilly Codex, circa 14th c.)
Amy Williams Bells and Whistles (2022) | Co-commissioned by Celebrity Series of Boston
Carlo Gesualdo | Selection from Tenebrae Responsoria (16th c.) (arr. Junction Trio)
R. Schumann | Piano Trio No.1

Three game-changing musicians combine their talents into one sensational and eclectic group. Violinist Stefan Jackiw, cellist Jay Campbell, and pianist Conrad Tao have all dazzled Celebrity Series audiences in unexpected pairings, and the trio will deliver a program that interweaves the old and the new: arrangements of chant and madrigals and a Schumann trio sit alongside a Celebrity Series co-commission for the group, Bells and Whistles by Amy Williams.

Seong-Jin Cho, piano
Sun | December 11 | 3pm | NEC’s Jordan Hall

Handel | Suite No. 2
Handel | Suite No. 8
Brahms | Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel
Brahms | Selections from Klavierstucke
R. Schumann Symphonic Etudes

With an overwhelming talent and innate musicality, Seong-Jin Cho is a rising star on the world stage and is considered one of the most distinctive pianists of his generation. His playing combines panache with purity and is driven by an impressive natural sense of balance.

January 2023

Company SBB // Stefanie Batten Bland
Look Who’s Coming to Dinner
Sat & Sun | January 14 & 15 | 8pm & 3pm | NEC’s Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre
Due to the layout of NEC's Plimpton Shattuck Black Box, there will be no late seating for this performance.

Stefanie Batten Bland’s work Look Who’s Coming to Dinner is a thought-provoking theatrical dance piece that evokes the 1967 film of a similar name as a cast of seven talented dance theater artists literally and metaphorically seek a seat at an ever-changing dinner table.

LaTasha Barnes' The Jazz Continuum
Thu – Sat | January 19 – 21 | 8pm | NEC’s Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre
Due to the layout of NEC's Plimpton Shattuck Black Box, there will be no late seating for this performance.

Dancer, choreographer, and educator LaTasha Barnes brings together her collective of extraordinary dance artists and jazz musicians in The Jazz Continuum. Seven dancers and seven musicians come together in lively and fun interplay as they explore the parallel flourishing of jazz music and Black American social dance styles through the decades, beginning with Lindy Hop.

Emerson String Quartet*
Sun | January 22 | 3pm | NEC’s Jordan Hall

Bartók | String Quartet No. 2
George Walker | Lyric for Strings
Shostakovich | String Quartet No.12
Beethoven | String Quartet, Op. 59, no. 2

Do not miss your chance to be there when the Emerson String Quartet takes the stage at Jordan Hall for their final concert with Celebrity Series, the last of 27 appearances.

*On-Demand Digital Streaming: Recordings will premiere forty-eight hours after the live event and will be available for one week.

Danish String Quartet 
Fri | January 27 | 8pm | NEC’s Jordan Hall 

Haydn | String Quartet, Op. 20, no. 3
Shostakovich | String Quartet No. 7
Nordic folk music (arrangements by Danish String Quartet)

Danish String Quartet makes a long-awaited return to Celebrity Series to present works representing its wide range of performance interests, spanning the classical quartet literature and beyond. Quartets by Haydn and Shostakovich sit alongside a set of Nordic folk tunes, beautifully arranged by members of the ensemble.

An Evening with Branford Marsalis 
Sat | January 28 | 8pm | Berklee Performance Center

Branford Marsalis, with his longtime quartet, brings a kaleidoscope of moods and perspectives to a program that will include selections from their latest album, The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul. The group’s long musical relationships are evident when the four play together: while leaving room for improvisation and surprise, their musical alignment is clear.

February 2023

Chris Thile 
Friday | February 3 | 8pm | Sanders Theatre

When Chris Thile takes the stage with his mandolin, you never quite know what you’re going to hear. He will perform selections from his most recent release, Laysongs; the album is a solitary reflection on faith, doubt, devotion, and community—it’s his most personal work to date. Don’t miss your chance to be amazed and moved by this brilliant artist!

Renee Rosnes, piano
Alexa Tarantino, alto saxophone/flute
Nicole Glover, tenor saxophone
Ingrid Jensen, trumpet
Noriko Ueda, bass
Allison Miller, drums
Sat | February 4 | 8pm | Berklee Performance Center

Jazz supergroup Artemis makes its Celebrity Series debut with an unforgettable, unique performance. Hailing from the US, Canada, and Japan, six of the top-charting female jazz musicians come together as one, giving audiences high-wire interplay infused with pure joy.

What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow
Inventing America, Part 2
Copland’s Appalachian Spring: An American Voice for Classical Music
Rob Kapilow, piano and commentator
A Far Cry, ensemble
Sun | February 5 | 3pm | NEC’s Jordan Hall

In the second installment of his two-part Inventing America series, Rob Kapilow explores Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, with the expert assistance of Boston’s self-conducted chamber orchestra A Far Cry. Originally commissioned as a ballet for Martha Graham, the suite has become auditory shorthand for a kind of populist Americana, but Kapilow finds elements of the piece that keep avid listeners coming back as he illustrates Copland’s specific choices that surprise, subvert audience expectations, and set the work apart.

Dance Series

Thu – Sat | February 9 – 11 | 8pm | Boch Center Shubert Theatre

Australian contemporary circus ensemble Circa returns to Boston with Sacre, a new work set, in part, to Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. The ten Circa performers—through lifts, balancing, pyramids, and more—use their bodies as a canvas for the audience’s emotional interpretation. The acrobats’ amazing feats are the conduit for a riveting and meditative journey into ritual and community.

Emi Ferguson and Ruckus*
Fly the Coop
Sat | February 11 | 8pm | Calderwood Studio at GBH Boston

Emi Ferguson, the principal flutist of the Handel and Haydn Society, and freewheeling Baroque continuo band Ruckus take you on a wild romp through some of Bach’s most playful and transcendent works as they infuse the music with equal parts tradition, funk, whimsy, and fun.

*On-Demand Digital Streaming: Recordings will premiere forty-eight hours after the live event and will be available for one week.

Jason Moran and the Harlem Hellfighters
James Reese Europe and the Absence of Ruin
Fri | February 17 | 8pm | Berklee Performance Center

Brilliant pianist, composer, and multimedia artist Jason Moran turns his boundless creativity and curiosity to a celebration of the life of often-overlooked African American musical pioneer James Reese Europe, credited with introducing jazz music to the European continent during World War I. Moran will share archival photos, recordings, and original multimedia creations to help build his musical monument to a truly transformational artist.

Debut Series
Alexi Kenney*, violin
Wed | February 22 | 8pm | Longy’s Pickman Hall

Violinist Alexi Kenney makes his Celebrity Series debut this season with a program entitled Shifting Ground. In this recital for solo violin with and without electronics, which the New York Times called “breathless and often daring,” Kenney weaves selections from Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas with contemporary compositions, placing the past and the present in a compelling dialogue.

*On-Demand Digital Streaming: Recordings will premiere forty-eight hours after the live event and will be available for one week.

Dreamers’ Circus
Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, violin
Ale Carr, Nordic cittern
Nikolaj Busk, piano, accordion
Fri | February 24 | 8pm | NEC’s Jordan Hall

Contemporary and innovative in their approach, Dreamers’ Circus draws inspiration from the deep traditions of Nordic folk music and reshapes them into something bright, shiny, and new.

March 2023

Igor Levit, piano
Sat | March 4 | 8pm | NEC’s Jordan Hall

Beethoven’s Last Three Sonatas, Opp. 109-111

Virtuosic pianist Igor Levit—who became a social media sensation during the COVID-19 lockdown for his series of 52 consecutive home performances spanning the piano repertory from Bach to Billy Joel—returns in the new season to a more habitual setting to take on three pinnacles of the piano literature.

Lawrence Brownlee*, tenor
Kevin Miller, piano
Sun | March 5 | 3pm | Calderwood Studio at GBH Boston

Tenor Lawrence Brownlee, “one of the most in-demand opera singers in the world today” (NPR), returns alongside pianist Kevin Miller with a program of song based on texts by poets and authors of the Harlem Renaissance set to brand-new music that he is commissioning from acclaimed Black composers.

*On-Demand Digital Streaming: Recordings will premiere forty-eight hours after the live event and will be available for one week.

Jazz Festival
Melissa Aldana
Wed | March 8 | 7pm | Artists For Humanity EpiCenter

Thanks to her lyrical, elegant, powerful playing and her visionary band leadership, Melissa Aldana has been on an amazing upward trajectory in recent years. The Chilean tenor sax player is a co-founder of the supergroup Artemis and is leading her own trio to new heights of refined playing, assured songwriting, and thoughtful self-expression.

Jazz Festival
Thu | March 9 | 7pm | Artists For Humanity EpiCenter

Across her career, multifaceted Japanese pianist Hiromi has thrilled fans and critics alike with creative energy that can’t be contained by genre. She says, “I don’t want to put a name on my music. ... It’s just the union of what I’ve been listening to and what I’ve been learning. It has some elements of classical music, it has some rock, it has some jazz, but I don’t need to give it a name.” Don’t miss this fiery solo performance from an audacious pianist!

Jazz Festival
Nnenna Freelon 
Fri | March 10 | 7pm | Artists For Humanity EpiCenter

Renowned jazz vocalist and Grammy-nominated artist Nnenna Freelon returns to her hometown with her trio. Born and raised in Cambridge, Nnenna has scaled the heights of jazz over her storied career, from headlining all-star shows, to performing for presidents and other heads of state.

Jazz Festival
Ambrose Akinmusire
Sat | March 11 | 7pm | Artists For Humanity EpiCenter

Berkeley, California-based trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire has become a force in jazz, at once excelling at his craft yet simultaneously stretching beyond the genre, making connections to classical, hip hop, and other artistic circles. Refusing to be contained, he weaves inspiration from myriad sources into compositions that are as poetic and graceful as they are bold and unflinching.

Sun | March 12 | 5pm | Symphony Hall

Exploring the limitless possibilities of the taiko, the traditional Japanese drum, Kodō is forging new directions for a vibrant living art-form. With this group, there’s no substitute for the feeling of the in-person experience.

Aoife O’Donovan 
Fri | March 17 | 8pm | Sanders Theater

With her ethereal voice and substantive songwriting, Grammy award-winning musician Aoife O'Donovan captivates fans and critics alike. For her show at Sanders Theatre, O’Donovan features songs from her recently-released album Age of Apathy, backed by her world-class touring band.

Chineke! Orchestra
Andrew Grams, conductor
Stewart Goodyear, piano
Wed | March 22 | 8pm | NEC’s Jordan Hall

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor | Othello Suite
Stewart Goodyear | Callaloo, Caribbean suite for piano and orchestra
Florence Price | Symphony No. 1

This season marks an exciting and important Boston debut: the inaugural visit by Britain’s Chineke! Orchestra. Founded in 2015 by the pioneering double bass player Chi-chi Nwanoku, OBE, the Orchestra is the first professional majority Black and Asian orchestra in Europe.

Terri Lyne Carrington + Social Science
Fri | March 24 | 8pm | Berklee Performance Center

Outstanding activist, educator, and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and her band Social Science appear on the Celebrity Series this season, two years after earning a Grammy nomination for their album, Waiting Game. Rapper/vocalist Toki Wright and other guests to be announced join the group for a special night at Berklee Performance Center.

Stave Sessions
Sō Percussion and Shodekeh 
Wed | March 29 | 8pm | Crystal Ballroom at Somerville Theatre

The adventurous percussion group Sō Percussion is joined by groundbreaking beatboxer Dominic “Shodekeh” Talifero. The contemporary music program includes a diverse range of repertoire from contemporary “classics” to new works in an “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam,” (The New Yorker).

Debut Series
Fatma Said, soprano
Rafael Aguirre, guitar
Thu | March 30 | 8pm | Longy’s Pickman Hall

Egyptian soprano Fatma Said, making her United States recital debut, and Spanish guitarist Rafael Aguirre bring diverse, interconnected cultures together to create a sublime and illuminating experience that you won’t want to miss.

Celebrity Series at Home: digital tickets will be available for live and on-demand viewing of this performance

Stave Sessions
Wild Up 
Thu | March 30 | 8pm | Crystal Ballroom at Somerville Theatre

Los Angeles-based ensemble Wild Up creates mind-bending and theatrical contemporary music experiences by playing with place, structure, the relation of artist to audience: any aspect of the concert experience is up for reinvention at any time. Led by Founder and Artistic Director Christopher Rountree, the collective at once upholds and spontaneously redefines the notion of a traditional ensemble. 

Stave Sessions
Yasmin Williams 
Fri | March 31 | 8pm | Crystal Ballroom at Somerville Theatre

Yasmin Williams is an acoustic fingerstyle guitarist with an unorthodox, modern style of playing. Her style utilizes various techniques including alternate tunings, percussive hits, and lap tapping. Her “radiant sound and adventitious origins have made her a key figure in a diverse dawn for the solo guitar” (New York Times). Williams’ music is rich and harmonious, while “challenging widespread preconceptions about the music made by young Black people or acoustic guitars” (Washington Post).

April 2023

Stave Sessions
Craig Taborn

Sat | April 1 | 8pm | Crystal Ballroom at Somerville Theatre

Audiences know Craig Taborn for his versatility as a leader, a soloist, and a sideman in dozens of bands and his brilliance as an improvisor in any number of musical contexts, from straight-ahead jazz to electro-acoustic sound collage. For twenty-five years, he's continued to push the boundaries of composition and improvisation in jazz, new music, electronic, rock, noise, and more. Don't miss a boundless innovator and his equally daring trio, who incorporate new and innovative sounds in each performance. 

David Sedaris 
Sun | April 2 | 7pm | Symphony Hall

David Sedaris has shared his life with us and made us laugh for decades. From the absurdist adventures of his early career to his wry and devastating recent examinations of aging, family, and mortality, his essays, diaries, and bestselling books have reflected his expansive curiosity, relentless powers of observation, and cheerful misanthropy.

Joshua Bell, violin and Daniil Trifonov, piano
Tue | April 4 | 8pm | Symphony Hall

Beethoven  Sonata No. 1, Op. 12
Prokofiev | Sonata No. 1 in F minor
Franck | Sonata in A Major

Joshua Bell and Daniil Trifonov, two of the most brilliant and awarded artists in classical music, each command the stage, yet complement each other as a duo. Undeniable star power and sublime music-making abound when “an astonishing pianist,” (Los Angeles Times) and “one of the world’s greatest violinists” (Washington Post), join forces for this extraordinary recital!

Beatrice Rana, piano
Fri | April 14 | 8pm | NEC’s Jordan Hall

Program to include:
Chopin | Sonata No. 2
Beethoven Hammerklavier Sonata

Italian pianist Beatrice Rana has become a force in the international classical music world, receiving admiration from critics and audiences alike. As renowned for her sensitivity and musical intelligence as she is for her vivid colorations and pyrotechnics, she is a pianist who truly has it all.

Dance Series
Paul Taylor Dance Company
Fri – Sun | April 14 – 16 | 8pm, 8pm, and 3pm | Boch Center Shubert Theatre

A favorite of Boston audiences for decades, the Paul Taylor Dance Company returns as part of the company’s global tour honoring the legacy of Taylor under its new artistic director, Michael Novak. Boston audiences can expect to enjoy classic Taylor works alongside newly commissioned works by contemporary choreographers.

An Afternoon with Itzhak Perlman
Itzhak Perlman
, violin
Rohan De Silva, piano
Sun | April 16 | 3pm | Symphony Hall

The great violinist Itzhak Perlman–an international treasure–has been beloved by Celebrity Series audiences since his first Boston recital in 1971. Perlman shares a deeply personal look at his childhood and the earliest years of his long and celebrated career in this afternoon of multimedia, music, and storytelling.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis 
Fri | April 21 | 8pm | Symphony Hall

Since their Series debut in 1992, Celebrity Series audiences have known and loved the awe-inspiring musical juggernaut that is Wynton Marsalis and his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. This time-tested ensemble always delivers a tight and polished experience that impeccably conjures the big band heyday, even when they are playing new works or reinterpreting classics.

Doric String Quartet with Benjamin Grosvenor, piano
Sat | April 22 | 8pm | NEC’s Jordan Hall

Beethoven | String Quartet, Op. 95 “Serioso”
Haydn | String Quartet, Op. 50, no. 6 “The Frog”
Frank Bridge | Piano Quintet, H. 49

The Doric String Quartet is a leading quartet of its generation, receiving enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the globe. Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor joins the Quartet for British composer Frank Bridge’s Quintet in D minor.

Evgeny Kissin, piano
Sun | April 23 | 3pm | Symphony Hall

J.S. Bach | Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue
Mozart | Sonata No. 9 in D Major
Debussy Estampes
Rachmaninoff | "Lilacs"
Rachmaninoff | Prelude in A minor, Opus 32, no. 8
Rachmaninoff | Prelude in G-flat Major, Opus 23, no. 10
Rachmaninoff | Eight Études-Tableaux, Opus 33

This season, Evgeny Kissin takes center stage with his first Symphony Hall solo recital since 2014. The event promises power, staggering technical prowess, and sublime music-making.

Debut Series
Davóne Tines*, bass-baritone
Adam Nielsen, piano
Wed | April 26 | 8pm | Longy’s Pickman Hall 

Recital No.1: MASS

Bass-baritone Davóne Tines, Musical America’s 2022 Vocalist of the Year, makes his Celebrity Series debut with an ambitious and brilliantly curated program entitled Recital No. 1: MASS. Tines invites listeners to recontextualize Bach arias, Caroline Shaw’s Mass, and religious ritual. Woven into this are spiritual arrangements by Tyshawn Sorey, Moses Hogan, and Margaret Bonds, as well as Julius Eastman’s powerful a cappella work, Prelude to the Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc.

Osvaldo Golijov’s Falling Out of Time
A Tone Poem in Voices, from the novel by David Grossman; 
Translation from Hebrew by Jessica Cohen
Sun | April 30 | 2pm | Symphony Hall

Presented in association with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

This special concert presents Argentina-born American composer Osvaldo Golijov’s Falling Out of Time, composed for a multicultural, multistylistic instrumental group of musicians that includes members of Silkroad Ensemble. Drawing powerfully on popular and folk-music styles, based on David Grossman’s experimental novel about parents’ grief at the loss of a child, Golijov’s urgently impactful piece is here presented in a semi-staged performance.

May 2023

Debut Series
Aizuri Quartet*
Wed | May 3 | 8pm | Longy’s Pickman Hall 

C. Schumann Ich stand in dunkeln Träumen (arr. Karen Ouzounian)
Bartók | String Quartet No. 4
Tanya Tagaq Sivunittinni (2015) 
Haydn | String Quartet, Op. 76, No. 4 “Sunrise”

The Aizuri Quartet infuses all their music-making with infectious energy, joy, and warmth, and cultivates curiosity in listeners. Tracing a journey from darkness to dawn, and culminating in the warmth of Haydn’s “Sunrise” Quartet, this program explores the ways in which the atmosphere, psychological power, and political metaphor of the night have been an inspiration for composers from the classical era to the present.

*On-Demand Digital Streaming: Recordings will premiere forty-eight hours after the live event and will be available for one week.

Dance Series
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Thu – Sun | May 4 – 7 | 8pm/8pm/2pm & 8pm/3pm | Boch Center Wang Theatre

From seminal repertory pieces like Alvin Ailey's Revelations, to new material that engages with vital social movements and other choreographic traditions, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater creates dances with the power to transform and bring people together. The company’s annual return is a Boston tradition, and we invite you to come celebrate this always-amazing group!

Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer & Zakir Hussain 
Sat | May 6 | 8pm | Berklee Performance Center

Three masterful genre-benders—Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, and Edgar Meyer—come together once again to blur geographic borders and musical boundaries for an exuberantly virtuosic and exciting evening of music. Bluegrass, classical, global music, jazz, and more come together and recombine in unheard-of ways.

Save the Date!
2023 SHINE! Gala
Fri | May 12

Join us for an unforgettable evening in celebration of Celebrity Series’ vision to bring the arts to everyone and everyone to the arts. Mark your calendars now! More information to follow in Fall 2022.

The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra featuring Diane Schuur* 
Sat | May 20 | 8pm | Calderwood Studio at GBH Boston

Thirty-five years after their electrifying 1987 team-up and the Grammy-winning album that resulted, vocalist Diane Schuur reunites with The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra for an unforgettable night of swinging jazz at GBH’s Calderwood Studio.

*On-Demand Digital Streaming: Recordings will premiere forty-eight hours after the live event and will be available for one week.



Celebrity Series of Boston is grateful to season sponsors Amy & Joshua Boger and to the many individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies whose support helps fulfill our mission to present performing artists who inspire and enrich our community and our vision of a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience - on stages, on streets, in neighborhoods - everywhere.

Anonymous (3) | Jill & David Altshuler | Leslie & Howard Appleby | Stephanie L. Brown Foundation
Julia Byers & Steve Holtzman | Kathleen & Chris Gaffney | Harriet & David Griesinger
Peter & Anna Kolchinsky | 
George & Lizbeth Krupp | Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation
Eleanor & Frank Pao | Stephen C. Perry & Oliver Radford | The Rabb Family Foundations 
Cynthia & John S. Reed Foundation | Royal Little Family Foundation | Sally S. Seaver, PhD
Stifler Family Foundation | Belinda Termeer | Susan & Michael Thonis | Dorothy & Stephen Weber | Yawkey Foundation


Performance dates, times, and program information are subject to change.