Celebrity Series’ free outdoor public performance projects, launched in 2013 in celebration of our 75th anniversary season, get us out of the concert halls and into the public realm. In 2013, we engaged international conceptual artist Luke Jerram to bring Play Me I’m Yours, Street Pianos to Boston. We placed 75 pianos painted by local artists in outdoor and publicly accessible locations throughout the city, and over 500,000 people created and shared music with each other during the 18 day festival.
In fall 2016 Street Pianos Boston returned, with one or more pianos placed within each of the 23 neighborhoods of the City of Boston.
In 2014, Montreal-based choreographer Sylvain Emard brought 110 local volunteer amateur dancers and 5,000+ audience members together for three nights of live performances of Le Grand Continental in Copley Square.
In 2015, and then again in 2017, 5,000+ residents and visitors came together for Let’s Dance Boston, five nights of social dancing and live music on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
In 2018, 10,000 people came out to experience Jazz Along The Charles: A Walkable Concert. 25 jazz ensembles gathered at a series of connected, walkable locations along the Charles River Esplanade, interpreting the same curated list of Boston-related tunes in one collective concert that celebrated the great jazz community in Boston today.
Together, these public projects generated over 200 new community partnerships. These partnerships have connected us with people from all walks of life who live and work in and visit Boston.
What began as an anniversary celebration has now developed into a more permanent initiative. For the foreseeable future Celebrity Series plans to produce public performance art projects on a yearly basis.