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Highlights of the 2023/24 season include:
- The first season curated and programmed by new Artistic Director, Nicole Taney
- Subscription series and Neighborhood Arts events in a wide variety of genres, with significant racial and gender diversity among the performers on stage that embraces the commitment Celebrity Series made as part of its 2021 Racial Equity Plan and goals
- New this season, Celebrity Series presents four artists in two locations performing the same program at a Boston-area venue and Meadow Hall at Groton Hill Music Center: Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano; Jeremy Denk, piano; Hélène Grimaud, piano; Isidore String Quartet
- Jazz Along the Charles returns this fall! More than 100 local musicians, in up to 25 jazz ensembles, will perform set lists in their own style of Boston-inspired music composed or popularized by women along the DCR Charles River Esplanade. Free and open to all!
- Song and stage legends Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Renée Fleming, Alan Cumming, and Anthony Roth Costanzo return
- African diasporic stories, dance, and music are brought forward with Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, and Haitian Kreyòl influences among performances all season long
- Standout female-led jazz ensembles, dance companies, and soloists bring their unique and personal stories to the stage
- Debut Series artists at Longy’s Pickman Hall: Karim Sulayman, tenor & Sean Shibe, guitar; Diana Adamyan, violin with Renana Gutman, piano; Justin Austin, baritone and Howard Watkins, piano; Jess Gillam, saxophone; Isidore String Quartet
- International orchestras and dance companies return to Boston stages: Orchestre de Paris with conductor Klaus Mäkelä and pianist Yunchan Lim; the Bamberg Symphony with conductor Jakub Hrůša, and pianist Lukáš Vondráček; Grupo Corpo dance company from Brazil; and Vertigo dance company from Israel
- Celebrity Series announces new season co-sponsors Stephanie L. Brown Foundation and Susan & Michael Thonis
(For Immediate Release, Boston—May 2, 2023) Celebrity Series of Boston announces its 2023/24 season today, marking 85 years of bringing world-class touring and local performing artists to Boston. The first season programmed by new Artistic Director Nicole Taney, this season’s offerings bring audiences new venues to explore, artist debuts, beloved returning artists, and in-person and streaming options for both the ticketed subscription and free Neighborhood Arts events.
This exciting new season begins on October 7 with Jazz Along the Charles, a public performance project in which more than 100 local musicians, in up to 25 jazz ensembles, perform in their own style, Boston-inspired set lists of music composed or popularized by women, co-curated by Ken Field and Zahili Zamora. This fun-filled one-day event is free and open to everyone! The call for local musicians opens May 2 and applications will be accepted through May 31.
Expanding the reach of the season even further, Celebrity Series presents four artists in two locations performing the same program at a Boston-area venue and in Groton, MA at the new concert space, Meadow Hall, in the Groton Hill Music Center.
Gary Dunning, President and Executive Director of the Celebrity Series of Boston, says, “the new artists that you’ll see this season aren’t the only debuts this year: Nicole Taney makes a long-anticipated debut as Artistic Director. She’s crafted a compelling balance of returning, new-to-us, and new-to-Boston artists. Celebrity Series has always been centered on live performances, and we are constantly exploring new venues, like the stunning Groton Hill Music Center or new ways of experiencing live performances, such as the return of Jazz Along the Charles.”
Nicole Taney, Artistic Director, adds, “It’s been wonderful working with artists and their managers and seeing how Celebrity Series’ reputation precedes us. We have 85 years of history to build on, and I hope that 2023/24 feels like the kind of season you expect from Celebrity Series, with a few surprises along the way.”
The pre-sale ticketing period begins on Tuesday, May 2, 2023 for donors; Monday, May 15 for renewing subscribers; and Tuesday, May 16 for new subscribers. More information on subscriptions at: https://www.celebrityseries.
Single tickets for select performances go on sale Tuesday, August 22, 2023.
Purchasing tickets for three performances upgrades the ticket holder to subscriber status for the entire 2023/24 season. Subscribers enjoy benefits such as early access to seats before the general public, guaranteed pricing, advance notice of additional performances, and ticket exchange privileges.
Performance and ticketing updates may be found at celebrityseries.org.
Venues, artists, and programs are subject to change.
ABOUT NEW ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, NICOLE TANEY
Nicole Taney joined the Celebrity Series of Boston in summer 2022 as the Artistic Director. She was formerly the Director of Artistic Planning and Operations for Spoleto Festival USA, an annual, multi-disciplinary festival in Charleston, South Carolina, that presents more than150 events in 17 days in venues throughout the Charleston area. Prior to joining Spoleto Festival USA, she worked as Director of Producing and Touring for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Company Manager for New York City Ballet, and General Manager for Trisha Brown Dance Company. Early in her career, Nicole worked at Carnegie Hall and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. One of her first positions in the arts was in Boston with the Children’s Museum. Nicole has degrees from the University of Connecticut (BA) and Columbia University (MA). Nicole has participated in several state, local, and industry panels and presentations. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the College of Charleston (SC).
2023/24 SUBSCRIPTION SERIES PERFORMANCES
The 2023/24 season is sponsored by Stephanie L. Brown Foundation and Susan & Michael Thonis.
The season opens with the much-anticipated return of Jazz Along the Charles. More than one hundred local musicians, in twenty-five jazz ensembles, will perform in their own style set lists of Boston-inspired music composed or popularized by women. Onlookers can experience the event however they choose: linger with one band to hear their interpretation of each tune, or make their way along a one-mile stretch to sample the diversity of our city’s jazz scene. Ken Field and Zahili Zamora are co-curators of this free public event on Saturday, October 7 at the DCR Charles River Esplanade, Boston. Celebrity Series is honored to partner with the Esplanade Association as lead sponsor of Jazz Along the Charles.
Pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason returns to the Series for her third performance—this time, her solo debut. She inaugurates Celebrity Series’ partnership with Groton Hill Music Center and launches the 2023/24 Celebrity Series season on Friday, October 13 at 8pm at Meadow Hall at Groton Hill Music Center and Saturday, October 14 at 8pm at NEC’s Jordan Hall.
Charles Lloyd 85th Birthday Celebration brings together the great bandleader and composer Charles Lloyd with his longtime quartet, The Charles Lloyd New Quartet. Bandmates Jason Moran, Eric Harland, and Reuben Rogers constitute a rhythm section befitting one of the most enduring jazz visionaries of our time. On Sunday, October 15 at 7pm at Berklee Performance Center.
Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, violinist Lisa Batiashvili, and cellist Gautier Capuçon join forces as an all-star trio for their recital on Friday, October 20 at 8pm at NEC’s Jordan Hall.
An Evening with Audra McDonald features the singer-actress in a one-night-only engagement with an orchestra of local musicians. An icon on stage and screen, the six-time Tony Award-winning McDonald lends her luminous voice and committed stage presence to Broadway favorites, standards, and much more on Sunday, October 22 at 5pm at Symphony Hall.
Grupo Corpo, Brazil’s renowned contemporary dance ensemble, returns to Boston with a program that shows off uniquely Brazilian cultural elements and aesthetics. “Gira” evokes rituals from the Umbanda religious practice, and “Gil Refazendo” takes as its inspiration the music of Gilberto Gil, the Bahian composer, performer, and activist. On Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29 at 3pm at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre.
Cuban-born drummer Dafnis Prieto featuring Brazilian singer Luciana Souza join forces to engage listeners through words and music in support of their album, “Cantar,” on Saturday, October 28 at 8pm at the Berklee Performance Center.
Alisa Weilerstein: FRAGMENTS 1 is the first installment of Alisa Weilerstein’s groundbreaking performance series for solo cello. New works are woven together with Bach’s first cello suite, responsive lighting, and scenic architecture, inviting audiences into an immersive, multi-sensory experience. A Celebrity Series co-commission, this performance takes place on Sunday, November 5 at 7pm at Sanders Theatre.
Sir András Schiff curates a program which will include Classical and early Romantic works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert, with each selection to be introduced from the stage. Hear from the artist himself about each work’s history and significance and gain insight into
Mr. Schiff’s programmatic choices. On Friday, November 10 at 8pm at NEC’s Jordan Hall.
What Makes it Great? with Rob Kapilow: “Ladies of the Canyon: the Music of Joni Mitchell and Carole King” turns the spotlight on the folk and rock music that came out of Los Angeles’ Laurel Canyon in the 1960s and ’70s. Kapilow brings forward Carole King and Joni Mitchell to illustrate the genius of these two artists and the magic of the community that nurtured their iconic works. On Saturday, November 11 at 8pm at NEC’s Jordan Hall.
Soprano Renée Fleming is one of the most acclaimed singers of all time, performing on the stages of the world’s greatest opera houses and concert halls. Don’t miss an evening of artistry on Sunday, November 12 at 5pm at Symphony Hall.
Tenor Karim Sulayman and guitarist Sean Shibe come together for a program that brings together 16th- and 17th-century Italian and English works; traditional Sephardic and Arab-Andalusian songs; Benjamin Britten’s settings of translated poems, “Songs from the Chinese”; 20th-century and contemporary compositions; and more. On Tuesday, November 14 at 7:30pm at Longy’s Pickman Hall as part of the Debut Series.
Pianist Daniil Trifonov makes his long-awaited solo recital debut at Symphony Hall in a program of works by Rameau, Mozart, and Mendelssohn, as well as Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” sonata on Wednesday, November 15 at 8pm at Symphony Hall.
Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway are standouts in roots music's new generation. Molly is the first woman to be named Guitar Player of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association and winner of the Best Bluegrass Album at the 2023 Grammy Awards. She and her band Golden Highway return to Berklee Performance Center on Friday, November 17 at 8pm.
Alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin and Phoenix use traditional conceptions of jazz, hip hop, and soul to create electrifyingly danceable grooves. On Friday, December 1 at 8pm at Berklee Performance Center.
Armenian violinist Diana Adamyan, winner of the First Prize at the 2018 Yehudi Menuhin International Competition and the First Prize in the 2020 Khachaturian International Competition, takes the stage alongside pianist Renana Gutman for her Boston recital debut. On Thursday, December 7 at 7:30 pm at Longy’s Pickman Hall as part of the Debut Series.
Pianist and author Jeremy Denk curates a program that unites female composers across the centuries, telling a story of women’s genius, whether celebrated, neglected, remembered, or forgotten. Saturday, December 9 at 8pm at NEC’s Jordan Hall and Sunday, December 10 at 3pm at Meadow Hall at Groton Hill Music Center.
Music From The Sole is a tap dance and live music company that celebrates tap’s connections to Afro-Brazilian music and dance, and other influences across the African Diaspora. “I Didn’t Come to Stay,” a work for eight dancers and a five-piece band, explores tap’s diasporic lineage and connections to house, samba, Brazilian funk, and jazz. On Friday, January 12 at 8pm and Saturday, January 13, at 2pm & 8pm at NEC’s Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre.
Ashwini Ramaswamy’s “Let the Crows Come” evokes symbolism of the crow as a messenger between life and death, transcending space and time. Ramaswamy, steeped in the Indian classical dance Bharatanatyam, partners with two other dancers trained in disparate techniques, Afro-Caribbean Modern and Gaga, to illustrate the transmission of memory and ideas. On Friday, January 19 at 8pm and Saturday, January 20 at 2pm at NEC’s Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre.
Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo returns to Boston for an all-new recital program with pianist Bryan Wagorn. Costanzo has drawn public and critical acclaim for his unforgettable performances and the brilliance, power, and agility of his voice. On Friday, January 19 at 8pm at NEC’s Jordan Hall.
Pianist Hélène Grimaud’s Boston-area recital debut shows off her expressive skills and technical control in Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 30, Brahms’ late piano works, and the pyrotechnics of Busoni’s transcription of Bach’s Chaconne. On Saturday, January 20 at 8pm at NEC’s Jordan Hall and Sunday, January 21 at 3pm at Meadow Hall at Groton Hill Music Center.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis pay tribute to one of the greats when they celebrate the centennial of drummer Max Roach on Sunday, January 28 at 5pm at Symphony Hall.
Jazz artist Cécile McLorin Salvant weaves a tale of women’s secrecy under the male gaze in her latest project, Mélusine. She takes as her inspiration the European folk legend of Mélusine, the woman cursed to spend one day each week as a half-snake. Featuring a mix of originals and reorchestrations of songs dating back to the twelfth century, Salvant brings songs in French, English, Haitian Kreyól, and the ancient Southern French language Occitan. On Friday, February 2 at 8pm at Sanders Theatre.
What Makes it Great? with Rob Kapilow, featuring A Far Cry, unpack and illustrate Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in an evening complete with biographical and historical context about the composer, and how he negotiated the various political and artistic movements of his time. Saturday, February 3 at 8pm at NEC’s Jordan Hall.
Pianist Víkingur Ólafsson returns to the Series for his Jordan Hall solo recital debut. He will perform Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” on Saturday, February 10 at 8pm at NEC’s Jordan Hall.
Takács Quartet brings two notable nineteenth-century string quartets—Haydn's “Sunrise” quartet and Beethoven’s second “Razumovsky” quartet—alongside a new work and Celebrity Series co-commission from violist and composer Nokuthula Ngwenyama. On Friday, February 16 at 8pm at NEC’s Jordan Hall.
Baritone Justin Austin and pianist Howard Watkins make their Celebrity Series debuts as part of the Debut Series on Wednesday, February 21 at 7:30 pm at Longy’s Pickman Hall.
Time For Three stands at the intersection of Americana, modern pop, and classical music. Charles Yang (violin, vocals), Nicolas Kendall (violin, vocals), and Ranaan Meyer (double bass, vocals)—have found a unique and captivating niche that includes two 2023 Grammy Awards for their album “Letters for the Future.” On Saturday, February 24 at 8pm at Sanders Theatre.
Arturo Sandoval and Pedrito Martinez bring two generations of Cuban jazz to the Berklee Performance Center on Friday, March 8 at 8pm. Trumpeter Sandoval is an undisputed legend: a protégé of Dizzy Gillespie, he helped redefine the sound of Cuban jazz as a founding member of Irakere. Percussionist Martinez, born in Havana, grew up surrounded by rumba music, and became a specialist in rumba and Afro-Cuban percussion.
Sierra Hull brings folk, pop, and bluegrass together with heartfelt and clever lyrics and ethereal vocals for an unforgettable evening of music on Saturday, March 9 at 8pm at Sanders Theatre.
Saxophonist Jess Gillam’s program shows off her range and versatility with music spanning the Renaissance and Baroque, through the twentieth century, to the present day. On Tuesday, March 12 at 7:30pm at Longy’s Pickman Hall as part of the Debut Series.
Alan Cumming returns with his new cabaret show “Alan Cumming Is Not Acting His Age,” a joyful and mischievous evening of story and song – presented with his puckish, eclectic spirit and joie de vivre – exploring that most communal of pastimes: aging! On Friday, March 15 at 8pm at Sanders Theatre.
Composer and conductor Miho Hazama is one of the most promising and talented composers/arrangers of her generation. Hazama creates inventive, complex, and surprising compositions for m_unit, the 13-piece jazz chamber orchestra that she leads. On Saturday, March 16 at 8pm at Berklee Performance Center.
Orchestre de Paris makes a return to Celebrity Series for the first time since 1994 with three important pieces that all premiered in the City of Light. Conductor Klaus Mäkëla leads the ensemble, and piano soloist Yunchan Lim joins them for Prokofiev’s fiendishly difficult Second Piano Concerto. Debussy’s tone poem “Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune” opens the performance and Stravinsky’s “Firebird,” heard in its complete version, brings the performance to a close. On Sunday, March 17 at 7pm at Symphony Hall.
Stave Sessions | Crystal Ballroom at Somerville Theatre | March 20-23, 2024
Stave Sessions returns with four thrilling contemporary music performances at the Crystal Ballroom at Somerville Theatre in Davis Square.
Nathalie Joachim, song cycle “Ki moun ou ye,” Wednesday, March 20 at 7pm
JIJI, “Classical Goes Electric,” Thursday, March 21 at 7pm
Chromic Duo, "Room of Oceans," Friday, March 22 at 7pm
Mark Lettieri Group, Saturday, March 23 at 7pm
Pianist Bruce Liu, winner of the 18th Chopin Competition in 2021, makes his Boston recital debut with a program that spans the centuries – from the French Baroque to the 1980s. On Saturday, March 23 at 8pm at NEC’s Jordan Hall.
Isidore String Quartet, the red-hot ensemble who won the 2022 Banff Competition and were awarded a 2023 Avery Fisher Career Grant, makes their Boston debut in a program of Haydn, Billy Childs, and Beethoven. On Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30pm at Longy’s Pickman Hall as part of the Debut Series, and on Thursday, March 28 at 8pm at Meadow Hall at Groton Hill Music Center.
Patti LuPone, Broadway legend and three-time Tony Award winner, returns to Celebrity Series in “A Life in Notes.” In this personal musical memoir, LuPone, backed by her band, shares the songs that define her life on and off the stage. On Tuesday, April 2 at 8pm at Symphony Hall.
Jerusalem-based contemporary dance company Vertigo returns to Boston with Artistic Director Noa Wertheim’s newest work “MAKOM.” The title of the evening-length piece derives from the Hebrew word for “place,” and the work dramatizes humanity’s striving for unity and wholeness. Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6 at 8pm at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre.
Violinist Christian Tetzlaff and pianist Kirill Gerstein join forces for a program featuring sonatas by Janáček, Bartók, and Brahms, a work by György Kurtág, and the Boston premiere of Thomas Adès’ suite from “The Tempest.” Sunday, April 7 at 3pm at NEC’s Jordan Hall.
Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott make their first recital appearance together at Symphony Hall since 2015 on Tuesday, April 9 at 8pm. Ma is an icon around the world for his talent and technique, his warmth and charisma, and his zest for musical partnerships. Kathryn Stott, acclaimed as one of Britain' most versatile and imaginative pianists, continues her long and fruitful recital and recording partnership with Ma. Together, they perform works by Gabriel Fauré, Sérgio Assad, Antonín Dvořák, Arvo Pärt, Dmitri Shostakovich, and César Franck.
An Evening with David Sedaris sees the author and humorist return to Symphony Hall on Friday, April 12, at 8pm to read new and unpublished works, and offer an audience Q&A.
Brentano String Quartet’s program spans the standard quartet repertoire, from Mozart to Shostakovich to Mendelssohn. The ensemble brings together works from three centuries and vastly different styles, and will infuse each with the exuberance, sensitivity, and care for which they are renowned. On Sunday, April 14 at 3pm at NEC’s Jordan Hall.
Bamberg Symphony, under the baton of conductor Jakub Hrůša, bring an evening of all-German, all-Romantic works. The orchestra performs Wagner’s Prelude to Act I of "Lohengrin" and Overture to "Tannhauser," Brahms’ Third Symphony, and Schumann’s Piano Concerto with Lukáš Vondráček as piano soloist. On Tuesday, April 24 at 8pm at Symphony Hall.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Boch Center Wang Theatre, Thursday–Sunday, May 2–5, 2024. Thu, May 2 (8pm); Fri, May 3 (8pm); Sat, May 4 (2pm & 8pm); Sun, May 5 (3pm).
Three all-time greats share a stage in “Duets,” when Chucho Valdés, Dianne Reeves, and Joe Lovano come together for a rare evening of intimate duets. Saturday, May 4 at 8pm at Berklee Performance Center.
Alongside the live and in-person performances, Celebrity Series continues its slate of digital performances. Five performances on the subscription series premiere digitally two days following the live performance for on-demand viewing for seven days. Approximately ten Neighborhood Arts concerts will be released digitally for free viewing on demand, with performance details and dates to be announced this summer.
Tenor Karim Sulayman and guitarist Sean Shibe
Violinist Diana Adamyan
What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow and A Far Cry: Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings
Brentano String Quartet
For more information about streaming concerts this season, visit celebrityseries.org/athome.
ARTS FOR ALL!
Celebrity Series' Arts for All! programs collaborate with over 50 community organizations to engage people of all ages, harnessing the creative energy of the performing arts to build thriving neighborhoods and cultivate the next generation of artists and audiences.
Through master classes with artists in public schools and conservatories; hands-on, interactive workshops for youth led by a core group of Boston-affiliated artists; community concerts in Boston and Cambridge neighborhoods; free and discounted tickets to subscription performances; and large-scale, public performance projects, Arts for All! brings the arts to everyone.
Neighborhood Arts programming in the 2023/24 season is anchored in partnerships with Boston-affiliated artists and ensembles, and showcases the rich diversity of musical offerings they perform. The full Neighborhood Arts season will be announced this summer.
Visit celebityseries.org/artsforall for information about all of our community engagement work.
CELEBRITY SERIES GALA
The 2024 Gala will be held on April 27, 2024 at the Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts. Join the Celebrity Series for a spectacular evening that recognizes the organization’s history and its impact on Boston’s cultural community. Supporters and community leaders come together to celebrate the future of the organization during this black-tie event. We invite you to experience this innovative experience that delights guests with dramatic surprises. Proceeds from the Gala benefit the education, programming, and community engagement efforts of the Celebrity Series.
SUBSCRIPTION SERIES PERFORMANCE VENUES
Berklee Performance Center (136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston)
Boch Center Shubert Theatre (265 Tremont Street, Boston)
Boch Center Wang Theatre (270 Tremont Street, Boston)
Crystal Ballroom at the Somerville Theatre (55 Davis Square, Somerville)
Longy’s Pickman Hall (27 Garden Street, Cambridge)
Meadow Hall at Groton Hill Music Center (122 Old Ayer Rd, Groton)
NEC’s Jordan Hall (290 Huntington Avenue, Boston)
NEC’s Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre (255 St Botolph Street, Boston)
Sanders Theatre (45 Quincy Street, Cambridge)
Symphony Hall (301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston)
ABOUT CELEBRITY SERIES OF BOSTON
Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. 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 85 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, on streets, in neighborhoods—everywhere.
Celebrity Series of Boston is grateful to our 2023/24 Season Sponsors Stephanie L. Brown Foundation and Susan & Michael Thonis, 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. Individual and institutional supporters include Jill & David Altshuler, Leslie & Howard Appleby, the Barr Foundation through its ArtsAmplified initiative, Amy & Joshua Boger, Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, Julia Byers & Steven Holtzman, Amy & Ethan d’Ablemont Burnes, Deloitte, D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corp., Esplanade Association, Kathleen & Chris Gaffney, Harriet & David Griesinger, Yvette & Lawrence Hochberg, Andrea & Fred Hoff, Liberty Mutual Foundation, George & Lizbeth Krupp, Richard K. Lubin Family Foundation, Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, National Endowment for the Arts, Eleanor & Frank Pao, Stephen C. Perry & Oliver Radford, The Rabb Family Foundations, Reuben Reynolds, Royal Little Family Foundation, Sally S. Seaver, PhD, Stifler Family Foundation, Belinda Termeer, Susan & Michael Thonis, Yawkey Foundation, Anonymous (4), and many others.