Celebrity Series of Boston presents Neighborhood Arts Cello Quartet: "Global Inspirations" with four standout cellists from the Neighborhood Arts artist roster ensembles Soul Yatra Trio, Hub New Music, and Castle of our Skins. The members of the Neighborhood Arts Cello Quartet will pair music from J.S. Bach and tango master Astor Piazzolla with global folk-inspired originals drawn from Inca chant, West African music, Turkish music, and more.

The live streaming concert takes place on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 8pm ET from Futura Productions in Roslindale as part of the “Celebrity Series at Home” Neighborhood Arts Community Concerts virtual concert series. 

Tickets for the digital concert are free with RSVP and are available online at celebrityseries.org/productions/neighborhood-arts-cello-quartet-global-inspirations. To browse the entire “Celebrity Series at Home” series and learn more about all of the free and paid performances, visit: celebrityseries.org/athome

Mike Block 
Javier Caballero
Jesse Christeson 
Francesca McNeeley

Trad. Inca chant, Hanacpachap Cuissicini / Juan Arañés, A la vida bona  (Boston premiere) (arr. Mike Block) 
Neighborhood Arts Cello Quartet  

Félix Astol Artés, La Borinqueña (arr. Javier Caballero)(Boston premiere)
Javier Caballero 

J.S. Bach, Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1, (arr. Mike Block) reimagined for cello trio (Boston premiere) 
Jesse Christeson, Francesca McNeeley, Mike Block

Mark O’Connor, Appalachia Waltz 
Jesse Christeson 

J.S. Bach, Gigue from Cello Suite No. 1, for cello trio (arr. Mike Block) 
Francesca McNeeley, Javier Caballero, Mike Block 

Mike Block, When the Birds Sing Along in the Morning - a tribute to Pablo Casals (live premiere of duo arrangement)
Mike Block, Francesca McNeeley

Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, From Lamentations: Black/Folk Song Suite, for solo cello (1973)
II.  Plaintive     
 III. Calvary Ostinato 
Francesca McNeeley

J.S. Bach, Allemande from Cello Suite No. 1, for cello trio (arr. Mike Block)   
Jesse Christeson, Javier Caballero, Mike Block

Ali Ufki Bey, Nikriz Pesrev  (Turkish melody) (arr. Mike Block)  

Ástor Piazzolla, La Muerte del Angel (arr. Blaise Déjardin) 

Mike Block, Iniche Cosebe (inspired by West African music) 

Neighborhood Arts Cello Quartet 

About Celebrity Series of Boston  

Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. The 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 81 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 2020-21 Season Sponsors Amy & Joshua Boger, 2020-21 Neighborhood Arts Presenting Sponsor Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, and to the many individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies whose generosity supports Arts for All! and help fulfill our mission to present performing artists who inspire and enrich our community. Individual and Institutional supporters include the Barr Foundation through its ArtsAmplified initiative, Leslie & Howard Appleby, Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, The Catered Affair, Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Mr. & Mrs. Peter Coxe, Amy & Ethan d’Ablemont Burnes, D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corp., First Republic Bank, Foley & Lardner LLP, Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, George & Lizbeth Krupp, Liberty Mutual Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Outside the Box: A Production of the Boston Arts Summer Institute, Cynthia and John S. Reed Foundation, Royal Little Family Foundation, Stifler Family Foundation, Anonymous, and many others. 

Arts for All! programs are also made possible by support from the LIVE PERFORMANCE! Arts for All Endowment & Innovation Funds of the Celebrity Series of Boston.