For Immediate Release

Celebrity Series of Boston Presents:
Mark Morris Dance Group, Pepperland 

co-commissioned by the Celebrity Series, Pepperland is Mark Morris Dance Group’s unique tribute to the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club  Band. Pepperland features an original score by Ethan Iverson that blends arrangements of songs from the groundbreaking album with new Pepper-inspired pieces

February 8-10, 2019 — Boch Center Shubert Theatre
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Celebrity Series of Boston will present the co-commission of Mark Morris Dance Group in Pepperland February 8-10, 2019, at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre, 270 Tremont Street, Boston. 

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 chamber music ensemble of voice, 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. 

The music teases out and elaborates on Sgt. Pepper’s non-rock and roll influences, and costume designer Elizabeth Kurtzman drew inspiration from the colors and fabrics of the 60s. Her costumes are impeccably reminiscent of the everyday looks of the era with bright, vibrant colors, tailored fits, and new textiles. Pepperland resounds with the ingenuity, musicality, wit, and humanity for which the company is known. 

Pepperland‘s unique chamber music ensemble consists of New York City’s finest musicians specializing in voice (Clinton Curtis), theremin (Rob Schwimmer), soprano sax (Sam Newsome), trombone (Jacob Garchik), organ/harpsichord (Colin Fowler), piano (Ethan Iverson) and percussion (Vinnie Sperrazza).

Team:

Mark Morris, choreographer
Ethan Iverson, composer and piano
Elizabeth Kurtzman, costume designer
Nick Kolin, lighting designer
Clinton Curtis, voice 
Rob Schwimmer, theremin
Sam Newsome, soprano sax  
Jacob Garchik, trombone  
Colin Fowler, organ/harpsichord 
Vinnie Sperrazza, percussion 
Mica Bernas, dancer
Sam Black, dancer
Durell R. Comedy, dancer
Brandon Cournay, dancer
Domingo Estrada, Jr., dancer
Lesley Garrison, dancer
Lauren Grant, dancer
Sarah Haarman, dancer
Aaron Loux, dancer
Laurel Lynch, dancer
Dallas McMurray, dancer
Brandon Randolph, dancer
Nicole Sabella, dancer
Billy Smith, dancer
Noah Vinson, dancer

Press Quotes

“͞This great album set a radical new direction for popular music and thought, says Mark Morris. “I was just a child. 50 years later, with contemporary eyes and ears, we are presenting a comment and a rethinking of this profound cultural artifact with all of the imagination, surprise, humor, and bizarrity intact.”

“The Pepperland score is a suite of chamber music performed by some of New York City's finest iconoclasts,” Ethan Iverson adds. “Half the piece will be arrangements of the songs we all know, half will be brand new danceable pieces responding to the strong undercurrent of classical music present on the original album.” 

“..a truly joyous, celebratory work of art...brilliant homage to one of the great rock albums” 

The Telegraph

“A gorgeously entertaining and witty tribute to the classic Beatles album.”  

The Guardian

“The dance, like the album, is a seamless synthesis of classical, vaudeville, and psychedelia...” 

Financial Times

“The musicality for which the choreographer Mark Morris is celebrated reveals itself on multiple levels and in mysterious ways. Two of his most peculiar gifts... are his capacities for responding to a  score  with a raw innocence and for exposing its deep neurological effect.”  

The New York Times

Ticketing Information

Celebrity Series of Boston will present Mark Morris Dance Group in Pepperland February 8-10, 2019, at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre, 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA. The performances will take place on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 8pm; Saturday, February 9, 2019, at 8pm; and Sunday, February 10, 2019, at 3pm

Tickets start at $35; they are available online at www.celebrityseries.org, by calling (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., or at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre Box Office, 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA.

History of the Celebrity Series of Boston and the Mark Morris Dance Group

These performances mark the 14th time the Celebrity Series will present the Mark Morris Dance Group; they made their Celebrities Series debut in 1999 with Yo-Yo Ma and Mikhail Baryshnikov in the world premiere of Mark Morris’ The Argument and were seen most recently in 2014 performing Acis and Galatea. 

These performances are generously sponsored in part by Susan and Michael Thonis. The Dance Series is generously sponsored by Stephanie L. Brown Foundation; Jann E. Leeming and Arthur D. Little, Senior Trustees, Royal Little Family Foundation; and the Cynthia & John S. Reed Foundation.

About the Mark Morris Dance Group

Founded in New York City in 1980 by artistic director and choreographer Mark Morris, the Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) has been called “the preeminent modern dance organization of our time” (Yo-Yo Ma), its members receiving “highest praise for their technical aplomb, their musicality, and their sheer human authenticity.” (Bloomberg News). Live music and community engagement are vital components of the Dance Group, which has toured with its own musicians, the MMDG Music Ensemble, since 1996. Through Access/MMDG programming, the Dance Group provides educational opportunities in dance and music to people of all ages and abilities while on tour internationally and at home at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, NY.

About Celebrity Series of Boston  

Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 80-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Marian Anderson, Emanuel Ax, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Béla Bartók, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Kirsten Flagstad, Renée Fleming, Dizzy Gillespie, Glenn Gould, Martha Graham, Herbie Hancock, Vladimir Horowitz, Diana Krall, Fritz Kreisler, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Ignace Paderewski, Luciano Pavarotti, Itzhak Perlman, Leontyne Price, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Mstislav Rostropovich, Artur Rubenstein, Andrés Segovia, Igor Stravinsky, Arturo Toscanini, and many more.

Now presenting orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, contemporary dance, jazz, spoken word, and more, Celebrity Series believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its Arts for All! community programs, 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 2018-19 Season Sponsors Amy & Joshua Boger, and to the many individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies whose support helps fulfil our mission to present performing artists who inspire and enrich our community. Institutional supporters include the Barr Foundation through its ArtsAmplified initiative, Garbis and Arminé Barsoumian Charitable Foundation, Boston Cultural Council, The Boston Foundation, Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, The Catered Affair, Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Deloitte LLP, D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corp., First Republic Bank, Foley & Lardner LLP, Liberty Mutual Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, The Peabody Foundation, Cynthia and John S. Reed Foundation, Royal Little Family Foundation, Stifler Family Foundation, and many others. 

Contacts:
Stephanie Janes PR for Celebrity Series, (617) 419-0445, stephanie@stephaniejanespr.com 

    William Murray, Better Attitude, Inc. for MMDG, (212) 254-1357, wilmurray@aol.com