For Immediate Release
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Celebrity Series of Boston
Gary Dunning, President and Executive Director
Caleb Teicher & Company with pianist Conrad Tao
January 30 – February 1, 2020, 8pm — NEC’s Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre
(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present Caleb Teicher & Company with pianist Conrad Tao from January 30 to February 1, 2020, at NEC’s Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre, 255 St. Botolph Street Street, Boston, MA. Performances will take place at 8pm on January 30, January 31, and February 1.
Tickets are limited and start at $60. 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 NEC’s Box Office, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA.
Support for this performance is generously provided by the Barr Foundation through its ArtsAmplified initiative. This performance is also made possible in part by support from Celebrity Series LIVE PERFORMANCE! Arts for All Innovation Funds, with generous leadership support from Peter & Anna Kolchinsky and Cerise Lim Jacobs, for Charles. Additional support provided by Kathleen & Chris Gaffney, Marylen Sternweiler, Samuel & Gretchen Shubrooks, and Paul & Jennifer Sudduth Walsh.
This performance marks the Celebrity Series debut performance for both Caleb Teicher and Conrad Tao.
Named Best Emerging Choreographer by Dance Magazine, Caleb Teicher is known for a unique style of theatricality, humor, emotional expression, and aesthetic exploration. Composer and pianist Conrad Tao is a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist regarded as “shaping the future of classical music” (New York Magazine). Teicher and Tao, both former teenage prodigies now in their mid-20’s, are garnering much attention and acclaim with accolades beyond their years.
In the new evening-length work, More Forever, Teicher and his dancers explore American dance forms such as tap, vernacular jazz, and Lindy Hop, set to Tao’s new contemporary score for piano and electronics performed live by the composer.
Caleb Teicher began his dance career as a founding member of Michelle Dorrance’s celebrated company, Dorrance Dance, in 2011. Other favorite performance credits include The Chase Brock Experience, Syncopated City Dance Company, The Bang Group, Sally Silvers & Dancers, and West Side Story (Int’l Tour and London).
Since founding CT&Co in 2015, Teicher’s creative work has expanded to engagements and commissions from The Joyce Theater, New York City Center, Works & Process @ The Guggenheim, The Kennedy Center (with Ben Folds & the National Symphony Orchestra), Regina Spektor's residency on Broadway, and many touring engagements in the US and abroad.
Caleb is a 2019 New York City Center Choreographic Fellow, a 2019 Bessie Award nominee in three categories (Outstanding Production, Sound Design/Music Composition, and Outstanding Breakout Choreographer), a 2019 recipient of NEFA’s National Dance Project Production Grant, one of Dance Magazine’s 2012 “25 to Watch”, and a 2011 Bessie Award Winner for Outstanding Individual Performance. His work has been featured in publications including The New York Times, NPR, Forbes, Vogue, Interview Magazine, and most recently, on the cover of Dance Magazine.
Caleb continues to engage with dance communities as an instructor at international Tap and Jazz Dance festivals. He is a proud alum of the School at Jacob’s Pillow and the National YoungArts Foundation.
Caleb Teicher & Company (CT&Co) seeks to expand the capacity of America’s rich music and dance traditions through innovative choreography, performance, and contextualization. Utilizing Tap Dance, Vernacular Jazz, Lindy Hop, and a mix of other dance styles born and bred in America, the company’s work reflects a collective conscience within modern American culture.
Pianist Conrad Tao has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer, and has been dubbed a musician of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” by The New York Times, who also cited him “one of five classical music faces to watch” in the 2018-19 season. Tao is a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, and was named a Gilmore Young Artist—an honor awarded every two years highlighting the most promising American pianists of the new generation. In the 2019-20 season, Tao will be presented in recital by Carnegie Hall, performing works by David Lang, Bach, Julia Wolfe, Jason Eckhardt, Carter, Rachmaninoff, and Schumann. He will also make his debut in recital at Walt Disney Hall, where the LA Phil will present him in works by Copland and Frederic Rzewski.
Concerto highlights in the upcoming season include performances of his own work for piano & orchestra, The Oneiroi in New York, with the Seattle Symphony, as well as performances with the Baltimore, Charlotte, and Pacific Symphonies. He will also perform The Oneiroi alongside Galina Ustvolskaya’s Piano Concerto with the Phoenix Symphony.
Tao’s acclaimed evening-length collaboration with choreographer Caleb Teicher, More Forever, will be presented by Celebrity Series of Boston, and will make its west coast premiere at Segerstrom Hall in Orange County, CA. His ongoing electroacoustic collaboration with improviser and vocalist Charmaine Lee continues with an opening-night performance at the 2019 Resonant Bodies Festival in New York. In the spring, Tao will tour with the JCT Trio —his ensemble with violinist Stefan Jackiw and cellist Jay Campbell —to Massachusetts, Washington D.C., Ohio, Texas, and New Mexico. He will also celebrate Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday at the 92Y with Anthony de Mare, premiering anew two-piano take on “Move On,” from Sunday in the Park with George.
About Celebrity Series of Boston
Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. The 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 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 2019-20 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. Institutional supporters include the Barr Foundation through its ArtsAmplified initiative, The Boston Foundation, Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, The Catered Affair, Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Deloitte LLP, D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corp., Foley & Lardner LLP, Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Liberty Mutual Foundation, The Klarman Family 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. celebrityseries.org