Celebrity Series of Boston Presents: 
Stave Sessions at the Crystal Ballroom
Experience the Unconventional: March 20-23

Genre-bending artists take the stage—flutist and composer Nathalie Joachim; acoustic-electric guitarist JIJI; toy pianos and real pianos played by Chromic Duo; and heavy fusion grooves by the Mark Lettieri Group

(For Immediate Release, February 12, 2024) Celebrity Series of Boston’s Stave Sessions returns to the Crystal Ballroom in Somerville’s Davis Square for an electrifying journey through musical innovation. This annual celebration of contemporary music spans four unforgettable nights, showcasing an array of genre-defying performances from March 20-23, 2024.

This year's lineup features the innovative flutist and composer Nathalie Joachim, the versatile acoustic-electric guitarist JIJI, the playful and profound Chromic Duo on toy and real pianos, and the dynamic Mark Lettieri Group with their heavy fusion grooves. Each evening promises a unique blend of premieres, virtuosic performances, and explorations in sound and identity.

Performances are set in a fun and casual atmosphere, complete with a full-service bar and cocktail lounge offering an extensive selection of cocktails, beer, wine, mocktails, and more. 

Don't miss this opportunity to experience the forefront of contemporary music. Join us for a memorable journey through sound and creativity at this year's Stave Sessions concerts.

Tickets start at $35. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.celebrityseries.org/live-performances/stave-sessions/ 

Audience members new to Celebrity Series of Boston may be eligible for $20 tickets—learn more: https://www.celebrityseries.org/live-performances/ticket-information/welcome-to-celebrity-series/ 

Stave Sessions is generously supported by Susan & Michael Thonis. The 2023/24 season is sponsored by Stephanie L. Brown Foundation and Susan & Michael Thonis.

Stave Sessions: Nathalie Joachim: Ki moun ou ye
Wednesday, March 20 at 7pm | Crystal Ballroom 
Tickets: Starting at $35 
In this Stave Sessions concert, flutist, composer, and vocalist Nathalie Joachim performs Ki moun ou ye, an intimately staged song cycle that ponders the title question: Who are you? Performed in both English and Haitian Kreyòl, the immersive work weaves a vibrant tapestry of Joachim’s live voice, and intricate electronically sampled vocal textures underscored by an acoustic instrumental ensemble.  
Stave Sessions: JIJI 
Thursday, March 21 at 7pm | Crystal Ballroom 
Tickets: Starting at $35 

“One of the 21 composers / performers who sound like tomorrow” (The Washington Post), JIJI is equally at home on acoustic and electric guitar, and is the first guitarist to win the prestigious Concert Artists Guild Award in 30 years. She is a must-hear, once-in-a-generation artist.
JIJI appeared with Los Angeles-based chamber orchestra Wild Up in a 2023 Stave Sessions concert.
Stave Sessions: Chromic Duo 
Friday, March 22 at 7pm | Crystal Ballroom 
Tickets: Starting at $35 

Lucy Yao and Dorothy Chan, as Chromic Duo, use toy pianos, real pianos, electronics, and multimedia to uncover truths and reimagine human connection. Their program Room of Oceans invites audiences to reflect on the question, “How can we create moments of connection and empathy?”  
Stave Sessions: Mark Lettieri Group 
Saturday, March 23 at 7pm | Crystal Ballroom 
Tickets: Starting at $35 
Five-time Grammy Award winner Mark Lettieri makes his in-person Celebrity Series debut with his group in this Stave Sessions concert. He creates acclaimed guitar-based instrumental music and is a member of leading jazz fusion collective Snarky Puppy and The Fearless Flyers. As a session musician proficient in a multitude of styles, he has recorded and performed in virtually every genre of popular music with both independent and major-label artists.

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 the 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, Michael & Adrianne Canning, Amy & Ethan d’Ablemont Burnes, Deloitte, Esplanade Association, Kathleen & Chris Gaffney, Harriet & David Griesinger, Yvette & Lawrence Hochberg, Andrea & Fred Hoff, Klarman Family Foundation, George & Lizbeth Krupp, Liberty Mutual Foundation, Richard K. Lubin Family Foundation, Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Eleanor & Frank Pao, Stephen C. Perry & Oliver Radford, The Rabb Family Foundations, Reuben Reynolds, Mabel Louise Riley Foundation, Royal Little Family Foundation, Sally S. Seaver, PhD, Stifler Family Foundation, Belinda Termeer, Susan & Michael Thonis, Yawkey Foundation, Anonymous (4), and others.