Celebrity Series of Boston presents world-class performing artists who inspire and enrich our community.
An Evening with Chris Thile - November 21, 2017
éla Fleck & Abigail Washburn - November 16, 2017
Don’t miss this chance to see two of the world’s most highly regarded banjo players and fearless musical explorers–Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn–in concert. Each has won independent acclaim: Fleck, as the 14-time Grammy-winning musical chameleon, and Washburn, as a beguiling composer, and exploring both the Appalachian and Chinese folk musical traditions. This husband and wife team always craft unique performances of warmth, daring and intimacy.
Ticket Prices: $65, $55, $45; Obstructed view, $30
Celebrity Series audiences will recall Chris Thile’s astonishing, virtuosic solo-mandolin concert at a sold-out Sanders Theatre in 2013. Thile is unmatched as a performer in classical repertoire, down-home classics, and originals alike. Now as the host of NPR’s iconic Prairie Home Companion, Thile’s skills as an entertainer are becoming known to an even wider audience.
: $65, $55, $45; Obstructed view, $30
Tony Kushner and Sarah Vowell - January 20, 2018
Award-winning playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner and bestselling author Sarah Vowell will examine the life’s work and legacy of Abraham Lincoln, the nation’s 16th president. Kushner penned the 1993 Tony Award-winning play Angels in America, and wrote the screenplay for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. Vowell, a best-selling author, journalist, essayist, social commentator and actress, has written seven nonfiction books about American history and culture, including Assassination Vacation and The Wordy Shipmates.
: $65, $55, $45, $30
eighth blackbird - February 3, 2018
Four-time Grammy-winning sextet eighth blackbird is a remarkable band of six virtuosi who together champion the most interesting music of their generation. They will take audiences on a journey through the most exciting new music territory, infusing the experience with adventure, humor, and discovery. Program features two works from the ensemble’s Grammy Award winning album Filament: Murder Ballades, by Bryce Dessner of the indie rock band The National, and DoubleSpeak, an homage to Phillip Glass by Nico Muhly.
: $65, $55, $45, $30
What Makes It Great? With Rob Kapilow and Jessica Rivera - The Songs of Leonard Bernstein - March 9, 2018
In honor of the centennial of his birth, Rob Kapilow examines the songs of Leonard Bernstein with contemporary works from Broadway of the era. With music from Bernstein's early production Wonderful Town (1946) to Bernstein's landmark musical, West Side Story (1957), and a few familiar Broadway favorites of the time, Kapilow and the brilliant young soprano, Jessica Rivera, explore the brilliant songwriting of this American master.
: $60, $50, $40
Anat Cohen Tentet and Ben Wendel Group - March 10, 2018
With the Anat Cohen Tentet, woodwind virtuoso Anat Cohen brings audiences an evocative and exciting experience centered around the clarinet. The Tentet weaves a tapestry of sounds, freeing Cohen to explore the full range of the clarinet’s dynamics and demonstrate its vastly expressive character. Saxophonist Ben Wendel reimagines his critically acclaimed The Seasons project (inspired by Tchaikovsky’s work of the same name) for the road with an all-star ensemble. A Grammy Award nominee, Wendel is a founding member of the band Kneebody and has received an ASCAP Jazz Composer Award. Boston audiences will recall Wendel’s 2016 turn with Kneedelus as part of Stave Sessions. Don’t miss this exciting double-bill!
: $60, $50, $40, $30
Body Music - May 5, 2018
Body Music is a dynamic and deeply visceral cross-cultural conversation using only the instrument we all share. Sand dance, hand dance, foot percussion, lyrical harmony singing, visual rhythm in architecture and design, virtuosic solos, dynamic ensemble works—Body Music is a collaborative evening that showcases the artists' virtuosity and cultural vibrancy with themes that emanate from using only the human instrument to create complex, evocative music/dance.
: $60, $50, $40, $30