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Celebrity Series of Boston presents world-class performing artists who inspire and enrich our community.

Storm Large - March 8, 2019

Storm Large is a musician, actor, playwright, and author, who is known by many as a member of the eclectic pop band Pink Martini. Part sultry cabaret singer, part punk goddess, Storm has sung in a remarkable number of settings, including with k.d. lang, pianist Kirill Gerstein, punk rocker John Doe, singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright, funkster George Clinton, and the BBC Symphony and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestras. Large makes wonderful records, but one must see and hear her in a live concert.

Ticket Prices: $65, $55, $45, $30

Shawn Colvin - March 22, 2019
In an era when female singer-songwriters can seem ubiquitous, Shawn Colvin stands out as a singular and enduring talent. Her songs are slow-release works of craft and catharsis that become treasured, lifetime companions for their listeners. In the 27 years since the release of her debut album, Colvin has won three Grammy Awards, released eleven albums, written a critically acclaimed memoir, maintained a non-stop national and international touring schedule, appeared on countless television and radio programs, had her songs featured in major motion pictures, and created a remarkable canon of work.

Ticket Prices: $65, $55, $45, $30

Sō Percussion, Drumming - March 28, 2019
With innovative multi-genre original productions, sensational interpretations of modern classics, and an “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam” (The New Yorker), Sō Percussion has redefined the scope and vital role of the modern percussion ensemble. The group will perform Steve Reich’s early-1970s masterwork, Drumming. Inspired by the music of Ghana, Drumming is a powerful and hypnotic piece considered by many to be minimalism’s first masterpiece.

Ticket Prices: $55, $45, $35, $30

Danilo Pérez’s Global Messengers and Amir ElSaffar’s Two Rivers Ensemble - March 29, 2019
Led by Panamanian pianist and composer Danilo Pérez, the Global Messengers draws its unique spirit from the culture and experiences of its members, who hail variously from Palestine, Greece, Jordan, and Panama, with varied musical traditions and instrumentation to match. Danilo Pérez and the Global Messengers are committed to the ancient practice of building community through melodically rich and rhythmically exciting music.

Led by trumpeter Amir ElSaffar, The Two Rivers Ensemble is a sextet of jazz and Middle Eastern musicians particularly notable for combining the maqam modal system—which ElSaffar studied in Baghdad—with American jazz. Deeply rooted in musical forms of Iraq and nearby regions, the music still speaks the language of swing, improvisation, and group interaction, and the resultant sound is distinct and enthralling..

Ticket Prices: $65, $55, $45, $30

Alfredo Rodríguez & Pedrito Martinez Duo and Arturo O'Farrill Quintet - May 10, 2019
Grammy®-nominated artists Alfredo Rodríguez and Pedrito Martinez each bring a different approach to their duo performances. A protégé of Quincy Jones, Alfredo was schooled in the rigorous classical conservatories of Havana, while Pedrito’s musical training came directly from the streets of the Cayo Hueso neighborhood of Old Havana in which he was raised. Together, these two master musicians take listeners on a unique and exciting journey.

Joining the Duo in this double bill is Arturo O’Farrill, son of one of Cuba’s most famous bandleaders, Chico O’Farrill. Celebrity Series audiences will recall his spectacular turn leading his Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble with Malpaso Dance Company in 2016 and his Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra in 2015. Now appearing for the first time with his quintet, featuring his sons Adam on trumpet and Zack on drums, this two-time Grammy Award-winner keeps the family flame burning bright while breaking new ground in contemporary Latin Jazz.

Ticket Prices: $65, $55, $45, $30

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