Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Chucho Valdes announces tour lineup

Here is Chucho Valdés' band for his tour, which stops at the Berklee Performance Center on October 28:

The Afro-Cuban Messengers:

Lázaro Rivero Alarcón, bass
Juan Carlos Rojas Castro, drums
Yaroldy Abreu Robles, percussion
Dreiser Durruthy Bambolé, batá drum and vocals
Carlos Manuel Miyares Hernandez, tenor saxophone
Reinaldo Melián Álvarez, trumpet

Chucho Valdés is, of course, on piano.

We couldn't be more thrilled by the Celebrity Series of Boston debut of the great Chucho Valdés!

World premiere of Mark Morris' Petrichor

Choreographer Mark Morris

It's always fun to anticipate a Mark Morris work you've never seen before. "What does he have up his sleeve this time? Will I have to stop myself from laughing out loud? Will his nack for filling his work with bona fide communitas make me all teary (again)?"

This time around it's your friendly neighborhood Celebrity Series that has arranged for this delicious sense of anticpation. Mark Morris’ newest work, Petrichor, is a work for 8 female dancers and is commissioned by the Celebrity Series of Boston (ahem) in honor of President and Executive Director Martha H. Jones’ 25th anniversary with the Celebrity Series.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines petrichor as "A pleasant, distinctive smell frequently accompanying the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather in certain regions." As a gardener, the title intrigues me. As a Mark Morris fan, this is like waiting for the first day of summer while sitting in math class. It just can't come soon enough.

Petrichor gets its world premiere on October 14 at the Cutler Majestic Theatre when the Mark Morris Dance Group returns to Boston. We couldn't have done it without the generous funding of The Little Family Foundation.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Liza Minnelli makes the rounds


Big stars make big splashes and Liza Minnelli is no exception. Minnelli is doing the big time talk show circuit in support of her new Decca recording, Confessions. Today (September 21) Ms. Minnelli chats with Oprah (you know, Winfrey). It doesn't really get bigger than Oprah, but on Friday, October 1 she will appear on Good Morning America, on Tuesday, October 5 on The View and Larry King Live, and on Wednesday, October 6 on CNN International's Connect to the World.

To get a first-hand look at Liza herself, in-person, the one and only, live in Boston, you can see, hear and experience the divine Miss L at Symphony Hall on November 7. I bet I know where you can get tickets ...

Monday, September 13, 2010

Matthew Polenzani tears up Verdi's Parmi veder le lagrime

He is amazing and still something of a well kept secret (at least given how good he is). Tenor Matthew Polenzani makes his Celebrity Series debut on March 24 at NEC's Jordan Hall.

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UPDATE: We did experience heavy call volume on Monday, the first day of single ticket sales, but we expect Monday's delays to be reduced or eliminated on Tuesday. Of course, there is always our efficient, attractive and always available web site...

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Celebrity Series in the Boston Globe Fall Arts Preview

As most of you know by now, non-subscription tickets for the Celebrity Series of Boston's 2010-2011 season go on sale this Monday, September 13. If you feel the need for an outside opinion regarding your choices this season, you might consider the Boston Globe. Among the Celebrity Series of Boston performances highlighted in the Boston Globe's Fall Arts Preview are the Mark Morris Dance Group at the Cutler Majestic Theatre (October 14-17), Chucho Valdes and the Afro-Cuban Messengers at Berklee Performance Center (October 28), Kremerata Baltica with violinist Gidon Kremer at Jordan Hall (November 12), Basil Twist's Petrushka at the Paramount Theatre (November 11-21), and Pilobolus at the Cutler Majestic Theatre (December 3-5). The Globe's critics have singled out these events as having special merit. Of course, we think all of our 2010-2011 events are worthy of your attention. See the complete list here.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010