Thursday, September 26, 2013
"The 'Play Me I’m Yours' public art project comes to Boston
this week as Celebrity Series of Boston places 75 pianos around the city to
celebrate its 75th anniversary. The first pianos were installed
Wednesday, with the full project starting Friday and running through Oct. 14"
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Pianist Vijay Iyer is on this year's list of MacArthur Fellows; rarified air, indeed. Howard Reich talked to Iyer regarding his award for the Chicago Tribune:
"'I'm really inspired by the composer-pianists of the last century,
particularly (Duke) Ellington and (Thelonious) Monk and people in that
lineage who aren't just playing, but they're making things,' says Iyer,
speaking by phone from his home in New York and adding such names as
piano innovators Cecil Taylor, McCoy Tyner and Bud Powell."
Read the full story.
If you live in Boston or Cambridge, you can see and hear Iyer with poet Robert Pinsky on March 14 at Sanders Theatre as part of the Celebrity Series of Boston's 75th Anniversary Season.
The 2013 MacArthur Fellows
Monday, September 23, 2013
The pianos are not on the street, yet, but the listings are! A map of all the locations of all 75 pianos in the Street Pianos Boston Festival, plus artists and host info are available online at: www.streetpianosboston.com.
Another small step in a season filled with 75th anniversary activities - learn more at www.celebrityseries.org!
Monday, September 16, 2013
Our new YouTube channel is up and running! In honor of our 75th Anniversary Season we are featuring special messages from Celebrity Series of Boston performers. Our first posting is from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater artistic director Robert Battle.
Celebrity Series of Boston on YouTube
Thursday, September 12, 2013
In honor of our 75th anniversary, Celebrity Series of Boston is presenting Play Me, I'm Yours, the Boston street piano festival from September 27 to October 14. The event places 75 pianos on streets all over Boston for the public to play at any time.
Boston is not the first city to host Luke Jerram's remarkable project, but among the unique aspects of Boston's festival is that we will host the 1000th Play Me, I'm Yours piano. The video above shows, in just under 8 minutes, the handiwork of Frank Casazza (Eyeformation) and Michael Crockett (Hazel Eyes Studio) as they turn a baby grand into a work of visual art. The 1000th piano will be available for the public to play on City Hall Plaza during the fesitval.
Street Pianos Boston
Play Me, I'm Yours Celebrity Series page
Celebrity Series of Boston
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter
"The six years I was with Miles, we never talked about music. We never had a rehearsal. Jazz shouldn’t have any mandates. Jazz is not supposed to be something that’s required to sound like jazz. For me, the word 'jazz' means, 'I dare you.'" —Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter makes his Celebrity Series debut as part of the Wayne Shorter 80th Birthday Celebration (which will also feature John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, Brian Blade, Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding, Geri Allen, Lawrence Fields, Linda Oh, and Joey Barron).
Tip of the cap to Jason Crane and Destinationout.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Check out Listen Magazine's interview with pianist Yuja Wang.
Yuja Wang performs on the Celebrity Series of Boston 75th Anniversary Season at Jordan Hall on October 18.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The renowned dancer and ballet master Frederic Franklin died on May 4 at age 98.
Mr. Franklin made his Boston debut in November 1938 with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo during the first season of the Celebrity Series of Boston. In addition to multiple Celebrity Series performances in Boston with Ballet Russe, his work was also seen by Bostonian's in Celebrity Series presentations of Dance Theatre of Harlem.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Spellbound Dance Company dancers Maria Cosso (center) and Giacomo Todeschi (left) lead a masterclass at Rindge & Latin High School in Cambridge on April 4, 2013. The class was part of Celebrity Series' Arts for All! program.
Complete 2013-14 season is now on sale at www.celebrityseries.org - take a look!
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
"Is there a standard you feel differently about singing now than when you first heard it?
“I’ve Got You Under My Skin”—I’ve heard that, of course, all my life. Then a few years ago, I heard Katharine McPhee [of American Idol and Smash]
do that on television, and I thought, You know, I think I can do
something with that. So I took my ideas to Lee [Musiker, Ms. Cook’s
musical director and pianist] and we worked it out together." Read the full interview.
Barbara Cook and John Pizzarelli return to the Celebrity Series and Symphony Hall on April 6. Good seats are still available! Get your tickets.
Complete season is now on sale at www.celebrityseries.org - take a look!
Friday, March 1, 2013
Musings on Van Cliburn
He was a phenomenon. He was a larger
than life personality. He was a genuine American hero. He was a gifted pianist
who brought world attention to American classical music. He was the
quintessential Southern gentleman -- a tall Texan who conquered the hearts of
the Soviet and American public when both nations stared at each other grimly
across a political divide.
He was the first musician to receive a
New York ticker tape parade when he returned to the US following his winning
the prestigious International Tchaikowsky Competition in Moscow in 1958.
And yet, many musicians and critics felt
he never lived to fulfill the potential that lay before him.
He was a gracious, giving personality
who easily won the hearts of everyone he met.
He had his quirks: he hated being early for
his own concerts, preferring to arrive a few minutes past concert time, doff
his coat, stride on stage, sit down at the piano and begin playing the National
Anthem. When everyone resumed their seats, he began the concert.
I recall being invited with my mentor,
Aaron Richmond, by Van Ciburn's then American concert manager, William Judd of
Columbia Artists, to his apartment to hear a young pianist they had signed with
the hopes that we might book him in recital. This was in the period just before
he left for the Moscow competition. Little did I know what would follow in the
next few months.
Within a year or so, we were presenting
Van Cliburn in recital in Boston to an adoring public which filled every seat
in Symphony Hall with an overflow on the stage, while hundreds of would-be
ticket buyers were turned away.
I feel blessed indeed to have had the
opportunity to share in presenting Van Cliburn in recital in Boston on over a
Au revoir, Van -- we loved you dearly.
Walter Pierce was Executive Director of Celebrity Series of Boston from 1965 to 1996. The Celebrity Series presented Van Cliburn 8 times under his leadership.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Pianist Van Cliburn has died at age 78. The Shreveport, Louisiana native's triumph at the 1958 Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow made him a household name.
Van Cliburn made his Celebrity Series debut in 1960 and performed on the Series a total of 13 times - all in recital and all at Symphony Hall - most recently in 2001.
Numerous winners of The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition have also appeared on the Celebrity Series over the years, including Jose Feghali, Jon Nakamatsu, Stanislav Ioudenitch, Alexander Kobrin, Olga Kern, and Hoachen Zhang.
Coverage of Van Cliburn's death:
New York Times
Wall Street Journal
Los Angeles Times
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Complete season is now on sale at www.celebrityseries.org - take a look!
Friday, February 8, 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
“In 1999, Edward Said and myself formed the West-Eastern Divan
orchestra, composed of musicians from Israel, Palestine, and other Arab
countries; countries where the open ear has been too often replaced by
the unsheathed sword, to the detriment of all. Now, over 10 years later, we have hopefully achieved an
orchestra that is worthy of your ear. And one which shows that people
who listen to each other, both musically and in all other ways, can
achieve greater things.” – Daniel Barenboim
The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra makes its Boston debut at Symphony Hall courtesy of Celebrity Series of Boston on Sunday, January 27 at 3pm with an all-Beethoven program. Tickets and information.