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Staff Picks for the 2016-17 Season

With more than 40 performances spanning everything from the Budapest Festival Orchestra’s all-Beethoven program to the fiery foot-stomping dance of Argentina’s Che Malambo!, there truly is something for everyone this 2016-17 season. But when you have a calendar brimming with so many world-class performing artists, how do you choose your can’t-miss events?

We thought we’d give our Marketing Team a break, and instead let a handful of Celebrity Series staff members tell you about the performances that made it to the top of their lists, and why you should consider them too!

See what excites our staff—it may even inspire you to try something new. We hope you’ll join us for a performance this season!

ades_bostridgeIan Bostridge, tenor
Thomas Adès, piano
October 28, NEC’s Jordan Hall
“Fresh off of several engagements together throughout the world, I’m excited to experience firsthand the bond these peerless performers have developed. It is a very rare treat to hear a tenor such as Bostridge presented alongside such a compelling artist as Thomas Adès. I always find Adès’ own music, though very much in its own time, to engage with the music of the past in such a compelling way, so I can’t wait to hear his unique and contemporary insight into Schubert’s sound world.”—Jesse Limbacher, Audiences Services Associate

berlin_rattleBerliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle, conductor
November 11, Symphony Hall
“Five years ago, right after I accepted a job offer to join Celebrity Series of Boston, my adolescent son told me how impressed he was with this organization—that caught my attention, since none of my other jobs had ever merited such congratulations. Greg is amazingly knowledgeable about the history and current evolution of classical music, and he is unique among his peer group in how much time he spends listening to classical music pieces. So when I asked which existing classical music ensemble would be the most impressive to present, it was significant to me that he did not hesitate, though he quickly asked for one qualifier.  ‘Excluding the BSO, right?’ I smiled at his allegiance to the memorably fine musicians of Symphony Hall and nodded. ‘The Berliner Philharmoniker is the finest orchestra in the world,’ he pronounced. Well, Greg, it took a few years (as anything worthwhile does), but this is the season when we bring back the Berliner Philharmoniker to Boston—a  gift to you and all of the other classical music lovers in this wonderful city.”—Edwin Derecho, Chief Financial Officer


Berlin Philharmonic Wind QuintetBerlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
February 3, NEC’s Jordan Hall
“As an oboe player, I’m so excited to hear the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet in Jordan Hall in February. It’s not often you get to hear this arrangement of instruments played by such high-caliber players. And, the Nielsen Wind Quintet is such an iconic piece for wind quintet, so to hear it performed in Jordan Hall by this ensemble will be a real treat!”—Sarah Cronin, Senior Manager of Performance Operations



February 15 & 16, Longy’s Pickman Hall
“I’m a huge fan of small vocal ensembles. There really is nothing like the power or the versatility of the human voice. I sing in an amateur 8-person a cappella group, and so I’m always thrilled to see and hear what similarly-sized professional groups are doing. I hadn’t heard of VOCES8 before we announced their upcoming performances, but I instantly became a fan. Their blend is awe-inspiring, and I love that they are equally capable with early music and vocal jazz! I’m really looking forward to seeing their performance this February.”—Jonathan J. Carpenter, Technology Operations Manager


Vijay IyerVijay Iyer Sextet
March 9, Sanders Theatre
“Vijay Iyer is a marvel – few other musicians in any genre are so erudite, nor do they express their intelligence in such a variety of ways. Vijay is a performer, composer, and scholar of unique creativity and is one of the most interesting musicians currently working in jazz. I can’t wait to hear what he puts together with his sextet, a group as well constructed as any of his improvisations.”Connor Buckley, Accounts Payable and Payroll Coordinator


SanamMarviSanam Marvi
March 26, Sanders Theatre
“I had the great privilege to travel to Pakistan in 2013, when I was with the New England Foundation for the Arts, to meet with artists under consideration for the Center Stage program. Pakistan is a country rich in artistic and intellectual traditions, and at every turn, Sanam Marvi’s name came up as an artist of extraordinary power and virtuosity. With her dazzling interpretations of the great Sufi texts, Sanam Marvi is making her first extended U.S. tour as part of Center Stage’s third season, and I am thrilled that Celebrity Series is presenting her Boston debut.”—Sarah Long Holland, Associate Director of Institutional Giving


CheMalambo1Che Malambo
March 31-April 1, Shubert Theatre
“This upcoming season, I’m most looking forward to Che Malambo because their dance style and performance sounds so unlike anything I’ve seen before. As a lover of dance, I’m very interested in seeing how the traditional South American Gaucho style intersects with contemporary dance. I think the strong, masculine nature of the cowboy tradition, as well as the unique presentation of drum work promise to make for an exciting performance!”—Kelton Artuso, Development Intern


Hilary Hahn, Robert LevinHilary Hahn, violin
Robert Levin, piano
April 1, NEC’s Jordan Hall
“A concert I am particularly looking forward to this season is Hilary Hahn’s recital with pianist Robert Levin on April 1st, 2017.  While three-time Grammy winning Ms. Hahn needs no introduction to Celebrity Series audiences, Levin may be a new discovery for many!  If you haven’t yet heard Levin perform, prepare to be impressed by his rare brilliance, virtuosity, spontaneity, and sparkling wit.  Levin’s lively gifts and Ms. Hahn’s unparalleled artistry are sure to create an awe-inspiring combination that’s truly one of a kind.”—Shirley Hunt, Administrative Assistant



Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
April 27-30, Wang Theatre
“We’re lucky at the Series to work with so many inspiring artists who always bring their best to Boston, but there’s something electric in the air when Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater comes to town. Beyond the dancers’ dazzling talent and the variety of works they perform, I love the anticipation and excitement around this run: every performance feels like a Big Deal, a must-see event. I have to confess that I get swept up in it too, even though I’m on the job. Ailey is a can’t-miss part of my Celebrity Series season, and I can’t wait to share it with my kids in a few years.”
Gillian Morrison, Associate Director of Marketing

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