Now entering its seventh season, Neighborhood Arts presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston brings the joy of live performance to people of all ages and abilities, drawing deeply on partnerships with Boston area artists and more than 60 community organizations to activate neighborhoods with a rich and varied array of opportunities. This season, Neighborhood Arts has expanded its offerings by 30% to present more than 140 events. The exciting offerings include interactive, hands-on workshops, artist residencies with youth ensembles, and free concerts in neighborhood venues, with a primary focus on six Boston neighborhoods: Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale, Roxbury, and the South End.
“Neighborhood Arts shares the indescribable joy of live performance with Boston neighborhoods, through artist-led workshops, community concerts, and culminating events that feature youth who have participated in residencies with local artists,” says Robin Baker, Associate Director of Community Engagement. “Creating an original song or rhythm piece, choreographing a dance, or playing an arrangement tailor-made for your ensemble gives young people a sense of pride and confidence joyfully witnessed by their neighbors, families, and peers. Annual events such as Stringfests and choral collaborations feel like reunions when we return to the same “home base” venue in each neighborhood and re-connect with community ensembles and partners year after year.”
In 2018-19, Neighborhood Arts embraces the artistry of percussion, composition, dance, Latin/jazz, strings, and vocal music with professional artists and students performing side by side.
The dynamic roster of artists includes: Shaw Pong Liu (composer, violin, erhu), Devin Ferreira (hip-hop), Maria Finkelmeier (composer, percussion) and Bent Knee (rock), Ryan Edwards (composer, percussion), Jean Appolon (Haitian contemporary dance), Yo-El Cassell (contemporary dance and movement), Jorge Arce (Afro-Caribbean music), Veronica Robles and her mariachi ensemble (Latin music), Jason Palmer Quintet (jazz), Paul White (music director for Duke Ellington Sacred Jazz concerts), Castle of our Skins (celebrating Black artistry through music), Soul Yatra Trio (world music), Voci Angelica Trio (world music), and Guy Mendilow Ensemble (world music).
ARTS FOR ALL! 2018-19 EVENTS
We welcome all to the Neighborhood Arts concerts listed below, which are free unless otherwise noted and located in accessible venues. RSVP to reserve a spot and receive event reminders as the date approaches. Events are subject to change. See the full scope of the Arts for All! 2018-19 programming on our Community Calendar.
Saturday, October 27, 2018, 3:00 pm
Veronica Robles and her mariachi ensemble perform a Day of the Dead family concert at the Union United Methodist Church in the South End. Tickets are $5, and proceeds benefit IBA and Veronica Robles Cultural Center. Learn more & Purchase Tickets >>
Saturday, November 3, 4:00 pm
The Jason Palmer Quintet (jazz) performs at Church of the Holy Spirit, Mattapan. Learn more & RSVP >>
Saturday, December 1, 2018, 3:00 pm
Castle of our Skins performs works of Black composers for the Dorchester Stringfest with the Conservatory Lab Charter School at the Kroc Center in Dorchester. Learn more & RSVP >>
Sunday, December 2, 2018, 3:30 pm
Voci Angelica performs world music for the Roxbury Stringfest with Boston City-Wide String Orchestra and City Strings United at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury. Learn more & RSVP >>
Saturday, December 8, 2018, 3:00 pm
Code Listen 3.0: Music for Healing and Dialogue: Shaw Pong Liu (composer, violin, erhu), Jason Palmer (jazz composer, trumpet), local teens, the Boston Police Department, and families of homicide victims perform an original composition at the Kroc Center in Dorchester. Learn more & RSVP >>
Saturday, December 15, 2018, 3:00 pm
Heart of the Holidays: A Choral Celebration in Song: Guy Mendilow Ensemble, Boston City Singers, Regie Gibson, and Courtney Swain perform at the Kroc Center in Dorchester. Learn more & RSVP >>
Thursday, December 20, 5:00 pm
Hip-hop artist Devin Ferreira & teens from the IBA Youth program in a multi-disciplinary showcase entitled 50 portraits of Villa Victoria, at the Villa Victoria Gallery in the South End. Learn more & RSVP >>
Saturday, February 9, 2019, 1:00 pm
Castle of our Skins perform in Fiddlefest at the Community Music Center of Music in the South End. Learn more & RSVP >>
Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 2:00 pm
Voci Angelica (world music trio) performs at the Hyde Park Library. Learn more & RSVP >>
Wednesday, February 20, 2019. 10:30 am
Voci Angelica (world music trio) performs at the Roslindale Community Center. Learn more & RSVP >>
Thursday, February 21, 2019, 2:00 pm
Castle of our Skins (Black artistry through music) performs a family event at the Hyde Park Library. Learn more & RSVP >>
Friday, February 22, 2019, 10:30 am
Castle of our Skins performs a family event at Roslindale Community Center. Learn more & RSVP >>
Thursday, March 7, 2019, 7:30 pm
Bent Knee (rock band) and Maria Finkelmeier (marimba) perform at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in the South End. Tickets are $5; proceeds to benefit Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción. Learn more & Purchase Tickets >>
Saturday, March 23, 2019, 3:00 pm
Soul Yatra Trio (Mike Block, Sandeep Das and Shaw Pong Liu) performs world music and bluegrass for the South End Stringfest with the Boston String Academy and Josiah Quincy Orchestra at More Than Words in the South End. Learn more and RSVP>>
Sunday, April 14, 2019, 3:00 pm
Jason Palmer Quintet performs a jazz concert at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury. Tickets are $5; proceeds to benefit Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative. Learn more & Purchase Tickets >>
Thursday, May 23, 2019, 5:00 pm
Movement/Dance artist Yo-El Cassell and teens from the IBA Youth program present a multidisciplinary showcase at Villa Victoria Gallery in the South End. Learn more & RSVP >>
Friday, May 31, 2019, 7:30 pm
Excerpts from Duke Ellington’s Sacred Jazz presented with a combined adult choir and soloists from People’s Baptist Church, teens from Boston City Singers, Paul White jazz trio, a narrator, and a tap dancer at Bethel A.M.E. Church, Jamaica Plain. Learn more & RSVP >>
Saturday, June 1, 2019, 3:00 pm
Excerpts from Duke Ellington’s Sacred Jazz presented with a combined adult choir and soloists from People’s Baptist Church, teens from Boston City Singers, Paul White jazz trio, a narrator, and a tap dancer at People’s Baptist Church, Roxbury. Learn more & RSVP >>
ABOUT CELEBRITY SERIES OF BOSTON
Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the years, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s great performing artists, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Marian Anderson, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Renee Fleming, Dizzy Gillespie, Glenn Gould, Martha Graham, Herbie Hancock, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Luciano Pavarotti, Itzhak Perlman, Leontyne Price, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arturo Toscanini, and many more.
Now presenting orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, contemporary dance, jazz, spoken word, and more, Celebrity Series believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its Arts for All! community programs, Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience – on stages, on streets, in neighborhoods – everywhere. Arts for All! programs include:
Neighborhood Arts – collaborating with Boston area artists and 50+ community organizations for interactive workshops and community concerts in six Boston neighborhoods
Artist Connections – artists from around the world in masterclasses, workshops, and artist talks for elementary through conservatory students and beyond
Public Performance Projects – annual free, participatory events for the whole city, including Jazz Along the Charles on September 23, 2018
Take Your Seat – free and discounted tickets for thousands of children, students and families
SUPPORT FOR ARTS FOR ALL!
Celebrity Series of Boston is grateful to our 2018-19 Season Sponsors Amy & Joshua Boger, and to the many individual donors whose generosity supports Arts for All! programs. Celebrity Series is also grateful to the following corporations, foundations, and government agencies for their support in the 2018-19 season: the Barr Foundation through its ArtsAmplified Initiative, Boston Cultural Council, The Boston Foundation, Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, First Republic Bank, Liberty Mutual Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Bessie Pappas Charitable Foundation, The Peabody Foundation, Stifler Family Foundation, Tufts Health Plan, and Anonymous.
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