Celebrity Series Announces 2017-2018 Lineup

Alan Cumming, Audra McDonald, Ira Glass, the LA Philharmonic, and many more will come to Boston.
celebrity series 2017-2018 season lineup

Photographs by Grant Halverson (Pilobolus); Paul Kolnik (Alvin Ailey); Jesse Michener (Ira Glass); Courtesy of Celebrity Series (LA Phil, Audra McDonald, Circa, Alan Cumming)

Get ready for another season of outstanding performances hosted by Celebrity Series of Boston. The newly announced lineup for their 2017-2018 season includes highlights ranging from the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel at Symphony Hall to Alan Cumming in a rare cabaret vocal appearance at Sanders Theatre.

As usual, Celebrity Series will bring audiences a healthy mix of music, dance, and other live performances, including a 50th anniversary visit from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; “S” by Circa, a contemporary circus from Australia; the return of Let’s Dance Boston!, a five-day fete on the Greenway; Tony winner Audra McDonald; and Ira Glass of This American Life performing Seven Things I’ve Learned.

In total, look forward to 49 music, dance, and entertainment engagements from performers at the top of their game.

Here’s the lineup:

OCTOBER 2017

Alan Cumming
Friday, October 6
Sanders Theatre at 8 p.m.

Hudson
Jack DeJohnette, John Medeski, Larry Grenadier,
& John Scofield – Celebrate Jack’s 75th
Sunday, October 8
Berklee Performance Center at 7 p.m.

Quatuor Mosaïques
Saturday, October 14
NEC’s Jordan Hall at 8 p.m.

David Sedaris
Wednesday, October 18
Symphony Hall at 8 p.m.

Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Sir Antonio Pappano, Music Director and Conductor
Martha Argerich, piano
Sunday, October 22
Symphony Hall at 5 p.m.

Ludovico Einaudi, Essential Einaudi
Friday, October 27
Berklee Performance Center at 8 p.m.

Pilobolus
October 27-29
Boch Center Shubert Theatre

Christian McBride’s New Jawn
with Josh Evans, Marcus Strickland & Nasheet Waits
Sunday, October 29
Sanders Theatre at 7 p.m.

NOVEMBER 2017

Joan Osborne Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan
Friday, November 3
Sanders Theatre at 8 p.m.

Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Orchestra: Eddie at 80
Saturday, November 4
Berklee Performance Center at 8 p.m.

Thomanerchor Leipzig
St. Thomas Boys Choir of Leipzig
Sunday, November 12
NEC’s Jordan Hall at 3 p.m.

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Thursday, November 16
Sanders Theatre at 8 p.m.

Canadian Brass
Saturday, November 18
NEC’s Jordan Hall at 8 p.m.

Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Rohan De Silva
Sunday, November 19
Symphony Hall at 8 p.m.

An Evening with Chris Thile
Tuesday, November 21
Sanders Theatre at 8 p.m.

DECEMBER 2017

What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow
and NEC Chamber Orchestra, Mozart Symphony No. 40
Sunday, December 3
NEC’s Jordan Hall at 3 p.m.

Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano
Wednesday, December 13
Longy’s Pickman Hall at 8 p.m.

JANUARY 2018

Tony Kushner and Sarah Vowell
The Lincoln Legacy
Saturday, January 20
Sanders Theatre at 8 p.m.

Jeremy Denk, piano
Stefan Jackiw, violin
Complete Ives Violin Sonatas
Friday, January 26
NEC’s Jordan Hall at 8 p.m.

Grupo Corpo
January 26-28
Boch Center Shubert Theatre

FEBRUARY 2018

Compagnie Accrorap – Kader Attou
February 2-3
Boch Center Shubert Theatre

Eighth Blackbird
Saturday, February 3
Sanders Theatre at 8 p.m.

Sergio & Odair Assad, guitar duo
Avi Avital, mandolin
Saturday, February 10
NEC’s Jordan Hall at 8 p.m.

Doric String Quartet
Thursday, February 15
Longy’s Pickman Hall at 8 p.m.

Chucho Valdés & Gonzalo Rubalcaba
Friday, February 16
NEC’s Jordan Hall at 8 p.m.

Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos, Yo-Yo Ma
Wednesday, February 21
Symphony Hall at 8 p.m.

MARCH 2018

Circa, “S”
March 2-4
Boch Center Shubert Theatre

Daniil Trifonov and Sergei Babayan, piano duo
Saturday, March 3
NEC’s Jordan Hall at 8 p.m.

Benjamin Beilman, violin
Orion Weiss, piano
Wednesday, March 7
Longy’s Pickman Hall at 8 p.m.

What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow
and Jessica Rivera
The Songs of Leonard Bernstein
Friday, March 9
Sanders Theatre at 8 p.m.

Anat Cohen Tentet and Ben Wendel Seasons Group
Saturday, March 10
Sanders Theatre at 8 p.m.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
March 22-25
Boch Center Wang Theatre

Takács Quartet
Friday, March 23
NEC’s Jordan Hall at 8 p.m.

Wu Man and the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band
Sunday, March 25
NEC’s Jordan Hall at 3 p.m.

APRIL 2018

Eric Owens, bass-baritone
Lawrence Brownlee, tenor
Saturday, April 7
NEC’s Jordan Hall at 8 p.m.

Maurizio Pollini, piano
Sunday, April 8
Symphony Hall at 3 p.m.

Rafał Blechacz, piano
Wednesday, April 11
Longy’s Pickman Hall at 8 p.m.

Audra McDonald
Friday, April 13
Symphony Hall at 8 p.m.

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
Saturday, April 14
NEC’s Jordan Hall at 8 p.m.

Ira Glass – “Seven Things I’ve Learned”
Sunday, April 15
Symphony Hall at 7 p.m.

NEC Philharmonia
Hugh Wolff conductor / In Mo Yang violin soloist
Subscriber Bonus Event
Wednesday, April 18
Symphony Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Evgeny Kissin, piano
with Emerson String Quartet
Sunday, April 22
Symphony Hall at 3 p.m.

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Wednesday, April 25
Symphony Hall at 8 p.m.

Celebrity Series Gala
Saturday, April 28
Location: TBD

MAY 2018

Julia Bullock, soprano
Wednesday, May 2
Longy’s Pickman Hall at 8 p.m.

Company Wayne McGregor
May 4 & 5
Boch Center Shubert Theatre

Body Music
Saturday, May 5
Sanders Theatre at 8 p.m.

Yuja Wang, piano
Friday, May 11
NEC’s Jordan Hall at 8 p.m.

Joshua Redman & Brooklyn Rider
Saturday, May 19
Berklee Performance Center at 8 p.m.

JUNE 2018

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
with Wynton Marsalis
Sunday, June 10
Symphony Hall at 6 p.m.

For tickets, go to celebrityseries.org.


Yiqing Shao Yiqing Shao, Digital Editor at Boston Magazine bmagdigital+yshao@gmail.com


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