The Celebrity Series at 75



In 1938, pianist Aaron Richmond brought friends from the concert world to perform in Boston. Now the Celebrity Series celebrates 75 years as a major cultural force in the city, with visiting orchestras, a significant co-commission, and much more.

Executive Director Gary Dunning details the classical music highlights with Classical New England's Brian McCreath. Read about the season below, and to hear the conversation, click on "Listen" above.


In March of 2014, the Israel Philharmonic and conductor Zubin Mehta visit Boston's Symphony Hall to perform Bruckner's Symphony No. 8.

In that same month, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conductor Gustavo Dudamel perform John Corigliano's Symphony No. 1 and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5.

Mark Morris Mark Morris's Acis and Galatea

Mark Morris creates a new production of Handel's opera Acis and Galatea in a Celebrity Series co-commission. The culmination of the 75th anniversary season in May, the performances feature Mozart's arrangement of Handel's music, with the the chorus and orchestra of the Handel and Haydn Society and conductor Nicholas McGegan.

Marc-Andre Hamelin Piano

Marc-André Hamelin curates and performs a three concert series, including a solo recital, a duo concert with Emanuel Ax, and a chamber music concert with violinist Anthony Marwood and clarinetist Martin Fröst.

Other pianists appearing during the season include Yuja Wang, Benjamin Grosvener, András Schiff, Kirill Gerstein, Cédric Tiberghien, and Evgeny Kissin.

Takacs Quartet String Quartets

The Takács Quartet the six quartets by Béla Bartók over two concerts in March and April.

Also, Quatuor Ebène visits Boston for a program of Mozart, Bartók, and selections from the ensembles vast jazz repertoire.

In addition, the Jerusalem Quartet and Danish Quartet make their Boston debuts.

Deborah Voigt Vocalists

Soprano Deborah Voigt visit Boston twice during the season. In November, she'll bring her one-woman show, Voigt Lessons, developed with playwright Terrence McNally and director Francesca Zambello to the Calderwood Pavilion. Then, in April, she'll return for a recital at Symphony Hall.

Also, baritione Gerald Finley and pianist Julius Drake perform Schubert's Winterreise at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall in February.

Other vocalists performing during the season include soprano Natalie Dessay, tenor Nicholas Phan, and baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky.

To hear a conversation with Celebrity Series Executive Director Gary Dunning about the season, click on "Listen" at the top of the page, and for complete information about the 2012-2013 season, visit the Celebrity Series of Boston.

Photo of Gary Dunning by Robert Torres, courtesy of Celebrity Series of Boston
Photo of Gustavo Dudamel courtesy of the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Photo of Marc-André Hamelin by Fran Kaufman
Photo of the Takács Quartet by Ellen Appel
Photo of Deborah Voigt by Peter Ross


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