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L to R: Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer, Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan
Tonight's two Celebrity Series performances by Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Stuart Duncan and Chris Thile, at The House of Blues are being cinecast live and recorded for later broadcast on PBS. Yo-Yo Ma talks with MSN Entertainment about performing live and live for cinecast, plus the genesis of The Goat Rodeo Sessions. Yo-Yo Ma's 'Goat Rodeo': Ready for Their Close-Up.
Matthew Guerierii's review in today's Boston Globe said of Lise de la Salle's Celebrity Series debut recital on Saturday evening:
"... in Lise de la Salle’s excellent Celebrity Series concert on Saturday-the French pianist’s Boston recital debut-the focus of energy was the point of contact between finger and key. The effect was both vintage, foregrounding a clavichord-like primacy of touch, and modern: clarity as an illusion of objectivity."
Jeffrey Gantz' reviewed Hungarian Gypsy violinist Roby Lakatos' Friday night concert at Sanders Theatre for today's Boston Globe. The concert, brought to you by your friendly neighborhood Celebrity Series, was the Roby Lakatos Ensemble's Boston debut.
This just in from colleague Adam Roberts of Arts in America (ok, I added the bird):
"Tweet This?" At select theatres and concert halls around the country you can now tweet from your seat as Carmen belts out an aria or Macbeth sees a dagger before him. Join us for an interactive community forum exploring the question of whether social media should have a seat at our performances or if it should exit stage left. Featuring a lively panel, audience Q&A (in-person and via skype), and a performance of the event's tweets by the Twitter Theatre Troupe.
Central Square Theater 450 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Host: Adam Roberts
Panelists: Julie Hennrikus (StageSource) Robin Abrahams (Boston Globe's "Miss Conduct") Matt Heck (Boston Symphony Orchestra) Nick Peterson (Central Square Theater) Art Hennessey (The Mirror Up to Nature)
Join us in-person or call in via skype (id: artsinamerica) to participate in the conversation. The forum will be recorded and broadcast on Livestream.
Arts in America is an arts media company moving the needle forward on how America makes, produces, consumes, and talks about the arts.
The renowned Dutch harpsichordist, organist and conductor Gustav Leonhardt has died at 83. A pioneer of period instrument performance, Leonhardt performed four harpsichord recitals on the Celebrity Series from 1978 to 1990. Reviewing for The Boston Globe in 1980, Richard Dyer said of one Celebrity Series Leonhardt recital, "... one listened not through the music to what it used to be, but to it for what it is."
Celebrity Series of Boston Gary Dunning, President and Executive Director Announces Cancellation of Thomas Quasthoff and Michael Schade performance at Jordan Hall
Quasthoff to Retire
(Boston) Celebrity Series President and Executive Director, Gary Dunning announced today that the Thomas Quasthoff and Michael Schade recital has been cancelled due to Mr. Quasthoff’s retirement. The performance was scheduled for Friday, March 23. The performance will not be rescheduled or substituted.
Ticket holders will be notified of options to donate or exchange tickets or to request a refund and are requested to retain their tickets until they receive notification. Patrons may call Celebrity Series of Boston at (617) 482-2595.
Said Mr. Quasthoff in a statement released by his management, “After almost 40 years, I have decided to retire from concert life. My health no longer allows me to live up to the high standard that I have always set for my art and myself. I owe a lot to this wonderful profession and leave without a trace of bitterness. On the contrary, I am looking forward to the new challenges that will now enter my life. I would like to thank all my fellow musicians and colleagues, with whom I stood together on stage, all the organizers, and my audience for their loyalty.”
Gary Dunning, Celebrity Series President and Executive Director, says “We understand and respect Mr. Quasthoff’s decision. He’s had an impressive musical career full of artistic integrity and quality performances and recordings. Each of his previous three Celebrity Series performances have been met with delight and praise. We only have admiration for his artistry and personal character.”
About Celebrity Series of Boston The Celebrity Series of Boston is New England’s leading presenter of music, dance and the performing arts from around the world. Now in its 73rd season, the Celebrity Series brings performances by instrumental and vocal soloists, orchestras and chamber ensembles, dance companies, jazz, folk and ethnic artists and ensembles to Boston’s major concert halls. Through the Arts, Education and Community Program, the Celebrity Series reaches thousands of youngsters annually with opportunities to experience and participate in the performing arts through concerts, workshops and the award-winning AileyCamp Boston, an intensive six-week summer dance program for Boston middle school students. For more information on Celebrity Series of Boston, call (617) 482-2595 or visit us online at www.celebrityseries.org.
I have shared the Globe's review of the Celebrity Series' December 9 Vijay Iyer/Miguel Zenon concert on this blog, but I would be remiss if I didn't also share two reviews from other publications. JazzTimes Magazine and India New England both covered the concert and both reviews are worth a look: