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Saturday, April 14, 2018

An Evening with Audra McDonald




Celebrity Series of Boston presents 

An Evening with Audra McDonald

Friday, April 13, 2018

Symphony Hall

Brian Hertz, Piano; Mark Vanderpoel, Bass; Gene Lewin, Drums

  
Six-time Tony award winner, two Grammy awards and an Emmy award, Audra charmed her audience with her rich interpretations of songs interspersed with warm, friendly anecdotes and interactions with her audience.

Remembering how she felt on 9/11, she recounted how important it is to focus on what matters in life and decided the answer is in the song "Make Someone Happy" each day! 

I eagerly anticipated her rendition of my favorite "I Could Have Danced All Night" in which she encouraged her audience to join in on the second chorus.

Audra absolutely sparkled for nonstop 90 minutes of the American Songbook plus an encore of "Over The Rainbow." 

Nancy Grossman review for BWW click here:

  

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilla--Rome




Celebrity Series of Boston 

Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilla--Rome

Sir Antonio Pappano  music director 
                                                                         conductor

Martha Argerich         piano
             "the reigning high priestess of the piano"

Symphony Hall
Sunday, October 22, 2017

Verdi                 'Sinfonia' to Aida
Prokofiev          Piano Concerto No. 3
       
encore: Maestro Pappano joined Argerich in a four-hands rendition of "Laideronnette, Empress of the Pagodas" from Ravel's "Mother Goose"

                          Intermission

Respighi           "Fontane di Roma"

Respighi           "I Pini di Roma"

encores: Sibelius's "Valse Triste"
               Rossini's   "William Tell Overture


Reviews:

Jeremy Eichler for the Boston Globe
        https://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/music/2017/10/23/symphony-hall-grand-return-piano-priestess/UGibQqRqsYXQR5KzLNgTwM/story.html        

Jonathan Blumhofer for The Arts Fuse 
  
 http://artsfuse.org/164782/concert-review-martha-argerich-and-the-orchestra-dellaccademia-nazionale-di-santa-cecilia-at-symphony-hall/

Ken Ross for MASSLIVE.COM states that Martha Argerich remains the greatest living pianist!
   http://www.masslive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2017/10/review_martha_argerich_remains.html



Photo/Robert Torres

         
Following the performance Celebrity Series feted us to an elegant reception and a seated sumptuous dinner in the Higginson Room. The charismatic Sir Antonio Pappano joined us and mingled with the guests, participating in our lively discussions and posing for photographs with us. Legendary and elusive pianist Martha Argerich declined our invitation.







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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Cruise LA--Hawaii--LA-2017





Los Angeles to Hawaii to Los Angeles

May 23--June 10, 2017

May 23 Los Angeles Marriott Airport

May 24--June 9 Crystal Serenity

June 10--Los Angeles Marriott Airport




Sailing into Honolulu Harbor






Maui





Jean-Michel Cousteau--guest lecturer





Mary-Crystal Serenity Dining room





Camille Williams, Susan Allen, Nicola, our waiter from Serbia





Ensenada, Mexico





Mary--Dining Room





Chief Electrical Engineer--John Rivers
Roberta Miller, Sandy Hoffman, Josh Miller, Mary,
Camille Williams, Susan Allen, Marty Hoffman

absent from photo--Sue Taylor, Tom Taylor



Monday, April 10, 2017

Shine! On the Harbor Gala-April 8, 2017




Shine! On the Harbor Gala

Celebrity Series of Boston Gala
April 8, 2017

The Loft at the Innovation and Design Building

A glittering evening on the harbor that shined a light on all that Celebrity Series brings to Boston 

Co-Chairs: Stephanie L Brown
                     Susan Thonis 

Cocktails 
Dinner 
Performance
Shine! Paddle Bid
After Party














Shine! On The Harbor Gala video

http://celebrityseries.org/blog/2017/04/shine-on-the-harbor-gala/

Monday, March 13, 2017

Cancun--February 27-March 8, 2017




Cancun, Mexico

February 27--March 8, 2017

JW Marriott Resort & Spa....Mary
CasaMagna Marriott Cancun....Linda

Lagoons, pools, white sand beach that stretched for miles, turquoise/aqua ocean with roaring waves











Flamenco dancing exhibition in the lobby lounge of the CasaMagna



Argentine tango exhibition in the La Capilla restaurant in CasaMagna

Argentine Tango video from performance at La Capilla
https://www.facebook.com/linda.luizzo/videos/1348875638469279/https://www.facebook.com/linda.luizzo/videos/1348875638469279/

Gustino Restaurant in the JW Marriott--an upscale restaurant with exquisite service and ambiance

Sedona Grill in the JW Marriott--one night Mexican Buffet Night with entertainment by a trio

La Capilla in the CasaMagna Hotel--(Argentine restaurant) I had the best filet mignon I have ever had.

Dessert at the La Capilla

Sasi Thai restaurant contiguous to the CasaMagna

Mikado...Japanese restaurant contiguous to the CasaMagna




The twin Marriott hotels offered complimentary golf cart transportation to/from the hotels.
 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Budapest Festival Orchestra-February 12, 2017




Celebrity Series of Boston presents

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Symphony Hall 

 February 12, 2017



Iván Fischer            conductor

Richard Goode      piano

Beethoven      Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Opus 21
Beethoven      Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Opus 58
                                         
                                      Intermission 

Beethoven       Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Opus 67


Maestro Fischer invited 36 students from New England Conservatory to perform with the orchestra for the final movement. What an amazing opportunity for these very talented students!

Many of us braved the blizzard conditions to attend this performance. We were well rewarded with a glorious, rich experience!








The Café at Symphony Hall was very busy before the performance and during intermission. We enjoyed the euphoria of attending the concert despite hazardous weather conditions.




Jeffrey Gantz for the Boston Globe-Click

Aaron Keebaugh writes for Boston Classical Review-Click

Matthew Heck writes for the The Boston Musical Intelligencer-Click 

Budapest Festival Orchestra International Tour-Click

NY Times Michael Cooper reviews 2 performances at Lincoln Center. He also writes that Maestro Fischer has become known as a voice of tolerance and inclusion. He has taken his orchestra to play in abandoned synagogoues in Hungarian towns whose Jewish populations were killed off in WWII. Click  

Friday, November 18, 2016

Boston Symphony Orchestra-November 15, 2016






Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons--conductor
Hélène Grimaud--piano

November 15, 2016

Timo Andres  "Everything Happens So Much" (world premiere commissioned by the BSO)

Brahms  Piano Concerto No.2 in B-Flat, Opus 83                                                       



Hélène Grimaud acknowledges the enthusiastic applause of the audience returning to the stage numerous times.

The extensive cello solo in the concerto by Martha Babcock received thunderous applause from an appreciative audience.


Brahms     Symphony No. 3 in F, Opus 90







Andris Nelsons in action



Aaron Keebaugh for the Boston Classical Review-Click

Zoë Madonna for the Boston Globe-Click




Monday, November 14, 2016

Celebrity Series-Berliner Philharmoniker-11-11.16





Celebrity Series of Boston

Berliner Philhamoniker-November 11, 2016

Sir Simon Rattle--conductor

Boston Symphony Hall

Annual Dress Circle Reception and Dinner






        





Pierre Boulez              Éclat

Gustav Mahler           Symphony 7











WBUR: Berlin In Boston: Simon Rattle brings one of the world's greatest orchestras for a rare visit-Click 

Boston Classical Review--Aaron Keebaugh--Click

Glitter, mercury as Sir Simon Rattle leads Berlin Philharmonic--Matthew Guerrieri review for Boston Globe--Click

The Boston Musical Intelligencer--John Ehrlich--Click
                                                                                                                                                    
The Bosston Musical Intelligencer--Jeffrey Gantz--Click

Friday, November 11, 2016

BSO, Nelsons, Grimaud-November 8, 2016



Boston Symphony Orchestra

November 8, 2016

Andris Nelsons      conductor

Hélène Grimaud   piano








Eric Nathan    "the space of a door" (world premiere; BSO commission)  



Brahms--Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Opus 15    





Nelsons and Grimaud--Winslow Townson/photo





Nelsons and Grimaud--after a thrilling performance



Brahms--Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Opus 68



Nelsons and the BSO





Aaron Keebaugh writes a brilliant review for Boston Classical Review- "A premiere and a persuasive start to Brahms cycle": Click

Zoë Madonna writes for Boston Globe: BSO offers poignant election-night respite: Click

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

An American in Paris-October 30, 2016




An American in Paris
Wang Theatre Oct. 25-Nov. 6, 2016 

Music and Lyrics--George and Ira Gershwin
Book--Craig Lucas

Garen Scribner and Sara Esty

Although the story/plot is rather trite, the music (Gershwin), orchestrations (Tony Award for Bill Elliot), sets, lots of dancing (Much of it is ballet.) are magnificent!





Sara Esty...female lead





Cast after the performance on Sunday, October 31





Mary

Our euphoria continued at dinner at Fleming's on Stuart Street, a short walk from the Wang. 



Don Aucoin's review for the Boston Globe--Click


Jeremy D. Goodwin review for WBUR states that the musical "Puts on the Ritz with a glittering production at the Wang--Click


Broadway World Review (BWW)--Click

An interview with Bill Elliott, the Tony award winner for the orchestrations of the new musical: Click






"Directing 'An American in Paris' kept Wheeldon on his toes" according to Christopher Wallenberg--Click  

Sunday, October 02, 2016

BSO and Der Rosenkavalier-9/29/2016




Boston Symphony Orchestra 
Andris Nelsons   Music Director

Concert performance 
Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier
September 29 and 30, 2016

Renée Fleming  Soprano (Marschallin)  
Susan Graham   Mezzo-Soprano (Octavian) 
Franz Hawlata  Bass (Baron Ochs) 
Erin Morley       Soprano (Sophie)  



  Renée Fleming, Susan Graham and conductor Andris Nelsons on stage





Renée Fleming, Franz Hawlata, Susan Graham and conductor Andris Nelsons



I attended the Thursday, September 29, performance. It was magnificent and the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Andris Nelsons was outstanding. The music was glorious.

                                                                               Interview with Renée Fleming on performing in concert with the BSO...Click here:

David Allen review for NY Times...Click here

Aaron Keebaugh for Boston Classical Review....Click here:

Zoë Madonna for the Boston Globe...Click here:

John Ehrlich for the Boston Musical Intelligencer states that Rosenkavalier shimmers...Click here:

Monday, May 09, 2016

Celebrity Series of Boston Gala-May 7, 2016




Celebrity Series of Boston Annual Black-Tie Gala

May 7, 2016, at The Castle at Park Plaza

Shine! Gala!

Like a jewel, Celebrity Series shines brightly as a cultural asset to Boston.
On Saturday May 7, 2016, Celebrity Series held its SHINE! Gala, a glittering evening conceived and designed by Rafanelli Events at the Castle at Park Plaza. About 250 guests attended this black-tie event full of dramatic surprises.




Jessica Lang Dance














6:30     Cocktails
7:45     Performance by Jessica Lang Dance
8:15     Dinner
9:30     After-Party with dancing
Shine! Gala
May 7, 2016 •  The Castle at Park Plaza
    Like a jewel, Celebrity Series shines brightly as a cultural asset to Boston.
On Saturday May 7, 2016, Celebrity Series held its SHINE! Gala, a glittering evening conceived and designed by Rafanelli Events at the Castle at Park Plaza. About 250 guests attended this black-tie event full of dramatic surprises.
- See more at: http://www.celebrityseries.org/shine/index.htm#sthash.kP1FU0MN.dpuf
Shine! Gala
May 7, 2016 •  The Castle at Park Plaza
    Like a jewel, Celebrity Series shines brightly as a cultural asset to Boston.
On Saturday May 7, 2016, Celebrity Series held its SHINE! Gala, a glittering evening conceived and designed by Rafanelli Events at the Castle at Park Plaza. About 250 guests attended this black-tie event full of dramatic surprises.
- See more at: http://www.celebrityseries.org/shine/index.htm#sthash.kP1FU0MN.dpuf



Monday, May 02, 2016

Swan Lake-April 29, 2016




Swan Lake

Music      Tchaikovsky

Boston Ballet-April 29, 2016-opening night

Boston Opera House 

Artistic Director   Mikko Nissinen 
Conductor             Jonathon McPhee


Odette/Odile         Misa Kuranaga
Prince Siegfried    Gonzalo Garcia*
Von Rothbart        Lasha Khozashvili

World Premiere-adaptation and additional choreography by Mikko Nissinen after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
      Boston Ballet October 19. 2014

Original Premiere   
      Imperial Ballet, Maryinsky Theatre  January 15, 1895

Boston Ballet dedicates these performances of Swan Lake to the memory of former Artistic Director Violette Verdy, a legendary and beloved star of the dance world. 

*Gonzalo Garcia--guest artist-principal dancer with New York City Ballet 










Mary Schwalm photos/Boston Globe












Broadway World article--Click here:

Interview with Misa Kuranaga--Click here:

Boston Globe review by Karen Campbell--Click here:




The Kirov Ballet
Odette/Odile    Yulia Makhalina 
Prince Siegfried  Igor Zelensky

This production includes the familiar happy ending in the final act where Siegfried fights and ultimately defeats the evil magician von Rothbart and at  dawn is reunited with Odette.