Thursday, January 17, 2019

Adriana Lecouvreur at the Met

Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur

Metropolitan Opera 
 January 1-January 26 at the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center

Conductor    Gianandra Noseda
Production    Sir David McVicar 
Adriana Lecouvreur   Anna Netrebko 
Princesss of Boulillon   Anita Rachvelishvili
Maurizio                Pitor Beczala
The Abbé                Carlo Bosi
Michonnet               Ambrogi Maestri
Prince of Bouillon       Maurizio Muraro 

Co-Production of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London; Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona; Wiener Staatsoper; San Francisco Opera; L'Opera National de Paris 
 Anna Netrebko, left, with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili  
Sara Krulwich photo/The New York Times 

Piotr Beczala as Maurizio and Anna Netrebko as Adriana Lecouvreur
Sara Krulwich photo/New York Times

Netrebko: Fedra's Monologue  Video by Metropolitan Opera

Anthony Tommasini's review--click here:

Anita Rachvelishvili is “without doubt the best Verdi mezzo-soprano today on the planet,” according to the conductor Riccardo Muti. Zachary Woolfe writes about Anita Rachvelishvili for the NY Times: click

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Celebrity Series Shine! Gala

Celebrity Series of Boston
Shine! Gala

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Cocktail Reception
Followed by dinner  

Beautiful centerpieces

Elegantly presented and delicious dinner

Friday, April 27, 2018

Los Angeles Philharmonic

Celebrity Series of Boston
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel

Symphony Hall--April 25, 2018

Esa Pekka Salonen   Pollux
Edgard Varèse       Amérique  


Shostakovich   Symphony No. 5
                   in D minor, Opus 47

The majestic orchestra filled the extended stage. The first 5 rows of the orchestra had been removed. The men were handsome in their White-Tie and Tails and the ladies were elegant in their black ensembles.

"Los Angeles Philharmonic is the most important orchestra in the country."  The NY Times

"If ever an orchestra was riding the crest of a wave, it is the Los Angeles Philharmonic." The Times (London)

Gustavo Dudamel's arrival in Los Angeles in 2009 was an earthshaking event. Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic have lived up to our high expectations, delivering on their artistic promise. I notice that their performance at the Philharmonia in Paris for May 5th is completely sold out.


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."

  Recalling how I was enthralled by her performance in March 2015, I was eagerly anticipating this return visit. I was not disappointed! Click  

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 

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"


Respighi        "Fontane di Roma"

Respighi           "I Pini di Roma"

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

I was eagerly anticipating this performance because I had attemded a cpmcert by this magnificent orchestra in Paris in April 2016, and now with the addition of the legendary pianist Martha Argerich I was ecstatic!

Paris in April 2016  Click:


Jeremy Eichler for the Boston Globe Click:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Jonathan Blumhofer for The Arts Fuse Click:


Ken Ross for MASSLIVE.COM states that Martha Argerich remains the greatest living pianist! Click:

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.


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


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 

Shine! Paddle Bid
After Party

Shine! On The Harbor Gala video


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

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

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.

I also attended a performance of the Budapest Festival Orchestra in New York on June 1, 2014. Click

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

BSO-Hélène Grimaud-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


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: