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Celebrity Series of Boston's 75th Season is now on sale at www.celebrityseries.org!
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Gustavo Dudamel of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, March 23, 2014

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"This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before."  —Leonard Bernstein

 


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Spellbound Dance Company dancers Maria Cosso (center) and Giacomo Todeschi (left) lead a masterclass at  Rindge & Latin High School in Cambridge on April 4, 2013. The class was part of Celebrity Series' Arts for All! program.

 

Complete 2013-14 season is now on sale at www.celebrityseries.org - take a look!

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Broadway and cabaret star Barbara Cook did an interview with Vanity Fair's Patrick Monahan back in November. Here's a snippet:

"Is there a standard you feel differently about singing now than when you first heard it?

“I’ve Got You Under My Skin”—I’ve heard that, of course, all my life. Then a few years ago, I heard Katharine McPhee [of American Idol and Smash] do that on television, and I thought, You know, I think I can do something with that. So I took my ideas to Lee [Musiker, Ms. Cook’s musical director and pianist] and we worked it out together." Read the full interview.

Barbara Cook and John Pizzarelli return to the Celebrity Series and Symphony Hall on April 6. Good seats are still available! Get your tickets.

 

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Musings on Van Cliburn

He was a phenomenon. He was a larger than life personality. He was a genuine American hero. He was a gifted pianist who brought world attention to American classical music. He was the quintessential Southern gentleman -- a tall Texan who conquered the hearts of the Soviet and American public when both nations stared at each other grimly across a political divide.

He was the first musician to receive a New York ticker tape parade when he returned to the US following his winning the prestigious International Tchaikowsky Competition in Moscow in 1958.

And yet, many musicians and critics felt he never lived to fulfill the potential that lay before him.

He was a gracious, giving personality who easily won the hearts of everyone he met.

He had his quirks: he hated being early for his own concerts, preferring to arrive a few minutes past concert time, doff his coat, stride on stage, sit down at the piano and begin playing the National Anthem. When everyone resumed their seats, he began the concert.

I recall being invited with my mentor, Aaron Richmond, by Van Ciburn's then American concert manager, William Judd of Columbia Artists, to his apartment to hear a young pianist they had signed with the hopes that we might book him in recital. This was in the period just before he left for the Moscow competition. Little did I know what would follow in the next few months.

Within a year or so, we were presenting Van Cliburn in recital in Boston to an adoring public which filled every seat in Symphony Hall with an overflow on the stage, while hundreds of would-be ticket buyers were turned away.

I feel blessed indeed to have had the opportunity to share in presenting Van Cliburn in recital in Boston on over a dozen occasions.

Au revoir, Van -- we loved you dearly.

Walter Pierce

Walter Pierce was Executive Director of Celebrity Series of Boston from 1965 to 1996. The Celebrity Series presented Van Cliburn 8 times under his leadership.
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Pianist Van Cliburn in Tel Aviv, 1962

Pianist Van Cliburn has died at age 78. The Shreveport, Louisiana native's triumph at the 1958 Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow made him a household name.

Van Cliburn made his Celebrity Series debut in 1960 and performed on the Series a total of 13 times - all in recital and all at Symphony Hall - most recently in 2001.

Numerous winners of The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition have also appeared on the Celebrity Series over the years, including Jose Feghali, Jon Nakamatsu, Stanislav Ioudenitch, Alexander Kobrin, Olga Kern, and Hoachen Zhang.

Coverage of Van Cliburn's death:

New York Times

Wall Street Journal

Washington Post

Los Angeles Times

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

BBC News

Chicago Tribune

Videos:

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in Moscow (1962)

Christie's Auction Interview (includes clip of 1958 competition)

On What's My Line?

At The Kennedy Center Honors (2001)

Playing Chopin Ballade No. 3

 

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Subscriptions for our 2013-14 season (our 75th season) go on sale April 18, 2013. Some performances may be announced in advance of that date, but all performances begin subscription sales on April 18. Check this blog or www.celebrityseries.org for more details as they become available.

Complete season is now on sale at www.celebrityseries.org - take a look!
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Karita Mattila's concert, scheduled for this evening, has ben cancelled. Ticket holders please visit performance page for options.
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The readership of the Boston Musical Intelligencer has cooked up a lively chat about Paul Lewis's January 12 recital, its January 6 preview and subsequent review by Tom Delbanco. Recommended reading for those that attended the recital and anyone else that enjoys on a learned and rather lengthy banter on topics related to good music. Kudos to BMint and their readership.
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“In 1999, Edward Said and myself formed the West-Eastern Divan orchestra, composed of musicians from Israel, Palestine, and other Arab countries; countries where the open ear has been too often replaced by the unsheathed sword, to the detriment of all. Now, over 10 years later, we have hopefully achieved an orchestra that is worthy of your ear. And one which shows that people who listen to each other, both musically and in all other ways, can achieve greater things.” – Daniel Barenboim

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra makes its Boston debut at Symphony Hall courtesy of Celebrity Series of Boston on Sunday, January 27 at 3pm with an all-Beethoven program. Tickets and information.
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