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Alvin Ailey

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre
Saturday, March 19
$72/orchestra (reg. $75)
Citi Performance Arts Center Wang Theatre, Boston, MA
Purchase by February 19

The Celebrity Series of Boston began its relationship with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater with a single night engagement in 1968. Since that time the annual Celebrity Series appearance by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has become a city-wide event celebrating the best of modern of dance and the relationship between Boston and this remarkable cultural treasure. "You know the dancers can do anything, but the visible evidence can leave you reeling" (The New Yorker).

August Wilson

August Wilson's How I Learned What I Learned
Sunday, March 20
$44 (reg. $75) (save $31)
Huntington Theatre, Boston, MA
Purchase by February 19

In this solo show, the late Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson shares stories about his first few jobs, a stint in jail, his lifelong friends, and his encounters with racism, music, and love as a young poet in Pittsburgh's Hill District. Directed by Todd Kreidler and featuring Eugene Lee, both longtime Wilson collaborators, this theatrical memoir charts one man's journey of self-discovery through adversity, and what it means to be a black artist in America. "Complex and surprisingly funny, a memoir of the playwright’s life, laced with the voice of the poet he always was." – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Brad Mehldau Trio
Friday, April 15
8:00 pm
$32/orchestra (reg. $37)
Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA
Purchase by March 11

Presented by World Music. Called "the most influential jazz pianist of the last 20 years" (The New York Times), Brad Mehldau combines rigorous artistry, eclectic musical tastes, and breathtaking improvisational capabilities. Known for his unique, intense live performances, Mehldau forges his own path, embodying the essence of jazz exploration, classical romanticism, and pop allure. His highly intuitive trio, with Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums, juxtaposes stripped-down, emotionally direct ballads with densely packed abstract compositions. "Universally admired as one of the most adventurous pianists to arrive on the jazz scene in years" (Los Angeles Times).


BSO: Dutilleux, Rachmninoff, Tchaikovsky, Debussy & Ravel
Saturday, April 23
8:00 pm
$54/1st balcony
Symphony Hall, Boston, MA
Purchase by March 24

In the final concerts of the 2015-2016 season, Andris Nelsons and the BSO are joined by soprano Kristine Opolais for two Russian-language pieces: Rachmaninoff's lovely How fair this place; and the gorgeous Letter Scene from Tchaikovsky's opera Eugene Onegin. The larger part of the program is devoted to French orchestral music. Henri Dutilleux's Métaboles continues the BSO's commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the composer's birth. Dutilleux's music, though unique, drew strongly on that of his great predecessors, Ravel and Debussy. Debussy's La Mer evokes the constant dynamic change of the sea. Ravel's dreamlike La Valse is a kind of elegy for Europe's Belle Époque, which ended with the onset of World War I.

BSO Family Concert: Wicked Awesome
Saturday, April 30
12:00 noon
$22/Adult (FREE for children under 18, must register with MITAC to be seated)
Symphony Hall, Boston, MA
Purchase by March 31

Program includes Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra (BYSO); Marta Zurad, conductor; and Matt Roberts, magician. Pre-concert activities, including an instrument playground and instrument demonstrations, take place from 10:30am-11:30am.


Sunday, June 26
6:30 pm
Boston Opera House, Boston, MA
Purchase by May 13

Winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards, Matilda the Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda continues to thrill sold out audiences of all ages on Broadway and in London's West End. The Wall Street Journal says, "The makers of Matilda have done the impossible: triumphantly! It is smart, sweet, zany and stupendous fun." "Welcome to the deliriously amusing, heartwarming, headspinning world of Matilda The Musical. You won't want to leave."Bloomberg News.

Rosario La Tremendita & Mohammad Motamedi Qasida (Flamenco meets Persian Classical Music)
Sunday, March 20
$32/orchestra(reg. $37)
Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA
Purchase by February 19

The Qasida project is an extraordinary musical encounter between the young Spanish singer Rosario "La Tremendita" and her Iranian peer Mohammad Motamedi. Renowned for accompanying flamenco dancer Belen Maya, Rocio Molina, Rafaela Carrasco, and many others, "La Tremendita" explores the roots of flamenco in the richly varied poetic songs and improvisations of Motamedi, the young rising star of Persian classical music. They will be accompanied by six musicians on guitar, Iranian kemanche I (a bowed string instruments), percussion, and palmas (hand clapping). Presented by World Music.

Sound of Music

Sound of Music
Sunday, April 10
Boston Opera House, Boston, MA
Purchase by February 26

The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award-winning Best Score, including "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Edelweiss" and the title song. Featuring music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, says three-time Tony Award-winning Director Jack O'Brien: "We plan to look more closely at this remarkable work; to tear off the varnish of the past and reveal one of the great, fresh glories of musical theater." A treasure for the whole family!

Swan Lake

Swan Lake 2 options!
•Saturday, April 30, 7:30 p.m., $107/orchestra
(reg. $110 + fees). Purchase by March 31.
•Saturday, May 7, 1:00 p.m., $95/orchestra
(reg. $110 + fees). Purchase by April 7

Boston Opera House, Boston, MA

From the very first note of Tchaikovsky's romantic and ageless score, audiences are transported into a world where enchanted swans rise from a misty lake and a love-struck prince is deceived by a cruel and dangerous beauty. Virtuoso dancing abounds, from the mesmerizing corps of elegant swans, the colorful national dances, and incredible athleticism and grace of Odile's fouettés (whip turns), to the heartbreaking finale when Siegfried's unintentional betrayal and Odette's broken heart dooms the swans to their tragic fate. Hailed as "luminous" by The Wall Street Journal. See it again or for the first time-but do not miss this limited engagement as Swan Lake won't return to the stage for several years.

Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz
Saturday, April 16
Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre, Boston, MA
Purchase by March 17

Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts' desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for the whole family. "Brilliant... A ten-star production if ever there was one!" (The Sunday Telegraph). "Enchanting, exciting and electrifying!! The Wizard of Oz is 5-star family fun!" (ETalk CTV).

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