Celebrity Series to offer wide range of artists in 75th season

April 18, 2013 at 10:46 am

By Aaron Keebaugh

For its 75th season, the Celebrity Series of Boston will feature performances by established and rising stars covering a wide range of music.

The lineup includes a number of singers in their Boston debuts. French soprano Natalie Dessay,, with pianist Philippe Cassard, will present a program of German and French art songs (March 8). Canadian baritone Gerald Finley will perform Schubert’s Winterreise with pianist Julius Drake (February 7). And the music of Benjamin Britten will be the focus of tenor Nicholas Phan’s Celebrity Series debut (April 17).

Deborah Voigt will appear on three occasions during the upcoming season. On November 21 and 22, she will present her autobiographical one-woman program “Voigt Lessons.” The soprano will return April 27 for a recital of songs by Beach, Respighi, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Ben Moore, and Bernstein.

Next spring at Symphony Hall, Zubin Mehta will conduct the Israel Philharmonic in Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony (March 19), and the dynamic Gustavo Dudamel will lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony and John Corigliano’s Symphony No. 1 (March 23).

Mozart’s arrangement of Handel’s Acis and Galatea, in a full-staged version by the Mark Morris Dance Group, will make its East Coast premiere with a Boston May 15-18.

Highlights from the lineup of pianists include Yuja Wang, who will render works by Albeniz, Granados, and Liszt in her Boston debut (October 18). Cédric Tiberghien will perform a program of Liszt, Szymanowski, and Ravel (February 19).  András Schiff will perform Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations (November 1).

In the first of a three-part appearance, Marc-André Hamelin will premiere his Barcarolle as part of a solo recital December 8. Hamelin will join Emanuel Ax for a duo recital April 13, and he will return May 2 as a part of a chamber concert with clarinetist Martin Fröstand and violinist Anthony Marwood.

For additional chamber music, Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott will perform music by Stravinsky, Villa-Lobos, Messiaen, Piazzolla, and Brahms March 21. Works by Abrahamsen, Mendelssohn, and Debussy will be the feature of the Danish String Quartet recital on November 13. The Takács Quartet will serve up the complete cycle of Bartók string quartets in two performances, March 20 and April 11. And the Ebène Quartet, in its Boston premiere February 28, will also offer music by Bartók as part of a program of Mozart and jazz pieces that have become their calling card.

Speaking of jazz, Celebrity Series will kick off the season September 28 with saxophonist Sonny Rollins at the Boston Opera House. And Wayne Shorter will join pianist Danlio Pérez, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade at Symphony Hall November 24 in a concert celebration of Shorter’s 80th birthday.

Tickets for the 2013-2014 season will be available beginning April 18. 617-482-482-2595; celebrityseries.org

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