Spend a date night at the orchestra decked out in your fanciest and hear music from West Side Story's legendary conductor. The Boston Symphony Orchestra is kicking off their opening night with music from Leonard Bernstein, who's basically a hero in the classical music world. Not only did he collaborate with Sondheim and Laurents for West Side Story, he also wrote dozens of compositions, directed the New York Philharmonic and traveled the world to conduct music -- His list of accomplishments goes on and on.
Let the melodies of a lost Chinese civilization carry you away with this breathtaking show presented by Falun Dafa Association of New England. The rippling notes of the pipa transport you to an imperial banquet, where maidens dance under a silvery moon. In a sudden shift, powerful drumbeats conjure an ancient battlefield where the valor of heroes stands out. The New York-based Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra was formed in response to the many theatergoers who longed to hear the music of Shen Yun -- the phenomenally successful dance spectacular -- in concert form. Shen Yun's approach, from the composition to the expression of the music, results in a vivid sound with deep emotional range. It's the ultimate in musical storytelling. The Orchestra's performance at Boston Symphony Hall features Shen Yun's most celebrated original compositions and award-winning singers, along with timeless orchestral classics by Dvorak, Suppé and Tchaikovsky.
Be there at Boston's Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory for a live recording of From the Top, the popular NPR showcase of America's best young classical musicians! Time for Three -- violinist Nicolas (Nick) Kendall, violinist Charles Yang, and double-bassist Ranaan Meyer -- will join 17-year-old cellist Shannon Ross; 17-year-old violist Yong-Ha Jung; 17-year-old violinist Julian Rhee; and Trio Giocoso, featuring 12-year-old violinist Eleanor Markey, 10-year-old cellist Oan Woo Park and 12-year-old pianist Hyeonuk Park.
Slip back in time and space to 1930s Paris for one evening when the Sinti Rhythm Quartet brings their swinging hot-jazz sound to the recently restored 1793 Carriage House at Waltham's Gore Place. Inspired by the music of gypsy guitarist and composer Django Reinhardt and well-known throughout the Northeast, these four talented musicians have played various Reinhardt-focused festivals and enjoyed a three-year residency at Atwood's Tavern in Cambridge. Come early for the concert and enjoy the gardens and grounds of the estate, too.
The Longwood Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra of Boston's medical community, presents an evening of Russian masterworks at Boston's Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory. Beginning the evening is Khachaturian's wild Sabre Dance, and the first half concludes with Naumberg-winner Adres Diaz in a performance of Kabalevksy's Cello Concerto No. 2. Rounding out the evening is Tchaikovsky's epic Symphony No. 6 Pathetique.
One of the greatest composers of all time is anonymously commissioned to write a requiem commemorating the death of a patron's wife -- only he passes away before he can complete it. Once finished, though, it's recognized as a masterpiece that perfectly and dramatically captures his life and work. The man is Mozart, and now you can see this requiem performed by Boston Baroque, led by Music Director Martin Pearlman, when they take the stage at Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 8:00pmSunday October 22, 2017 / 3:00pm
More of a party than an opera, The Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra is pleased to bring you in-your-face symphonies of classic British '70s rock and epic soundtracks from The Who's Tommy and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar. A nine-piece vocalist effort, the U.S.O. is an unconventional orchestra that combines a rock concert with a night at the symphony. Playing with power and precision, they relive the glory days of Queen, David Bowie, The Beatles and Led Zeppelin, plus they'll debut their original rock opera. Feel free to sing your heart out and add onto these melodic harmonies at the Regent Theatre in Arlington.
Friday September 22, 2017 / 8:00pmSaturday September 23, 2017 / 8:00pm
Brian Wilson, who wrote some of the greatest tunes in American pop music as a founding member of The Beach Boys, performs Pet Sounds in its entirety -- as well as other career-spanning hits -- live at the Grand Theater. From his early songs about cars and surfing to the 1966 masterpiece LP Pet Sounds and beyond, Wilson's "teenage symphonies to God" broke new ground in rock music, combining elaborate vocal harmonies with unconventional instrumentation. He's been productive in recent years, reuniting with The Beach Boys for a 50th anniversary tour and releasing his 11th solo studio album, 2015's No Pier Pressure.
Revered as "the best Beatles show in the world" by the Los Angeles Times, Emmy-winning group The Fab Four is the ultimate Beatles tribute act. With a stunning stage show that spans the brief but timeless career of The Beatles (including three costume changes to signify different eras), this uncanny reenactment has been performed the world over. Delivering one note-for-note song rendition after the next -- including classics like "Can't Buy Me Love," "Yesterday," "Penny Lane," "A Day in the Life," "Here Comes the Sun," "Hey Jude" and many more -- The Fab Four have so perfected their performance that you may just forget you aren't actually watching the real thing. See the Fab Four at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester.
Saturday September 23, 2017 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)
The Bach, Beethoven & Brahms Society opens its 2017-18 season at Boston's Faneuil Hall Marketplace by welcoming back the dazzling young virtuoso violinist In Mo Yang, playing the effervescent Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. The New England Conservatory student is a favorite orchestra guest, familiar to many area music lovers from his appearance with BB&B last season, as well as his win of the Boston Classical Orchestra's Mozart Competition in 2014. Also on the program are Amy Beach's Bal Masque, Leonard Bernstein's Music from West Side Story and Beethoven's First.
You can't talk about the fiery art of flamenco guitar without mentioning the late Paco de Lucía, who pushed flamenco further than the world had ever seen. De Lucía's artistry propelled his unique style of flamenco into genres including classical and jazz. 10-time Latin Grammy winner Javier Limón honors that legacy by reassembling the original band that toured with the artist for 10 years, continuing the groundbreaking experience with the Paco de Lucía Project, while paving a new path into the future of flamenco at Berklee Performance Center in Boston and presented by World Music/CRASHarts.
Two Motown legends -- The Temptations and Four Tops -- come together for an unforgettable night filled with some of your favorite golden oldies. Providence Performing Arts Center will get a double dose of smooth choreography and sweet harmonies from the '60s and '70s. The two groups boast both Rock and Roll and Grammy Hall of Fame status, so you'll truly be in the presence of R&B royalty. You'll hear Temptations classics like "My Girl," "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)," and "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone." And Four Tops will belt out hits like "Reach Out I'll Be There," "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" and "Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got)."
Friday October 13, 2017 / 7:30pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
Irish trio The Script is known internationally for blending a Celtic soul sound with contemporary R&B influences such as Timbaland and The Neptunes. Singles like "For The First Time," "Hall Of Fame," and "Breakeven" have been smashes on a global scale. Hear them usher in a new sound -- future-facing anthems that speak of both real-life events and sonic adventurism -- when they play tracks from their latest album, Freedom Child, at the Grand Theater in Mashantucket.
Cruise on back to the Roaring '20s aboard a vintage-style yacht, accompanied by a live ensemble playing great tunes from the golden age of jazz and beyond. This 90-minute trip through Boston Harbor on the elegantly-appointed Northern Lights offers relaxation and romance, with sparkling views of the city at night, dancing in the climate-controlled cabin, plus champagne and mixed drinks available for purchase from the onboard bar. You'll be entertained by the Benjamin Young Trio from the world-famous Berklee College of Music, featuring Young on bass, composer Dabin Ryu on piano and James Davis on drums.
Saturday September 23, 2017 / 8:30pm (Boarding Begins at 8:15pm)Friday October 6, 2017 / 8:00pm (Boarding Begins at 7:45pm)Saturday October 21, 2017 / 7:30pm (Boarding Begins at 7:15pm)Saturday November 4, 2017 / 7:30pm (Boarding Begins at 7:15pm)
To open the 49th Season of New Music in September, Boston Musica Viva will perform a pair of works by two of their favorite composers, and a pair of works by composers new to the ensemble. Pulitzer Prize-winner Elliott Carter was one of the most celebrated composers of the later 20th and early 21st centuries, and A Mirror on Which to Dwell is justly one of his most famous works. In addition to an expanded instrumental ensemble, acclaimed soprano Zorana Sadiq joins for this masterwork. You'll also enjoy Concerto di Camera IV, the latest piece by longtime BMV audience favorite Bernard Hoffer (who also wrote the theme to ThunderCats). In addition to these audience favorites are pieces by two new-to-BMV-composters. Hailed by The New York Times as a "striking and resourceful" composer, Hannah Lash has been a rising star since she started at the Eastman School of Music at only 16 years old. John Aylward, a Cambridge, Mass. resident whose success has spanned from chamber music to opera, sets up an intriguing dialogue between bass clarinet and cello in his Ephemera, making full use of the contrasting colors of two instruments that share the same register.
In the four years since the release of her critically acclaimed debut album Proof of Love, blues and soul singer Gracie Curran has been filling clubs across the country, wowing audiences with her powerful voice and stirring delivery. Her contagious enthusiasm makes for a concert that's as high in fun as it is in musicality. Catch Curran when she returns to Beverly to play at 9 Wallis.
Combining music, performance art and the latest in concert technology, Glow Campus brings an exciting EDM-inspired experience to House of Blues Boston. Australian hit-makers and mash-up maestros Mashd N Kutcher headline a concert and dance party featuring rockstar DJs, interactive body artists, UV lighting effects, performance characters, and elaborate stage production with eye-popping lighting, video and special effects. Escape your world and enter the world of Glow Campus.
Iconic star of stage and screen Judy Garland comes alive when acclaimed tribute artist Peter Mac steps into her ruby slippers. For decades, Mac, a self-described "male actress," has been performing his seriously fun and loving Judy Garland Live in Concert shows to critical acclaim, renowned for his dead-on renditions of Garland standards as well as for his bringing a nuanced glimpse to her complex personality and inner life. In fact, he was awarded the 2012 Southern California Motion Picture Council Golden Halo Award by Garland's co-stars Mickey Rooney and Margaret O'Brien for his respectful, stunningly accurate portrayal. In Mac's latest show, 95 Years of Magic, A Birthday Celebration, Garland reminisces about her storied life, from Hollywood's golden age to her comeback concerts at Carnegie Hall and the Palace and her friendship with JFK. And you never know what Hollywood legends will drop by, so settle in for this intimate cabaret concert at Club Café in Boston.
Pile on the scrunchies, zip up those baggy JNCOs and get jiggy with the hit songs that were "all that" in the '90s. Saved by the '90's originated in New York, but now has local bands carrying the '90s music flag in 20 cities across the country, including Cambridge for this show at Middle East Downstairs. The party band revives your favorite tracks, whether you danced to C+C Music Factory, Nirvana or the Backstreet Boys. This time machine ride will transport you right back to the Clinton era with the best of the boy bands, head-banging to some grunge gems or raising the roof with the flyest hip-hop tracks -- flannel shirts, Boy Meets World and all.
The New York Times described him as an "otherworldly, goth-tinged projection into the distant future of our violent, racially and sexually charged present." The New Yorker said "he deconstructs the persona of the diva even as he wraps himself in divalike hauteur." But don't take their word for it. If you've never caught a live performance by New York City-based musician, multimedia artist and postpunk counter tenor M. Lamar, get ready for a show like no other from a performer who's part opera singer, part diva, part leather-clad alien. (Orange Is the New Black fans may recognize Lamar as Marcus, the pre-transition Sophia; he just so happens to be actress Laverne Cox's twin brother.) Now, in recognition of the 156th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, M. Lamar will take the Ames Hall stage in Salem to perform an assemblage of old spirituals in the "gothic-devil-worshipping-free-black-man-blues-tradition."
Spend a memorable evening with one of the world's most beloved musical-theater composers, Andrew Lloyd Webber, interpreted by internationally acclaimed countertenor Terry Barber. A former member of the Grammy-winning ensemble Chanticleer, Barber breathes new life into hits from ten of Lloyd Webber's most beloved shows including "Music of the Night" from Phantom of the Opera, "Heaven On Their Minds" from Jesus Christ Superstar and "Memory" from Cats in addition to other selections from Evita, Sunset Boulevard, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and more at the Regent Theatre.
Saturday October 7, 2017 / 4:00pmSaturday October 7, 2017 / 8:00pm
Back in the '60s and '70s, Los Angeles' Laurel Canyon neighborhood was a mecca for folk-rock. The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Carole King, James Taylor, the Mamas & the Papas, Joni Mitchell, Crosby Stills & Nash, the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Brown, Jim Morrison and Neil Young all lived and created their classic music there. Now, tribute band Live from Laurel Canyon recreates this magical time and place with renditions of favorite songs and stories from the scene. You'll think you've died and gone to classic rock heaven at the The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield.
Award-winning guitarist Nick Black has broken out on his own to lead one of the most entertaining R&B bands in the country, and you can catch this rising talent at 9 Wallis during this concert. Black has drawn raves from RazorFish, who said his last CD, Deep Blue, "crackles with the willingness to shake up the traditional routes." Enjoy a soulful night of music at this concert.
Nick Moss is one of the most acclaimed blues guitarists of his generation, with 16 Blues Music Award nominations to his name. Moss began his career working with some of the greats of the Chicago blues sound, including Jimmy Dawkins, Willie "Big Eyes" Smith and Jimmy Rogers. Over the years, Moss' style has evolved from classic Chicago blues to the more rock-influenced sound of his albums like Privileged (2010) and Here I Am (2011), but fans and experts agree he's still playing some of the hottest blues in America. Now, Carter Alan's Beverly Blues Series welcomes the Nick Moss Band to the stage of Beverly's 9 Wallis, courtesy of gimmeLIVE.
Journey tribute band Scarab recreate an experience that only Steve Perry could be proud of. With mesmerizing four-part harmonies and epic keytar arrangements, you'll think you're back in 1981 listening to the lead vocalist himself when you hear classic hits like "Don't Stop Believin'," "Any Way You Want It," "Wheel in the Sky" and "Separate Ways." The internationally touring Scarab mimics all parts of the Journey concert experience, from the sights of multicolor stage lights to the band's shagged out hairstyles of the '80s. You'll rediscover why Journey has sold over 80 million albums worldwide and why they remain classic rock radio staples at the Larcom Theatre in the Boston area.
Delve into the quintessentially American sounds of bluegrass while cruising the blue waters of Boston Harbor on this live music cruise featuring Boston's own Rob Flax String Band. It'll be a blissful one-and-a-half hours on the water, with the Boston cityscape as the backdrop. The vessel itself is a beauty as well: The Northern Lights is a 115-foot motor boat styled after a 1920s New England Yacht. Grab a drink and/or a snack, available for purchase from the onboard bar, and head to the upper deck to enjoy the sounds and the sights. If you're compelled to move to the groove, there's plenty of room for dancing too.
Friday October 20, 2017 / 7:30pm (Boarding begins at 7:15pm)
New England's only professional cooperative chamber orchestra (in fact, one of only four in the country), Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston is a musician-run orchestra that brings an eclectic mix of classical and contemporary music to the concert stage. A variety of guest performers and a dedication to both beloved masterpieces by the likes of Beethoven and Vivaldi and innovative new works by composers from around the globe means that each season offers something fresh and unexpected (and, as always, masterfully performed). As one of the few self-governing ensembles playing today, Pro Arte is "dedicated to changing the way the world thinks about musicians, conductors and orchestras" -- one fantastic concert at a time.
Getting a song stuck in your head is a small price to pay for the infectious music and raucous comedy of ImprovBoston's Music Comedy Night. This monthly show boasts the best of Boston's comedy scene in all things musical, including the Musical Improv Cast (MIC) as well as musical sketch and comedy band acts from throughout the city. The evening even includes a musical improv jam session that puts everyone's comedy songwriting and musical creativity to the test at ImprovBoston in Cambridge.
Thursday October 12, 2017 / 9:30pmThursday November 9, 2017 / 9:30pmThursday December 14, 2017 / 9:30pm
Rod Ferguson, one of cabaret's hottest new entertainers, premieres his wickedly funny show, Some Others I've Seen, in Boston after its triumphant debut in Provincetown -- accompanied by Club Cafe's own Brian Patton on piano. Ferguson, who studied under Broadway legend Faith Prince and cabaret marvel Marilyn Maye, sings songs from the swing era. He's also got some funny stories to share about growing up gay in socially-conservative Bermuda, as well as some shocking tales about the characters he's met on his stumble toward love. "It's not all scandalous," Ferguson says. "There are at least a couple heartfelt moments." Beverages are available for purchase during the show, and afterward, the club offers a full food menu along with more entertainment and even sing-alongs.
Thursday October 12, 2017 / 7:00pmThursday October 19, 2017 / 7:00pm
Hailed by The New York Times as a cross between Yellow Submarine and Dr. Seuss, Gustafer Yellowgold is a slightly psychedelic sun creature who landed in the Minnesota woods and teamed up with illustrator-songwriter-performer Morgan Taylor. Together, they share stories and sing fantastical, infectious pop-rock songs your whole family will think are out of this world. Gorgeous full-screen animation accompanies a live band, as the 2016 Grammy nominee's multimedia musical adventure returns to Arlington's Regent Theatre as part of the Family Fun Saturday series.
Saturday October 7, 2017 / 10:30am (Doors at 9:45am)