PLAY ME I'M YOURS Street Pianos, Bela Fleck and More Set for Celebrity Series of Boston, Oct 2013

PLAY ME I'M YOURS Street Pianos, Bela Fleck and More Set for Celebrity Series of Boston, Oct 2013

Celebrity Series of Boston has announced its October 2013 performances. The series is celebrating its 75th Anniversary Season with Street Pianos Boston and the 75 pianos around Boston and Cambridge. Details below!

Street Pianos Boston: Play Me I'm Yours
TONIGHT, September 27 - October 14, 2013

In celebration of the 75th season, the Celebrity Series of Boston will partner with British artist Luke Jerram to bring his public piano installation, Play Me I'm Yours to Boston from Friday, September 27 to Monday, October 14, 2013. Celebrity Series will install 75 pianos throughout the Boston and Cambridge area to commemorate the anniversary season, bearing the simple instruction, "Play Me, I'm Yours." Located in public spaces throughout Boston and Cambridge, the pianos are available for any member of the public to play and enjoy.

Exact locations and a map of the pianos will be announced by mid-September and the public is encouraged to upload and share video clips, photos and comments.

The 75th Season Kickoff Party
Saturday, October 5, 9pm - Midnight
The Galleria: 10 St. James Avenue, Boston
Tickets: $50 and up. Call (617)598-3218 for more information

The 75th Season Kickoff Party to celebrate Street Pianos Boston takes place on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at the Galleria at 10 St. James Avenue with an evening of food, drinks, and celebration, in partnership with Opus Affair and sponsored by Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse.

Béla Fleck's Banjo Summit
Featuring Béla Fleck, Bill Keith, Eric Weissberg, Noam Pikelny, Richie Stearns, Tony Trischka and Abigail Washburn
Thursday, October 10, 7:30pm
Sanders Theatre: 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Tickets: $35 and up
MBTA: Red Line to Harvard Square

Generally considered the most accomplished master of the instrument, Béla Fleck will be joined by fellow pickers Tony Trischka, Bill Keith, Richie Stearns, Eric Weissberg, Noam Pikelny and Abigail Washburn in a concert that will find the banjo being performed in both conventional and unexpected ways. In performances ranging from solos and duets to full-tilt banjo blowouts with all The Players and an acoustic band, the concert stage will range from the traditional backdrop of bluegrass and old-time country music to the more unconventional banjo genres including jazz, classical and rock music.

Yuja Wang, piano
Boston Recital Debut
Friday, October 18, 2013, 8pm
NEC's Jordan Hall: 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA
Tickets: $30 and up
MBTA: Green Line E to Symphony

Twenty-six year old pianist Yuja Wang is widely recognized as one of the most important pianists of her generation. Lauded for her controlled, prodigious technique, Yuja has been praised for her authority over the most complex technical demands of the repertoire, the depth of her musical insight, as well as her fresh interpretations and charismatic stage presence. Following her debut recording, Sonatas & Etudes, Gramophone magazine named her the Classic FM 2009 Young Artist of the Year. For her second recording, Transformation, Yuja received an Echo Klassik award as "Young Artist of the Year." She brings a program of Prokofiev, Chopin and Stravinsky to Boston for her recital debut.

Chris Thile
Sunday, October 20, 2013, 7pm
Sanders Theatre: 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Tickets: $35 and up
MBTA: Red Line to Harvard Square

Chris Thile, of Punch Brothers, is a mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist. With his broad outlook that encompasses progressive bluegrass, classical, rock and jazz, Thile transcends the borders of conventional genres, creating a distinctly American sound and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike. Recently awarded a MacArthur Fellowship (aka "genius grant"), in February 2013 Thile also won a Grammy for his work on The Goat Rodeo Sessions, collaborating with Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Stuart Duncan. Punch Brothers, described by The Times of London as "brilliant, audacious, original and, above all, entertaining," released their latest album, Who's Feeling Young Now?, in 2012 on Nonesuch Records. In August 2013, Thile released Bach Sonatas & Partitas Vol. 1, also on Nonesuch Records.