Massachusetts
Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
NEFA Grant Recipient
Cultural Nonprofit
Celebrity Series of Boston

Celebrity Series of Boston is one of the nation’s most highly regarded multi-disciplinary performing arts presenters. With a reputation for excellence honed over eight+ decades since our founding in 1938, in a typical season, Celebrity Series presents 65+ main stage performances each season in eight to twelve different venues across Boston and Cambridge, plus 150+ community engagement activities annually. Celebrity Series is a critical part of the cultural fabric of our region, not only bringing great artists to Boston whom our audiences might not otherwise experience but also introducing our audiences to new artists, new art forms, and new artistic experiences.

Classical music represents 50-60% of our programming, but variety is core to our brand. We present a range of emerging to established artists, not only the world’s great orchestras, chamber ensembles, and soloists, but also artistic innovators and audience favorites in contemporary dance, jazz, world and folk music, and spoken word. Our business model is unique in that even though we are a large size presenter, we do not own our own venue. Instead, we rent 10-12 different venues in the Boston area, ranging from 300 seats to 3500 seats. The variety of venues complements the variety of artists and audience experiences that we offer to our community.

Alongside our robust season of touring artists, our Arts for All! community engagement initiative engages 15,000+ participants each season via four program areas. Neighborhood Arts partners with schools, after-school programs, youth arts organizations, Boys and Girls Clubs, neighborhood venues, and community gathering spaces in Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale, Roxbury, and the South End to offer interactive workshops for youth, artist residencies, and free and low-cost concerts by local performing artists, often brought to life through deep collaboration and co-creation with youth arts groups. Artist Connections brings our international touring artists into the community, through masterclasses and workshops for students from the elementary through the conservatory level, post-performance artist talks, and free, larger scale community workshops. Our Take Your Seat ticketing program makes it possible for community organizations and school groups to attend our main stage performances through $10 and complimentary tickets. Finally, our Public Performance Projects - from Street Pianos Boston, to Jazz Along the Charles, to Let’s Dance Boston, to Concert For One - have activated public spaces in our city since 2013, embodying our belief that the performing arts belong not only on stage, but in streets and neighborhoods across our city.

 

On March 13, 2020, Celebrity Series cancelled all remaining in-person events for the 2019-20 season, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In April, we launched Celebrity Series at Home and were one of the earliest presenters nationally to offer new digital content, with a series of 12 live-streamed concerts from April through June, all featuring local Neighborhood Arts artists. These performances, streamed from artists’ homes, engaged audiences not only from Massachusetts but also from around the world. In the fall of 2020, we launched a six-concert streaming package of paid, ticketed concerts featuring international artists who had been originally engaged for in-person events. In January, we announced an additional seven-concert series, as well as a digital Stave Sessions festival in over three days in April. In Neighborhood Arts, we offered 12 free digital concerts in the fall featuring local artists, and in January, we announced an additional eight free Neighborhood Arts concerts. Neighborhood Arts has also offered 58 digital workshops for young people via artist residencies with community organizations based in our partner neighborhoods. To learn more, please see https://www.celebrityseries.org/athome/ and https://www.celebrityseries.org/athome/video-gallery/.

Additional Links: 
Castle of our Skins performs a Celebrity Series at Home concert of works by George Walker and Daniel Bernard Roumain. This concert premiered digitally on February 18, 2021 and is available on demand through May 18, 2021.
Hub New Music performs a Celebrity Series at Home concert featuring four world premieres by Shaw Pong Liu, Eric Nathan, Natalie Dietterich, and Dai Wei. This concert premiered digitally on March 11, 2021 and is available on demand through June 11,2021.

I Have Worked With

  • Sol y Canto has worked with Celebrity Series in our Neighborhood Arts program, which offers hands-on, interactive workshops and free community concerts focused in the Boston neighborhoods of Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale, Roxbury, and the South End.

  • Boston Public Quartet has worked with Celebrity Series in our Neighborhood Arts program, which offers hands-on, interactive workshops and free community concerts focused in the Boston neighborhoods of Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale, Roxbury, and the South End.

  • The Guy Mendilow Ensemble has worked with Celebrity Series in our Neighborhood Arts program, which offers hands-on, interactive workshops and free community concerts focused in the Boston neighborhoods of Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale, Roxbury, and the South End.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Sarah
Job Title/Position: 
Associate Director of Institutional Giving
Fax: 
617-482-3208
Mailing Address: 
20 Park Plaza, Suite 1032
Boston, MA 02116
Physical Address: 
20 Park Plaza, Suite 1032
Boston, MA 02116
Last Name: 
Long Holland
Phone: 
617-482-2595

About

Profile Type: 
Cultural Nonprofit
Primary Discipline: 
Multi-Disciplinary
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Dance - Ballet
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Music - General
Music - Band
Music - Chamber
Music - Children's
Music - Choral
Music - Composition
Music - Ethnic / World
Music - Folk
Music - Jazz
Music - New
Music - Opera
Music - Orchestral
Music - Pop / Rock
Music - Solo / Recital
Theater - General
Theater - Musical
Year Founded: 
1938
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Institution/Business Type: 
Cultural Series Organizations
Activities and Services: 
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Performance / Concert / Reading
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
175
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
New England Presenters, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, International Society for the Performing Arts, Dance/USA, Boston Dance Alliance, Chamber Music America
Dance/USA
Member of APNNE or NEP presenters consortium
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing
All Celebrity Series venues for mainstage and community programs are accessible to people with disabilities and are located in proximity to public transportation and serviced by The Ride, door-to-door public transportation for people with physical, cognitive, or mental disabilities. Sign language interpretation, assistive listening devices, large print programs, and wheelchair and companion seating are available upon request for all Celebrity Series performances and events, including workshops, master classes, and panel discussions.