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Season subscriptions for the Needham Bank Great Hall Concert Series are available now and going fast. This season's exciting lineup promises to be another big hit in MetroWest and the best yet.
The season will open on Saturday, September 23, with saxophonist, singer, composer and rising star Grace Kelly. Grace and her quartet play with the heart and passion of an old soul, yet with the genre-bending zest and energy of a 24-year-old. Grace has performed and/or recorded with such stars as Wynton Marsalis, Dave Brubeck, Harry Connick Jr., Lin-Manuel Miranda, Questlove, Esperanza Spalding, Huey Lewis, and Gloria Estefan – to name only a few. A regular on Stephen Colbert, energy is Grace’s middle name.
The season will continue on November 4 with ”An Evening with David Bromberg Quintet.” A blues legend, David’s incredible journey spans five-and-a-half decades, and includes – but is not limited to – adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, and Jerry Garcia. Although his playing has changed over the years, his guitar work remains a marvel: amped electric lead and delicately powerful acoustic fingerpicking, with a gravitas that only experience can bring. Add to this a broadened range of vocals, from impassioned, vibrato-laden testifying to soft, confident, crooning.
On March 3, the Needham Bank Great Hall Series will continue with the Sons of Serendip, best known for their top spot on TV’s America Got Talent.
The season finale on May 12 will feature The Boston Symphony Chamber Players. This group is one of the world’s most distinguished chamber music ensembles. It is made up of principal players and first-chair string and wind players from the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Founded in 1964 during Erich Leinsdorf’s tenure as BSO music director, the Chamber Players can perform virtually any work within the vast chamber music literature. The March 12 program will include Mozart’s “Oboe Quartet in F, K.370,” Nielsen’s “Serenata in vano” for clarinet, bassoon, horn, cello, and double bass, Taffanel’s “Wind Quintet in G minor,” and Mozart’s “String Quintet No. 3 in C, K.515.”
“We are thrilled by the support and response of our sponsors,” said Michael Greis, Co- President of the Great Hall Performance Foundation. “Thanks to our sponsors and our loyal season-ticket holders, we are able to bring these terrific acts to Needham at a reasonable price … The goal of the Needham Bank Great Hall Concert Series is to provide great professional concerts close to home, while promoting the preservation of a cherished Needham landmark, driving economic growth in Needham, and elevating the stature and awareness of the Needham High School Music Program. Students are involved in all facets of concert series planning, production and performance; Needham High School musicians open for the featured performers. Season tickets are available at www.greathallperformance.org.”