Boston Jazz United for Ukraine
A Jazz Benefit for the People of Ukraine
Featuring Maxim Lubarsky & Special Guests
Friday, May 13th, 2022, 7:30-9:30pm EST US
Conceived by Jay Hoffman & CJ Kelley, this event is presented by JazzBoston, the Multicultural Arts Center (MAC), and the Cambridge Community Center for the Arts (CCCA), with partial funding provided by Kjell Christiansen and Stephen Adams.
Join us for Wonderland: a Hip Hop film screening and panel conversation on Hip Hop and Placemaking. This project created by Paul Willis uses art to create a conversation about home through digital storytelling, music and community engagement.
10th Anniversary Series
Abilities Dance Boston presents its annual performance led by Executive & Artistic Director Ellice Patterson. The show is centered on BIPOC disabled folks local and national, past and present. New England Film Orchestra will provide live accompaniment.
Juventas New Music Ensemble performs
Lungs of the City
Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 8:00 p.m.
Join Juventas as they honor the bicentennial of Frederick Law Olmsted. Olmsted is the legendary landscape architect who inspired a nation, with greenspaces that became part of the American fabric.
Nailah Randall-Bellinger and RootsUprising present
Initiation—In Love Solidarity
Friday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m
The evening will conclude with a talk-back audience conversation with Randall-Bellinger and dancers.
A Journey Through is going to be a night full of life, nourishment, and uplifting vibes! Everything about this fundraiser is rooted in holistic care and its intention to represent local artists and spaces. It's mission is to bring awareness and funding to those in need of double lung transplants via Mass General Hospital - one of the best transplant centers in this nation. A Journey Through is committed to centering the CARE that got Ms Ella, Founder and Lead Director of SocaFusion, through her life, inclusive of a drastic onset of PVOD and a double lung transplant.
Yellow Bird Chase
by the Liars and Believers Theater Company
Saturday, February 26, 2022 from 2pm - 3pm EST
A clownish maintenance crew finds a magical yellow bird and a mad chase begins! Racing over land, across the sea, and through the air – battling pirates and monsters – how far will our heroes go... without ever leaving the maintenance room?
Celebrity Series of Boston
Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 3pm EST
This music and dance event will trace the journey of the colorful rhythms and melodies that originated with the Roma people in the Indian village of Jaisalmer and wound their way through the ages, across Europe, to Spain and later Mexico. The repertoire will feature a collection of traditional music, original compositions, and cross-cultural collaborations between performers that draw on both the Flamenco and Indian Classical traditions. Tabla virtuoso Sandeep Das and Madrid-based flamenco standout Nino de los Reyes team up with Suhail Yusuf Khan, sarangi, and vocalist Jose Cortes to tell this fascinating and personal multicultural story.
Multicultural Arts Center presents
Cambridge Jazz Foundation Winter Concert Series
When Grammy-nominated Mack Avenue recording artist, composer, and bandleader Tia Fuller picks up her saxophone, something amazing happens. Blending technical brilliance, melodic creativity, and the performing precision drawn from both her academic and stage experience, Fuller is a force to be reckoned with in the worlds of jazz, pop, R&B, and more. Currently, Fuller balances the worlds of performance and education, fulfilling a demanding schedule as both a busy touring and recording artist and a full-time professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Mary Lou Williams wrote over 350 compositions throughout her rich and highly eclectic musical career. She also helped spawn an entire generation of young musicians during the 1940s that would precipitate the birth of one of the world’s most influential musical styles, known as bebop. Her students included musicians as influential and varied as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, and countless others. Monk was a regular at jam sessions at Minton’s and Monroe’s Uptown House which have frequently been cited as the birthplace of Bebop.
Juventas New Music Ensemble Presents
in Partnership with the Multicultural Arts Center
Ryan Shannon: Center Stage
Saturday, January 29, 2022 at 8pm EST
Join us for this special celebration of the violin virtuoso Ryan Shannon and his five seasons with Juventas.
An unparalleled virtual concert experience, this performance will be broadcast live on YouTube with high definition feeds from six video cameras.
Saturday, December 18 at 7:30 PM (cancelled)
Sunday, December 19 at 2:00 PM
An innovative “micro-theatre” adaptation, The Tempest features three actors playing 11 roles and incorporates both Shakespeare’s original text and sign language. This collaboration between hearing and Deaf theatre artists explores the power of language to create or destroy, liberate or oppress against a backdrop of magic, betrayal, and forgiveness. As Prospero rules his isle and plots revenge upon his usurping brother, each character navigates their own path towards a freedom rooted in love and vulnerability rather than fear and control.
This is a semi-staged reading. Thank you for joining our process as we develop this new adaptation.
Runtime: approx. 90 minutes, no intermission
Both performances will be open captioned and ASL interpreted.
Juventas New Music Ensemble performs
Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 8:00 pm EST
Seven composers engage with their musical DNA. Join Juventas for an enrapturing concert that celebrates multigenerational journeys spanning five continents.
Listen in person at the Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge, MA or virtually via YouTube live stream.
A celebration of culture by BIPOC artists in Boston
Sun, November 14, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST
ALTARS Live was an interdisciplinary event spotlighting extraordinary BIPOC artists in Boston, with performances by Grammy-nominated saxophonist Phillip Young; Boston’s Youth Poet Laureate Alondra Bobadilla; Krump champion and Season 6 winner of “So You Think You Can Dance” Russell Fergusson; Boston Ballet dancer and US Presidential Scholar in the Arts My’Kal Stromile and Brazilian dance ensemble SambaViva.
Award-winning director Mariona Lloreta’s latest film Altars was premiered, followed by a live Q&A with the audience.
☀️ Summer Series ☀️
Liars and Believers performed Thursday, September 2nd, at this year's Summer Series.
The Multicultural Arts Center Summer Series is BACK! We returned to Centanni Park this
summer to welcome an amazing line up of artists to perform outside. Stay tuned for 2022 Summer Series programming!
Thursday Sept 2
Yellow Bird Chase by the Liars and Believers Theater Company
Anna Borges Duo
For more than a dozen years the Multicultural Arts Center has partnered with Cambridge Arts and presented the largest music stage at the annual Cambridge Arts River Festival.
On Saturday, June 5, 2021 Cambridge Arts River Festival – Not the River but the Stream – a virtual festival filled with outstanding music took place via the internet.
The Jazz, Blues and R & B Stage, curated by Producer/Creative Director Shelley Neill teamed up with Director of Video Production Callie Chapman, in capturing five solo piano concerts by some of the areas most respected Jazz musicians: Tim Ray, Kevin Harris, Rebecca Cline, Bob Toabe, and Yoko Miwa and includes an interview with each artist after their performance.
The five piano concerts were recorded, during the day, at the Jazz Club in the Multicultural Arts Center’s Studio/Theater, providing both an acoustically excellent and visually beautiful setting, in keeping with the Jazz, Blues and R & B concerts that are intrinsic part of each year’s Cambridge Arts River Festival.
This presentation will also feature six short videos of: Billie Holiday, Terri Lyne Carrington, Shirley Horn, Art Tatum, Chick Webb and Nina Simone. They are part of a library of Jazz musicians that are in the process of being assembled by the Cambridge Jazz Foundation.
The festival enlists the support of six project partners: Cambridge Arts, The Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge Jazz Foundation, Studio 550, JazzBoston, and Cambridge Community Television.
The Running Time is 2 hours and 18 minutes – an oasis of good music awaits you!
Scenes from the Virtual River Festival (Left to Right: Kevin Harris, Yoko Miwa, Bob Toabe, Tim Ray and Rebecca Cline) Montage by Callie Chapman
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