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Announcing Our 2018 SeasonDozens of eclectically curated concerts, World and West Coast premieres as well as a daring reinterpretation of an American classic

Theater Season includes

  • A Reimagined Classic Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire (Feb 15 — March 25)
  • A West Coast Premiere of Mfoniso Udofia’s Her Portmanteau (May 24 — June 30)
  • A World Premiere of Sarah B. Mantell’s Everything That Never Happened (Sept 27 — Nov 4)

Music Season includes

The Operatic American Playwright with Mark Robson, piano and Amanda Squitieri, soprano (Jan 27); Piano Spheres Artists Susan Svrček (Sept 8) and Vicki Ray (Oct 12), Collaborations with Red Hen Press (Feb 24 & Sept 14), UniCamp Ensemble from San Paolo (Feb 2 & 3), Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (Mar 3), Armenian Public Radio (Feb 17) and more.

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See Below for more detailed Season information.

A Streetcar Named Desire

Written by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Michael Michetti
A Reimagined Classic on the Boston Court Main Stage
February 15 — March 25, 2018
(Opens February 24, 2018)

written by Tennessee Williams | directed by Michael Michetti This daring new production strips away decades of Southern gothic gauze to reveal striking themes of class, race, and gender--reinvigorating the classic which shocked audiences in its debut 70 years ago. By placing the iconic 1940s-era Blanche within an entirely contemporary and multicultural environment, this 21st century production hig

Her Portmanteau

Written by Mfoniso Udofia
Directed by Gregg T. Daniel
A West Coast Premiere on the Boston Court Main Stage
May 24 - June 30, 2018
(Opens June 2, 2018)

“A moving and powerful corrective to the notion that what immigrants leave behind is always awful, and that what they find is worth the trip.” — The New York Times

A family rifles through their literal and emotional baggage in this taut and poignant drama about relatives, legacy, and connection. This West Coast premiere, brilliantly penned by first generation Nigerian-American storyteller Mfoniso Udofia, chronicles the triumphs and struggles of a tenacious family matriarch and two daughters. The mother and one of her daughters have called the United States home for many years. And the other daughter’s arrival raises heart-wrenching questions about the power of place, family bonds, and how we define our relationships over space and time.

Everything That Never Happened

Written by Sarah B. Mantell
Directed by Jessica Kubzansky
A World Premiere on the Boston Court Main Stage
September 27 — November 4, 2018
(Opens October 6, 2018)

The Merchant of Venice missed the point. But whether or not you know Shakespeare or Shylock, this provocative new work plays between the gaps in the classic tale to expose the realities of Jewish history. Sarah Mantell’s time-bending story, rich with humor and heartbreak, bridges the 16th century with today and beyond. What do we lose or gain by leaving our own culture? And what sacrifices does love demand of fathers and daughters, lovers and friends? Everything That Never Happened is a play about disguise, assimilation, pomegranates, and everything Shakespeare left out.

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The Operatic American Playwright

January 27, 2018 at 8:00pm

Pianist Mark Robson and soprano Amanda Squitieri perform a staged program of seminal works by American playwrights and novelists that have been adapted into operas. Settings from Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar named Desire and Summer in Smoke, Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge, and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby amongst others.


Unicamp Brazilian Cello Ensemble

February 2 & 3, 2018 at 8:00pm

Formed in 2013, this conductor-less orchestra features multiple celli from Sao Paulo, Brazil and specializes in the music of Villa-Lobos as well as other South American composers.

Contemporary Classical

Descent into Madness: Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot and Other Cautionary Music

February 9, 2018 at 8:00pm

An edgy staging of Peter Maxwell Davies devilishly difficult ensemble "Miss Donnithorne's Maggot" featuring Brightwork newmusic and soprano Stacey Frasier.

Jazz & Mixed Genre

Joanna Wallfisch: A Musical Portrait

February 10, 2018 at 8:00pm

Two extraordinary musical journeys with this highly-gifted, genre-blending singer and composer. Her multimedia musical memoir about one woman’s solo concert tour via bicycle from Portland to Los Angeles “The Great Song Cycle Song Cycle” is paired with the new album release of her latest and greatest opus “Blood and Bone.”


Steven Vanhauwaert: Romancing the Piano

February 16, 2018 at 8:00pm

Acclaimed concert pianist, Steven Vanhauwaert presents an unabashedly romantic program of Schumann, Busoni, Respighi, and Liszt.

Folk & World Music

Armenian Public Radio: New Music from an Ancient Tradition

February 17, 2018 at 7:00pm and 9:00pm (two shows)

Sharing a love for their heritage, this exciting, young musical trio brings an inventive and fresh perspective to the traditional music of their homeland.

New Music

The USC Collaborative Alumni Concert

February 23, 2018 at 8:00pm

USC graduates in the disciplines of vocal performance and music composition reunite to perform works they first premiered over the past eight years at Boston Court, along with the composers more recent compositions.

Contemporary Classical

Water and the Future:
Red Hen Press and the Music of Toru Takemitsu

February 24, 2018 at 8:00pm

Red Hen Press Poets Florencia Ramirez and Tess Taylor share the stage with veteran Boston Court Performing Arts Center musicians Alexander Miller and Sara Andon in an evening of readings, music, and discussion on environmentalism centering on the importance of water in this age of heavy consumption.

New Music

Microfest: Bach and Bartok Retuned for the 21st Century

March 2, 2018 at 8:00pm

Adventurous violinist Sara Cubarsi and violist Madeleline Falcone pair up for a program of Bach and Bartok re-imagined for micro-tonal tuning, along with duo works by Ben Johnston, Catherine Lamb, and Wolfgang von Schweinitz.

New Music & Contemporary Classical

Synchromy: Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble

March 3, 2018 at 8:00pm

Russia’s leading contemporary music ensemble champions modern music and composers from all over the world. With an ear towards détente, this illustrious group offers a program combining California composers like Nick Norton, Vera Ivanova and Jason Barabba with composers from the Russian Avant-Garde including Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Roslavets, and Polovinkin.

New Music

Panic Duo: Women’s Voices

March 9, 2018 at 8:00pm

Celebrating International Women’s Day, the piano/violin duo present a program of women composers focusing on the important poetical, spiritual and musical voice of women in our society. This concert features recent works by Sara Graef, Kaija Saariaho, Thea Musgrave, Juhi Bansal, Vera Ivanova and Gilda Lyons.


The New Philharmonic Quartet

March 10, 2018 at 8:00pm

Los Angeles Philharmonic violinists, Akiko Tarumoto and Johnny Lee, violist Ingrid Hutman, and cellist, Gloria Lum join together for a program featuring favorite chamber music for strings including works by Haydn, Mozart, and Mendelssohn.

New Music

Mana Saxophone Trio

March 16, 2018 at 8:00pm

This multidisciplinary concert featuring the premieres of three new works for multiple saxophones. Composers Gabriel José Bolaños Chamoro, Andrew Cote, and Olivia Kieffer explore the subject of immigration and xenophobia.


Con Gioia Early Music Ensemble

March 17, 2018 at 7:00pm

Southern California’s premier baroque ensemble celebrates the 350th anniversary of the birth of one of France’s most venerable composers, Francois Couperin, with a sumptuous survey of his popular and lesser-known repertoire.

New Music

Poets, Prophets and Philosophers: Visionaries in our Time

September 7, 2018 at 8:00pm

The Lyris Quartet along with soprano, Hila Plitmann, and others present new works by Derrick Spiva, Matthew Aucoin, and Gabrielle Owens drawing from texts about struggle and redemption from poet Paul Celan, Dante’s Purgatorio, and the prophecy of Daniel.

Contemporary Classical

Piano Spheres: Susan Svrček

September 8, 2018 at 8:00pm

One of Los Angeles most revered pianists, Svrček is both a model of technical impeccability and a champion of new and fascinating repertoire which she will bring to the stage of the Branson.

Poetry & Jazz

Blues and the Abstract Truth: Red Hen Press with a Night of Jazz & Poetry

September 14, 2018 at 8:00pm

This event features poets William Archila and Douglas Manuel whose works approach the issues of race, societal expectation, urbanization, and economic downturns paired with jazz pianist virtuoso Josh Nelson and friends.

Mixed Genre

The Harp Twins

September 15, 2018 at 8:00pm

As the world’s only identical twin professional harpists, the vivacious Camille and Kennerly are classically trained and share a passion for arranging and performing rock, metal, and pop music--all on their exceptionally elegant instruments.

Contemporary Classical

Faktura Piano Trio

September 21, 2018 at 8:00pm

Formed at the Colburn School in 2015 with pianist HyeJin Kim, violinist Fabiola Kim and cellist, Ben Solomonow, these young artists have a common dedication to perform works both classic and contemporary. The name comes from the Russian avant-garde concept “faktura” referring to the process of forming different materials into a work of art.


Remembering Things Past: Proust and his music

September 22, 2018 at 8:00pm

Pianist, Jérémie Favreau and violinist, Ambroise Aubrun explore the fictional Vinteuil violin sonata in Marcel Proust’s seminal novel, Remembrance of Things Past with words and the musical works that actually inspired it. Namely the Saint-Saëns and Franck’s Violin Sonatas, as well as Fauré’s Ballade for piano will transport us to the gilded age of the Belle Epoque.

Contemporary Classical

Playing Dualities: Bernstein, and Rorem

September 28, 2018 at 8:00pm

Two pianos, two accompanists, and two vocal duos in a concert of Leonard Bernstein’s “Aria’s and Barcarolles”, along with Ned Rorem’s rarely heard “Four Dialogues”. Pianists, Brent McMunn and Paul Floyd lead this ongoing celebration in honor of Lenny’s 101st Birthday and Ned’s 95th.

Jazz & Mixed Genre

Milen Kirov: One Pianist, Two Pianos

September 29, 2018 at 8:00pm

Originally presented in one of Boston Court’s 2017 “Emerging Artists” concerts, Milen’s career redefines the role of the performer-composer in the 21st century. In combining his Bulgarian musical heritage with his concert pianist background, he transcends genres, labels, and artistic boundaries by blending contemporary composition, jazz, world music, and improvisation with superhuman co-ordination.


The Art of Claude Debussy

October 5, 6, 2018 at 8:00pm; October 7, 2018 at 3:00pm

A mini-festival featuring pianist, Mark Robson and cellist, John Walz that includes the chamber music, piano masterpieces, melodies, lectures and master classes to commemorate the 100th year of the death of this most beloved of the French impressionist composers.

New Music

Piano Spheres: Vicki Ray

October 12, 2018 at 8:00pm

The phenomenal and fearless Grammy-nominated pianist returns with innovative programming that continues to redefine the piano recital in the 21st century.

New Music

Composer at Large: An Evening with Julia Adolphe

October 13, 2018 at 8:00pm

With commissions already performed by the New York Philharmonic, and the LA Chamber Orchestra, this evening with the young and gifted American composer includes a sneak preview of selections from her new opera, co-commissioned by the Boston Court Performing Arts Center.

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Additional Music Artists To Be Announced

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