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(Cancelled) An Evening with Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman and The Boston Pops

(Cancelled) An Evening with Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman and The Boston Pops

Boston Pops

Symphony Hall - Boston, MA View Map

Join Boston’s own songwriter, performer, and author Amanda Palmer and her husband, the writer and storyteller Neil Gaiman, for a special evening with the Boston Pops. The couple will be performing a carefully curated evening of songs, poetry, stories and surprises. They will be performing with the symphony orchestra, featuring new arrangements of their work created by their frequent collaborator, composer Jherek Bischoff. Expect joy and tears, magic and emotional mayhem.

 

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Neil Gaiman
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"I make things up and write them down" is the way Neil Gaiman describes his varied art. Today, as one of the most celebrated writers of our time, his popular and critically acclaimed works bend genres while reaching audiences of all ages.

Gaiman's groundbreaking Sandman comics, which received nine Eisner Awards, was described by Stephen King as having turned graphic novels into "art." The Los Angeles Times called it the greatest epic in the history of the form, an issue of Sandman was the first comic book to receive the World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story.

Gaiman is the bestselling author of Neverwhere, Anansi Boys, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, American Gods (winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, and Locus awards), Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, The Sleeper & the Spindle, Hansel and Gretel, Norse Mythology, and The View from the Cheap Seats (non-fiction essays). His newest book is Art Matters, illustrated by Chris Riddell (November 20, 2018, William Morrow).

His works for younger readers include The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, The Wolves in the Walls (made into an opera by the Scottish National Theatre), Odd and the Frost Giants, The Dangerous Alphabet, Cinnamon, and Fortunately the Milk. His young adult story, Coraline, won the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, and Locus awards and was adapted as a musical by Stephin Merritt in 2009 and into an opera by composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and librettist Rory Mullarkey in 2018. His children’s novel, The Graveyard Book, is the only work to win both the Newbery (US) and Carnegie (UK) Medals.

Much of Gaiman's work has been adapted for visual media including Stardust, Coraline (BAFTA winner for Best Animated Film), Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories, and How to Talk to Girls at Parties (directed by John Cameron Mitchell). The hit series American Gods began its second season on Starz in March 2019. Good Omens debuted as an Amazon Prime series on May 31, 2019. Sandman is currently in development as a live-action TV series, and in addition, Gaiman is producing a series based on Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast books. "The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains" is a novelette he turned into a performance piece which was performed widely, including at Carnegie Hall. His novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane was adapted as a play by The National Theatre in England.  Gaiman's commencement address "Make Good Art," received 1.5 million views, and was released as a book illustrated and designed by Chip Kidd.

A self-described "feral child who was raised in libraries," Gaiman credits librarians with fostering a life-long love of reading. He is a passionate advocate for books and libraries, and a supporter and former board member of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. His blog has more than a  million regular readers, and over two million people follow him on Twitter. Born in England, Gaiman lives in the United States and teaches at Bard College. He is married to artist/musician Amanda Palmer, with whom he sometimes performs.

Neil Gaiman has been honored with  4 Hugos, 2 Nebulas, 1 World Fantasy Award, 4 Bram Stoker Awards, 6 Locus Awards, 2 British SF Awards, 1 British Fantasy Award, 3 Geffens, 1 International Horror Guild Award, 2 Mythopoeic Awards, and 15 Eisner Awards. Other honors include the Shirley Jackson Award, Chicago Tribune Young Adult Literary Prize (for his body of work), Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Defender of Liberty award, and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Arts. In 2017 UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, appointed Neil Gaiman as a global Goodwill Ambassador.

More at www.NeilGaiman.com.

Neil Gaiman Amanda Palmer
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Amanda Palmer is a singer, songwriter, playwright, pianist, author, director, blogger and ukulele enthusiast who simultaneously embraces and explodes traditional frameworks of music, theatre, and art. She first came to prominence as one half of the Boston-based punk cabaret duo The Dresden Dolls, earning global applause for their inventive songcraft and wide-ranging theatricality. Her solo career has proven equally brave and boundless, featuring such groundbreaking works as the fan-funded Theatre Is Evil, which made a top 10 debut on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 upon its release in 2012 and remains the top-funded original music project on Kickstarter. In 2013 she presented “The Art of Asking” at the annual TED conference, which has since been viewed over 20 million times worldwide. The following year saw Palmer expand her philosophy into the New York Times best-selling memoir and manual, The Art of Asking: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Let People Help. Since 2015 Palmer has used the patronage subscription crowdfunding platform Patreon to fund the creation of her artwork. This has enabled her to collaborate with artists all over the world with over 14,000 patrons supporting her creations each month. Palmer released her new solo piano album and accompanying book of photographs and essays, There Will Be No Intermission, on March 8, 2019, followed by a global tour. Recorded in late 2018 with grammy-winning Theatre Is Evil producer/engineer John Congleton at the helm, the album is a masterwork that includes life, death, abortion, and miscarriage among its tentpole themes.

 

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