Concerts in the Courtyard at the Boston Public Library
Free lunchtime concerts each Friday this summer
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For Immediate Release
June 25, 2010
Released By:
Library
For More Information Contact:
Gina Perille
gperille@bpl.org

BOSTON – June 25, 2010 — One of Boston’s most beautiful spaces will be filled with music in a free lunchtime concert series every Friday throughout the summer. The Boston Public Library courtyard, one of the best-kept secrets in town, will host music that ranges from jazz to classical and from a cappella to operetta. The series delivers entertainment to music lovers through August 27 in Copley Square. All concerts are free and begin at 12:30 p.m.

The schedule for July and August is as follows:

  • July 2, New England Conservatory Jazz Trio. Jazz vocalist Emily Wolf is joined by guitarist Will Graefe, bassist Oliver Watkinson, and drummer Moses Eder. They have studied with musicians such as Dominique Eade, Ran Blake, Jerry Bergonzi, and George Garzone, and will be performing a variety of jazz standards, ballads, and blues.
  • July 9, Marco Pignataro Jazzet. Saxophonist Marco Pignataro has performed extensively across Europe and the Americas. He is currently the Managing Director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, which he leads with Artistic Director Danilo Pérez. Pignataro’s latest CD release, Homesick, was produced by jazz legend Eddie Gomez with a stellar group including Gomez and Bill Drummond. For this performance of original compositions and arrangements, Pignataro brings together pianist Bert Seager, double bassist Tal Gamlieli, and drummer Jorge Pérez Albela.
  • July 16, American Century Music (ACM) is a new and innovative organization dedicated to performing the works of 20th century American composers. ACM Artistic Director and Conductor Scott Parkman leads musicians in the Symphony for Five Players by the self-described "bad boy of music," George Antheil, as well as the Divertimento for Nine Players by the skillful artisan Walter Piston. The program also includes Elliott Carter's Eight Etudes and a Fantasy for Woodwind Quartet.
  • July 23, Sirene. Lucia Stavros, harpist, and Anne Gregory, flutist, have been performing together since their freshman year at the New England Conservatory of Music. Since then, they have covered a wide range of repertoire, from J.S. Bach to Leonard Bernstein. 
  • July 30, Elan Trotman Band. One of the most exciting up-and-comers among a new generation of saxophonists, Elan Trotman has emerged as an exhilarating force in the world of contemporary jazz. A teacher as well as a composer and performer, Trotman has released four albums and has been a New England Urban Music Awards winner and a Boston Music Awards nominee. From his latest album This Time Around, Trotman's soulful version of "Lovely Day" broke the smooth jazz charts in the summer of 2009. Trotman has recorded and toured with such notables as Roberta Flack and Kirk Whalum, and is a long-time member of the Bronson Arroyo Band.
  • August 6, RIFT is a co-ed, post-collegiate a cappella group based in Newton. The 11 members perform a repertoire of contemporary pop and rock songs.
  • August 13, Mass Theatrica is an innovative and multi-genre performing arts company dedicated to bringing a variety of theatre arts genres to the public, including plays, musical theatre, operetta and opera. Angeliki Theoharis and Meredith Lavine founded the company in 2005
  • August 20, American Century Music features early string quartets by Samuel Barber and Charles Ives, and the charming Nocturne and Scherzo for flute and string quartet by Bostonian Arthur Foote.
  • August 27, Robert Pinsky, Rakalam Bob Moses, and Stan Strickland. In this spell-binding collaboration of masters, the former U.S. Poet Laureate performs his poetry accompanied by two outstanding jazz improvisers on drums and saxophone. Asked to describe the music and how he feels about it, Pinsky offered these lines from his poem, History of My Heart:

. . . the heart
Yearning further into giving itself into the air, breath
Strained into song emptying the golden bell it comes from,
The pure source poured altogether out and away.

The Central Library is located in Copley Square at 700 Boylston Street in Boston. The Concerts in the Courtyard series webpage is www.bpl.org/news/concerts.htm.

 

The Boston Public Library’s partners in making these free lunchtime musical interludes available to the public are American Century Music, the Boston Conservatory, the New England Conservatory of Music, and JazzBoston.

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