Boston Public Library's 2012 Concerts in the Courtyard Series
Lunchtime series in Copley Square offers music from many cultures for many tastes
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May 25, 2012
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BOSTON – May 25 – Once again, one of Boston's most beautiful spaces will be filled with music in a free, lunchtime concert series every Friday throughout the summer. Starting on June 1, the courtyard at the Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street, will feature music that ranges from jazz to classical and from folk to funk. The complete schedule follows and is available at All concerts are on Fridays at 12:30 p.m.

Revolutionary Snake Ensemble
Friday, June 1
The award-winning Revolutionary Snake Ensemble is an improvisational second-line brass band playing a unique blend of original and traditional music.

Celia Slattery
Friday, June 8
Celia Slattery, accompanied by Bill Duffy on the piano, sings original music that weaves elements of jazz, pop, and folk/rock with lyrics inspired by artists like Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen.

American Century Music
Friday, June 15
American Century Music is dedicated to performing the orchestral, chamber, and solo repertoire of 20th-century American composers.

Greater Boston Asian American Youth Symphony
Friday, June 22
The Greater Boston Asian American Youth Symphony is comprised primarily of string and wind instruments, and performs with an emphasis on Chinese melodies.

Lucia Stavros
Friday, June 29
Harpist Lucia Stavros is a new music enthusiast who has worked with composers to create original music for the harp.

American Century Music
Friday, July 6

The Motivated Sequence
Friday, July 13
The Motivated Sequence is a six-piece, indie-pop group that brings trembling organs, sweeping strings, and intimate vocals in their live shows.

Jenna Moynihan and Hamish Napier
Berklee College of Music
Friday, July 20
Hamish Napier, a pianist, singer, flautist, and whistle player; and fiddler Jenna Moynihan combine to perform music inspired by Scottish and Irish tunes.

Friday, July 27
Driftwood's distinctive sound draws from classical music, the string-based folk traditions of Europe and the Americas, and original commissions and arrangements of everything from Katy Perry to Puccini to Nine Inch Nails.

Solar Winds
Friday, August 3
Solar Winds, a woodwind quintet, includes in its repertoire the most demanding compositions of the modern era as well as the classics and novelty pieces.

Atlas Soul
Friday, August 10
Atlas Soul is an award-winning, Boston-based band performing original music that celebrates and bridges Afro-Mediterranean melodies and grooves with jazz and funk.

Ali Amr
Friday, August 17
Ali Amr sings and plays the Qanun, a stringed instrument similar to a zither, and smoothly moves from traditional Arabic sounds to jazz and other contemporary styles.

Akiko Kobayashi
Friday, August 24
New York-born violinist Akiko Kobayashi is a gifted solo and chamber music player, and has appeared with orchestras such as the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra and Tokyo Suginami Kokaido Chamber Orchestra.

Tom Hall's Jazz Time Machine
Friday, August 31
Guided by vocalist April Hall and saxophonist Tom Hall, Tom Hall’s Jazz Time Machine begins their musical journey in New Orleans and ends in an interactive, improvisatory experience, with stops at blues, swing, bebop, R&B, and modern jazz along the way.

The 2012 Concerts in the Courtyard Series at the Boston Public Library is sponsored by John Hancock. See the complete Concerts in the Courtyard schedule at If there is inclement weather, concerts will be moved inside to Rabb Lecture Hall, located on the lower level of the Johnson Building.

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