Boston Public Library's 2013 Concerts in the Courtyard Series
Free lunchtime concerts on Fridays June 7 – August 30
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May 13, 2013
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One of Boston's most beautiful spaces will be filled with music in a free, lunchtime concert series on Fridays in June, July, and August. Starting on June 7, the courtyard at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street, will feature music that ranges from jazz to classical and from blues to Broadway. Concerts are every Friday at 12:30 p.m. through August 30. The complete schedule follows and is available at

  • Charlie Kohlhase and Members of the Explorers Club, Friday, June 7. For this concert during Gay Pride Week, Kohlhase will explore the music of gay jazz composers of American popular music whose work is appreciated by jazz musicians.
  • Assaf Kehati, Friday, June 14. Jazz guitarist and composer Assaf Kehati‘s compositions are inspired by the daily and trivial, yet wonderful and significant experiences of life.
  • Wambura Mitaru Synergy, Friday, June 21. With their various regional backgrounds and their vast experiences in world music, Wambura Mitaru Synergy creates a hybrid sound that combines groovy tunes and catchy lyrics.
  • Annie Sharkey, Friday, June 28. Vocalist Annie Sharkey perform pieces influenced by a career in various genres, including Broadway, cabaret, top forty, original rock, and oldies.
  • Lance Houston Jazz Quartet, Friday, July 5. Lance Houston and his jazz quartet produce imaginative interpretations of jazz standards, blending vibrant harmonics with innovative and originally written jazz tunes.
  • Esther Rojas Rodriguez, Friday, July 12. Violinist Esther Rojas Rodriguez performs on the violin, featuring vocalist Maria Mulata, winner of the world-renowned “Viña del Mar Festival” in Chile. 
  • Lance Houston Jazz Quartet, Friday, July 19. Lance Houston and his jazz quartet produce imaginative interpretations of jazz standards, blending vibrant harmonics with innovative and originally written jazz tunes.
  • Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble, Friday, July 26. Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble presents music from the standard repertoire as well as works from lesser-known composers of the past and emerging contemporary composers.
  • Fernando Holz Band, Friday, August 2. The Fernando Holz band is comprised of veterans of the Boston jazz and world music scene, featuring keyboards and piano, trombone, drums, bass, and vocals.
  • Boston Lyric Opera, Friday, August 9. Boston Lyric Opera presents a concert of opera favorites with selections from the 2013-2014 season including Mozart’s family favorite, The Magic Flute, and Verdi’s Rigoletto.
  • Sarah Borrello, Friday, August 16. A blues alternative singer-songwriter, Sarah Borrello plays both guitar and piano, creating emotionally-driven original music and captivating New England audiences for the past seven years.
  • American Century Music Wind Quintet, Friday, August 23. American Century Music is dedicated to performing the orchestral, chamber and solo repertoire of 20th-century American composers.
  • Arni Cheatham and Synergy, Friday, August 30. Arni Cheatham and Synergy honor the widest sense of the jazz tradition, all while mixing in musicality, adventure, and exploration.

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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