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Boston Public Library’s Concerts in the Courtyard Summer Series begins Friday, June 2

May 26, 2017

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Lunchtime and evening concerts fill the Central Library’s courtyard this summer.

Concerts in the Courtyard
Boston Public Library’s Concerts in the Courtyard series returns Friday, June 2, and runs through Wednesday, August 30, showcasing a variety of artists and musical genres in the library’s iconic Italianesque courtyard at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street. Concerts are held on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. The performances are free and last approximately one hour. The Friday concerts will be streamed live on the BPL’s Facebook page.

“Boston Public Library is extremely grateful to our sponsor Deloitte for their support of this beloved new summertime tradition that will once again fill the courtyard with spirited music for the enjoyment of all,” said Michael Colford, Boston Public Library’s Director of Library Services.

Concerts will be moved to the newly renovated Rabb Hall in the event of inclement weather. Concerts in the Courtyard are generously supported by Deloitte.

June schedule:
  • Area 9 Quartet, Friday, June 2, 12:30 p.m. Area 9 Quartet is a Boston-based ensemble dedicated to exploring the rich, diverse, and ever-growing chamber music repertoire for saxophone.
  • Marco Mares, Wednesday, June 7, 6 p.m.Marco Mares is a singer-songwriter from Mexico City who showcased his fresh and honest pop sound in his debut album Para Ella (2014). Marco’s interactive performances highlight fun, funky pop mixed with romantic Spanish lyrics.
  • Boston Philharmonic, Friday, June 9, 12:30 p.m. Join members of the Boston Philharmonic as they perform chamber and quartet music, taking their passion out of the concert hall to the public as part of their education and community outreach program, Crescendo!
  • Francesca Crowley, Wednesday, June 14, 6 p.m. Francesca’s influences include songwriters such as Stevie Nicks, Norah Jones, and Joni Mitchell, and she strives to create new and different music inspired by her life.
  • Project STEP, Friday, June 16, 12:30 p.m. Project STEP (String Training and Education Program) recognizes that certain racial and ethnic minorities are vastly underrepresented in classical music. Their mission is to address this imbalance by identifying musically talented children from underrepresented Boston and surrounding communities and providing them with comprehensive music and string instrument instruction.
  • Maro Maro, Wednesday, June 21, 6 p.m. Maro Maro is a singer-songwriter, pianist, and guitarist from Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Francisco Roldán, Friday, June 23, 12:30 p.m. Colombian-born guitarist Francisco Roldán plays solo and chamber music nationally and internationally. Roldán presents a concert of lyrical, rhythmic, and sensual music by Central and South American composers on the classical guitar.
  • Aliya Cycon Project, Wednesday, June 28, 6 p.m. Aliya Cycon Project (ACP) blends Aliya Cycon’s soulful compositions with characteristics of traditional Arabic music to create an unforgettable East-meets-West experience.
  • Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO) Intensive Community Program (ICP), Friday, June 30, 12:30 p.m. The Intensive Community Program is a rigorous instrument training program that brings quality classical music instruction to underrepresented communities.
July and August schedule:
  • Brandon Diaz, Wednesday, July 5, 6 p.m.
  • NorthStar Duo, Friday, July 7, 12:30 p.m.
  • Samuel Batista, Wednesday, July 12, 6 p.m.
  • Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble, Friday, July 14, 12:30 p.m.
  • Niu Raza, Wednesday, July 19, 6 p.m.
  • Joel LaRue Smith, Friday, July 21, 12:30 p.m.
  • BEARD, Wednesday, July 26, 6 p.m.
  • Properly Unprepared, Friday, July 28, 12:30 p.m.
  • Harshitha Krishnan, Wednesday, August 2, 6 p.m.
  • Kenn Morr Band, Friday, August 4, 12:30 p.m.
  • Sleeping Lion, Wednesday, August 9, 6 p.m.
  • Boston Philharmonic, Friday, August 11, 12:30 p.m.
  • Venezuelan Project, Wednesday, August 16, 6 p.m.
  • Night Tree, Friday, August 18, 12:30 p.m.
  • Abby Carey, Wednesday, August 23, 6 p.m.
  • Boston Lyric Opera, Friday, August 25, 12:30 p.m.
  • Amber Olivia Kiner, Wednesday, August 30, 6 p.m.

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