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Boston Public Library's 2015 concerts in the courtyard series

May 21, 2015

Boston Public Library

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One of Boston's most picturesque spaces will be filled with music in a free concert series on Wednesdays and Fridays in June, July, and August. Starting on June 3, the courtyard at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street, will feature music selections from a variety of influences, from jazz and folk to classical and contemporary music. Concerts are held on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. through August 28. All concerts are free and last approximately one hour.

“Partaking in this free summertime series is an ideal way to spend part of an afternoon or evening enjoying music in one of Boston’s finest cultural institutions,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I thank Boston Public Library staff, the Boston Public Library Foundation, and Deloitte for providing such wonderful programming for library users and visitors.”

  • Aliya Cycon Project, Wednesday, June 3, 6 p.m. Cycon uses her reverence for the Arabic tradition to highlight her unique voice in compositions and performances.
  • Neha, Friday, June 5, 12:30 p.m. A singer, composer, and pianist, Neha’s style is a mix of musical personalities, including jazz, folk, blues, pop, and her mother’s classical Indian musical background.
  • Nicolás Castañeda Group, Wednesday, June 10, 6 p.m. Nicolás Castañeda Group is a project based on contemporary Colombian music.
  • Patrick Coman, Friday, June 12, at 12:30 p.m. Patrick Coman merges barroom shuffles with the sounds of his native Oklahoma.
  • ChoroBop, Wednesday, June 17, 6 p.m. ChoroBop’s repertoire is based on the roots of Brazilian choro, jazz, and contemporary music influences.
  • Akiko Kobayashi, Friday, June 19, 12:30 p.m. Akiko Kobayashi performs as both a soloist and a chamber musician at renowned national and international festivals.
  • Wambura Mitaru, Wednesday, June 24, 6 p.m. Wambura Mitaru is a passionate singer and songwriter from Nairobi who blends funk, soul, R&B, jazz, hip hop, and sounds from her African background.
  • Properly Unprepared, Friday, June 26, 12:30 p.m. Properly Unprepared is a five-piece jazz combo that plays classics by artist such as Miles Davis along with more contemporary jazz.

The complete Concerts in the Courtyard schedule, which is generously co-sponsored by Deloitte and the Boston Public Library Foundation, can be viewed at During the Wednesday evening concerts, light refreshments will be available for purchase. In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be moved inside to the Commonwealth Salon. The concerts continue in July and August with the following schedule:

  • Felipe Abad, Wednesday, July 1, 6 p.m.
  • Handel & Haydn Society, Friday, July 3, 12:30 p.m.
  • Honeysuckle, Wednesday, July 8, 6 p.m.
  • Cocek! Brass Band, Friday, July 10, 12:30 p.m
  • Charles Overton, Wednesday, July 15, 6 p.m.
  • Women in World Jazz, Friday, July 17, 12:30 p.m.
  • Damn Tall Buildings, Wednesday, July 22, 6 p.m.
  • Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble, Friday, July 24, 12:30 p.m.
  • 3 Sudacas, Wednesday, July 29, 6 p.m.
  • Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras' Intensive Community Program, Friday, July 31, 12:30 p.m.
  • The Wiles, Wednesday, August 5, 6 p.m.
  • Kevin Harris Project, Friday, August 7, 12:30 p.m.
  • MIXCLA, Wednesday, August 12, 6 p.m.
  • Hiroya Tsukamoto, Friday, August 14, 12:30 p.m.
  • The Ivy Age, Wednesday, August 19, 6 p.m.
  • Thompson-Lamb-Panitch Folk Trio, Friday, August 21, 12:30 p.m.
  • Ludovica Burtone, Wednesday, August 26, 6 p.m.
  • Handel and Haydn Society, Friday, August 28, 12:30 p.m.

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