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Boston Public Library’s Concerts in the Courtyard Summer Series Continues in July

by rlavery

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

Boston Public Library’s Concerts in the Courtyard ( series continues in the month of July 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.

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.

July schedule:

  • Brandon Diaz, Wednesday, July 5, 6 p.m. Diaz combines a captivating and soulful voice and exceptional musicality with exemplary showmanship and professionalism.
  • NorthStar Duo, Friday, July 7, 12:30 p.m. Through research, transcription, commission, cutting new contemporary music, and championing works by women and people of color, Baker and Corbin expose audiences in Greater Boston to America’s diverse history.
  • Samuel Batista, Wednesday, July 12, 6 p.m. Batista works as a bandleader of a trio with Noam Israeli (drums) and Rob Taylor (bass). They perform around Greater Boston and are in the process of recording their music.
  • Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble, Friday, July 14, 12:30 p.m. Flutist and composer Bonnie Cochran and harpist Maria Rindenello-Parker make up Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble.
  • Niu Raza, Wednesday, July 19, 6 p.m. Singer-songwriter Niu Raza blends jazzy vocals with soul, African groove, a touch of Caribbean beats, and pop.
  • Joel LaRue Smith, Friday, July 21, 12:30 p.m. Pianist/composer Joel LaRue Smith tours extensively, performing jazz, classical, gospel, and Afro Cuban repertoire throughout the U.S., Europe, Africa, Asia, Central America, and the Caribbean.
  • BEARD, Wednesday, July 26, 6 p.m. As musicians raised in the legacy of Berklee College of Music, their primary purpose as BEARD is to impact their audience through genre-defying progressive folk, fusing together traces of jazz, Americana, classical, R&B, and rhythms influenced by world music.
  • Properly Unprepared, Friday, July 28, 12:30 p.m. Properly Unprepared is a five-piece jazz combo, consisting of two alumni and two current students from King Philip Regional High School in Wrentham, Massachusetts, and an alumnus from Foxboro High School. This Concert in the Courtyard performance is underwritten by Brookline Bank.

August schedule:

  • 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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