Programs and Events
Concerts in the Courtyard
June 4 - August 29, 2014
Wednesdays at 6 p.m. & Fridays at 12:30 p.m.
Central Library in Copley Square
The courtyard of the Central Library in Copley Square, one of Boston's most beautiful spaces, will be filled with music during these free, one-hour concerts throughout the summer. The courtyard will host music that ranges from jazz to classical and from world to folk.
In 2014, the concert season will take place on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 12:30 p.m. These concerts are sponsored by the Boston Public Library Foundation.
In inclement weather, concerts will be moved inside to the Commonwealth Salon.
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Wednesday, July 30
Susan Cattaneo grew up in suburban New Jersey singing with her parents and three siblings. After graduating from Pomona College in California with a degree in English literature and creative writing, she obtained a songwriting degree from Berklee College of Music, where she has been a songwriting professor for 13 years. Cattaneo has written songs covered by numerous artists in Nashville, and her tunes helped launch the careers of Jillian Cardanelli and Erica Nicole. She has released three albums of pop-country music: Brave and Wild in 2009, Heaven to Heartache in 2011, and Little Blue Sky in 2012. She blends country, rock, and soul with blues and folk, reminiscent of Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Sponsored in partnership with For the Sake of the Song.
Friday, August 1
Properly Unprepared is a young, five-piece jazz combo that plays classics by artist such as Miles Davis along with more contemporary jazz. The group is currently writing original pieces and new arrangements of classics. With an average age of seventeen, the group hopes to fill the gap of young jazz bands in the Boston area. The combo is led by Tyler Campbell on alto and tenor sax with Marcus Campbell on trombone, Stephen Marinelli on piano, Ryan Fess on electric and upright bass, and Shane Dahler on drums.
Wednesday, August 6
Darlingside is a Massachusetts-based indie folk quartet, made up of four singers with distinct voices. Their tightly arranged tunes draw from the unexpected, featuring strains of bluegrass, classical, and barbershop. Accompanied by an arsenal of classical strings, guitars, mandolin and percussion, the members swap instruments from song to song.
Friday, August 8
Boston Lyric Opera
Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) presents a concert featuring highlights from its 2014/15 season, including La Traviata, Don Giovani, and works by Rossini and Johann Strauss. BLO’s mission is to build curiosity, enthusiasm, and support for opera by creating musically and theatrically compelling productions, events, and education resources for our community and beyond. Founded in 1976, BLO is recognized for its artistically excellent productions of a diverse repertoire that entertain and inspire audiences and feature emerging operatic talent. BLO produces four productions each season: three at the Citi Performing Arts CenterSM Shubert Theatre in Boston and an Opera Annex production in a found space. BLO’s programs are funded in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Wednesday, August 13
A Vermont native and New York City transplant, Caitlin Canty is working on an unreleased album produced by Jeffrey Foucault. The singer-songwriter travels around the country performing her soulful songs with an old Recording King guitar and her husky alto. Members of Cold Satellite, Darlingside, Rusty Belle, and Session Americana have joined Canty on the road and on her records.
Friday, August 15
The Jason Palmer Quartet
The Jason Palmer Quartet mixes modern-improvisational music with traditional jazz. Jason Palmer was named one of the “Top 25 trumpeters of the future" by Downbeat in 2007, won first place in the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition in 2009, and was selected as an Artist Fellow in Music Composition by the Massachusetts Cultural Council in 2011. He has toured the world extensively, performed on over thirty albums as a sideman, and recorded five albums under his own name. For this performance, the band will play music from Places, Jason’s latest album, a compilation of original compositions. Presented in partnership with JazzBoston.
Wednesday, August 20
Fernando Holz Band
A singer-songwriter from Brazil, Fernando Holz’s voice is poignant and playful, and his songs come from the soul. He recorded with Paulo Braga and Romero Lubambo (one of the most sought-after Brazilian guitarists in America and Brazil) on his 2004 album My Nude Soul as well as with the legendary Brazilian singer Leny Andrade in 1996. The Fernando Holz band has played together for six years and is comprised of veterans of the Boston jazz and world music scene, including Molly Flannery on keyboards and piano, Jon Simmons on trombone, Steve Rose on drums, and Jason Davis on bass.
Friday, August 22
Bass trombonist and tubaist Bill Lowe has been a major force in the music world for over thirty years as a performer, composer, producer, and educator. He has co-led the Boston Jazz Repertory Orchestra, the Bill Lowe/Phillipe Cretian Quintet, and JUBA, co-produced Boston’s annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert, and composed several major works, including his opera Reb’s Last Funeral, his ongoing interdisciplinary project Signifyin’ Natives, and the music/theater piece Crossing John at the Crossroads. As an educator, Lowe has taught at several major universities, lectured throughout the world from Cuba to Paris, and mentored countless young musicians. He was the Sterling A. Brown Visiting Professor at Williams College in 2009 and is currently a visiting professor of Africana studies and English at the University of Pennsylvania.
Wednesday, August 27
The Ron Murphy Band
Ron Murphy is a singer, performer, producer, and actor. With his low baritone vocals, he sings the blues, jazz, and gospel with power. Though Ron writes much of his own music, he is probably best known for his interpretation of jazz standards from Ellington to Gershwin and everyone in between. For this performance, he’ll be backed by piano, bass, and drums and will draw on his repertory of tunes by Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Joe Williams, and Billy Eckstine. Presented in partnership with JazzBoston.
Friday, August 29
American Century Music
American Century Music makes its fifth annual appearance on the Boston Public Library's Concerts in the Courtyard Series with a program for string quartet, featuring Charles Ives' String Quartet No. 1. American Century Music, founded in 2010 by conductor Scott Parkman, is dedicated to performing the works of American composers from the American twentieth Century.