Summer has arrived at last bringing with it the Concerts in the Garden for a sixth season at the Hyde Park Branch Library on Thursday nights in July and August. The series titled “From Hyde Park to Hyde Park: the Gift of Music” features at least one Hyde Park resident in each concert. The free concerts are from 6:30 to 7:30 in the garden (entrance from the Library Children’s Room and from the street); in the event of rain, the performance moves to Menino Hall in the library.
A wide range of musical genres are represented in the schedule. Kicking off the season on July 7 will be the HP3 with Jeff Todd playing “funky rock and roll.” During the 8 weeks, you can also enjoy traditional jazz and blues, country folk, harmonica music, acoustic pop rock, the great American songbook, and a classical strings concert.
Thursday, July 14 will be a special day as the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library, the sponsors of this series, will celebrate its 30th anniversary. The festivities will begin early that night, and Mayor Menino will join us to cut the anniversary cake made by Hyde Park’s The Pastry Chef. The 6:30 concert features Berklee professor and Fairmount Hill resident Daniel Ian Smith and a Collective Directive, a quartet playing jazz and Latin jazz.
Free refreshments are available at each concert. The series is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library in collaboration with Artists-at-Large and the Boston Public Library. Check out the schedule below and add the garden concerts to your Thursday schedule, July 7 through August 25!
July 7 HP3 with Jeff Todd (Funky Rock and Roll)
July 14 Daniel Ian Smith and a Collective Directive (Jazz and Latin Jazz)
July 21 Ralph Rosen’s Harmonic Expressions (Eclectic Harmonica Music)
July 28 JP Jazz Collective (Traditional Jazz and Blues)
August 4 Thea Hopkins and the Roots Attached Revue (American/Contemporary Folk)
August 11 Bird Mancini (Acoustic Pop Rock)
August 18 Tony Cibotti (American Song Book)
August 25 Tanya Maggi and David Russell (Classical Strings)
Check back here every week for bios of our performers. See you in the Library Garden!