Tony Cibotti Concludes the Summer Concert Series Tonight

Come to the Hyde Park Branch Library tonight, Thursday, August 22, 6:30 to 7:30, for the seventh and final concert in the summer “garden” series. Yes, we were actually in the garden last week, and conditions look promising for tonight!

Hyde Park’s favorite crooner, Tony Cibotti, will entertain the audience with his wonderful selection of tunes from the Great American Songbook. As he always does for his library performances, Tony is donating his services. Thank you, Tony, for your beautiful gift.

This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library and is supported by a grant from the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation.

JA2 in the GARDEN Tonight!

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Enjoy the beautiful evening tonight in the garden of the Hyde Park Branch Library with a concert by JA2. Jenn Allen’s sextet performed at the library during jazz month, and tonight she will be joined by Christos Zevos.

JA2 plays DUO, a set of songs inspired by modern urban life with all of its mundaneness and excitement. They perform funk, pop, and urban music as well as original compositions.

Jenn is a Boston based trumpet player, composer, arranger, and educator. During her undergraduate studies at Berklee, she encountered the album “Blue Camel” and was enchanted by its seamless blend of jazz and Middle Eastern influences. Her own compositions infuse contemporary jazz with Middle Eastern, Flamenco, South American, and Balkan stylings. Jenn currently attends New England Conservatory for graduate studies in jazz composition. In addition to teaching and composing, she has performed extensively with individuals such as Paula Cole, Ben E. King, and Kendrick Scott, and with groups including the Omar Thomas Large Ensemble and the Florencia Gonzalez Big Band.

Christos Zevos is a talented multi-instrumentalist who is accomplished on bass, guitar, mandolin, violin, and voice. The son of two musicians, he moved to Boston in 2008, and he majored in double bass at the Boston Conservatory. Currently he is attending the New England Conservatory for graduate studies in music theory.

Christos enjoys collaborating with artists of many mediums. Recently he wrote original poetry and music for the Boston-based Luminarium Dance Company. They were performed at the Luminarium’s “Threading Motion Project” live at the New England Quilt Museum.

The sumner concert series is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library and is fully supported by a grant from the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation.

Tonight at the Hyde Park Branch: Bob McCloskey and the Bright Moments Sextet

Ah, the weather gods have their own minds yet again….  Because of predicted thunderstorms throughout the day and evening, air-conditioned Menino Hall will be the site for the fifth event in the Friends summer concert series.  Join us tonight from 6:30 to 7:30 when Bob McCloskey and the Bright Moments Sextet will provide the entertainment.

The summer concert series is sponsored by the Friends of the HP Branch Library, and it is fully supported by a grant from the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation.

Tonight: Thea Hopkins in the Garden (or Menino Hall…)

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Americana-performing songwriter Thea Hopkins will appear in the Hyde Park Branch Library Garden on Thursday, August 1, from 6:30 to 7:30. She will be joined by multi-instrumentalist Andy Hollinger. They will present an entertaining mix of her originals and creatively re-arranged covers.

Thea has been described as an artist with a startling original voice who creates “narratives that drip with metaphor and imagery” by Americana UK. Her album “Chickasaw” received 4 stars from Maverick. Peter, Paul, & Mary recorded her song “Jesus is on the Wire” in 2004 for their last studio album “In These Times” and in 2010 with the Prague Symphony. Thea has toured regionally and nationally in the US performing at events and venues such as the Sundance Film Festival, Boston First NIght, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Her new 2013 CD “Lilac Sky” is receiving high critical praise.

The Concerts in the Garden series is sponsored by the Friends of the HP Branch Library and is fully supported by a grant from the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation. In the event of rain or excessive heat, the concert will be held in air-conditioned Menino Hall in the library.

Concert in the Garden Tonight – or in Menino Hall if Raining

Because of the intense heat, the first two “garden” concerts were held in Menino Hall. Good news: heat spell is broken; bad news: there is a strong possibility of rain today. But head to the Hyde Park Branch Library today to enjoy great music, snacks, and a selection of books for sale. The hour-long concert begins at 6:30.

Ralph Rosen, whose performance with guitarist Dan Bowden delighted the opening night crowd, will be back tonight with a jazz quartet featuring Ralph’s highly-acclaimed original compositions.

A professional musician for over 40 years, Ralph has performed, recorded, and toured with Bruce Katz, George Garzone, Albert King, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project , and others. An avid composer, he’s recorded 2 cd’s as a leader. Ralph is a harmonica player and drummer.

Born in Seoul, Korea, Hey Rim Jeon started playing piano at the age of four, and by nine she was giving her first public performances in classical music. As a teenager, influenced by the dazzling improvisation of Oscar Peterson, Hey Rim decided to embark on a musical path that would both support her new-found passion for jazz and build upon her already formidable classical training. Since then she has performed internationally and teaches at the Berklee College of Music.

Bruno Raberg, is an internationally renowned bass player and composer. Since coming to the US from his native Sweden in 1981, he has made six recordings as a leader, about 30 as a sideman, and has performed with numerous world-class artists including Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, and Sam Rivers. Bruno teaches at the Berklee College of Music.

Allan Chase, alto and baritone saxophonist, heads the Ear Training Department at the Berklee College of Music. Allan has performed and recorded with artists including Rashied Ali, Joe Morris, Gunther Schuller, and Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet and many others.

The summer concert series is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library and supported in full by a grant from the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation.

2013 Concerts in the Garden are On!

Hey, Music Lovers!

The Friends’ eighth season of Concerts in the Garden at the Hyde Park Branch Library are off to a great start last week with You and Yours, and this week with Mixed Emotions.  The remaining concerts will run July 25 through August 22, 2013, on Thursday nights between 6:30pm and 7:30pm.   The free concerts are held in the garden–entrance from the Library Children’s Room and from the street via library’s parking lot; in the event of rain or extreme heat, the performance moves to Menino Hall inside the library.

Scheduled performers for this 2013 season are:

  • July 25/ Ralph’s Music (Modern Jazz)
  • August 1 / Thea Hopkins (Folk Americana)
  • August 8 / Bright Moments  (Jazz Sextet)
  • August 15 /JA2 (Contemporary Jazz)
  • August 23 / Tony Cibotti  (American Song Book)

Light refreshments are available at each concert.  The series is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library, and is supported by a grant from the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation.

Check back here every week during the season for bios of our performers.  See you in the Library Garden and Thanks! for supporting our summer concerts!

Start November with New Books and DVD’s!

The Friends of the Hyde Park Branch will hold its Fall book sale on Friday and Saturday, November 2-3, from 10-3.  Members of the Friends get the best selection – and tasty treats as well! – at the preview reception on November 1 from 6-7:30.  If it has expired, you can renew your membership ($10 for basic level) at the door.  And bring a friend or neighbor who would like to join.

Do you have books in good, saleable condition that you would like to donate?  If so, please prescreen them at home and put into your recycling any books with the following problems: 1) torn bindings, covers, pages; 2) stains or warping from beverage spills; 3) mildew odors; 4) outdated computer and technical manuals and textbooks.  Leave donated books on the bench in the lobby near the elevator. 

Become a more active member!  We welcome volunteers during the week before the sale to sort and arrange the books, and on the sale days to assist us with a variety of tasks.  It is a wonderful opportunity to help the library (proceeds from all Friends fundraisers support programming at the branch) and to meet fellow book-lovers.  If you can help, leave your contact information (name, phone, email) at the circulation desk (617.361.2524) or at friendshplibrary@yahoo.com.