August 2015 Concerts and Thank-yous

2015concert-ziliSaturday August 15th was sunny and hot, and the ladies of Zili Misik cranked up the heat with their world rhythms!  Thank you, Ladies, for a wonderful performance!  Thanks also to Tommey Seggers of Artists-at-Large for our photo pictured here.  Earlier that day the Friends’ Children’s Books mini-sale finished its second day of sales, netting nearly $500 for upcoming programs at the Hyde Park library!  Thank you, Book Lovers!

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The Friends’ Concert in the Garden Series has been playing every summer for 10 years, and we couldn’t let this milestone pass without notice!  Just before the last show on August 20th, we cut and shared a celebratory cake with the audience. A big thank-you to the baker at Shaws in Hyde Park for your impromptu musical decoration!

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Hyde Park’s favorite crooner Tony Cibotti concluded our 2015 Concerts in the Garden series with another terrific show of Sinatra and company favorites.  Annually, Tony generously donates his talents at every appearance at the library, and this year he brought back up!  His wife and two ladies associated with the Pied Pipers provided some harmonious accompaniment.  Thank you, All, for a great time!

The Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library are grateful for the grant by the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation for this year’s concert series, and encourage our audience and Friends members to thank the Blue Hills Bank for its support of our library and community.

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Concerts in the Garden Finale with Tony Cibotti

waynePotash2015aug13Last week our family music concert with Wayne Potash, pictured here, had every kid in the audience jumping, singing and speeding around our garden like rockets!

This week Thursday Aug 20th, join us a half-hour earlier at 6pm as we celebrate a successful 10th season with cake, followed by Hyde Park’s favorite crooner Tony Cibotti who will conclude our 2015 Concerts in the Garden series at 6:30pm.  Concerts will be moved to air-conditioned Menino Hall in the event of excessive heat or rain.

Tony’s performances of Sinatra and company are audience favorites, and he generously donates his talents each time he appears at the library.  Thank you, Tony, for supporting the library and the community!

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

Family Fun with Wayne Potash at Concerts in the Garden

PMJazz2015aug6The Patrice Monahan Jazz Trio,  pictured here with a special guest tap dancer, played and tapped their way into our audience’s hearts last week!

Please join us this Thursday, August 13, as Wayne Potash in the Friends’ next concert of the series, starting at 6:30p.m.  Concerts will be moved to air-conditioned Menino Hall in the event of excessive heat or rain.

A hard-working children’s performer, Wayne Potash performs for young audiences all over New England and is a a Parents’ Choice Award winner.  Sing-a-longs, dancing, jumping, and lots of fun are on the list for our Concert in the Garden this week!

Our remaining concert will feature perennial Hyde Park favorite Tony Cibotti on August 20.  Join us earlier on August 20 as we close of our 10th season with cake at 6pm!  Tony’s performance will begin at 6:30pm!

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

 

Zili Misik Returns to Hyde Park Saturday Aug 15!

Zili Misik entertained an eager audience in Menino Hall on a blustery January day in 2013.   Attendees at that concert have expressed delight about their return. Their program appeals to audience members of all ages, and includes a few numbers designed to involve the children present.

Founded in 2000 by Kera Washington, Zili Misik’s sounds are rooted in the African continent while connecting Haitian  misik rasin, Jamaican roots reggae, Afro-Brazilian samba, Afro-Cuban son, and African American  spirituals, jazz, blues, and soul  to create a sound all its own.

Performers include drummers and percussionists, guitar, saxophone, and trombone players, as well as vocalists and artists on ethnic instruments.  It will be a lively afternoon!

This performance is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library who are most appreciative of a generous grant from the City-Wide Friends of the Boston Public Library making it possible.

Patrice Monahan Jazz at Concerts in the Garden

dAllegroDuo2015jul30Laura DelGado Clemons and Bob Shea as D’Allegro Duo,  pictured here, cooled down Menino Hall with their melodious tunes last week as the heat drove our series indoors!  Please join us this Thursday, August 6, as Patrice Monahan Jazz performs straight-ahead jazz selections in the Friends’ next concert of the series, starting at 6:30p.m.  Concerts will be moved to air-conditioned Menino Hall in the event of excessive heat or rain.

Patrice Monahan Jazz are a trio of talented ladies serving up rhythm and groove at every performance.  Pianist Patrice Monahan leads with clear vocals, and rounding out the group are Berklee graduates Tal Shalom – Kobi on bass, and  Miki Matsuki on drums.  In addition to stage and event performances, they are jazz educators of children and adults.

Our remaining concerts will feature family music and fun with Wayne Potash on August 13, and perennial Hyde Park favorite Tony Cibotti on August 20.  Join us especially on August 20 as we celebrate the close of our 10th season with cake at 6pm, before Tony’s performance at 6:30pm!

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

 

D’Allegro returns to Concerts in the Garden

MJBTrio2015jul23As the shadows lengthened in the Garden last week, the jazz by MJB Trio, pictured here, got cooler!  Please join us this Thursday, July 30, as  D’Allegro performs American Songbook selections in the Friends’ next concert of the series, starting at 6:30p.m.  Concerts will be moved to air-conditioned Menino Hall in the event of excessive heat or rain.

Laura DelGado Clemons, vocalist, Bob Shea, keyboard, and Andrew Shea, drums, comprise the trio.  Laura and Bob have been performing together for more than 5 years, with Andrew joining them last year.  They enjoy every opportunity to make music for others.  D’Allegro specializes in jazz, rhythm and blues, and pop music.  Garden concert audiences first heard D’Allegro in 2012 at the Friends’ Annual Meeting and the garden concert series, and we welcome their return this Thursday.

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

 

The MJB Trio in the Garden Thursday, July 23

CamZM-20150716192725841The Savin Hillbillies, pictured here, are quite the pair.  They wow’d the crowd with lively tunes and had them clapping up a storm in their singalong!

The Friends’ next concert in the series will be held Thursday, July 23, at 6:30p.m.   Concerts will be moved to air-conditioned Menino Hall in the event of excessive heat or rain.

The MJB Trio consists of Mark Earley on Tenor and Baritone Saxaphones, Jerzy Glod on Drums and Brad Hallen on Bass. The group performs American Songbook classics as well as compositions by Jazz Composers.  Mark has been a member of Roomful of a Blues for 15 years and is a first call saxaphone player in New England.  Jerzy is a first call drummer from Boston and is on everybody’s list.  Brad has been a member of The Duke Robillard Band for over 6 years and freelances in New England.

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