Summer Concerts in the Garden Starts Thursday, July 20


The Friends are very proud to offer its annual summer music series featuring a different local performing group each Thursday in the library garden through August 24.  Tanya Maggi and David Russell will kick off the 2017 Concerts in the Garden series on Thursday, July 20, 6:30p.m-7:30p.m.   Concerts will be moved inside to air-conditioned Menino Hall in the event of excessive heat or rain.

The full line-up:

Jul 20   Tanya Maggi and David Russell
Jul 27   Judy Pancoast (co-sponsored with BPL)
Aug 3   Bird Mancini
Aug 10  Savin Hillbillies
Aug 17   Marshall Richards (aka Boston Opera Guy)
Aug 24  Tony Cibotti

The summer concert series is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library and is also supported in part by the Boston Public Library.  All concerts are free and open to the public.


Chameleon Arts Ensemble Returns June 2nd

Photo by Susan WilsonThe Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston returns to the Hyde Park Branch Library on Saturday June 2, 2012 at 2pm to perform Tunes, Tales and Tricksters, a free family concert.  The Ensemble will fill the afternoon with classical chamber music inspired by stories, poems, conversations, and communications through music.  Musical selections include those composed by Strauss, Mozart, Roberto Sierra, Michael Colgrass, and Hans Spencer.  Following the concert, drum with the Chameleons and give their instruments a try in the instrument petting zoo!

This concert is part of the Chameleon Arts Education Program, and is an interactive performance to not only introduce classical music, but to make personal connections to music that will enhance enjoyment and spark musical creativity.

Intro to Classical – May 12, 2012

Cellist and New England Conservatory graduate Michael Dahlbert will present the Classical music session of Many Styles, Many Voices, An Introduction to Music for Teens this Saturday May 12th at 2pm in the branch library’s Menino Hall.   This series is designed to give teens and young adults a brief but comprehensive look at the different styles of music they hear, what makes them unique, and what unites them.  Each presenter is an accomplished musician who will present a 90-minute talk followed by a short concert and Q/A time.  The last session is May 19 — Intro to Folk with Terry Kitchen.

These concerts are free and all ages are welcome.  For more information contact Branch Teen Librarian John Kenney, or Artists-at-Large, Inc., at 617-313-6557.

Voices of the Stage

For aspiring young vocalists, the Handel and Haydn Society’s Vocal Quartet will present on Monday, March 19, 2012, at 2P.M., selections from classical to contemporary opera and musical theater productions that demonstrate how stories are told through music.  Participants can enjoy a broad range of music and have an opportunity to talk with the performers.  This program is free to all ages.

St. Matthew’s Passion Lecture

At the branch library on Monday, March 26, 2012, 7p.m., musicologist and lecturer Theresa Neff will present a discussion of the history and composition of St. Matthew’s Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach.   Ms. Neff is the 2011-2012 Historically Informed Performance Fellow at the Handel and Hayden Society, and is on the Music History faculty of The Boston Conservatory.

This lecture precedes the scheduled Handel and Hayden Society performances of St. Matthew’s Passion at Boston Symphony Hall on Friday March 30 and Sunday April 1, 2012.

An Evening of Music for Strings/Concert in Menino Hall Today at 6:30

      Shaw Pong Liu, Tanya Maggi, and David Russell perform tonight in the final concert of the season for the Friends-sponsored series “From Hyde Park to Hyde Park: the Gift of Music.”  Musical numbers range from a serenade by Beethoven to a first performance of a contemporary aria.  The event will take place in air conditioned Menino Hall at 6:30 p.m. this evening.
     Tanya, a violist and active chamber musician, is the director of New England Conservatory’s Community Performance and Partnership Program.    She also founded the Hyde Park Farmers’ Market.  Her husband is cellist David Russell, a faculty member at Wellesley College. There he is the Director of Chamber Music and a cello professor.  Joining them is Shaw Pong Liu, a violinist, who will present her original performance collaboration piece “Hermit Thrush Song” which includes music, the spoken word, and dance.
      Please join us in Menino Hall at 6:30.  Free refreshments will be served.

Concert Series Half Done!

A large crowd attended last Thursday’s concert featuring Bob McCloskey and the rest of the JP Jazz Collective, and enjoyed their cool renderings of blue note jazz.  The HP Friends’ Summer Concerts in the Garden series is at its halfway mark, so don’t miss out on the rest of the concerts!

The remaining Thursday evening concerts start at 6:30pm, and will be an eclectic line up with

  • Thea Hopkins and the Roots Attached Revue offering American/Contemporary Folk on August 4;
  • Bird Mancini performing Acoustic Pop Rock on August 11;
  • Tony Cibotti singing tunes from the American song book on August 18; and
  • Tanya Maggi and David Russell performing Classical string pieces on viola and cello on August 25.

In case of inclement weather or extreme heat, performances will be offered indoors in the branch library’s Menino Hall.  We look forward to seeing you in August!