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Free summer concerts at the Boston Public Library

May 27, 2014

Stop by the central branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square for free, one-hour concerts on Wednesday evenings and Friday afternoons, a perfect activity for residents of Massachusetts retirement communities. The Concerts in the Courtyard series will run from June 4 to Aug. 29, rain or shine. The month of June is dedicated to students and alumni of Berklee College of Music, located a few blocks from the library. Both the music styles and performers represent cultures around the world, so every concert will have a different feel and provide a unique experience. Shows begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday evenings and 12:30 p.m. Friday afternoons. In the event of rain, the scheduled concerts for June will take place in the Rabb Lecture Hall. These performances are sponsored by the Boston Public Library Foundation.

June 4 and June 6
The 2014 series will kick off with the Daniel Rotem Trio on Wednesday, June 4. Rotem is a tenor saxophonist who recently graduated from Berklee. He has studied jazz in Tel Aviv as well as Italy, and will be heading to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance this fall. The first week will also feature KeL Do Nascimento, a singer-songwriter from Brazil for a lunchtime show June 6. KeL is a native of Sao Paulo and began her education at Berklee in 2011 after touring. Her music combines jazz and pop with a catchy Brazilian flavor. 

June 11 and June 13
Wambura Mitaru will take the courtyard stage on Wednesday, June 11 for an evening of African-inspired tunes. Her music is described as a fusion of funk, jazz, hip hop, soul and R&B. Mitaru toured America in 2007 with a nine-member gospel group before receiving a scholarship to the music school. Last summer, she performed on the roof of a Berklee building in downtown Boston with a band of hard-hat-wearing peers. Catch musicians Jenna Moynihan and Mairi Chaimbeul June 13 for an afternoon concert. The string duo met at Berklee where they decided to combine their talents on the harp and fiddle to compose original music. The resulting sound is described as Scottish and Appalachian old-time music.

A folk-inspired, harmonizing duo called the Western Den will perform June 18, followed by Egyptian artist Ahmad El Haggar June 20. The last week of June will feature Latin music by 3 Sudacas and folk singer-songwriter Mariam Elhajli.