Boston Symphony Orchestra expands its free programs outside of Symphony Hall for the Greater Boston community
New this year: The Boston Symphony Orchestra to perform two BSO Neighborhood Concerts on November 19 and February 28
Community Chamber Concert Series returns in eight Massachusetts communities, through May 21
Pops Rolling Recitals returned to Boston schools and hospitals this fall; more are planned for the spring.
BSO Neighborhood Concerts
Members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra to perform for the students, teachers, and staff at Dorchester's Jeremiah E. Burke School on Saturday, November 19, at 3 p.m., under the direction of Assistant Conductor Earl Lee
Boston Symphony Orchestra to perform at UMass Lowell on Tuesday, February 28
Community Chamber Concerts with BSO Musicians
2022-23 Season free Community Chamber Concerts are in Cambridge (10/2), Worcester (10/23), Framingham (2/26), North Adams (3/26), Groton (4/2), Methuen (4/23), and Dorchester (5/21); five free Community Chamber Concerts to take place at Northeastern University's Fenway Center (11/4, 2/3, 2/24, 3/3, & 4/28)
Rolling Recitals by the Boston Pops Esplanade Brass Quintet
This fall, Rolling Recital stops included Mattahunt Elementary School and Mildred Avenue K-8 School in Mattapan, the Carney Hospital in Dorchester, Chittick Elementary School in Hyde Park, the Edelweiss Village Assisted Living Center in West Roxbury, and the West Roxbury VA Medical Center; more Rolling Recitals are planned for the spring
Gail Samuel, BSO President and CEO, commented:
"While we love welcoming the community into Symphony Hall, we recognize the importance and necessity of performing beyond our doors. Whether in a chamber group or as the full orchestra, we actively seek opportunities to spend time with our neighbors in their communities.
Further details about free BSO neighborhood and community chamber music performances
Free BSO Neighborhood Concert at Jeremiah E. Burke High School on Saturday, November 19
Expanding on the BSO's mission to build personal connections to the local community, the BSO Neighborhood Concert at Dorchester's Jeremiah E. Burke High School (60 Washington St.) on Saturday, November 19, at 3 p.m. will feature a chamber orchestra made up of members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, led by BSO Assistant Conductor Earl Lee. The hourlong program includes an eclectic selection of works by Beethoven, Carlos Simon, Walker, Shostakovich, Mozart, Bach, Jessie Montgomery, and Tchaikovsky. Please see below for a full program.
The programming was designed by the BSO's newly named Resident Fellows violist Leonardo Vásquez Chacón and bassist Andres Vela in consultation with BSO Artistic Advisor for Education and Community Engagement Thomas Wilkins. Last month, the BSO announced the Susan W. and Stephen D. Paine BSO Resident Fellowship Program, a year-long training and mentorship opportunity for early-career musicians from historically underrepresented backgrounds in American orchestras. Chacón and Vela performed their first concert as inaugural BSO Resident Fellows on Thursday, September 22, with their fellowships extending throughout the BSO, Boston Pops, and Tanglewood seasons.
The concert is presented with support from Bank of America as part of their support of the BSO's ongoing partnership with the Boston Public Schools.
Details of the February 28 BSO Neighborhood Concert at UMass Lowell will be announced at a later date.
Free Community Chamber Concerts in Eight Massachusetts Communities, October 2-May 21
As part of the Boston Symphony's Education and Community programming this season, members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra will perform 12 free Community Chamber Concerts.
This season's concerts take place in Framingham (2/26), North Adams (3/26), Groton (4/2), Methuen (4/23), and Dorchester (5/21). An additional five concerts (11/4, 2/24, 2/3, 3/3, & 4/28) will take place at Northeastern Universityâ€™s Fenway Center, just around the corner from Symphony Hall at 77 St. Stephen St. Please see below for a complete schedule. This Community Chamber Concerts series kicked off in Cambridge (10/2) and Worcester (10/23). Please see below for concert listing.
Free tickets for all concerts are available by calling 888-266-1200 or visiting bso.org. A reservation is required to attend each event.
Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians began performing free Community Chamber Concerts in 1998 to provide engaging chamber music to Greater Boston area communities limited in access to the BSO by distance or economics. The goal of the Community Chamber Concerts is to build connections between the BSO and its communities in the Greater Boston area. All concert programs last approximately one hour.
Free Rolling Recitals by the Boston Pops Esplanade Brass Quintet
Created during the pandemic to continue providing live music in places where people work and live, Rolling Recitals is a series of 20-minute pop-up concerts featuring the Boston Pops Esplanade Brass Quintet who are transported via an Old Town Trolley to each destination to perform. On November 1, stops included Chittick Elementary School in Hyde Park, the Edelweiss Village Assisted Living Center in West Roxbury, and the West Roxbury VA Medical Center. And on October 25, Rolling Recitals made stops at Mattahunt Elementary School and Mildred Avenue K-8 School in Mattapan, and the Carney Hospital in Dorchester. More Rolling Recitals are planned in the spring.
Arbella Insurance Foundation is the proud sponsor of BSO and Pops Rolling Recitals programming.
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2022-23 Neighborhood Concert
Saturday, November 19 at 3 p.m.: Jeremiah E. Burke High School, 60 Washington St., Dorchester
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Earl Lee, conductor
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, 1st movement
Carlos Simon: Fate Now Conquers
Walker: Lyric for Strings
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8, 2nd movement
Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Jessy Montgomery: Starburst
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings, last movement
2022-23 Community Chamber Concerts
Friday, February 3, 1:30 p.m.: Fenway Center, 77 St. Stephen St., Boston
Thomas Martin, clarinet
Michael Zaretsky, viola
Alyna Polyakov, piano
REINECKE Trio for clarinet, viola and piano, Op. 264
MOZART Trio in E-flat for clarinet, viola and piano, K.498
Friday, February 24, 1:30 p.m.: Fenway Center, 77 St. Stephen St., Boston
Sunday, February 26, 3:00 p.m.: Jack's Abby Brewery, 100 Clinton St, Framingham
Bonnie Bewick, violin
Lawrence Wolfe, bass
Ken Bewick, guitar
Blending their unique foundations of rock, classical and Celtic stylings, Frame's music is a delightful mixture of songs and tunes playing on coastal themes, folk ballads, Celtic fiddle, with some Beach Boys thrown in here and there! Joining Frame will be guest vocalists paying tribute to the Maritime song history of New England. Other works featured on the program will be Ken's take on Paul Revere, Bonnie's take on Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?, and more.
Friday, March 3, 1:30 p.m.: Fenway Center, 77 St. Stephen St., Boston
Lucia Lin and Bracha Malkin, violins
Rebecca Gitter, viola
Owen Young, cello
Charles Overton, harp
Vytas Baksys, piano
Michael-Thomas FOUMAI Printing Kapa and Defending Kalo, for harp and violin
BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat, Op. 74
STILL Ennaga, for harp, piano and string quartet
Sunday, March 26, 3 p.m.: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 375 Church St, North Adams
Sunday, April 2, 3 p.m.: Groton Hill Music Center, 122 Old Ayer Road, Groton
Elita Kang & Takumi Taguchi, violins
Daniel Kim & Rebecca Gitter, violas
Will Chow, cello
Tom van Dyke, cello/bass
BOCCHERINI String Quintet in F, Op. 39, No. 2, G.338
Aigerim SEILOVA Baqsi, for string quartet
SCHOENBERG Verklärte Nacht
Sunday, April 23, 3 p.m.: Methuen Memorial Music Hall, 192 Broadway, Methuen
Friday, April 28, 1:30 p.m.: Fenway Center, 77 St. Stephen St., Boston
Jenny Ann & Sophie Wang, violins
Steven Laraia, viola
Adam Esbensen, cello
Caroline SHAW Punctum, for string quartet
STRAVINSKY Three pieces for string quartet
RAVEL String Quartet in F
Sunday, May 21, 3 p.m.: All Saints Church, 209 Ashmont St, Dorchester
Cynthia Meyers, flute
Michael Wayne, clarinet
Robert Sheena, oboe
Richard Ranti, bassoon
Rachel Childers, horn
BARBER Summer Music
CARTER Woodwind Quintet
Lalo SCHIFRIN La Nouvelle Orleans
Valerie COLEMAN Red Clay & Mississippi Delta
John HARBISON Quintet for Winds (last movement)
Paquito D’RIVERA Selections from Aires Tropicale
Community Chamber Concerts that have already taken place:
Sunday, October 2, 3:00 pm: Citywide Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
Friday, November 4, 1:30 p.m.: Fenway Center, 77 St. Stephen St., Boston
Julianne Lee and Sophie Wang, violins
Danny Kim, viola
Owen Young, cello
COLERIDGE-TAYLOR Five FantasiestÃ¼cke for string quartet, Op. 5
BRAHMS String Quartet No. 2 in A, Op. 51, No. 2
Sunday, October 23, 3:00 p.m.: First Baptist Church, 111 Park Avenue, Worcester
Bonnie Bewick & Takumi Taguchi, violins
Steven Laraia, viola
Mickey Katz, cello
Traditional (Arr. ASLAMAZYAN) Selections from La Lyre Armenienne
Fazil SAY String Quartet, Op. 29, Divorce
DVOŘÁK string Quartet No. 12 in F, Op. 96, American
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