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In Concert

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2017 Summer Concerts on the Lawn

Grab your lawn chairs, pack a picnic dinner, and don't forget the bug spray. It's time once again for our annual summer concerts on the lawn. This year's summer reading theme is "Build a Better World" and we are embracing that with a series of musicians from around the world. Come on out every Thursday evening in July for some great performances. Each will start at 7:00 p.m.. If the weather doesn't cooperate we'll move inside. Here's the line-up:

July 6: Albino Mbie

Albino Mbie is an award winning Musician, Guitarist, Singer, Composer, Sound and mixing engineer born in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, a country in southern Africa known for its rich musical and cultural heritage. He came to Boston in 2009 to study at the Berklee College of Music (with a full scholarship) and graduated in 2013. His first album, Mozambican Dance, was released the same year he graduated and has one numerous awards. He will be performing with his band a creative mix of styles inspired by Mozambique, the U.S., and many other places around the world, combining rhythmic patterns and musical concepts to create a unique Afro-Pop and Moz-Jazz sound.

July 13: Peter Buzzelle & the Academy

A founding member of the pop-noise band Frequency dB, Peter Buzzelle hails from the great Northwest and is a devotee of guitar-centered Power Pop in the tradition of Big Star, The Posies, and The Shins. His latest band, born in 2015 just released the album Devil Love to great critical acclaim. Comprised of Petter on guitar and vocals, Ken Rothman on guitar and backing vocals, Chuck Ferreira on drums, percussion, and backing vocals, and Jason Raffi on bass, this band rocks!

July 20: Ezekiel's Wheels Klezmer Band

Internationally-recognized, Ezekiel’s Wheels Zlezmer Band brings passion, virtuosity, and contagious energy to every performance. With a style forged in the subway stations and farmers’ markets of Boston and sharpened on the stage of the International Jewish Music Festival, the Ezekiel’s Wheels features Abigale Reisman on violin, Jonathan Cannon also on violin, Kirsten Lamb on upright bass, Nat Seelen on clarinet, and Pete Fanelli on trombone.  Combining the familiarity of chamber music with the energy and force of dance band music; this passionate, creative band has earned rave reviews.

July 27: Hit the Roof

The "ultimate eclectic experience", Hit the Roof is Matt on keys and Albert (his younger brother) on drums. With roots in the  classical world, they fuse elements from Americana, blues, funk, soul, country, and ultimately, progressive rock. Hailing from New York City, this duo is sure to delight with their unique spectrum of sound.

2017 Winter Concerts @the Crane

We had some great shows in the 2017 Winter/Spring concert series. Remember these?

  • Kate Kayaian playing in RichardsonJanuary 8: Kate Kayaian - solo cello sonatas
  • January 22: Robert Simonds - solo violin recital of pieces from the Baroque era, living American composers and American folk music
  • January 29: Jerome Mouffe - solo guitar featuring personal transcriptions of Isaac Albéniz and 19th century Italian composers
  • February 5: The Craft String Quintet
    The Craft Ensemble is made up of Boston area musicians committed to bringing engaging chamber music to smaller venues all over New England. Active performers in many of the regions premier orchestras, opera and ballet companies, the Crafts are always delighted to play chamber music together. Past season's highlights have included Schubert's glorious Cello Quintet in C Major in Salem, Milford and Quincy, as well as playing for Benjamin Zander's Art of Interpretation class. This season the Crafts are thrilled to be performing Fanny Mendelssohn's delightful and seldom heard string quartet as well as more recently written works by other female composers.
  • February 12: Steve Brew - With performances across the Midwest, East Coast, and Spain, Guitarist Stephen Brew has effectively established himself as a performer of incredible ability.  His program consists of works from Africa, Ireland, and Serbia, along with unique arrangements of American jazz standards.
  • February 26: Portrait in Jazz / The Brad Ellenberg Quintet A dynamic, original jazz band featuring Gary Bohan: trumpet/flugelhorn, Mario Cerra, Saxophone, Bob Abruzese: bass, Grant Smith: drums and Brad Ellenberg: guitar. This band is committed to creating exciting and meaningful original jazz music with over fifty originals in their book. For this concert they will perform a mix of original music and time honored jazz classics. Watch a preview of the concert here.
  • March 5: Austin Burns & Jonas Kublickas - classical voice and guitar.
    Austin recently earned his Master's degree in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory. He earned his undergraduate degree in Composition from LaGrange College. He is currently teaching at several schools, including EKS Music school in Quincy. Austin also serves as the tenor section leader at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Lexington. Guitarist and lutenist Jonas Kublickas is a native of Vilnius, Lithuania and won the Baltic States Guitar competition. His recent performances include recitals of solo and chamber music repertoire at the New England Conservatory of Music,  Boston University, the Gwangju World Universiade closing ceremony in South Korea, the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum and Seoul National University.
  • March 12: Áine Minogue - solo Celtic harp
    Join Áine Minogue (Irish harp/vocals) as she celebrates the symbolism of Spring in Ireland and the Celtic lands (Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Brittany). This Pan-Celtic odyssey is nothing less than an enchanting afternoon of music, storytelling, and tradition that is appropriate for all ages and designed to “Welcome in the Spring.” Áine Minogue - an expert in the area of Irish traditions journeys into the heart and joy of Spring through music and song!
  • March 26: Felix and the Jazz Cats - a four piece instrumental jazz band who play music from the 60s similar to Herbie Hancock and Wes Montgomery.

More Music From Library Performers

Look here for a list of CDs and concert DVDs of artists who have performed at the Crane.  Borrow them from the library and relive a performance you enjoyed or catch one that you missed!

Interviews with Library Performers

Often musicians who play at the library stop by before hand, talk about their music, and even play a little sample.


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