Concerts @the Crane: Winter/Spring Concert Series
Select winter Sundays, starting at 3:00 p.m.
- January 10: Akiko Kobayashi 
- January 17: ALLISON 
- February 7: Raley Beggs 
- February 21: Nick Dinnerstein Quartet 
- March 6: Craft String Quintet 
- March 20: Hiroya Tsukamoto 
The series begins with a solo violin recital from New York-born violinist Akiko Kobayashi. Akiko performs both solo and chamber music, and has appeared as a soloist with the West Islip Symphony Orchestra, Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Suginami Kokaido Chamber Orchestra, and InterHarmony Festival Orchestra. Her recital appearances include Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in the Young Musicians Concert sponsored by the MTNA League; Steinway Hall in New York; Cathedral of St. John in New York; the Gala Chamber Music Concert at the Nyack Academy of Music Summer Festival; Bach-Archiv in Leipzig, Germany; Konzertsaal des Rathauses in Bavaria; and a benefit concert for the Annie Le Memorial Fellowship Fund sponsored by the Association of Yale Asian American Alumni. Past season highlights include a debut appearance in Chicago and solo with the West Islip Symphony.
On January 24 we will hear ALLISON, the creation of mezzo-soprano Allison Messier and harpsichordist Paul Cienniwa. Both classically trained musicians, ALLISON is their vehicle for exploring everything from popular songs to art songs. This concert will feature music by Harry Chapin, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, John Lennon, Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens, and Neil Young with 17th-century baroque composers John Dowland and Henry Purcell.
This family-friendly concert will keep you humming your favorite tunes while also introducing some new “old” music.
On February 7 Raley Beggs will perform a solo guitar recital. His goal is to share the artistry and craft of the classical guitar and its repertoire. He will perform works from the traditional repertoire as well as new music. He loves to introduce audiences to the rich and intimate world of the classical guitar. Whether you've never heard classical guitar or you're a seasoned veteran listener, he promises that he has something to play for you!
Nick Dinnerstein Quartet
On February 21 we will hear the Nick Dinnerstien Quartet perform a classical concert focused on 20th and 21st century composers, including early Beethoven, Bartok, & Martinu.
Craft String Quintet
On March 6 the Craft String Quintet will play the Schubert String Quintet in C Major, for 2 violins, viola, and 2 cellos.
Colleen Brannen, violin, has enjoyed a distinguished and varied career as an orchestral and chamber musician in the New England area since moving to Boston in 1995. Colleen has held positions in The New Haven Symphony, The Portland Symphony and as assistant concertmaster of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony under Gustav Meier. She appears regularly with many Boston area ensembles, including the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Odyssey Opera, Back Bay Chorale, New England Classical Singers, Rhode Island Philharmonic and Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra.
Since moving to Boston in 2013, Violist Amelia Hollander Ames has performed with local ensembles such as A Far Cry, Antico Moderno, Discovery Ensemble, Orchestra of Indian Hill (where she is Co-Principal Viola), Portland Symphony and the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and many others. Currently a teaching artist in the Boston Public School system through Community Music Center, Amelia also teaches privately at her home.
Los Angeles native Amy Sims is a busy free-lance Classical and Baroque violinist living in Boston, collaborating with musicians from the region in a wide range of musical genres from intimate Baroque chamber ensembles to string quartets and large ensembles such as Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. She performs and records with Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) and Odyssey Opera, as well as Boston Baroque, and is a contracted member of the symphonies of Springfield, MA and Portland, Maine.
Praised by le Confolentais for her “impeccable technical mastery, [and] strong expression” Bostonbased cellist Velleda Miragias currently enjoys a diverse career as a freelance solo, chamber, and orchestral musician, educator, and entrepreneur. She is the recipient of France’s coveted Ministry of Culture Award, has performed in the public master classes of iconic string pedagogues Isaac Stern, Natalia Gutman, and Anner Bylsma. She regularly performs with the Boston Philharmonic, Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Baroque and Odyssey Opera.
Currently a member of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, The Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra, and The Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, Eleanor Blake has played under the baton of international conductors like James Levine, Bernard Haitink, and Raphael Frühbeck De Burgos, and has worked with international soloists like 'cellist Yo-Yo Ma, soprano Renée Fleming and violinist Joshua Bell. In addition she performs with Rhode Island Philharmonic, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, and has served as guest principal cellist of the Plymouth Philharmonic.
The final concert on March 20 features guitarist and composer Hiroya Tsukamato playing eclectic solo impressionistic and cinematic acoustic music blending folk and world traditions. Hiroya Tsukamoto is an internatinally acclaimed guitarist and composer who performs over 100 concerts a year. Born and raised in Kyoto, Japan; in 2000 he received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the US. Since then, he has been performing internationally including appearances as a leader at Blue Note in New York and Japanese National Television. Hiroya has released six albums.
Summer Concerts on the Lawn
Last summer we enjoyed some great concerts under the open sky. Remember these?
- July 16: 4EverFab
- July 23: Sweet Wednesday
- July 30: Howie Newman & Jackie Damsky
- August 6: Andy & Judy Daigle
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.