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July 10, 6:30 PM: Library Park Summer Jazz & Blues Concert with Pat Loomis, Starring Internationally Celebrated Saxophonist Elan Trotman
Jul
10
6:30 PM18:30

July 10, 6:30 PM: Library Park Summer Jazz & Blues Concert with Pat Loomis, Starring Internationally Celebrated Saxophonist Elan Trotman

Join us in Library Park on Tuesday July 10 at 6:30 PM, to celebrate the upcoming renovations of the park and the library with one of our fabulous Jazz & Blues summer concerts headlined by Pat Loomis and his FriendsFast footwork by bandleader Loomis is bringing the internationally acclaimed saxophonist ELAN TROTMAN to the Library Park, part of a new FOSEL/Loomis initiative to make the summer concerts more spectacular, yet. The first 'Special Guest' is the contemporary jazz musician, Trotman, known for blending Caribbean rhythms from his roots with skillful horn textures.  Born in Barbados, the award-winning musician and best-selling recording artist was educated at the Berklee College Of Music in Boston.  "He's one of the hottest guys on the scene and we're very fortunate to get him," Loomis said.

Free to all. We serve fresh watermelon. Bring your own chairs to compliment the one we'll set out. 

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Odyssey Opera's Founder,  Conductor Gil Rose, and Impressario Randolph Fuller Will Talk about their 17/18 Season's Performances Based on the Life of Joan of Arc and the Hundred Years' War
Oct
25
6:30 PM18:30

Odyssey Opera's Founder, Conductor Gil Rose, and Impressario Randolph Fuller Will Talk about their 17/18 Season's Performances Based on the Life of Joan of Arc and the Hundred Years' War

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Gil Rose, the acclaimed founder of Odyssey Opera, will be at the South End library on Wednesday, October 25, at 6:30 PM, to talk about the company's current opera season, Trial by Fire. Its  entire performance program this season is based on the tale of Joan of Arc and the Hundred Years' War as interpreted by five stellar composers, including Tchaikovsky, Donizetti, Dello Joio, Honegger and Verdi. He will be joined by South End resident and impresario Randolph Fuller, an opera devotee himself, who still remembers the first opera he attended (Die Fledermaus), when he was nine, at the old Boston Opera House on Huntington Avenue, and that it was conducted by Eugene Ormandy.

Rose wears a number of musical hats, including directing The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), which he founded in 1996, as a venue dedicated to the performance of experimental music; as artistic director of the  Monadnock Music Festival in Peterborough, NH; and numerous stints as guest conductor for opera and symphony around the world. Rose and Fuller knew each other from the days of Boston Opera. After its demise in 2012, Odyssey Opera was born. According to Fuller, he and Rose come up with the theme of each season together and are currently working on next season's theme.  

Created in 2013, artistic director Rose's quest for Odyssey Opera has been to affirm opera as a "powerful expression of the human experience," one that audiences can relate to our contemporary political and cultural lives. The first --sold-out-- performance of this season at Jordan Hall was The Maid of Orleans by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikowsky; it was described as a "radiant performance" by The Boston Globe.  The next four performances will be Gaetano Donizetti's L'Assedio Di Calais on October 26 and 28; Norman Dello Jodio's The Trial at Rouen, December 1;  Arthur Honegger's Jeanne D'Arc Au Buecher, on February 17; and Guiseppi Verdi's Giovanna D'Arco on April 5 and April 7. The events will take place at The Huntington Avenue Theatre, Jordan Hall and the Sanders Theatre, respectively. 

The South End branch of the Boston Public Library is fully handicapped accessible. The event is  free and sponsored by the Friends of the South End Library. We serve refreshments. Seating is limited. 

 

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The Final Jazz & Blues Concert of the 2017 Summer Season To Be Held in Library Park on Tuesday, August 29 at 6:30 PM, Combined with FOSEL's Capital Campaign 'Soft' Kick-off
Aug
29
6:30 PM18:30

The Final Jazz & Blues Concert of the 2017 Summer Season To Be Held in Library Park on Tuesday, August 29 at 6:30 PM, Combined with FOSEL's Capital Campaign 'Soft' Kick-off

At the August 15 concert, with drummer Benny Benson and bass player Christoff Glaude in the background, saxophonist Pat Loomis, trumpeter Scott Aruda, Sarah Seminski and Nephtaliem McCrary sang their hearts out with Louis Prima's  Just a Gigolo and I Ain't Got Nobody

At the August 15 concert, with drummer Benny Benson and bass player Christoff Glaude in the background, saxophonist Pat Loomis, trumpeter Scott Aruda, Sarah Seminski and Nephtaliem McCrary sang their hearts out with Louis Prima's Just a Gigolo and I Ain't Got Nobody

After a blast of a concert on August 15 with no less than four fabulous vocalists celebrating the 17th birthday of bandleader Pat Loomis's son Aidan, another fine Jazz & Blues session is coming up in Library Park for Tuesday, August 29 at 6:30 PM. Titled The Quiet Storm: An Evening Of Smooth, Seductive Grooves, it will feature Pat Loomis as both the saxophone player AND the fine vocalist who joined the performance on August 15, as well as Antonio Loomis, guitar; Amy Bellamy, keyboards; Aaron Bellamy, bass; Joaquin Santos, drums; and Zayra Pola, percussion. It will be the final concert of the season; we hope that our incredible luck of three  previous bookings with mostly dry weather will hold. If not, the fun will move indoors into the library itself.

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The August 29 music event will begin with a brief introduction for the 'soft opening' of the combined Friends of the South End  Library (FOSEL)'s and BPL's Capital Campaign, Writing the Next Chapter. The unique partnership's goal is to raise $50,000 by October to augment the BPL's FY 2018 capital allocation of $132,000. The FOSEL board has already contributed $30,000 toward this goal. The funds will be used for phase one of the two-phased interior renovation of the downstairs branch. Phase two will complete the renovation, as illustrated above. Poster boards featuring the proposed designs will be on display during the concert. Brochures, hot off the printing press, will be available for distribution. For details, see our Capital Campaign page.

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The Jazz & Blues concert series, now in its seventh year, was originally funded by a generous five-year grant from the Ann H. Symington Foundation. It is currently paid for jointly by the Friends of the South End Library (FOSEL), that means YOU, and the BPL branch of the South End Library. Thank you. 

All concerts are free and welcome to all. The South End Library is open to the public on concert nights and fully handicapped accessible. FOSEL serves slices of delicious watermelon at the concerts. Some seating is made available but feel free to bring your own chairs and snacks.

The previous concerts were held on July 18 (Return To Forever: A Salute To The Music Of Chick Corea);  August 1 (In The Tradition: An Evening Of Jazz Standards); and August 15 (Aidan's Choice: A Birthday Tribute to the great Aidan Shiell-Loomis). 

 

 

 

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The next Jazz & Blues Concert in Library Park on August 15 will feature Pat Loomis and Nine of his Friends, including four vocalists, adding song to the birthday celebration of Loomis's son, Aidan.
Aug
15
6:30 PM18:30

The next Jazz & Blues Concert in Library Park on August 15 will feature Pat Loomis and Nine of his Friends, including four vocalists, adding song to the birthday celebration of Loomis's son, Aidan.

The third concert of the (fast-moving) summer season in Library Park will bring no less than four vocalists to the event, a musical celebration to pay homage to the 17th birthday of the bandleader's son, Aidan. The title of the August 15 musical bash is Aidan's Choice: A Birthday Tribute to the Great Aidan Shiell-Loomis.  Aiden Loomis indeed selected the musicians, who include Pat Loomis, saxophone, vocals; Antonio Loomis, guitar; Sarah Seminski, vocals; Nephtaliem McCrary, vocals; Scott Aruda;  trumpet, vocals; Angel Subero, trombone; Steven Higgs, keyboard; Steve Cuoco, bass; and Benny Benson, drums. 

The concerts are free to all. The park and the library are fully handicapped accessible. We serve delicious watermelon. Bring your own chairs to complement the ones set out by the library staff. 

The final concert of the summer will also include vocalists, details to be announced, and will be held on Tuesday, August 29. It has the moniker of The Quiet Storm: An Evening of Smooth, Seductive Grooves. The concerts begin at 6:30 PM and end by 8:00 PM.

The concerts are funded jointly by the South End branch and the Friends of the South End Library, which means..YOU. Thank you. 

 

 

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The First of the Four Summer Jazz&Blues Concerts with Pat Loomis in Library Park Will Start Tuesday, July 18 at 6:30 PM
Jul
18
6:30 PM18:30

The First of the Four Summer Jazz&Blues Concerts with Pat Loomis in Library Park Will Start Tuesday, July 18 at 6:30 PM

 

Yes, it's that time of the year again: four fantastic, themed Jazz and Blues concerts featuring local musicians will be playing with Pat Loomis and his Friends in Library Park, starting Tuesday, July 18 at 6:30 PM. The theme of the first one is Return to Forever: A Salute to the Music of Chick Corea. Playing the first concert will be Pat Loomis, saxophone; Steve Hunt, keyboards; Antonio Loomis, guitar; Daniel Day, bass; and Zeke Martin, drums


Here's the line-up for the next three concerts:

July 18:  Return To Forever: A Salute To The Music Of Chick Corea

August 1:  In The Tradition: An Evening Of Jazz Standards

August 15:  Aidan's Choice: A Birthday Tribute to the great Aidan Shiell-Loomis

August 29: The Quiet Storm: An Evening Of Smooth, Seductive Grooves

We serve fresh watermelon. There will be some seating but please feel free to bring your own chairs. Restrooms are available inside the library.

The Jazz and Blues concert series was originally sponsored by a generous grant from the  Ann H. Symington Foundation, but is currently funded by the Friends of the South End Library (FOSEL) and the South End branch of the Boston Public Library. All concerts are free and welcome all. The South End library is fully handicapped-accessible. .

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