Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) is pleased to announce the start of Commonwealth Concerts, a series of pre-show performances before Othello from August 5 through August 15 at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common. Sponsored by New England Conservatory, these concerts will showcase many different types of music from the Boston area. In addition to the concerts sponsored by New England Conservatory, there will be two showcases by apprentices from CSC's Summer Academy; two performances of CSC's Shakespeare on Love, a compilation of love scenes and music from William Shakespeare; and a special 2-performance Swing Day courtesy of the Beantown Swing Orchestra.
"We wanted to do something special for our audiences who come out hours before the performance that would also celebrate the wide variety of art in Boston," said CSC Founding Artistic Director, Steven Maler. "We hope that this will be an opportunity for the audience to enjoy some of the great local music Boston has to offer."
All performances will take place on the stage at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common near the corner of Tremont & Winter Streets. As with Othello, all shows are free and open to the public of all ages. More detailed information on participating groups and a schedule of performances can be found below.
Grill-Barrett-Boudreau (Thursday, August 5 at 6:30pm) The trio of Laura Grill's vocals, Brad Barrett on bass and Steve Boudreau on piano is composed of three recent NEC graduates.
Malcolm Campbell Quartet (Friday, August 6 at 6:30pm) includes Malcolm Campbell on piano, Zac Shaiman on sax, Oliver Watkinson on bass, and Jacob Cole on drums.
Beantown Swing Orchestra (Saturday, August 7 4-5:15pm & 6-7pm) is an 18-piece swing orchestra.
Nick Grondin Group (Sunday, August 8 at 5:30pm) The Boston-based Group will present its music as modern instrumental storytelling, inspired by rock, folk and contemporary jazz styles. The Nick Grondin Group: Tammy Scheffer, voice; Aaron Kruziki, alto and soprano saxes; Vivek Patel, trumpet and flugelhorn; Nick Grondin, guitar and compositions; Michel Reis, piano; Greg Loughman, bass; and Lee Fish, drums.
Nadav Remez Quintet (Tuesday, August 10 at 6:30pm) includes Jonathan Greenstein on tenor sax, Nadav Remez on guitar, Julian Shore on piano, Daniel Ori on bass and Nick Falk on drums.
CSC's Shakespeare on Love (Wednesday, August 11 from 10-11am & Friday, August 13 at 2:00pm) is a compilation of love scenes and music from William Shakespeare performed by apprentices from CSC's Summer Academy.
Aubrey Johnson Quintet (Wednesday, August 11 at 6:30pm) consists of voice, piano, bass, drums, and guitar.
Katie Seller Group (Saturday, August 14 at 6:30pm) includes four members: voice, piano, bass, and drums. They will be performing originals and jazz standards with some original arrangements.
Art Felluca Group (Sunday, August 15 at 5:30pm) is a 6-horn, 4-rhythm section ensemble, consisting of some of the top young jazz talents in Boston, which explores the intricacies of writing jazz music for six horns and rhythm section. They will be performing three original compositions by Art, entitled "Barn Swallow Lane," "Chance Encounter," and "Inward," as well as an arrangement of Dave Brubeck's "Strange Meadow Lark."