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In-Person Music To Resume

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Toward the new post-normal: A baby step for audiences, a leap for performance.

Who misses live music more than the audiences? Musicians, that’s who.

Now that summer has arrived, the chamber organization Mistral Music will be joined, this Saturday at 6pm in Brookline’s Knyvet Square, by three BSO players to play the Ravel Duo, the Schubert Rosamunde Quartet, and a Beethoven String Trio.

North of the city, as part of its Summer Music on the Hill series, the Church of St. Andrew in Marblehead presents “On the Street Where You Live,” an outdoor concert featuring area star vocalists Holly Cameron and Matt Arnold accompanied by church music director Mary Jodice, on Sunday July 12, at 7pm. The rain date is July 18.

Mistrals 60-minute event repeats at the same time the next Friday July 3 or Saturday July 4 (see Mistral’s Facebook page as that weekend approaches) and then the next Friday, July 10. If it appears performances can be done safely with enough distancing, the plan is to bring in more players and offer one of the Brahms Sextets.

Knyvet is a park between St. Paul and Amory Streets. Forecast of rain means cancellation; check Facebook or www.MistralMusic.org.

It’s not a formal concert, obviously, just musicians reading music together. Bring masks, blankets, lawnchairs, and drinks/snacks if desired. Physical distancing will be maintained. Mistral intends to do the same in Andover park if permission can be obtained.

Mistral’s Julie Scolnik (flute) and her children (Sophie Scolnik-Brower, piano, and Sasha Scolnik-Brower, cello) recently gave a short concert of Piazzolla, Weber, Villa-Lobos, Brahms, and Bach to benefit the NAACP Defense Fund.

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North of the city, as part of its Summer Music on the Hill series, the Church of St. Andrew in Marblehead presents “On the Street Where You Live,” an outdoor concert featuring area star vocalists Holly Cameron and Matt Arnold accompanied by church music director Mary Jodice, on Sunday July 12, at 7pm. The rain date is July 18.

Cameron and Arnold will sing selections from the Great American Songbook, show tunes, and other popular favorites. The couple, who have performed classical, jazz, popular, and sacred music at a number of venues around Boston, have recently been broadcasting a series of eclectic concerts, “Live from the Coronacabana,” on Facebook Live.

Jodice notes, “We are excited to present a safe, socially distanced, outside concert of toe-tapping popular music and show tunes! By presenting this outdoor concert, we are fighting back for music, which has suffered during the pandemic. We all need music in our lives to make these days more tolerable.”

Attendees are asked to bring their own chairs. The concert will be in the church parking lot, which will have chalk markings indicating safe placement. Concertgoers will be asked to wear masks and the performers will be at a safe distance, with no programs distributed. A goodwill offering of $20 is requested, payable at the event by check or cash or in advance by check. If cash, please have the exact amount, and checks should be made out to Church of St. Andrew, with “outdoor concert” on the memo line. Proceeds benefit the church’s music program.

The Church of St. Andrew is at 135 Lafayette Street (Route 114), on the Marblehead-Salem line. Please park on Lafayette Street or on Robert Road(behind the church. Concertgoers with impaired mobility may park in the rear lot of the church, against the fence; enter via Robert Road.

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Finally, while no one can tell what the pandemic future holds and what prudent plague behaviors will be advised come the end of the year, the Handel and Haydn Society has landed a new venue for their December 17 and 20 performances of “Bach Christmas.” Originally scheduled for Jordan Hall, the concert is now slated to take place at St. Cecilia Parish in Boston.

 

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  1. Lest readers think the lede is overstated, this, from today, was educational:

    https://www.boston.com/culture/music/2020/06/28/boston-symphony-orchestra-boston-pops-after-pandemic

    Comment by David Moran — June 28, 2020 at 1:41 pm

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