There are few more beautiful and tranquil settings than the courtyard of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. It offers a quiet refuge from the bustle of the city. It’s also the setting for the BPL’s popular summer Concerts in the Courtyard series. The free hour-long concerts are held each Wednesday at 6 pm and each Friday at noon through August and feature a range of genres, among them classical, pop, world music, opera, folk, and more.
Tonight’s concert is a performance by Boston-based hip-hop artist and Berklee College of Music student John Holmes, known professionally as John MurRay. The 21-year-old, who hails from Memphis, Tenn., released his debut mixtape Spacetunes in 2017, and in January his latest EP, T.R.A.P.
If you can’t make tonight’s performance, there are two dozen other concerts in the BPL summer series you can catch before the end of August. On Friday, Boston Lyric Opera teams up with Castle of Our Skins to perform the special musical narrative Crossing the Line to Freedom, which tells the stories of African American notables, among them Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and Martin Luther King, Jr. (GRS’55, Hon.’59), through spoken word, opera, art songs, and spirituals.
Other upcoming performances at the courtyard include local bands such as Three at Home and Vinegar Flies and Berklee College of Music students violinist Francesca Rijks, R&B artist Cleo Reed, and returning vocalist Safiya Leslie, among others. Find a complete list of concerts and artists here.
John MurRay performs tonight at 6 pm at the Boston Public Library Summer in the Courtyard series, McKim Courtyard, 700 Boylston St., Copley Square, Boston. Admission is free and open to the public. Concerts in the Courtyard are held on Wednesdays, from 6 to 7 pm, and on Fridays, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm, from June through August. In the event of inclement weather, concerts are moved to the BPL’s Rabb Hall. Take an MBTA Green Line trolley to Copley Square.
Sophomore Nathan Lederman (COM) can be reached at [email protected].