May 18, 2023 07:00-08:30pm

The John Kleshinski Concert Series

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May 18


07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

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Named in memory of John Kleshinski, former CMCB Board President and student, this series provides access to high-quality musical performances for all, aiming to present a diverse sampling of instruments and genres.


The John Kleshinski Concert Series Presents Analog By Choice
May 18, 2023, 7PM, Allen Hall

Analog by Choice is a chamber music collective featuring two CMCB faculty members, violist and multi-instrumentalist, Sébastien Ridoré and violinist, Karl Ørvik, as well as Australian cellist, Linda Hwang, and founding violinist, Peter Paetkau.

ABC and storyteller, Valerie Stephens, return to the Community Music Center of Boston’s Allen Hall to present “The Epic of Sunjata.” Featuring the captivating story of ancient Mali alongside music by Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Reena Esmail, and Vieux Toure. Join us for an evening of string quartet music from around the world!


Sunjata’s Time by Fodé Lassana Diabaté

Ragamala by Reena Esmail

Gabou Ni Tie by Vieux Farka Touré


The John Kleshinski Concert Series Presents Rasa String Quartet
April 13, 2023, 7PM, Allen Hall

The Boston-based Rasa String Quartet finds their niche exploring the musical space where classical and folk traditions intersect and influence one another. They are the 2022-23 ensemble in residence at Phillips Exeter Academy and winners of the 2022 Associazione Europea Di Musica E Comunicazione International Chamber Music Competition (Italy,) the 2021 Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition (ATL,) and the 2021 Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition (OH.) The quartet can be found collaborating with the preeminent folk musicians of today, performing their own programs in venues and festivals around the country, and participating in artistic and educational residencies at a variety of institutions. Inspired by the connection between music and storytelling at the heart of folk traditions, Rasa String Quartet creates engaging and fresh programs that are approachable by a wide range of people. Educating their audiences by contextualizing the genres, styles, and composers they present, they invite their listeners to experience a variety of both familiar and unfamiliar sounds with curiosity and openness.

The Rasa String Quartet presents Song and Dance, a program centered around the relationship between voice, movement, and music. You will hear works by contemporary composers from North America and East Asia, alongside a traditional masterwork from the long-celebrated European canon.


William Grant Still: Summerland

Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate: Pisachi (Reveal)

Korean Traditional: Gyeonggi Arirang Arr. Mina Kim

Hajime Komatsu: Yagibushi

Wei-Chieh Lin: Taiwanese Folk Songs

Maurice Ravel: String Quartet in F Major

The John Kleshinski Concert Series Presents Stephanie McKay
March 16, 2023, 7PM, Allen Hall

Stephanie McKay is a creative multi-hyphenate rooted in the power of the arts to inspire, connect, uplift and transcend the barriers of the personal and political to create meaningful change as a collective. Her decades long experience as a professional dancer, singer and arts educator has brought her to this current convergence of multiple passions.

Join us for this exciting program of Stephanie McKay’s original music!


  • Jackson avenue
  • Song in my heart
  • Phenomenon
  • Look No further
  • Forget Regret
  • Shine
  • Home

The John Kleshinski Concert Series Presents the Carlos Herrand Pou Quartet
February 16, 2023, 7PM, Allen Hall

Led by CMCB faculty member, drummer, and composer, Carlos Herrand Pou, this quartet features Brooklyn-based saxophonist Noah Preminger, jazz guitarist Eric Hofbauer, and bassist Charlie Lincoln.

Dominican-native drummer Carlos ‘Cabeto’ Herrand presents As In Life, So In Music, a compilation of his latest compositions that attempts to evoke his life experiences into musical sounds. Join us for a preview of this production, ahead of its Summer 2023 release.


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