January 12, 2023 07:00-08:30pm

The John Kleshinski Concert Series

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January 12


07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

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 the Carlos Herrand Pou Quartet
February 16, 2022, 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.


Coming soon!

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POSTPONED: The John Kleshinski Concert Series Presents Analog By Choice
January 12, 2022, 7PM, Allen Hall

This event has been POSTPONED. A new date will be announced soon!

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

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The John Kleshinski Concert Series Presents Kalliope Reed Quintet
June 2, 2022, 7PM, Allen Hall
This Kleshinski Concert will be preceded by a Community Conversation. RSVP for both events here!

The Kalliope Reed Quintet is the first professional reed quintet in New England. Founded in 2019, they are already joining the evolution of the reed quintet with many commissions and unabashedly ambitious programming. As a contemporary chamber ensemble and one of the first 50 reed quintets worldwide, their mission is to expand and diversify the reed quintet repertoire and to further strengthen the role of contemporary chamber music in the 21st century by presenting unique, engaging and educational programs to communities locally and worldwide.

Persevering through the many unexpected challenges of 2020-21, Kalliope commissioned 15 new reed quintets and arranged many more. Despite the pandemic, 2020 developed into a busy year with a summer season featuring six online concerts with four world premieres, all live streamed from the Regent Theatre Arlington. In 2021 Kalliope performed a hybrid in-person/online summer season featuring seven world premieres across seven concerts, including presentations at the International Double Reed Society conference and International Clarinet Association’s Clarinetfest. They recorded their first album, featuring all original reed quintets and expected to be released spring of 2022. 

Their 2022 season features a spring season filled with new concerts, commissions, and collaborations. Highlights include a concert with Brookline-based pianist Cholong Park, a performance in the Cape Cod Cultural Center in for their women’s history month exhibit  Empowerment vs Exploitation, an all Latin American concert at the Somerville Museum in collaboration with their new exhibit El Dorado Chocolaterie, and their first international tour to Mexico. Expansions in their in-person student outreach include concerts at the Boston Community Music Center, Arlington High School, and a student composition workshop and performance at the University of Rhode Island New Music Festival. Their second album Cañas sin Fronteras is underway with expected release in early 2023. Learn more at www.kalliopereedquintet.com.


Cañas sin Fronteras (Reeds without borders)

Wildflower Quintet – I. Wildflowers by Jenni Brandon (b. 1977, USA)

Across the Seas Towards the Mystical by Charles Philip Daniels Torres (b. 1985, Mexico)

Alcatraz by Nubia Jaime Donjuan (b.1984, Mexico)


Transoceánica by Miguel del Águila (b. 1957, Uruguay/USA)

Momentos Peruanos by Daniel Cueto (b 1986, Peru/USA)

Danzón no. 5, Portales de Madrugada by Arturo Marquez (b. 1950, Mexico)

The John Kleshinski Concert Series Presents Duo Axis

Virtual Q&A: March 15, 7PM | Concert: March 17, 2022, 7 PM, Allen Hall

Duo Axis is a flute and piano duo committed to bringing to life vibrant performances of music both new and old. Duo Axis has been presented throughout the US and abroad to standing-room only audiences, championing both vivid new creations by living composers as well as outstanding works from the past.

We invite you to join Duo Axis in a performance of new and recent works, including 3 new commissions written in collaboration between Sheets, Wu, and some of today’s most exciting living composers.

In advance of Duo Axis’ Thursday March 17 performance, we invite you to join us for a virtual conversation with performers Zach Sheets and Wei-Han Wu and Executive Director of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center Ben Hires on Tuesday, March 15.

Sheets & Wu will share insight into the works on the program, perform excerpts, and speak in detail about Anthony Cheung and Tonia Ko’s new commissions for Duo Axis. Duo Axis will also discuss their approach to representation and cultural equity in the creation of new works, including by a Q&A moderated by BCNC’s Ben Hires.


Anthony Cheung: Axis Mundi (commissioned by Duo Axis)
Tonia Ko: Reaction (commissioned by Duo Axis)
Valerie Coleman: Fanmi Imèn
Gabriel Bolaños: khôra-khôra (commissioned by Duo Axis)
Aaron Copland: Duo for flute and piano

The John Kleshinski Concert Series Presents Javier Rosario Trio
April 14, 2022, 7PM, Allen Hall

Guitar virtuoso, composer, bandleader, educator and recording artist, Javier Rosario is the first ever Michel Camilo Scholarship winner, the first scholarship of its kind in the history of the Dominican Republic. In 2006, Javier attended Berklee College of Music with full scholarship, graduating with the highest ratings ever given to a guitarist. In 2010, Javier decided to further his studies at the Longy School of Music of Bard College with a master’s degree. There he was awarded a Presidential Scholarship and was acknowledged by his guitar teachers as possibly the highest-level guitarist ever to enter the jazz program.

In late June 2021, Javier received the Community Music Center of Boston Marilla MacDill Award for Teaching Excellence and Community Service. Javier has been a Visiting Professor at the National Conservatory of Music since 2009 and a Visiting Artist at UNPHU or Universidad Pedro Henriquez Ureña since 2021 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

In late December of 2019, Javier released his debut album Javier Rosario Trio, Vol I: A Celebration of Life which has been nationally and internationally reviewed.

Javier Rosario Trio is Javier Rosario (guitar), Scott Kiefner (bass), and Zak King (drums).


Ghost Town
The Road Ahead
In Between the Seas
Carry On
It Is
It Changes
Heading North
Shades of Grey
Passing Through

All compositions written by Javier Rosario.

The John Kleshinski Concert Series Presents ETM
May 12, 2022, 7PM, Allen Hall
This Kleshinski Concert will be preceded by a Community Conversation. We hope you’ll join us for both events!

ETM is a chordless ensemble that consists of Miranda Agnew and Lemuel Marc on trumpet, Ariel Vera on Voice, Samantha Reiss on Bass and Kabir Adhiya-Kumar on Drums. The name ETM, while it has meaning to the members of the group, can mean anything to anyone, there’s no one way to explain it or categorize it. Much like the music that is played by this group, while we are a heavily improvisatory group each member of the ensemble has a completely different approach to improvised music that we like to take advantage of!! We would also like to venerate all of our influences within the Black American Musician canon, while all of the pieces will be our own compositions we would be remiss if we didn’t thank our influences such as Henry Threadgild, Charles Mingus, Anthony Braxton, Ornette Coleman and many many others!

Kabir Adhiya-Kumar – DrumTiny Moments – Miranda Agnew
Opus. 3 K. 1 – Lemuel Marc
Opus. 6 K.4 – Lemuel Marc
Say What You Mean – Ariel Vera

Interview with Composers Missy Mazzoli and Gillian Whitehead


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