Celebrity Series of Boston and Mission Hill Arts Festival Partner to Co-Present Three Outdoor Summer Performances at The YARD in Mission Hill

The full slate of six performances runs June 11-August 20 with a wide range of exciting artistic styles, performances, and dialogues

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(June 7, 2022) Celebrity Series of Boston Neighborhood Arts and Mission Hill Arts Festival partner on an exciting series of three co-presented concerts this summer at The YARD at the Tobin Community Center in Roxbury. The three concerts are part of the Mission Hill Arts Festival’s larger series of six events happening this summer. Each concert, every other Saturday, June 11-August 20, features a wide range of artistic styles, performances, and artists in conversation.

Founded by arts curator Luisa Harris in 2021, the Mission Hill Arts Festival was established as a way to bring joy and live music to Mission Hill after Covid halted many concerts and festivals. The theme of this year’s Festival is “Interconnections”: 

They can remind us that in spite of varying beliefs, identities, and differences, we have the choice to work together, to collaborate, to be inclusive instead of exclusive. New perspectives, understanding through the eyes of others, seeing and crossing boundaries. We can remain independent while offering to or receiving from uncommon sources.

Robin Baker, Celebrity Series of Boston’s Associate Director of Community Engagement, says, “Celebrity Series’ Neighborhood Arts program is pleased to be a co-producing partner with the Mission Hill Arts Festival. Working in partnership with community organizations pools our resources and knowledge to broaden community outreach and expand to new audiences. We’re thrilled to co-present Tyson Jackson and Gregory Groover, Jr. in concert as bandleaders (both appeared with Neighborhood Arts in fall 2021 with the Charles Overton Group) and the Nebulous Quartet featuring cellist and vocalist Kely Pinheiro, a young string ensemble that we know new and returning audiences will love.” 

Luisa Harris, Executive Curator of the Mission Hill Arts Festival, says, “An artistic gathering should stimulate the artistic essence of the audience, creating the circumstances to alert them to ways they can create greatness for themselves and others. It’s a way to defeat anxiety and mediocrity while cultivating, encouraging harmony.”

For the full lineup of events visit: mhartsfest.org

The three events in partnership with Celebrity Series are:

Nebulous Quartet, featuring Kely Pinheiro
July 23, 2022 | 5:30pm
The YARD at the Tobin Community Center
1481 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02120
Tickets: $0-$40

Nebulous Quartet, led by cellist/vocalist Kely Pinheiro, is a young string quartet comprised of members with diverse cultural backgrounds that has established a sound all its own. Each member’s distinct musical identity emerges within the improvisational arrangements and compositions they create.

Tyson Jackson Quartet featuring Sasha Berliner
August 6, 2022 | 5:30pm
The YARD at the Tobin Community Center
1481 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02120
Tickets: $0-$40

Versatile Boston-based drummer, composer, and educator Tyson Jackson appears with his Quintet in a performance featuring red-hot vibraphonist Sasha Berliner, voted in the top ten vibraphonists for the 2021 and 2022 Downbeat Reader’s Polls. 

Gregory Groover, Jr., "Negro Spiritual Songbook"
August 20, 2022 | 5:30pm
The YARD at the Tobin Community Center
1481 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02120
Tickets: $0-$40

Tenor saxophonist Gregory Groover, Jr. makes his Celebrity Series debut as a bandleader with this concert, which features his ongoing exploration of Negro Spirituals. Groover and his working band use original arrangements and jazz instrumentation to interpret these enduring anthems of hope, faith, and resilience for our historical moment.

Performances may be canceled or rescheduled due to rain.


Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Celebrity Series has been bringing the very best performers—from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, and more—to Boston’s major concert halls for 84 years. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives, and build better communities. Through its education initiatives, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience—on stages, on streets, in neighborhoods—everywhere.

Celebrity Series of Boston is grateful to our 2022/23 Season Sponsors Amy & Joshua Boger, 2022/23 Neighborhood Arts Presenting Sponsor Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, and to the many individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies whose generosity supports Arts for All! and help fulfill our mission to present performing artists who inspire and enrich our community. Individual and institutional supporters include Leslie & Howard Appleby, Barr Foundation through its ArtsAmplified initiative, Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, Amy & Ethan d’Ablemont Burnes, First Republic Bank, Foley & Lardner LLP, Klarman Family Foundation, George & Lizbeth Krupp, Liberty Mutual Foundation, Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, MA Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Eleanor & Frank Pao, The Reopen Creative Boston Fund, administered by the Boston Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, Stifler Family Foundation, U.S. Small Business Administration, Yawkey Foundation, Anonymous (3), and many others. Arts for All! programs are also made possible by support from the LIVE PERFORMANCE! Arts for All Endowment & Innovation Funds of the Celebrity Series of Boston.