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In the Making: Boston Public Quartet
In the Making: Boston Public Quartet
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The Boston Public Quartet is dedicated to presenting rarely heard and underrepresented composers alongside the traditional canon of classical chamber music in all of Boston's neighborhoods.


On Thursday, February 25, 2021 we held a virtual concert with Betsy Hinkle and Jason Amos, members of the Boston Public Quartet, live streamed from the historic First Parish Church in Dorchester, Massachusetts. They performed works on violin and viola by living Black composers Adolphus Hailstork and Jessie Montgomery, as well as Mozart and Schubert.

View a video of the full concert above.

Part of the concert was played on a Stradivari model violin made by Violin Making & Repair student Veronica Vaillancourt VM '21.

The First Parish Church has a special connection to NBSS, as in 2013 Preservation Carpentry students employed their traditional woodworking skills in the restoration of its historic, 17th-century steeple and the building's windows. Learn more about the significant, award-winning rehabilitation of the church here.

"In the Making" is a new public programs series where we connect with a range of new voices, fields, and perspectives. Learn more and view a full list of participants on the series homepage here.

Concert Program

Duo in G for Violin and Viola, K. 423 by W.A. Mozart (1783)
Allegro
Adagio
Rondeau: Allegro

Divertimento for Violin and Viola by Adolphus Hailstork (2004)
Brioso
Lento e espressivo
Allegretto con grazioso

From Die Schone Mullerin by Franz Schubert (1823), (Arr. for Violin and Viola by C.G. Wolff)
Wohin?
Tränenregen
Am Feierabend

Duo for Violin and Cello (or Viola) by Jessie Montgomery (2015)
Meandering
Dirge
Presto


Watch a performance of "Sanctum Rhapsody for Viola and Piano" by Adolphus Hailstork with another member of the Boston Public Quartet below, performed at NBSS in February 2020. Part of the North End Music and Performing Arts Center's (NEMPAC) "Bijou de la Vida" Concert Series. Featuring Joy Cline Phinney on piano and Ashleigh Gordon on viola.


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