Friday, August 28, 2009

Sounds of the Garden 2009

I'm on the second year of new tradition: missing the annual Sounds of the Garden concert at the Minton Stable Garden, this time because of a vacation conflict. The original show, scheduled for July, had been canceled due to the forecast; luckily the weather cooperated for the rain date, which was Wednesday night, August 19. To honor my new tradition I'll post photos taken by Allan, gardener and former Steering Committee member who acted as host for the event, and provide a very brief, better-late-than-never report.

This year's performers were Deborah and Giovanni Rocha, a husband-and-wife duo whose repertoire included not only original work written by Deborah, the guitarist, but samba and bossa nova standards. The Boston Natural Areas Network supplied free hot dogs and hamburgers, and gardeners and neighbors spread out blankets and pulled up chairs to enjoy the mellow sounds and appreciate the acoustics, which I keep hearing about but have yet to experience at this grand of a scale. As Allan put it, "The reverb from the houses made it sound like you were in a nice hall." Thanks to Allan for providing the photos, including this great aerial view, taken from a Williams Street porch. You can see how much space we have to play with here at the MSG and the potential for hosting more performance events such as this one.

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