December 1 is going to be a busy day along Centre and South streets in Jamaica Plain. There will be two tree lightings with Mayor Walsh, a JP Library Book Sale and a Boston Symphony Orchestra performance and more across the area. The 23rd Annual Mayor's Enchanted Trolley Tour are tree lightings are taking place from Nov. 30 through Dec. 2.
This Halloween in Jamaica Plain wasn't just costumed kids going from house-to-house asking for candy. This year, professional musicians and dancers made their way across JP creating flash mobs in an homage to Michael Jackson's "Thriller." Jamaica Plain's Hoopla Productions collaborated with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops to produce several flash mobs for Halloween outside of Symphony Hall and in various locations in Jamaica Plain, said Hoopla's Mindy Fried to Jamaica Plain News. Hoopla Productions also organizes the popular Jamaica Plain Porchfest. Ali Pierre-Etienne choreographed the dancing, which was accompanied by the professional musicians, who also got into the zombie performance with makeup and some dance moves.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra recently launched a new program to engage the community and chose Jamaica Plain as the first neighborhood to benefit from it. The BSO celebrated its "BSO in Residence" program with a popup concert at the Loring-Greenough House on Sept. 28th and a public concert in Franklin Park on Oct. 1st. Through the program the BSO wants to"expand its reach beyond the walls of Symphony Hall and to "learn about (neighborhoods) cultural offerings and how the BSO might best share what it has to offer in return."
The Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and the Boston Pops, in partnership with the City of Boston, present a special free concert in Boston's Franklin Park. Led by BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons, Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart, and BSO Youth and Family Concerts Conductor Thomas Wilkins, the outdoor concert marks the first time the BSO and the Boston Pops have performed on the same stage in a free outdoor public venue. Though the Boston Pops have performed at Franklin Park twice before, this will be the first performance by the BSO in Boston's largest park, and the first time Mr. Nelsons has led the orchestra in an outdoor venue in Boston. The program will include "The Star-Spangled Banner" and selections from John Williams, Shostakovich and Mahler.
As a warmup to their Oct. 1st Franklin Park concert, Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians will perform a free pop-up concert on the lawn at the Loring-Greenough House this Thursday (Sept. 28th). The pop-up concert will be part of Thursdays on the Lawn at the Loring-Greenough House, which is every Thursday during warmer months. Thursdays on the Lawn include food trucks, local vendors and lots of space for kids to run around and be kids.