The Boston Globe WGBH Summer Arts Weekend Scheduled For July 26-28, 2013

   The Boston Globe WGBH Summer Arts Weekend Scheduled For July 26-28, 2013

Dr. John, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Angelique Kidjo, Red Baraat, Boston
Landmarks Orchestra and Carlos Nunez Among Scheduled Performers

Presented by Citizens Bank, Program Expanded to Include Walks and Talks
Gallery Tour and Auction

PR Newswire

BOSTON, May 9, 2013

BOSTON, May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Boston Globe, WGBH and Citizens Bank
are teaming up again to host the 2^nd annual Boston Globe WGBH Summer Arts
Weekend. The 2013 event will celebrate and promote Boston's arts community
with a free festival on Copley Square in the Back Bay on July 26-28, special
offers around the city, and a series of ticketed unique performances.

With music ranging from classical and jazz to Latin, bluegrass and soul,
dramatic theater and dance, Summer Arts Weekend will showcase Boston's
thriving arts community by bringing local and national artists to the city for
a variety of free performances.

Blues and jazz icon Dr. John as well as the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz
Band will headline Friday's opening concert at Copley Square. Noe Socha, a
guitar and harmonica blues artist and student at Berklee College of Music will
open the evening's performance and will be followed by the bluegrass band
Della Mae. 

Saturday will celebrate music of the world. The day will feature performances
from Carlos Nunez, a Galician bagpipe player from the Celtic region of Spain,
ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, Grammy-Award winning Beninoise
singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo, and Brooklyn-based Bhangra band Red Baraat.
Saturday will also showcase performers with a Boston connection in a special
Boston Before Dark Session Americana event.

Classical comes to the forefront on Sunday, with performances from the Handel
& Haydn Society and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, who will perform with
Carlos Nunez.

Building on the success of last year's inaugural event, WGBH, The Boston Globe
and Citizens Bank are extending the weekend programming to include a series of
Boston Summer Arts Weekend Walks & Talks. Beginning the week of July 21, the
expanded programming will feature a Newbury Street gallery tour and art
auction, as well as exclusive talks with artists and authors at venues across
Boston. WGBH, The Boston Globe and Citizens Bank will release additional
information about the Walks & Talks later this month.

"In 2013, the arts will certainly come alive like never before in the City of
Boston," said Chris Mayer, publisher of The Boston Globe. "The month of July
will offer incredible opportunities for residents and visitors alike to
experience an amazing array of performances and exhibits. We are delighted to
be working with WGBH and Citizens Bank to bring this celebration to Boston."

In addition to the free events at Copley Square and the Walks & Talks  events,
the weekend will feature Boston Summer Arts Weekend After Dark – a series of
ticketed events that bring together festival artists for short-form intimate
performances allowing for unique collaborations between artists. More
information about these programs will be available soon.

"The success of the first Summer Arts Weekend demonstrated what we already
knew – that Bostonians have a true passion for the arts," said Jon Abbott,
president of WGBH. "Starting with the Fourth of July and continuing through
Summer Arts Weekend, July will showcase the rich and diverse arts culture of
the City. We're excited to once again be part of the celebration."

Local arts organizations will offer discounts and unique programming for the
public, all of them featured in a special guide. All arts and entertainment
organizations are invited to list their events in the guide and on the Summer
Arts Weekend website free of charge. The guide will be distributed in The
Boston Sunday Globe and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and will be available
online at To submit a listing, please visit

"Sponsoring programs that enliven and enrich the communities where we live and
work is an example of our ongoing commitment to Massachusetts and to our
belief in being a good citizen," said Robert D. Matthews, Jr., vice chairman,
commercial banking, Citizens Bank. "Collaborating with The Boston Globe and
WGBH to present a dynamic variety of arts will benefit residents, business
owners and visitors in the City of Boston and will continue to build Boston's
reputation as an exciting place to be."

Summer Arts Weekend is presented by Citizens Bank. Sponsorship opportunities
are still available and can be tailored for both small and large arts
organizations. For more information about becoming a sponsor of Summer Arts
Weekend, contact Allison McCann at
For more information, visit

About The Boston Globe
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leading global, multimedia news and information company with 2012 revenues of
$2.0 billion, includes The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune,
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properties. The Company's core purpose is to enhance society by creating,
collecting and distributing high-quality news and information.

About WGBH
WGBH Boston is America's preeminent public broadcaster and the largest
producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques
Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and
more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children's series. WGBH's
television channels include WGBH 2, WGBH 44, and the digital channels World
and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region's diverse community
include Greater Boston, Basic Black, and High School Quiz Show. WGBH Radio
serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH, Boston Public Radio;
Classical New England; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also
is a major source of programs for public radio (including The World), a leader
in educational multimedia (including PBS LearningMedia, a free online service
providing the nation's educators with curriculum-based digital content to meet
21st-century learners' needs), and a pioneer in technologies and services that
make media accessible to the 36 million Americans who are deaf, hard of
hearing, blind, or visually impaired. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds
of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards…even two Oscars. Find more
information at

About Citizens Bank
Citizens Bank is a division of RBS Citizens, N.A., operating its seven-state
branch network in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New
York, Rhode Island and Vermont. It has 253 branches and 744 ATMs in

RBS Citizens, N.A., is a subsidiary of RBS Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a
$127 billion commercial bank holding company. It is headquartered in
Providence, R.I., and through its subsidiaries has approximately 1,400
branches, approximately 3,600 ATMs and more than 19,000 colleagues. Its two
bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A., and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania.
They operate a 12-state branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in
Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York,
Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont; and the Charter One brand in Illinois,
Michigan and Ohio. RBSCFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in more
than 30 states. RBSCFG is owned by RBS (the Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc).
RBSCFG's website is

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