About Music Street...
Founded in the Fall of 2013 by collaborative pianist Diane Katzenberg Braun, the aim of Music Street is to bring high level classical music performances by musicians affiliated with the New England Conservatory in Boston to a variety of venues.
Our programs showcase unique repertoire with themed and thought provoking narration to actively engage our audiences.
Since our inception we have given themed Salon concerts, arts high school residencies, performances at homeless shelters and a rehabilitation hospital. In addition we have established a concert series at the West Tisbury Library in its beautiful gallery space on the island of Martha's Vineyard. In its "pianos to shelters" initiative Music Street finds good quality pianos to donate to institutions or people in need.
On a bitterly cold snowy night in Cambridge, Massachusetts in February 2014 two singers and one pianist unloaded their mini van of music stands, an electric piano and scores, and entered the basement of the University Lutheran Church, site of a small homeless shelter. That night they performed for a small attentive group of temporary shelter residents. Their music was the songs of Samuel Barber, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Leonard Bernstein, ending with what would become their signature song, Without a Song. As the pianist began to play the opening bass octaves for Vaughan Williams' The Vagabond, an elderly man stood up and began conducting tenor Sean Lair with a clear rhythmic beat, and he guided him through to the end of the song. This was the beginning of our journey...........
Cellist Sharen Huang and violinist Letitia Jap look on while violist Kurt Tseng and violinist Daniel Koo perform a Mozart Duo at the Long Island Shelter in the Boston Harbor. With pianist Diane Braun the group also performed movements of the Schumann Piano Quintet and string solos with piano.