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Concerts at the Taylor House B&B
50 Burroughs Street
Boston (Jamiaca Plain), MA 02130
(617) 983-9334

$15 donation and elegant wine/dessert reception after.

Bus 39 from Copley Square stops at the end of our street. Green St Stop on the Orange Line is a 10 minute walk.

Please reserve your seats for each concert you are interested in. If you do not arrive before 7:25 then your seats may be given up to walk-ins.


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We offer Friday evening house concerts twice a month and invite metropolitan Boston musicians in the genres of classical music and jazz to apply. Our music room seats about 50 people and features a 7' Yamaha grand piano. Musicians and listeners alike enjoy the intimacy of these gatherings, which are followed with a reception featuring desserts by our in-house chefs. The admission fee is $15, with most of that going to the musicians.

Although currently in hiatus, we also offer local visual artists the opportunity to display and sell their work here. Generally the pieces are on display for 1 to 2 months and an opening reception is staged for the artist and show. Inquiries for this program can be directed to Daryl Bichel as well by indicating you are a Visual Artist (see form at the bottom of this page).

Friday, August 8, Arceci Quartette, 7:30 pm

Andrew Arceci, viola da gamba & direction
Douglas Freundlich, theorbo
Asako Takeuchi, baroque violin
Akiko Sato, harpsichord

The program will include works by François Francœur (1698-1787), Marin Marais (1656-1728), Antoine Forqueray (1671-1745), and performer-composer Andrew Arceci.
      "Those responsible for the opulent, plush music of Michel Lambert (1610-1696), Jean-Baptiste Drouard de Bousset (1662-1725), Charles Dollé (c.1700-c.1755), and Antoine Forqueray (1671-(1745) were the ensemble's director Andrew Arceci, who played the melodies on viola da gamba while William Simms and Daniel Swenberg accompanied the gamba's melodies on the theorbo (bass lute) and baroque guitar."
      "Elegance, delicacy, courtliness, dignity, nobility and gentility were the delights of the afternoon, thanks to Monsieur Marais and the aesthetically pleasing and tasteful musicians." B. Plaxen, THE CATSKILL CHRONICLE (November 2013; United States)
      "As a soloist, Arceci displayed a thick, metallic tone in the lower register with throaty, well-placed high notes. L'Académie in turn followed his cues with precision and nuance to the work's forlorn end." A. Sammut, THE BOSTON MUSICAL INTELLIGENCER (February 2012; United States)
      "Andrew Arceci brought a lovely tone to the line and matched the dramatic impulses that propelled the superb ensemble playing." A. Kozinn, THE NEW YORK TIMES (January 2011; United States)


Dawn Nelson/Desiree Taylor – Visual Artist for August

I pounce on glimpses
Capturing images that twitch in my gut.
I move by instinct,
Marking the paper.

Awakening from my catnap, I stretch.
I remember and respond with light, dark, and color,
Calling out stories from my alley.

Rips, drips, and ooze brush and hiss.
I stalk with false starts.
I watch out, I reach in, and I reemerge.

Painting, I see in the dark,
Continuing my travels,
My nine lives.

      Dawn Nelson was born in Chicago in 1951, moved to Boston in 1973, and has lived in Jamaica Plain since the late 1970's.  She received her B.F.A. in Studio Art from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1973, and her MEd from Lesley University in Expressive Therapies in 1977.
      Her work has been exhibited extensively in Massachusetts, and is included in many private collections throughout the United States.  In Jamaica Plain, many people know Dawn through her work in Jamaica Plain Open Studios, in which she has participated in every year since it began.
      Since 1987, Dawn has been an Art Teacher at Weston Middle School in Weston, MA. 
      In 2007, she established her studio in The Eclipse Mill in North Adams, MA.
      Dawn's paintings are also a part of  "The Mill Children", a collaborative and traveling project produced by Brill Gallery in North Adams.
      The work that you will see in this exhibit is all new work, created this summer.  The paintings are large, abstract, and expressive. Dawn's paintings have been described as visual poems.
      Each painting in this exhibit is 36" x 36", medium is primarily water-soluble oil paint on canvas, and they are priced at $2500 each.

Guiding Star Beasts by Desiree Taylor
      I love glitter and I love animals, and so: glittered animals.  I also think adulthood is too often separated from our childhoods too much of the time, and that we need to bring the joy and fun of childhood into our adulthoods.
      Many children like to play with toy animals, but adults can play with animal toys too: visually through art.  It's important to surround ourselves with fun things that connect us to our happiness.  Things don't and can't make us happy.  But we can fill our worlds with things that remind us of our happiness and of what is good in the world, like animals (which we all are) and nature.
      Also, I chose the name 'Guiding Star Beasts' because I see each of these pieces as evoking (in glitter no less) the je ne sais quoi (that indescribable something that connects to the magical quality of life) of the animal they represent, and reminding the viewer of the importance of this quality in their own life.
      The early English textile designer William Morris said, "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."  I think the beauty of these glitter animals and their tribute to their real likeness makes them spiritually and intellectually both useful and beautiful.   $38 each


2014 Performer Schedule 
In the late fall/winter we plan our series for the upcoming calendar year, with concerts held every month.  All events are held on Fridays at 7:30pm. The 2014 dates are listed below. Singers and instrumentalists are invited to apply (now for 2015) and should fill in the form which goes to Daryl Bichel.  Private Recital space is also available for a fee.


  • January 31, Jason Davis (Jazz)
  • February 14, Cancelled
  • February 28, April Hall (Jazz)
  • March 14, Lefteris Kordis Trio (Jazz)
  • March 28, Thaddeus Hogarth (Jazz)
  • April 11 , Man-on-Land (Jazz)
  • April 25, The Well Tempered Pianist Duo   (Classical)
  • May 9, Ben Schwendener (Jazz)
  • May 16, Alicia Mielke (Classical)
  • June 13, Josh Rosen and Stan Strickland (Jazz) 
  • June 20, John Kramer and Julia Cash (classical)

2014 Visual Arts Schedule 
Feb - Apr:  Silvina Mizrahi
May - July:  Lisa Goren

Aug:            Dawn Nelson
                   Desiree Taylor
Sep - Oct:  Ann Turley

                   Mark Davis,       
Nov - Dec:  Nancy Marks

  • July 11, Roving Soul (Jazz)
  • July 25, Bennington Piano Trio
    Jeffrey Krolik, violin
    Ken Hashimoto, cello
    Cindy Fong,
  • August 8, Andrew Arceci (Classical) 
    Andrew Arceci, viola da gamba
    Douglas Freundlich, theorbo
    Asako Takeuchi, baroque violin
    Akiko Sato, harpsichord
  • August 22, OPEN
  • September 12, Mary Sullivan 
  • September 26, John Funkhouser (Jazz)
  • October 10, Petra Pacaric (Jazz)
  • October 24, Charis Quintet (classical)
  • November 7, Patrice Monahan (Jazz)
  • November 21, David Scott
  • December 5, Victoria Suchodolski (classical)








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