Free Holiday Concert Planned for December 14

The Back Bay Ringers performing at the Boston Public Library courtyard.

The Friends of the Public Garden is ushering in the holiday season with a series of return performances by the Back Bay Ringers at the Boston Common and Commonwealth Avenue Mall.

“It’s a romantic holiday tradition to hear music played in the old-fashioned way with the ringing of the bells,” said Donna Petro, a Friends board member and vice president of the Beacon Street branch of the Cambridge Trust Company, of the upcoming concerts.

Performances by the self-described “handbell ensemble” take place at the entrance to the Boston Common at Charles and Beacon streets on Wednesday, Dec. 12; the corner of Boylston and Tremont streets at the Boston Common on Friday, Dec. 14; entrance to the Commonwealth Mall at Arlington Street and Commonwealth Avenue on Thursday, Dec. 20; and Brewer Fountain by the Park Street Station in the Boston Common on Friday, Dec. 21. All concerts will be held from 5 to 6 p.m., and are free and open to the public.

Petro said this year’s series not only follows a successful performance of the Ringers that drew around 50 spectators last December, but also continues the Friends’ ongoing offerings on the Common under the guidance of Programming Committee Chair Ben Colburn, including the second annual “Puppets on the Common” last August.

“The Friends are trying to sponsor different events seasonally,” Petro said. “We want to sponsor events on the Common to make people enjoy it more than they already do, and because the more activity, the safer the park is.” To learn more about the Friends of the Public Garden, visit

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