October 30, 2020

Clarke Hosts Boston Symphony Musicians Live Recital

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It’s not every day that a Boston Duck Tours vehicle pulls into Clarke’s 7 Tide parking lot holding Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) musicians ready to perform. That day was Thursday, October 15 and the recital was a delight!

Boston Pops on Duck boats Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 in Boston, (Photo by Winslow Townson)

The call came into Clarke two weeks before: The Boston Symphony Orchestra was organizing impromptu outdoor live performances throughout Boston’s neighborhoods and was looking for partners. A small BSO string ensemble was being transported throughout the city by Duck Boat to play live for the first time since COVID-19 forced Symphony Hall and many other live music and theatre venues to close down.

Clarke’s 7 Tide Showroom offered an outdoor space that could safely house the 30-person limit of masked and social-distanced music lovers (in addition to the musicians and other crew) and was located in Boston’s much-loved Seaport area. With less than two weeks to plan, Clarke Showroom Manager Jeremy McCulla and his team went to work arranging food and wine for guests and sent email invitations to a list of Clarke VIP clients.

Boston Symphony Musicians Arrive by Duck Boat

On Thursday, October 15, the familiar Boston Duck Tours vehicle pulled into Clarke’s 7 Tide parking lot with Clarke’s name on the side along with corporate partners Arbella Insurance, Bank of America and Berkshire Partners. Out walked a BSO ensemble comprised of Lucia Line on violin, Rebecca Gitter on viola and Owen Young on cello. They performed Beethoven String Trio in C minor, excluding the Scherzo (20’).

“It was wonderful,” said McCulla. “Everyone enjoyed being out in the air on a beautiful day, sipping wine and listening to beautiful music. It was a privilege to host the Boston Symphony musicians in their Rolling Recital and a real treat to see and hear live music again. I’m delighted that Clarke answered the call to sponsor such a unique opportunity.”

Take a peek at these videos to get a taste of this special Clarke event.