The Boch Center in Boston, one of the nation’s leading nonprofit performing arts institutions and a guardian of the historic Wang and Shubert theaters, is paying tribute to a centuries-old tradition with its audience-less Ghost Light series.
The performance series at the historic Wang Theatre honors the single lamp left shining at most theaters when everyone has gone home for the evening. As the superstition goes, the single light protects actors, patrons and the theater from bad luck and ghosts.
The Ghost Light series at the Wang Theatre will put the light center stage during a series of televised performances for Keb’ Mo’, Lori McKenna, The Mammals, Tom Rush, Noel Paul Stookey, Jonathan Edwards and more. During their performances, artists will play without amplified sound and only be illuminated by the Ghost Light, revealing “what it is like to be a musician at a time when you are cut off from your audience,” a press release from the Boch Center announcing the show explains.
“We will not go dark. We are still here, and as long as we are here, we will try our best to bring people live music,” says Joe Spaulding, president and chief executive officer of the Boch Center. “The Ghost Light Series allows us to give artists a voice in this uncertain time and show the incredible talent in New England and beyond.”
Guests watching on TV or online are asked to support the Boch Center and the Folk American Roots Hall of Fame. The series will air on NBCUniversal’s New England’s Connection (NECN), premiering Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.
“The Ghost Light Series will take our viewers inside one of the greatest performing arts centers in the country as we all find new ways to connect with our favorite New England artists during the pandemic.” says Maggie McCarthy Baxter, v.p. of programming at NECN.
For more information on the Ghost Light Series or to donate to the Boch Center, click here.