The Sounding Board seeks to instigate social change through the arts.
What we do
TSB creates live music productions that address social issues.
TSB events aim to combine world-class performers with top-tier nightlife entertainment producers; invigorate timeless classical pieces with some of the hippest new music around; intertwine commentary from celebrities with noted public figures; and feature dynamic scripts from some of Boston’s most promising writers.
Why we do it
We believe if music shares the stage with current events, public figures, and humor then we can create meaningful social, cultural, & political dialogue. TSB wants to create not just an entertaining evening of music, but make it relevant to the world around us--illuminating current events and cultivating dialogue on social issues.
Founded in 2009 under the name Musical Diplomacy, The Sounding Board has created multiple productions aiming to instigate social change through the arts. Performing music from Bach to hip-hop & addressing events from Guantanamo Bay to Barack Obama’s Presidency, TSB incorporates lighting & staging design, multi-media components, and commentary from celebrities and noted public figures to inspire new perspectives and cultivate dialogue on today’s most pressing social issues. Past participants have included Pulitzer-prize winning composer & author Gunther Schuller, Emmy-nominated composer & performer Daniel Bernard Roumain, and luminaries from distinguished institutions including the United Nations, the Boston Mayor’s Office, The Boston Globe, The National Defense University, Tufts’ Fletcher School, Northeastern University and New England Conservatory. Future collaborators will include Brad Ellis, the pianist on FOX’s Golden Globe winning TV show Glee.