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16 events found.

TimeEventLocationAudience
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
6:30 p.m."A Tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein," with Mel Haber, a devoted music lover, primarily of popular music and opera.
After the death of Larry Hart in 1943, Richard Rodgers needed to find another lyricist. In Oscar Hammerstein, he found a wonderful partner with whom he continued his successful career for many years. Together, they wrote music for quite a few successful Broadway musicals: Oklahoma, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music. Songs from these and other musicals, including, "People Will Say We're in Love," "Surrey with the Fringe on Top," "It Might As Well Be Spring," "If I…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
6:30 p.m. "Mad World: An Oral History of the New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined 1980s," with Lori Majewski, a cofounder and editor-in-chief of "Teen People" and an executive editor of "Entertainment Weekly" and "Us Weekly."
This illustrated lecture explores the important post-punk period known as "the Second British Invasion of America," and reveals why it is beloved by fans of all ages, yet often overlooked by "serious" music critics. The making of the book, which features all-new interviews with Duran Duran, New Order, The Smiths, Tears For Fears, Depeche Mode, Adam and the Ants, Devo, ABC, A Flock of Seagulls, INXS, and more, is also discussed. Use this quick list to reserve copies of our September Author @ th…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Monday, October 6, 2014
6:30 p.m."A Musical Tribute To Frank Sinatra," with Mel Haber, a devoted music lover, primarily of popular music and opera.
This illustrated lecture features a brief biography of one of the finest popular singers of the twentieth century with videos of some of his finest performances from movies, television, and concerts, including "The Lady is a Tramp," "One for My Baby," "Send in the Clowns," "I Get a Kick out of You," "That's Life," "Night and Day," "Blues in the Night," "Fly Me to the Moon," and "My Way." Find out what else is occurring at Mid-Manhattan here:OCTOBER EVENTS CALENDAR 2014.pdf Th…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
6:30 p.m."A Tribute to the Great Louis Armstrong," with Cesare Civetta, conductor and music director of the Beethoven Festival Orchestra in New York City and the author of "The Real Toscanini: Musicians Reveal the Maestro."
This mixed media lecture on the life and music of Louis Armstrong, the father of jazz, explores his single-minded journey through a life devoted to sharing great music with millions. Little known anecdotes are shared as well as inimitable recordings and video footage from the great musician's career, including recordings of his trumpet playing and singing. Find out what else is occurring at Mid-Manhattan here:OCTOBER EVENTS CALENDAR 2014.pdf The New York Public Library do…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
6:30 p.m."A Tribute to Pete Seeger," with Cesare Civetta, conductor and music director of the Beethoven Festival Orchestra in New York City and the author of "The Real Toscanini: Musicians Reveal the Maestro."
This mixed media memorial lecture features Pete Seeger, one of the most potent musical activists in the 20th and 21st centuries, and details little known facts about his life. Find out what else is occurring at Mid-Manhattan here: November Events Calendar.pdf
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
6:30 p.m."Happy Birthday Beethoven!" with Cesare Civetta, conductor and music director of the Beethoven Festival Orchestra in New York City and the author of "The Real Toscanini: Musicians Reveal the Maestro."
This mixed media presentation features the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven, touches upon the incredible challenges the composer faced as he gradually lost his hearing and how he overcame the psychological torment of the accompanying social awkwardness, and his evolution into a life of inner peace in his last years. Music from his early, middle, and late styles demonstrate his spiritual journey. Find out what else is occurring at Mid-Manhattan here: December Events Calendar 2014.pdf
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Monday, December 29, 2014
6:30 p.m. "Funny Songs from Stage and Screen," with Mel Haber, a devoted music lover, primarily of popular music and opera.
"Tragedy Tomorrow, Comedy Tonight" is the title of a song that captures this visual presentation. Videos of funny songs from shows and films, including songs from "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," "Guys and Dolls," "Kiss Me Kate," Sweeney Todd," "Singing in the Rain," "Gigi," and "The Music Man" are intended to make the audience smile and laugh, as well as have a good time. Find out what else is occurring at Mid-Manhattan here: December Events Calendar 2014.pdf
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
6:30 p.m.Grand Opera: The Story of the Met, with Charles Affron, Professor Emeritus of French Literature at New York University and Mirella Jona Affron, Professor Emerita of Cinema Studies at The College of Staten Island/CUNY.
This illustrated lecture tells how The Metropolitan, which has stood among the grandest of opera companies since its birth in 1883, became and remains a powerful actor on the global cultural scene, and traces the offstage/onstage workings of this famed New York institution. Find out what else is occurring at Mid-Manhattan here: February Events Calendar 2015.pdf
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
6:30 p.m.THE B-SIDE: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song, with Ben Yagoda, a journalism professor at the University of Delaware and the author, coauthor, or editor of twelve books,
This illustrated lecture by an acclaimed cultural critic is a narrative and social history of the Great American Songwriting era. Use this quick list to reserve copies of our March 2015 Author @ the Library titles in the library catalog. Find out what else is occurring at Mid-Manhattan here:March Events Calendar 2015.pdf
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thursday, April 9, 2015
6:30 p.m."Words and Music by Cole Porter," with Mel Haber, a devoted music lover, primarily of popular music and opera.
Born in Peru, Indiana, in 1891, Cole Porter wrote words and music for many Broadway and Hollywood musicals. Among them were Anything Goes, The Gay Divorce, Kiss Me Kate, and High Society. In this illustrated lecture, videos of singers, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Ethel Merman and others will be featured.. Some of the songs performed are "You're the Top," "Begin the Beguine," "Night and Day," "True Love," and "I've Got You Under My Skin." Find out what else is occ…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Monday, May 4, 2015
6:30 p.m.Dancers Among Us, with Jordan Matter, American Photographer
Fate, fortune, kismet or serendipity – whatever you call it, best-selling author and photographer Jordan Matter has made a career out of relying on the unknown to provide inspiration. He has never storyboarded a single shot in his career, even when working on campaigns or magazine spreads. This process may seem like blind faith, but there is a method to his madness. Using photos and video spanning his career, and delivering his talk with high-energy and humor, he will take the viewers of this il…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults
Monday, June 1, 2015
6:30 p.m."Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly: Two Masters of Song and Dance," with Mel Haber, a devoted music lover, primarily of popular music and opera.
Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly were two very different types of dancers; Fred Astaire was the more graceful, while Gene Kelly was the more athletic. It is unfair to say one is better than the other, because they both were masters at what they did. There were, of course, other singers and dancers who appeared on stage and in films, but none were the equal of these two. In this illustrated lecture, there are many videos of both of them performing in films. Information about their lives are also inclu…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Sunday, June 21, 2015
11 a.m.Canceled
Make Music New York Sinatra Karaoke Party
Celebrate Father's Day and the Summer Solstice with a special Sinatra centennial Karaoke party and a viewing of the Sinatra: An American Icon exhibition. Make Music New York’s traveling Karaoke bar makes it’s final stop in the Library for the Performing Arts cafe. From 7 - 8 PM Croon your favorite tunes, accompanied live by pianist Nate Buccieri. See artifacts from the Library for for Performing Arts collections, like Kurt Weill’s manuscript for "September Song" or the personal scrapbooks of F…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Thursday, July 16, 2015
6:30 p.m.Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth, with John Szwed, Professor of Music and Director of the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University
Singer Billie Holiday This illustrated lecture explores Billie Holiday's music, her performance style, and the self she created and put into print, on record and on stage. Critically acclaimed jazz writer John Szwed considers how her life influenced her art, her uncanny voice and rhythmic genius, a number of her signature songs, and her legacy. Use this quick list to reserve copies of our July 2015 Author @ the Library titles in the library catalog. Find out what else is occurring at Mid-…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
6:30 p.m."Frank Sinatra: Duets, Trios, and Quartets," with Mel Haber, a devoted music lover, primarily of popular music and opera.
Frank Sinatra is perhaps the finest male pop singer of all time. While most of us are familiar with his solo songs, he was also extraordinarily good when he teamed up with other singers. In this presentation there are videos of him singing duets with such great artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Ethel Merman and Lena Horne. He also sings trios with Judy Garland and Bing Crosby. In addition, he is singing with three other singers, including one video with Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Johnny Cars…
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
6:30 p.m.A Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen, with Liel Leibovitz, a senior writer for "Tablet magazine," and teacher at New York University.
This lecture brings to life a passionate poet-turned-musician and what compels him and his work.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults

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