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Today
@ 3 p.m.
Improvisational Composers Ensemble
As part of our East Village Arts Festival, The Improvisational Composers Ensemble will be playing in our first floor reading room on December 13, from 3pm-5pm. The Improvisational Composers Ensemble is a vehicle for music 
that features improvisation as a major compositional element. Aside from some new music, excerpts of this performance are from the album PEACE AND LOVE, Rocco’s fourth album as leader/composer; and his second on the UR label along with EMBRACE THE CHANGE. www.roccojohnmusic.…
Tompkins Square Library, First FloorAdults
Today
@ 6 p.m.
Musical Performance: Avon Faire
As part of our all-day East Village Arts Festival, Avon Faire will be performing at 6pm in the basement community room. Avon Faire is a female singing group from New York City, featuring 3-part harmony vocal arrangements of Traditional Celtic & UK Folk songs. Their debut record, “Riddles and Love Songs”, was released in 2017 and the group completed their 2nd tour of England this summer. A European tour is in the works for summer 2018. Tim Carroll / FolkWords UK 2017 says, "Listening…
Tompkins Square Library, BasementAdults
Today
@ 7 p.m.
Musical Performance: Broadway Show Tunes and Standards
Join us for an evening of music with Broadway show tunes, favorites from the Great American songbook, and familiar Disney hits that we all love! This 7pm performance is part of our all-day East Village Arts Festival, and will be held in the basement community room. Jackie Schiffer Bio: Originally from Chicago, Jackie Schiffer's performance career includes work as an actor, and vocalist. As a cabaret artist she has performed at The Duplex, Don't Tell Mama and the M…
Tompkins Square Library, BasementAdults
Today
@ 7 p.m.
Exhibition Programs
Toscanini’s American Anthems
On December 13, 1941, in their first broadcast after the tragic bombing of Pearl Harbor, Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra presented a commemorative program of American music, including Barber’s mournful Adagio for Strings, Dvorak’s “New World Symphony,” and Toscanini’s own rousing arrangement of “The Star Spangled Banner.” Listen to America in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attack, with a radio collage featuring the December 13th NBC Symphony Orchestra broadcast, plus excerpts from the Bel…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, LPA CafeAdults
Thu, December 14
@ 6 p.m.
Popular Music
The Art of the Album / LIVE MUSIC!
JOIN US AT TOMPKINS SQUARE LIBRARY THE 2ND THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH FOR LIVE MUSIC AT 6PM for: The Art of the Album: Landmark Records Performed Live in Their Entirety! Thursday December 14th: "Unplugged in New York" (1994) by Nirvana. **Performed by special guest artists Jack'ed Up (& Friends)**
Tompkins Square LibraryAdults
Thu, December 14
@ 6 p.m.
The Chamberlain Brass
Take an exhilarating journey through four centuries of musical history, as The Chamberlain Brass celebrates the 175th anniversary of the New York Philharmonic. With exquisite musicianship and delightful narration, The Chamberlain Brass performs music from the Renaissance, Baroque, and Romantic eras, plus selections from the great American Songbook and jazz favorites. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admis…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Fri, December 15
@ 10:30 a.m.
MOVEMENT SPEAKS/HARLEM with Naomi Goldberg Hass/ Dances For A Variable Population
Photos by Meg GoldmanJoin us celebrating moving in strong and creative ways! In the months of September to December 2017, Naomi and company will lead seniors in Harlem in a series of dance fitness classes for older adults of all ages and abilities. Classes: Fridays from 10:30 AM - 12 PM. September 22, 29 October 6, 13, 20, 27 November 3, 17 December 1, 8, 15 Program is free. Call 347-683-2691 for more information Older adults of all ages and abilities welcome. Attendan…
George Bruce Library, AuditoriumAdults,
50+,
Adults
Sat, December 16
@ 1 p.m.
Canceled
MUSIC VENUE MOVED - Mozart's DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE recital by New York Opera Forum
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE by Woldgang Amadeus Mozart, will be performed Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 1:15 PM at Nola Sound Studios, Inc. Nola Rehearsal Studios; 250 West 54th St, 11th Floor Between Broadway & 8th Ave; New York, NY 10019. ADMISSION FREE
96th Street LibraryAdults
Sat, December 16
@ 2:30 p.m.
Music: Celia Cruz High School Orchestra in Concert!
Please join us for a Chamber Music Concert presented by the Celia Cruz High School Orchestra and directed by David West. The following selections will be performed: Grieg - 2 Melodies, Op. 53 Britten – Simple Symphony, Op. 4, works by Philip Glass, Schubert, and more.
Bronx Library Center, Auditorium Adults
Sat, December 16
@ 2:30 p.m.
Songbook at LPA: Broadway’s Future
Holiday Songbook
A concert of new holiday music by Broadway composers and lyricists sung by Broadway vocalists, presented by Arts and Artists of Tomorrow, and directed by John Znidarsic. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one hour prior to each program. At that time one ticket is provided per person. Tickets are not available for advance reservation and saving seats is not permitted. General admi…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, December 16
@ 3 p.m.
Irish Folk Music
Join us for some spirited Irish music. Cady Finlayson offers a spirited fiddle show with a global twist, blending traditional Irish tunes with world rhythms and American folk music. She has performed in 33 states at venues including Carnegie Hall, Cleveland's State Theatre, Town Hall, and the Great Irish Fair.
Woodlawn Heights LibraryAdults,
50+,
Families,
Adults
Mon, December 18
@ 5:30 p.m.
Body Blast! Dance-N-Sculpt!
Move your body to the beat! Have fun while you exercise! No requirements * Everyone Welcome* Bring a towel or an exercise mat. Come in comfortable clothing. Most of all bring a Smile! Registration required. Age 19-99
Tompkins Square Library, BasementAdults
Mon, December 18
@ 6 p.m.
Songbook at LPA: Broadway’s Future
Holiday Songbook
A concert of new holiday music by Broadway composers and lyricists sung by Broadway vocalists, presented by Arts and Artists of Tomorrow, and directed by John Znidarsic. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to this program on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one hour prior to each program. At that time one ticket is provided per person. Tickets are not available for advance reservation and saving seats is not permitted. General admi…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, December 19
@ 12 noon
Gotham Jazzmen
A Concert of traditional jazz presented by the Gotham Jazzmen. Auditorium doors open at 11:45 a.m.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Wed, December 20
@ 11:30 a.m.
FREE KTV
苏厄德公园图书馆卡拉OK活动 时间:12月6日,星期五,下午 11:30到下午1:30 12月13日,星期五,下午 11:30到下午1:30 12月20日,星期五,下午 11:30到下午1:30 12月27日,星期五,下午 11:30到下午1:30 欢迎参加我们唱歌活动,来唱出您最喜爱的歌曲 活动将会在楼下(土库)公共活动室进行 THE SEWARD PARK LIBRARY FREE KARAOKE PROGRAM WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6,13, 20 & 27 FROM 11:30 PM—1:30PM JOIN US AND SING ALONG TO YOUR FAVORITE SONGS. THE PROGRAM WILL BE IN THE COMMUNITY ROOM ON THE LOWER LEVEL. All Public Library Programs are free of charge.…
Seward Park Library, Community RoomAdults
Thu, December 21
@ 2 p.m.
Adult Karaoke by PEP
Let your inner Voice shine - come sing your favorite songs with and for your friends at Parkchester Library! Patti LuPone as Eva Peron singing "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina"
Parkchester Library, Meeting RoomAdults,
50+,
Adults
Wed, December 27
@ 12:30 a.m.
FREE KTV
苏厄德公园图书馆卡拉OK活动 时间:12月6日,星期五,下午 11:30到下午1:30 12月13日,星期五,下午 11:30到下午1:30 12月20日,星期五,下午 11:30到下午1:30 12月27日,星期五,下午 11:30到下午1:30 欢迎参加我们唱歌活动,来唱出您最喜爱的歌曲 活动将会在楼下(土库)公共活动室进行 THE SEWARD PARK LIBRARY FREE KARAOKE PROGRAM WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6,13, 20 & 27 FROM 11:30 PM—1:30PM JOIN US AND SING ALONG TO YOUR FAVORITE SONGS. THE PROGRAM WILL BE IN THE COMMUNITY ROOM ON THE LOWER LEVEL. All Public Library Programs are free of charge.…
Seward Park Library, Community RoomAdults
Sat, January 6
@ 2:30 p.m.
American Encounters: LA Story
Forced from their homelands by war and persecution, a generation of Europe’s most noteworthy and imaginative composers found a new home in Los Angles, California. America Idealism, Tinseltown glamour, and sunshine fueled a new era of creativity. Houston Symphony Principal Cellist Brinton Averil Smith and acclaimed concert pianist Evelyn Chen present a recital soaked in the suspense, spectacle, and romance of classic Hollywood, with music by Miklós Rózsa, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Erich Wolfgang…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, January 8
@ 5:30 p.m.
Body Blast! Dance-N-Sculpt!
Move your body to the beat! Have fun while you exercise! No requirements * Everyone Welcome* Bring a towel or an exercise mat. Come in comfortable clothing. Most of all bring a Smile! Registration required. Age 19-99
Tompkins Square Library, BasementAdults
Tue, January 9
@ 12 noon
Gotham Jazzmen
A Concert of traditional jazz presented by the Gotham Jazzmen. Auditorium doors open at 11:45 a.m.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, January 13
@ 1 p.m.
Music - Donizetti's ANNA BOLENA recital by New York Opera Forum
New York Opera Forum performs the complete opera of ANNA BOLENA by Gaetano Donizetti. A live musical recital performed in concert with piano accompaniment. The musical program is cosponsored with New York Opera Forum which was founded by Richard Nechamkin in 1983 to give classically trained singers the opportunity to learn and perform standard operatic repertoire in the original languages. ADMISSION FREE
96th Street LibraryAdults
Sat, January 13
@ 2:30 p.m.
SONIDO COSTEÑO TRIO IN CONCERT
Sonido Costeño is a modern day New York City Latin band. Their creative fusion of Latin music with other world music is enticing and the high energy in which they transmit it, transforms their audiences into dance hall performances.
Bronx Library Center, Auditorium Adults
Tue, January 16
@ 12 noon
Gotham Jazzmen
A Concert of traditional jazz presented by the Gotham Jazzmen. Auditorium doors open at 11:45 a.m.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, January 22
@ 5:30 p.m.
Body Blast! Dance-N-Sculpt!
Move your body to the beat! Have fun while you exercise! No requirements * Everyone Welcome* Bring a towel or an exercise mat. Come in comfortable clothing. Most of all bring a Smile! Registration required. Age 19-99
Tompkins Square Library, BasementAdults
Tue, January 23
@ 12 noon
Gotham Jazzmen
A Concert of traditional jazz presented by the Gotham Jazzmen. Auditorium doors open at 11:45 a.m.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, January 23
@ 7 p.m.
Bernstein Family Memories 
Bob Santelli, curator of the centennial exhibition Leonard Bernstein at 100, leads a conversation with Jamie Anne Bernstein, Nina Maria Felicia Bernstein, Alexander Bernstein, and other special guests. Reserve your general admission seat HERE starting December 23, 2017. Leonard Bernstein key sheet (If you need assistance with online reservations, please visit the welcome desk at the Library for the Performing Arts' Lincoln Center Plaza entrance, where volunteers will make a reservat…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Thu, January 25
@ 6 p.m.
Bernstein Findings: What is American Music?
January 18, 1950 – WNYC, live from Tanglewood: “Here, seated around two pianos are four of the leading American composers – Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Lucas Foss, and Irving Fine… Probably the best way to give you a good picture of what American music promises for the future, is to just throw the topic to the four gentlemen, like tossing it to the lions, as it were, and let them bat it around…” As part of our Bernstein centennial celebration, the Library reconsiders the question “What is…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Fri, January 26
@ 10 a.m.
Jerome Robbins Symposium
The Jerome Robbins Dance Division celebrates the centennial of Jerome Robbins, with a day-long symposium, featuring presentations by Library fellows, including Alastair Macaulay, Julie Lemberger, Adrian Danchig-Waring, Ninotchka Bennahum, Robert Greskovic, and Hiie Saumaa. Reserve your general admission seat HERE Fancy Free [1946] (If you need assistance with online reservations, please visit the welcome desk at the Library for the Performing Arts' Lincoln Center Plaza entrance,…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, January 27
@ 1 p.m.
Opera Concert Series
The New York Opera Forum performs complete concert versions of operas with piano accompaniment. Programs with act-by-act plot summaries will be provided in large print and braille. Join us on Saturday, January 27, from 1:00 - 4:30 PM for "Anna Bolena" by Gaetano Donizetti.
Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book LibraryAdults,
50+,
Persons with Disabilities,
Adults
Sat, January 27
@ 2:30 p.m.
American Encounters: American Quartet
One of the great treasures of the Library’s music archives is a receipt. Dated 1893, it is a signed acknowledgment of a $2,000 salary payment to the distinguished Bohemian composer Antonin Dvorak, who had traveled across the world to direct our nation’s fledgling National Conservatory of Music. During his legendary years in America, Dvorak inspired a new generation of young composers to listen to songs of marginalized peoples and create uniquely “American Music.” His influence continued to reson…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, January 29
@ 5:30 p.m.
Body Blast! Dance-N-Sculpt!
Move your body to the beat! Have fun while you exercise! No requirements * Everyone Welcome* Bring a towel or an exercise mat. Come in comfortable clothing. Most of all bring a Smile! Registration required. Age 19-99
Tompkins Square Library, BasementAdults
Tue, January 30
@ 12 noon
Gotham Jazzmen
A Concert of traditional jazz presented by the Gotham Jazzmen. Auditorium doors open at 11:45 a.m.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, January 30
@ 7 p.m.
Exhibition Programs
Music for a City Under Siege
Dmitri Shostakovich wrote his Symphony no. 7, as Nazi bombs exploded outside his windows. Under siege in the city of Leningrad, Shostakovich wrote an epic symphony that seemed to mock the evil violence of the Nazis and celebrate the unbreakable will of the Russian people. The score, copied to microfilm, was smuggled across the world and delivered to Toscanini. On July 19, 1942, the NBC Symphony premiered the work as an airborne weapon for freedom. Hear the legendary broadcast of Shostakovich’s “…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, LPA CafeAdults
Sat, February 3
@ 2:30 p.m.
A Musical Tribute to the Music of Motown
Jazz/Pop Vocalist Cody Childs and the Ladies of Soul perform a tribute to the music of Motown. This tribute includes historical notes on the origins of the Motown Company and biographical notes on many its legendary artists as well as a performance of such Motown classics as “My Girl”, “ Ain’t Too Proud To Beg”, “My Guy”, “Just My Imagination”, “Quicksand”, ”Where Did Our Love Go?”, “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch”, ”You Are The Sunshine of My Life”, “For Once In My Life” and many more.…
Bronx Library Center, Auditorium Adults
Sat, February 10
@ 12:30 p.m.
Music - Offenbach's LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN recital by New York Opera Forum
New York Opera Forum performs the complete opera of LE CONTES D'HOFFMANN by Jacques Offenbach. A live musical recital performed in concert with piano accompaniment. The musical program is cosponsored with New York Opera Forum which was founded by Richard Nechamkin in 1983 to give classically trained singers the opportunity to learn and perform standard operatic repertoire in the original languages. ADMISSION FREE
96th Street LibraryAdults
Sat, February 24
@ 12:30 p.m.
Opera Concert Series
The New York Opera Forum performs complete concert versions of operas with piano accompaniment. Programs with act-by-act plot summaries will be provided in large print and braille. Join us on Saturday, February 24, from 12:30pm - 4:30 PM for "Les Contes D'Hoffmann" by Jacques Offenbach.
Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book LibraryAdults,
50+,
Persons with Disabilities,
Adults
Sat, March 10
@ 1 p.m.
Opera Concert Series
The New York Opera Forum performs complete concert versions of operas with piano accompaniment. Programs with act-by-act plot summaries will be provided in large print and braille. Join us on Saturday, March 10, from 1:00pm - 4:30 PM for a double bill of "Cavalleria Rusticana" by Pietro Mascagni and "Parsifal (Act 2)" by Richard Wagner.
Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book LibraryAdults,
50+,
Persons with Disabilities,
Adults
Sat, March 17
@ 1 p.m.
Music - Mascagni's CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA; & Wagner's PARSIFAL (ACT 2) recital by New York Opera Forum
New York Opera Forum performs the complete opera of CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA by Pietro Mascagni, and PARSIFAL (Act 2) by Richard Wagner. A live musical recital performed in concert with piano accompaniment. The musical program is cosponsored with New York Opera Forum which was founded by Richard Nechamkin in 1983 to give classically trained singers the opportunity to learn and perform standard operatic repertoire in the original languages. ADMISSION FREE
96th Street LibraryAdults
Wed, April 11
@ 6 p.m.
Jazz @ the Library with the Celia Cruz High School of Music
Please join for a jazz concert presented by the Celia Cruz High School of Music Jazz Band - Take The "4" Train.
Bronx Library Center, Auditorium Adults
Sat, April 14
@ 2:30 p.m.
Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series present Arturo O'Farrill Sextet
Arturo O’Farrill honors the family tradition established by his father, Cuban jazz legend Chico O’Farrill, with marvelously inventive and virtuosic performances. In addition to heading his sextet, he leads the Grammy Award–winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and frequently appears at New York’s famous jazz club Birdland. O’Farrill and the band recently released Boss Level, a new album featuring his sons Zack and Adam on drums and trumpet, respectively. With their intergenerational commitment to si…
Bronx Library Center, Auditorium Adults
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