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Date/TimeTitle/DescriptionLocationAudience
Mon, May 1
@ 11 a.m.
Roaring Chorus
Learn the basics of singing and enjoy building music skills in a choral workshop with Staten Island’s Musical Chairs Ensemble. Pre-registration is required.
Richmondtown LibraryAdults,
50+,
Adults
Mon, May 1
@ 5 p.m.
78rpm Film Screening
Please join filmmaker Joel Schlemowitz for a screening of his recent documentary ode to the 78rpm record. Schlemowitz's visually stunning filmic celebration of a beloved audio format brings together performers, collectors, and even a member of the NYPL staff! A Q&A with the filmmaker and the curator of the NYPL's Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound, Jonathan Hiam will follow the screening. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 4:45, but come early or plan…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Third Floor Screening RoomAdults
Fri, May 5
@ 6 p.m.
First Fridays
Bad Boy Records Edition
For this First Fridays, our popular monthly social gathering, we’re celebrating the golden age of hip-hop and R&B, the genre’s diverse formative years, and the lasting impact of Bad Boy Entertainment (also known as Bad Boy Records), the hugely successful record label founded in 1993 by Sean “Diddy” Combs. We are honored to mention that First Fridays: Bad Record Edition will be powered by Ciroc, so there will be complimentary product samples throughout the night. In 2007, Combs partnered wit…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Sat, May 6
@ 10 a.m.
Art For A Lifetime
African American Song. From Field Hollers to Hip-Hop
Join us for a journey through African-American music in this 8-session program directed by Carolyn Clark. In this free, 8-session program, participants will discuss, listen, sing, and play (as experience allows) a variety of African-American songs. In addition, participants will explore the development of different African American song genres, and how the African American influence has been felt all over the world. Registration Required: Call 718-442-8560 or stop by the branch. Session Dat…
St. George Library Center, AuditoriumAdults,
50+,
Adults
Sat, May 6
@ 2 p.m.
Lincoln Center Local Screening - Mozart Celebration
View this pre-recorded concert on our big screen. This festive all-Mozart program features the exquisite Piano Trio in B-flat major, K. 502; the charming Horn Quintet in E-flat major, K. 407, and the exuberant Viola Quintet in C major. This season-closing program is performed by pianist Soyeon Kate Lee; violinists Benjamin Beilman and Ani Kavafian; violists Lily Francis and Paul Neubauer; cellist Timothy Eddy, and horn player Radovan Vlatkovic. Run time: 55 minutes
Grand Central Library, Community RoomAdults,
50+,
Adults
Sat, May 6
@ 2:30 p.m.
Brahms Encounters: Master Work
New York Classical Players continue their series of engaging concerts inspired by the Library’s collection of Johannes Brahms manuscripts. See Brahms’ hand-written Variations on a Theme by Paganini, then hear the work performed, along with the virtuosic violin solo that inspired Brahms’ composition. Join in a mid-concert conversation with the performers, before hearing Brahms’ chamber music masterwork, the Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor. The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to o…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Mon, May 8
@ 6 p.m.
Roaring Chorus Concert
The Roaring Chours Spring Concert.
Richmondtown LibraryAdults,
50+,
Adults
Mon, May 8
@ 7 p.m.
Michael Holman’s Confessions of a Subculturalist
Celebrating the acquisition of The Library for the Performing Arts first hip hop archive, musician, choreographer, and filmmaker Michael Holman presents a dramatized tour of his collection. With live storytelling and projected video/film scene-sequences, Holman will recount his personal history in the creation of hip hop culture. From the uptown throw downs, to downtown collaborations with Jean-Michel Basquiat and B-Boys, to the creation of the very first hip hop television show, Graffiti Roc…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, May 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
Thu, May 11
@ 6 p.m.
The Heart and Soul of the Piano
Pianist Michael Sellers plays works by Beethoven, Schumann, Barber, Chopin, Piazzolla, and Ravel. 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 admission seating. Call 212.642.0142 for more detailed information. All programs…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Thu, May 11
@ 6 p.m.
Popular Music
The Art of the Album: Landmark, Classic Records Performed Live in Their Entirety!
The Art of the Album: Landmark, Classic Records Performed Live in Their Entirety! **JOIN US AT TOMPKINS SQUARE LIBRARY THE 2ND THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH FOR LIVE MUSIC AT 6PM** UP NEXT: Thursday May 11th: "Late For the Sky" by Jackson Browne Thursday June 8th: "Abbey Road" by The Beatles Thursday July 6th: "Astral Weeks" by Van Morrison
Tompkins Square Library, BasementAdults
Fri, May 12
@ 7 p.m.
Library Listen Fest 2017: Grooves and Bits
A showcase of the Library's most historic and noteworthy recorded sound artifacts... The Library's Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound are the second largest sound collection in America. Captured on disks, tapes, and hard drives, a vast universe of sound is safely stored in stacks deep underneath the Lincoln Center campus. To raise awareness for these treasured, vulnerable recordings, the Library presents a festival of casual, café listening events. Reserve your general…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, LPA CafeAdults
Sat, May 13
@ 11 a.m.
Rapunzel: an original musical composed by Penny Prince with a script collaboratively written by the cast
LEHMAN COLLEGE MUSIC DEPARTMENT PRESENTS Rapunzel : an original musical composed by Penny Prince with a script collaboratively written by the cast. Admission is free but reservation is required. FOR RESERVATIONS, AGES 5+ please call 718-960-7796 or email penny.prince@lehman.cuny.edu
Bronx Library Center, Auditorium Adults
Sat, May 13
@ 2:30 p.m.
Rapunzel: an original musical composed by Penny Prince with a script collaboratively written by the cast
LEHMAN COLLEGE MUSIC DEPARTMENT PRESENTS Rapunzel : an original musical composed by Penny Prince with a script collaboratively written by the cast. Admission is free but reservation is required. FOR RESERVATIONS, AGES 5+ please call 718-960-7796 or email penny.prince@lehman.cuny.edu
Bronx Library Center, Auditorium Adults
Mon, May 15
@ 7 p.m.
Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Somi
East African singer-songwriter Somi returns to the Neighborhood Concert series with her blend of jazz and African music. Somi has been praised for being "serious and seductive" (The New York Times), and her 2014 album, The Lagos Music Salon, reached number one on Billboard's jazz chart. Her new album, Petite Afrique, is a song cycle dedicated to the gentrification of Harlem’s African immigrant community—her most political work to date. She has collaborated with a wide range of artists, from Comm…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Tue, May 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
Thu, May 18
@ 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
Thu, May 18
@ 6:30 p.m.
"A Trip Down Memory Lane: Singers of the 20s and 30s," with Mel Haber, a devoted music lover, primarily of popular music and opera.
This illustrated lecture features videos and audio clips of well-known singers of the 20s and 30s and some not as well-known. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Sat, May 20
@ 2:30 p.m.
Music for World Peace
“Creativity is the hardest work there is” — John F. Kennedy Millennium Chamber Symphony celebrates the President John F. Kennedy centennial and pays tribute to the artistic leadership of the Kennedy White House, which encouraged Americans to explore and enjoy music in its many forms on a scale larger than any presidency had done before. In doing so, they hoped to focus national attention on the role of the arts in America and encourage the development of Washington as a cultural center. Y…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, May 20
@ 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
Sat, May 20
@ 3 p.m.
Lincoln Center Local - Aurelio
Born in a Caribbean coastal town in Honduras, the rich-voiced vocal singer, instrumentalist, and songwriter Aurelio is the torchbearer for Garifuna music--a mix of West African, indigenous Central American, and European rhythms and rites born out of a difficult history. A protege of Afropop legend Youssou N'Dour, Aurelio brings an innovative streak to songs firmly rooted in this tradition. Lincoln Center Local free screenings are video recordings of previously aired events. Open to all ages.
St. George Library Center, AuditoriumAdults,
50+,
Children,
Families,
Parents/Caregivers,
Teens/Young Adults (13-18 years),
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults
Thu, May 25
@ 6 p.m.
Radical Dance Artists in the 60s and the 80s: A Conversation with Yvonne Rainer and Lucy Sexton
To mark the opening of the exhibition Radical Bodies: Anna Halprin, Simone Forti and Yvonne Rainer in California and New York, 1955–1972, Yvonne Rainer and Lucy Sexton come to the Library to discuss their careers in dance. In the 1960s, Rainer was a leader in the dance avant-garde through the rule-breaking collaborative, Judson Dance Theater. In the 1980s, DANCENOISE, Lucy Sexton’s performance art duo with Anne Iobst, rocked the New York club scene with transgressive, socially conscious acts of…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Thu, May 25
@ 6:30 p.m.
Author @ the Library
Super Freak: The Life of Rick James, with Peter Benjaminson, "The Lost Supreme: The Life of Dreamgirl Florence Ballard" and "Mary Wells: The Tumultuous LIfe of Motown's First Superstar."
This illustrated lecture sheds light on Motown’s most controversial superstar. Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.
Mid-Manhattan LibraryAdults
Tue, May 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
Wed, May 31
@ 1 p.m.
The Dance Historian Is In
Dance Historian Is In: Frederick Ashton
A film of the Frederick Ashton retrospective program performed at Covent Garden in 1970. Seating is first come, first served. Program subject to change.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Third Floor Screening RoomAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Businesspeople,
College & Graduate Students,
Teachers,
K-12 Educators,
College/Graduate School Educators,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults,
Teachers
Fri, June 2
@ 6 p.m.
First Fridays
Gay Pride Edition
The Schomburg Center’s In The Life Archive presents First Fridays: Black Gay Pride Edition, in honor of the black LGBT community and LGBT pride celebrations that occur nationally each June. Join us as we celebrate our great LGBT pioneers and the rich history housed in our In The Life Archive! Groove to the music of DJ Missy B and Craig Nice in the Langston Hughes Lobby and jam to DJ Frankie Paradise in our courtyard as you enjoy our signature drinks and extended viewing hours in our galleries.…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Sat, June 3
@ 2:30 a.m.
Art For A Lifetime
African American Song. From Field Hollers to Hip-Hop
Join us for a journey through African-American music in this 8-session program directed by Carolyn Clark. In this free, 8-session program, participants will discuss, listen, sing, and play (as experience allows) a variety of African-American songs. In addition, participants will explore the development of different African American song genres, and how the African American influence has been felt all over the world. Registration Required: Call 718-442-8560 or stop by the branch. Session Dat…
St. George Library Center, AuditoriumAdults,
50+,
Adults
Tue, June 6
@ 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
Thu, June 8
@ 6 p.m.
Let’s Go On With the Show
Harwood Management Vocal Artists celebrate Broadway. 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 admission seating. Call 212.642.0142 for more detailed information. All programs are subject to last minute change or cancellati…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Sat, June 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 June 10th from 1:00 - 4:30 PM for "Don Giovanni" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book LibraryAdults,
50+,
Persons with Disabilities,
Adults
Sat, June 10
@ 2:30 p.m.
Concert: Let's Do It - songs by Cole Porter
Please join us for an afternoon of music featuring songs by American Lyricist and Composer Cole Porter and performed by Bronx Vocalist Glendalys Sosa, accompanied by John Austria on piano and Joe Sherman on saxophone.
Bronx Library Center, Auditorium Adults
Tue, June 13
@ 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, June 17
@ 1 p.m.
Art For A Lifetime
African American Song. From Field Hollers to Hip-Hop
Join us for a journey through African-American music in this 8-session program directed by Carolyn Clark. In this free, 8-session program, participants will discuss, listen, sing, and play (as experience allows) a variety of African-American songs. In addition, participants will explore the development of different African American song genres, and how the African American influence has been felt all over the world. Registration Required: Call 718-442-8560 or stop by the branch. Session Dat…
St. George Library Center, AuditoriumAdults,
50+,
Adults
Sat, June 17
@ 2:30 p.m.
The Music of Stevie Wonder performed by Cody Childs & The Ladies of Soul
The Music of Stevie Wonder: Cody Childs & The Ladies of Soul perform a tribute to the music of Pop/Soul legend Stevie Wonder. This tribute includes highlights on the singer's career as well as a performance of Stevie Wonder classics such as "You Are The Sunshine of My Life", "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)", "My Cherie Amour", "I Wish", "For Once in My Life", "Boogie on Reggae Woman", "All I Do", "Love's in Need of Love Today", "I Was Made to Love Her", "That Girl" and many more
Bronx Library Center, Auditorium Adults
Sat, June 17
@ 2:30 p.m.
Explorations in Jewish Music: Jewish Thematic Influences in Classical Clarinet Literature
Clarinetist Gary Dranch and friends perform works by Alexander Krein, Daniel Wolff, Sergei Prokofiev and Samuel Gardner. Artists include: Gary Dranch, clarinet, Andrew Pak, violin 1, Wen Chang-lit, Violin 2, Cindy Landy, viola, Courtney Kaita, cello, Harrison Dilthey, contrabass, and Stan Sisskin, piano. 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 t…
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Bruno Walter AuditoriumAdults
Tue, June 20
@ 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, June 24
@ 1 p.m.
Music - Mozart's DON GIOVANNI recital by New York Opera Forum
New York Opera Forum performs the complete opera of DON GIOVANNI by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 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, June 24
@ 2:30 p.m.
Art For A Lifetime
African American Song. From Field Hollers to Hip-Hop
Join us for a journey through African-American music in this 8-session program directed by Carolyn Clark. In this free, 8-session program, participants will discuss, listen, sing, and play (as experience allows) a variety of African-American songs. In addition, participants will explore the development of different African American song genres, and how the African American influence has been felt all over the world. Registration Required: Call 718-442-8560 or stop by the branch. Session Dat…
St. George Library Center, AuditoriumAdults,
50+,
Adults
Tue, June 27
@ 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, June 28
@ 1 p.m.
The Dance Historian Is In
Dance Historian Is In: A Folk Tale
A recording of this August Bournonville masterpiece, created for the Royal Danish Ballet in 1854. Seating is first come, first served. Program subject to change.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Third Floor Screening RoomAdults,
50+,
Book Lovers,
Businesspeople,
College & Graduate Students,
Teachers,
K-12 Educators,
College/Graduate School Educators,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults,
Teachers
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