Below is a list of programs for kids and adults, scheduled to take place in the library’s Ottinger Room. All events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required unless otherwise noted. Additional programs for kids (like storytime and book groups) and ongoing exhibitions can be found here:
MARCH 15 | CHILDREN’S CONCERT
The Jungle Book
Hear the story of Mowgli, raised by friendly wolves in the Indian jungle. Meet his teachers – Baloo, the bear, and Bagheera, the black panther – and learn about Mowgli’s fantastic adventures. This children’s concert brings Kipling’s famous “Jungle Book” to life, by combining narration with musical illustration of the action. Audience members enjoy excerpts from famous musical masterworks, such as Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” Dvorak’s “New World Symphony,” Händel’s “Water Music,” and pieces by Rossini, Debussy and Mozart. Featuring the principal violist of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Frank Foerster, the performance also includes bassoon and bass. Recommended for children ages 4 to 12. Saturday, March 15, 2:00 p.m.
MARCH 15 | MUSIC
Don Falzone Trio
This evening of jazz features the wonderful musicianship of bassist Don Falzone, pianist Jim Ridl and drummer Ben Perowsky. Don Falzone, who has been an integral part of the New York jazz scene for many years, shares the stage with two veteran artists: Pianist Jim Ridl has appeared with jazz masters Pat Martino, Randy Brecker and Dave Liebman. Drummer Ben Perowsky has performed with such notable musicians as Uri Caine, Pat Martino, and singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright. The trio offers well-loved standards from the great American songbook, as well as tunes from jazz legends Thelonius Monk and Charlie Parker. Saturday, March 15, 7:30 p.m.
MARCH 23 | MUSIC
Classical Pianist Gregg Michalak
Join us for a lovely afternoon of piano works by Scarlatti, Beethoven, Chopin, Grieg and Schubert, performed by Gregg Michalak. A prize winner in several national and international competitions, including the World Keyboard Competition, Gregg Michalak has appeared with many noted artists, conductors and orchestras. He is active in the vital musical life of the Hudson Valley and has been a member of the Vassar College music department since 2005. Sunday, March 23, 2:00 p.m.
MARCH 29 | MUSIC
Elinore O’Connell and Friends
Elinore O’Connell–leading lady in Broadway’s “Aspects of Love,” Fantine from the very original (L.A. production of) “Les Miz,” and recording artist – brings an eclectic night of musical fun to her hometown library. Talented friends, Linda Dowdell and Ritt Henn, join Elinore for this performance. Linda Dowdell, pianist and musical director for dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov and the Mark Morris Dance Group, received BMI’s Harrington Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement. Ritt Henn, bassist, has garnered a Bistro award and played with such well-known figures as Tom Jones, Chuck Berry and Buddy Rich. The trio of friends promises a most enjoyable evening in true cabaret style. Saturday, March 29, 7:30 p.m.
MARCH 30 | MUSIC
Come revel in the joyous music of the Westchester Klezmer Program. This intergenerational group, which performs the style of Eastern European folk and dance music known as klezmer, is the largest program of its kind in the country. Under the lively direction of Kenny Green and instruction of Croton resident Matty Mozzor, the musicians (from youngsters to elders) offer a crowd-pleasing good time. This concert is for the whole family. Sunday, March 30, 2:00 p.m.
SIGN UP BEGINS MARCH 26 | ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE
Singer/Songwriter Peter Calo, Host
Unplug and take center-stage – blues, folk and acoustic rock welcome. Songwriter Peter Calo hosts the evening and offers a tune or two himself. Peter has been a senior band-member for Carly Simon, guitarist for the Broadway hit Hairspray, and musical consultant to director Julie Taymor for her film Across the Universe. Soloists, duos and trios may sign up to perform one or two well-prepared songs. Two microphones are available, as is the piano. (Please do not plan on drums, amps, mixers or other sound systems). Call (914-271-6612), e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), or visit the library to sign up. Registration begins March 26. Adults and teens, high school age and older. Saturday, April 26, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. run-through, 7:30 p.m. concert
Visions of South Africa
A collection of charcoal drawings and photographs by Phyllis Smith will be on exhibit in the Ottinger Room through April 28. There will be a reception Saturday, March 1 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.