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:
FEBRUARY 1 | MUSIC
Cello and Harp Recital
The father-daughter duo of cellist Frank Murphy and harpist Hannah Murphy perform works by Bach and Bernard Andrès, as well as other shorter pieces by French composers. This lovely afternoon of music also features harp solos composed by Grandjany, Mortari and Tournier, and Suite IV in E-flat Major for solo cello by Bach. Local resident Frank Murphy studied at Juilliard and has performed extensively in New York and throughout North America, including solo performances at Alice Tully and Carnegie Halls. Hannah Murphy is an undergraduate at Columbia University where she studies harp with June Han. Hannah has attended the Tanglewood (BUTI) and Bowdoin (BIMF) music festivals and has performed with orchestra in Alice Tully Hall and as soloist with orchestra at the Music Hall of the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College. Sunday, February 1, 2:00 p.m.
FEBRUARY 8 | MUSIC
Steal Away: Songs of Faith and Inspiration
Misty Ann Sturm, the award-winning soprano who starred as Lily in The Secret Garden, presents “Steal Away: Songs of Faith and Inspiration.” This uplifting program of spirituals, musical theatre and contemporary Italian works offers refreshment for the soul on a cold winter afternoon. Misty Ann, who is a Croton resident and the cantor at St. James’ Church in Manhattan, is joined by two exceptional jazz artists — violinist Sara Caswell and pianist Alex Brown. Sunday, February 8, 2:00 p.m.
FEBRUARY 21 | CHILDREN’S PROGRAM
Talking Drums with Kobla Mensa Dente
Kobla Dente entertains and educates the entire family with his “Talking Drums” performance. Audience members of all ages love to listen and participate. Learn African songs, chants and dances and see a demonstration of how Kobla makes his drums. Grades K and up. Saturday, February 21, 11:00 a.m.
FEBRUARY 22 | MUSIC
South Indian Traditions Meet Modern Jazz with The Rory Stuart Trio
South Indian Traditions Meet Modern Jazz with The Rory Stuart Trio. Described by Jazz Times as “perhaps THE most innovative straight-ahead guitarist to emerge in years” and as one of the greatest living guitarists (by Scott Yanow in “The Great Jazz Guitarists”), Rory Stuart returns to the Croton Free Library. Presenting new music written for usual instrumentation, this trio features Francesco Geminiani, saxophone, and Rajna Swaminathan, mrudangam/South Indian percussion. (Rajna Swaminathan is a disciple and protégé of mrudangam maestro Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman and is one of only a handful of female mrudangam artists in the world.) Since his last appearance at the library, jazz guitarist and composer Rory Stuart has spent four months performing and teaching workshops in the Czech Republic, Austria, Poland, Greece, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland and Germany on a Fulbright Scholar Award. Incorporating rhythmic elements from Carnatic traditions and modern jazz, the trio offers a musically fresh concert that Rory is most excited to share with his hometown audience. Sunday, February 22, 2:00 p.m.
FEBRUARY 25 | WORKSHOP
Earring Design with Joan LloydExpress your creative side with artist Joan Lloyd, as she teaches you how to design and bead your very own earrings in this two-hour workshop. Choose from a vast variety of colorful beads to make one-of-a-kind earrings for yourself or a special someone. You’ll also have an opportunity to donate an additional pair of earrings of your own design to a local women’s shelter. Registration required. Sign up in person or call (914-271-6612) during library hours. For Teens and Adults. Wednesday, February 25, 7:00 p.m.
PETE SEEGER AND FRIENDS
The Art of Ted Berkowitz
On display in the Ottinger Room January 2 to February 28, 2015. Reception Monday, February 2, 6:00-8:30pm.