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:
SEPTEMBER 12 | MUSIC
“The Timeless Project” with Tony Jefferson
Drummer and vocalist Tony Jefferson continues his adventures in vocalizing with “The Timeless Project.” The evening features the unique instrumentation of voice, organ, piano, guitar and saxophone (without bass). The musicians perform a combination of timeless standards, classic jazz, Brazilian, blues and R&B. The New York Times has had this to say about Tony Jefferson: “… at his most lyrical, he invites comparison with Mr. (Freddy) Cole and his brother, Nat. But he is also given to flights of improvisatory fancy calling to mind the scat singing of Al Jarreau and Bobby McFerrin.” Friday, September 12, 7:30 p.m.
SEPTEMBER 19 | CHILDREN’S PROGRAM
Jeffrey and The Bossy Frog
Jeffrey Friedberg and the Bossy Frog of The Bossy Frog Band thrill young audiences with their banjo-driven, costume-character-dancing, 100% interactive music concert. Their show has been enjoyed by over 100,000 children and families! And, their latest recording, “15 Songs Every Kid Should Know (and will LOVE!)”, is a Parents’ Choice Award winner. Friday, September 19, 7:00 p.m.
SEPTEMBER 20 | THEATRE
M&M Presents “Unrequited Loss”
M&M presents the Westchester premiere of two new plays by award-winning local playwright Albi Gorn that depict rocky journeys down love’s tortuous path. Ripped from today’s headlines, PARADISE ENOW tells the story of two unlikely lovers who must delicately navigate their political differences until circumstances bring them face to face with a decision that cuts deeply into the heart of their disparate social views. LETTING GO is a bittersweet tale of a relationship gone awry, as a young man’s ex-lover comes to visit, and while exploring a photo album of their past together, attempts to explain why she left him. With veteran director, Robin Joseph and M&M favorites Carly Lichtenstein and Peter Lillo playing the two sets of lovers. Saturday, September 20, 7:30 p.m.
SEPTEMBER 26 | MUSIC
The Worlds of “Rhapsody in Blue” with Pianist Peter Muir
Commemorate George Gershwin’s birthday at the Croton Free Library with this solo piano recital celebrating the diverse musical styles that came together to form Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” in 1924. Pianist Peter Muir presents The Worlds of “Rhapsody in Blue”: George Gershwin and the Making of an American Classic. Beginning with an exploration of the European styles that influenced Gershwin, and moving to the American genres of ragtime, jazz and blues, the recital includes works by: Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Bartók, W. C. Handy, Zez Confrey, and Gershwin himself. The program culminates in a performance of Gershwin’s masterpiece, “Rhapsody in Blue.” Friday, September 26, 7:30 p.m.
In The Gallery of the main reading room there is an exhibit about Manitoga, the home and woodland gardens of industrial designer Russel Wright in Garrison, New York. Ceramic dishes and tableware designed by Wright are on display in the glass cases. The paintings, which were created on site at Manitoga, are the works of The Lower Hudson Valley Plein Air Painters. The exhibit runs through September 15.