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, the musicians offer a crowd-pleasing good time. This concert is for the whole family and a great way to set the mood for the holidays.
Saturday, December 8, 7:30 p.m.


Rockin’ New Year’s Craft

Join us in ringing in the New Year a few days early. We’ll be making festive New Year’s hats and reading New Year’s stories, while we count down to the ball drop. Light refreshments will be served. For children of all ages. Registration Required.
Monday, December 31, 1:30 p.m.


“Turning Back Time” with Soprano Laura Stelman Jaeger and Pianist Mark Mitchell

At home with both opera and Broadway, Croton-on-Hudson’s own Laura Stelman Jaeger offers “an intimate cabaret,” chronicling life’s twists and turns from conservatory to cancer and beyond. Laura, who received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Manhattan School of Music and her Master’s from Indiana University, is joined by fellow Croton resident, pianist Mark Mitchell. Mark has been the music director, conductor and/or pianist for well over 50 Broadway, off-Broadway, national tour and regional productions. Come to Laura’s home library to warm up a chilly evening with vocal works by favorite composers, from Bernstein to Sondheim, Rodgers to Rossini.
Saturday, January 19, 7:30 p.m.


Paper-Cutting with Local Artist Sine Hjort

Young artists learn to use paper cutting to tell stories and create beautiful pictures. Paper-cutting artist Sine Hjort introduces students to the tradition of paper cutting, beginning with simple designs and frequently used basic patterns. Working with folded paper and scissors, participants will enjoy experiencing the “magic” of unfolding their own paper cutting, and revealing the picture they have made. Registration is required. Register by calling (914-271-6612) or visiting the library during open hours.
Saturday, January 26, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon, grades 1 through 4; 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., grades 5 and up (including adults).


The Hudson Valley String Quartet Presents “The Bad Boys of the Quartet: Ravel and Beethoven”

When one thinks about musicians rebelling against tradition, classical music does not instantly come to mind. Yet Beethoven and Ravel composed some of the most avant-garde music of their time, and it was not always a comfortable experience for their audiences or their critics. The Hudson Valley String Quartet - Marka Young, David Fiedler, violins; Lauren Buono, viola; Jeanne Fox, cello - explores both the “badness” and the greatness of Ludwig van Beethoven’s quirky and beautiful Opus 59, #3 quartet, and Maurice Ravel’s sensuous, iconic quartet written in 1903. Taking great music local, the Hudson Valley String Quartet is dedicated to bringing great string quartet literature to the Hudson Valley’s concert scene.
Sunday, January 27, 2:00 p.m.


Listening to Jazz: The Journey

Solo Exhibition
Sheilah Rechtschaffer

Artist Sheilah Rechtschaffer is presenting a continuing body of work at the Croton Free Library. Her focus continues as a visual artist and how she has integrated that experience with listening at the same time to jazz music. The paintings can be accessed through the process of QR Codes on smart phones. The works in the exhibition were made over the past year in watercolor, ink and pencil employ a visual vocabulary of color, form, and gesture that emulates jazz improvisation. Full Press Release.

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 3, 2:30-4:00pm

Artist’s Talk: Saturday, December 1, 2:30-4:00pm

On Display November 1 - December 26