National Dance Day at the Library

luminariumKids, ages 8-13!  Join Luminarium Dance Company Artistic Directors Merli V. Guerra and Kimberleigh A. Holman, Saturday, July 26, at 1pm in Weld Hall, for Dance + Light, a special workshop merging dance with hands-on lighting design, from projectors to handheld lights.  For more information, email info@luminariumdance.org.

National Dance Day takes place annually on the last Saturday of July and was created by Nigel Lythgoe, producer of So You Think You Can Dance.  This National Dance Day event is presented by Luminarium Dance Company and Artists-at-Large.

Fox and Branch: Family Concert in the Garden

Smooth jazz and blues entertained all ages (pictured) last week, and this week’s concert will be as delightful with the Friends’ very first Family Concert in the Garden featuring American folk with Fox and Branch on Thursday August 16, 2012, 6:30pm-7:30pm.

While this annual Hyde Park favorite usually performs in the branch Children’s Room during the day, Fox and Branch are set to offer a fun-filled musical hour for the young and young-at-heart.  Dave Fox (guitar, fiddle, jug, washboard & vocals) and Will Branch (guitar & vocals) perform a crowd-pleasing mix of fiddle tunes, old blues, New Orleans-flavored numbers and Cajun tunes.  Teachers by day, they bring years of experience and love of the music to every performance, whether in concert or in their children’s shows.  Three of their family CD releases have even won “Recommended” awards from Parents’ Choice, so don’t miss this wonderful duo who make everything they play their own!

Beverages and light refreshments will be available.  In the (unlikely so far!) event of rain or excessive heat, the concert will be held in Menino Hall in the library.

This summer’s Concerts in the Garden series is sponsored by the Friends of the H.P. Branch Library and supported by a grant from the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation.

Chameleon Arts Ensemble Returns June 2nd

Photo by Susan WilsonThe Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston returns to the Hyde Park Branch Library on Saturday June 2, 2012 at 2pm to perform Tunes, Tales and Tricksters, a free family concert.  The Ensemble will fill the afternoon with classical chamber music inspired by stories, poems, conversations, and communications through music.  Musical selections include those composed by Strauss, Mozart, Roberto Sierra, Michael Colgrass, and Hans Spencer.  Following the concert, drum with the Chameleons and give their instruments a try in the instrument petting zoo!

This concert is part of the Chameleon Arts Education Program, and is an interactive performance to not only introduce classical music, but to make personal connections to music that will enhance enjoyment and spark musical creativity.

Intro to Folk – May 19, 2012

For the last session in the series, singer-songwriter Terry Kitchen will present about Folk music for Many Styles, Many Voices, An Introduction to Music for Teens this Saturday May 19th at 2pm in the branch library’s Menino Hall.   This series is designed to give teens and young adults a brief but comprehensive look at the different styles of music they hear, what makes them unique, and what unites them.  Each presenter is an accomplished musician who will present a 90-minute talk followed by a short concert and Q/A time.  Many thanks to Artists-at-Large, Inc. for coordinating this wonderful series!

These concerts are free and all ages are welcome.  For more information contact Branch Teen Librarian John Kenney, or Artists-at-Large, Inc., at 617-313-6557.

Intro to Classical – May 12, 2012

Cellist and New England Conservatory graduate Michael Dahlbert will present the Classical music session of Many Styles, Many Voices, An Introduction to Music for Teens this Saturday May 12th at 2pm in the branch library’s Menino Hall.   This series is designed to give teens and young adults a brief but comprehensive look at the different styles of music they hear, what makes them unique, and what unites them.  Each presenter is an accomplished musician who will present a 90-minute talk followed by a short concert and Q/A time.  The last session is May 19 — Intro to Folk with Terry Kitchen.

These concerts are free and all ages are welcome.  For more information contact Branch Teen Librarian John Kenney, or Artists-at-Large, Inc., at 617-313-6557.

Many Styles, Many Voices – May 5 session postponed

We are saddened to announce the postponement of this Saturday May 5th’s Intro to Pop.  The presenting artist, Clara Kebabian, has a family emergency.  Once a new date is set, another announcement will be posted.

Two more sessions remain in this series:

Many Styles, Many Voices, An Introduction to Music for Teens is ongoing Saturdays  at 2pm through May 19 in the branch library’s Menino Hall.   This series is designed to give teens and young adults a brief but comprehensive look at the different styles of music they hear, what makes them unique, and what unites them.  Each presenter is an accomplished musician who will present a 90-minute talk followed by a short concert and Q/A time.

These concerts are free and all ages are welcome.  For more information contact Branch Teen Librarian John Kenney, or Artists-at-Large, Inc., at 617-313-6557.

Roundup: April Vacation Events

Children had a great time this week attending April school vacation week events sponsored at the branch library.  On Tuesday, cartoonist Andy Fish presented a manga/cartoon workshop to teens and a pair of enthusiastic youngsters.   Green Golly‘s Little Kids Little Songs kicked off the afternoon with a well-attended presentation introducing young ones to music, comedy, and theater.

Wednesday featured magician Debbie O’Carroll as Debra Cadabra lost in the Magic Library.  Debbie led the children through different styles of literature, incorporating magical interludes that entertained all who attended.  Pictured at left is a young audience member assisting Debra in making waffles in her hat. 

Rounding out the week on Saturday, solo puppeteer Jonathan Keezing and his Caravan Puppets led the children around the world with tales new and familiar.  Here young volunteers assist Jonathan in telling the tale of the 3 Little Pigs.  Later in the afternoon Delta Blues guitarist Erin Harpe presented an introduction to the Blues for teens and young adults.

Debbie O’Carroll is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library.  Andy Fish is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library and supported by a grant from the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation.  The Green Golly Project and Caravan Puppets are sponsored by the Boston Public Library.  Erin Harpe is sponsored by the Boston Public Library in collaboration with Artists-at-Large, Inc.

Many Styles, Many Voices

Many Styles, Many Voices, An Introduction to Music for Teens is ongoing Saturdays  at 2pm through May 19 in the branch library’s Menino Hall, and started off with well-attended sessions on April 14 (Jazz with Dr. Lewis Porter) and April 21 (Blues with Erin Harpe).   This series is designed to give teens and young adults a brief but comprehensive look at the different styles of music they hear, what makes them unique, and what unites them.  Each presenter is an accomplished musician who will present a 90-minute talk followed by a short concert and Q/A time.

These concerts are free and all ages are welcome.  For more information contact Branch Teen Librarian John Kenney, or Artists-at-Large, Inc., at 617-313-6557.