Sunday with the Friends
Nearly every Sunday at 2:00 pm, the Friends of Lakewood Public Library are proud to present
free concerts, lectures and more. Join us in the Main Library Auditorium. These programs are
open to one and all.
SEPTEMBER 8 Amethyst String Duo
Violinist Mary Beth Ions and cellist Kent Collier are hardworking professional musicians dedicated to bringing the beauty of live string music to audiences everywhere. Follow them on a world tour through some of their favorite classical and contemporary pieces. In Italy, selections from Vivaldi segue into the score from the Godfather. Bach, Handel and the waltzes of Strauss loom large in Germany and Austria. The Beatles make a surprise appearance in England alongside Andrew Lloyd Weber and Elgar in the halls of Downton Abbey. They'll live La Vie en Rose in France, fall for the lovely Carmen in Spain and dance through Eastern Europe with Gypsy czardas and other folk traditions. Back in the USA, Stephen Foster, Scott Joplin, George Gershwin and the stars of Broadway will welcome us all home.
SEPTEMBER 15 Scimitars Swing Band
Back in the 30s and 40s, America needed a break from the dark days of war and depression. Relief came in the form of a new up-tempo jazz called swing that swept the country with its cheerful syncopated rhythms. It was the kind of music that asked you to get up and dance. So let’s bring back the sounds of Glen Miller, Les Brown, Woody Herman and Duke Ellington with the Scimitars Swing Band! Director Paul Lawrence leads a seventeen-piece jazz orchestra with full saxophone, trumpet, trombone and rhythm sections. They’re sure to make a big, happy sound in our little auditorium.
SEPTEMBER 22 Jim “LooseChange” Snively
Jim, “LooseChange” Snively got his first guitar in 1964 and he's been writing songs and performing on street corners—both literal and figurative—ever since. “I usually let my songs tell the story but I know who I am. Born in Akron, Ohio in 1944, I was the third of three sons and we had a baby sister, Judi. My oldest brother began playing, what was then called "Moon Dog" and later rechristened rock and roll, on a small loading dock behind the A&P Store. He toured with people like Eddie Cochran and Roy Orbison, and shared his guitar with an up and comer named Elvis Presley. I followed a different musical path. Harry Chapin showed me there were no walls, no rules, when it comes to music. I loved that he stepped away from the mindless love songs of the day and told stories.”
SEPTEMBER 29 Sommerfugl
Bid a final adieu to summer and prepare your heart for the winter ahead. The butterfly is the summer fool. (That's both the literal translation and the pronunciation of the band's Danish name.) William Drake and Holly Overton bring alive the beauty of one particular butterfly on a summer's day with their eclectic mix of love songs, torch songs, duets, originals and other surprises. These veterans of the local music scene are two of the finest vocalists and instrumentalists around, coming together in a synergistic rainbow of sound. Rich and delicate harmonies and a joyous dance of guitar and violin will whisk you away on a captivating emotional journey that will leave you reminiscing about warm, lazy summer days.
OCTOBER 6 The Squirrel Hillbillies: Acoustic Folk, Country and Blues
From deep within the urban forest of Pittsburgh's East End, the Squirrel Hillbillies emerge to share their eclectic mix of folk, country and blues. The duo has been writing, arranging, and performing original music since 2010, with recent appearances at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, the Pittsburgh International Children's Festival and the Folk Alliance International's annual conference. Through a collaborative, nonlinear songwriting process, duo partners Jenny Wolsk Bain and Gary Crouth draw from personal experiences, third-hand stories, and vivid imaginations to craft songs that are unpredictable and quirky, yet widely accessible.
OCTOBER 20 Sufi Music Ensemble
Sufi represents the mystical dimension of Islam, a way to purify our souls; a path, which takes seekers to the divine. When the lips are closed, the heart speaks up. When the heart is silent, the soul blazes up, bursting into flames and illuminates the whole way of new life. For Sufis music is a feast for the soul because through music one experiences divinity. Sufi Music Ensemble, led by the University of Alberta’s Karim Gillani, is a band that carries the classic message of Islamic traditional poetry with a modern outlook. Everything about their presentation is unique and meaningful, from their singing style to melodious pieces, from Qawwali to Ginan, from Kafi to Ghazals. If you would like to experience infinite love within your heart and soul then do not forget to listen to them live. This concert is a part of the Library’s Muslim Journey’s series, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
NOVEMBER 3 Ernie Krivda Solo Saxophone
Now in his sixth decade as a jazz performer, Ernie Krivda is acknowledged by both critics and peers as one of the world's great tenor saxophone players. But as Harvey Pekar wryly pointed out, “no one may know this because he lives in Cleveland.” In demand all over the world, he can only say, “It might be better for my career to live somewhere else but it’s better for my art to live in Cleveland.” An impressive body of recordings back up that statement, but this concert is a chance for Library audiences to experience his performance in person in a cozy little auditorium with no clinking glasses and no amplification—just the sound and the man. Sit back and let him roar.
NOVEMBER 17 Windsong
Singing is the breath of life—and a choir of women singing together whips up a mighty wind. This proud feminist chorus has been enchanting Cleveland audiences for thirty-two years—as many revolutions of the Earth as it has members. Led by Artistic Director Karen Weaver, Windsong performs a diverse repertoire of pop, swing and Broadway tunes, light classics and songs from around-the-world folk traditions, united by the theme of fire and frost. This special program will take place in the Main Library’s First Floor Mulitpurpose Room.
NOVEMBER 24 The Chardon Polka Band
Despite their extensive catalog of traditional favorites, this fresh young group out of Chardon is not your average polka band. They still love bringing new life and energy to the traditional music of their forebears, but they are not afraid to write new songs for Cleveland today. And everybody has fun when they add polka-pop reinterpretations of artists like Justin Bieber and Lady Ga Ga to the mix—whatever it takes to keep everybody dancing! Catch them while you can. The Chardon Polka Band is in demand—here and across the country.
DECEMBER 8 The Spyder Stompers
Back in the first half of the 20th Century, this music was simply called American music, but today we know it better as acoustic blues, folk and country. There’s a little ragtime in there, too. Jack DiAlesandro is a finger style guitar master who works during the day as a professor of Mathematics at Kent State while Kevin T. Richards plays mandolin, fiddle, guitar and directs the non-profit organization Roots of American Music. Ray DeForest, a teacher of jazz, blues and almost any style of music, rounds out the sound with the genius of his acoustic bass. The audience will provide the foot-stomping beat.
DECEMBER 15 Gong and Singing Bowl Improvisations
Percussionist Paul Stranahan uses ancient instruments—suspended gongs and Tibetan singing bowls—to create modern music that demands your attention. Evoking moods that range from the soothing and meditative to the chaotic and downright apocalyptic, each performance is improvised, as unique an experience for the audience as it is for the performer. With sticks and mallets and special strikers that gently rub the rims of the bowls, Stranahan will fill the auditorium with sounds and vibrations from another world. You simply have to be there to really hear it.
JANUARY 5 A Visit from Henry David Thoreau
"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” The provocative and eloquent words of Henry David Thoreau, America's apostle of the wilderness, escape the bonds of time and come to life in this dramatic monologue by Kevin Radaker, a Thoreau scholar and English professor at Anderson University. Almost every word he speaks is genuine Thoreau, quoted directly from the great social critic and political reformer’s writings—even when he answers questions from the audience. With passages from his major works carefully interwoven with other selections from his vast body of work, Radaker will touch upon the major themes of Thoreau’s philosophy in a thought-provoking manner that will delight devoted scholars and the uninitiated alike. "To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust."
JANUARY 26 The Hollywood Slim Band
A proud member of the Cleveland blues family, the Hollywood Slim Band has been entertaining crowds with their swing, jazz and blues for over thirty-five years and they’re still adding new arrangements to their repertoire. With tender three-part vocal harmonies and decades of playing together, they add their own touch to the music of Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter Jacobs, Louis Jordan, Ray Charles and The Nat King Cole Trio. A homegrown Cleveland spirit matched with loving instrumental mastery gives this band a vintage, rockin’ sound.
FEBRUARY 2 Frank Lloyd Wright and the Modern Home
In 1936, visionary architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed a family home that cost only $5,000 and established his concept of the Usonion—new designs for the open, uncluttered landscape of America. Fred R. Unwin illustrates the humble genius of the man with an appreciation of the Weltzheimer Johnson house in Oberlin—one of the few Usonian homes open to the general public. Lovingly preserved, it stands as a brick and redwood
testament to his affordable, middle-class genius. With environmentally friendly natural lighting, passive solar heating and attention to landscape, it may still have much to teach us about designing and building modern
homes in the 21st century.
FEBRUARY 9 Callas on Callas by Wordstage
Celebrate the life and art of the modern era’s most influential operatic artist, Greek-American soprano Maria Callas. Using excerpts of radio, television and print interviews given by Madame Callas and transcriptions from her famous Julliard Master Classes, the revelers of Wordstage illustrate the power and the elegance that transformed a diminished opera world of pretty singing exhibitions into the vital theatrical force it has become today. Rare video clips sprinkled throughout the piece provide glimpses of the legendary Callas in concert and reveal the woman behind the performance.
FEBRUARY 16 SLAP Jazz Trio
Honing their instrumental and improvisational skills since their pre-teen days in the Cleveland suburbs, SLAP is Cleveland’s premier jazz trio. “When in doubt, add delay.” For more than a decade, SLAP has carried on a musical conversation about love, humor, danger, and beauty. With simple bass, drums and guitar, they stroll effortlessly through the walls of perception. Repercussionist John Henry Scully assumes that a groove is worth bending so long as the room appears to be floating in space. And if there is a thematic subtext that needs thumping, purring, or stuttering, bassist Mike Zubal will oblige. Guitarist Tom Zubal, however, favors flexuous tides, balance, shimmering beauty and moments of clarity. Somehow it all comes together like a cosmic slap in the face.
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