The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library announce the 2022 “Season of Music from the Library,” which includes three concerts over several months and features unique performances from a variety of musicians. The Friends anticipate that all three concerts will be in-person programs, but due to COVID-19 precautions there is a possibility some performances will be cancelled, postponed, or moved to a virtual environment. If that is the case, registered patrons will be notified ahead of time.
The three concerts will be February 26, March 12, and April 2. All three concerts will take place at 7:30pm. Doors will open at 7:00pm. The concerts are free, but advanced registration is required beginning two weeks prior to each performance. Patrons can register by calling the Main Library at 978-318-3301 or online at concordlibrary.org.
On February 26, Thomas Meglioranza (baritone) and Reiko Uchida (piano) will present “American Songs from 100 Years Ago,” with art songs by Charles Ives, Carrie Jacobs Bond, and Ruth Crawford Seeger (on poems by Carl Sandberg) and popular tunes and parlor songs of the era. Naumburg award-winning singer Thomas Meglioranza has performed with major orchestras, in operas, and in chamber music in eras ranging from early music to contemporary. Reiko Uchida is a Grammy nominee who has performed concertos with major orchestras, chamber music at festivals, and collaborated with string quartets and other artists.
On March 12, Liana Paniyeva (solo piano) will perform works by Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert-Franz Liszt, and Frederick Chopin. Liana Paniyeva began winning prizes in piano competitions in Ukraine in 2002 and continued winning competitions in the US and performing at international festivals.
Finally, on April 2, the Friends will present the American Brass Quintet, performing works by Luca Marenzio, Jennifer Higdon, Nina C. Young, and Eric Ewazen. The program will range from Renaissance to contemporary. The quintet, founded in 1960, is internationally recognized as one of the premier chamber ensembles of our time.
The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library are delighted to share these performances with the community, and hope that these concerts will be a positive energy as Concord and the larger community begin to move forward during this pandemic.