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A Genius and His Craft

by Jane Glover, Pegasus Books, 2018.

New to the collection...

handel londonIn 1712, a young German composer followed his princely master to London and would remain there for the rest of his life.  That master would become King George II and the composer was George Freidrich Handel.

Handel, then still only twenty-seven and largely self-taught, would be at the heart of musical activity in London for the next four decades, composing masterpiece after masterpiece, whether the glorious coronoation anthem "Zadok the Priest" operas such as "Rinaldo" and "Alcina" or the great oratorios, culminating, of course, in "Messiah".

It is a story of music-making and musicianship, but also of courts and cabals, of theatrical rivalries and eighteenth-century society.  It is also the story of some of the most remarkable music ever written, music that has been played, sung, and loved throughout the world for three hundred years.   -- Publisher.

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Silver Strings Dulcimer SocietySilverStringsDulcimerSociety

dulcimerSunday, December 2, at 3:00 p.m.

Enjoy a Holiday-themed concert presented by this acoustic string band featuring the hammered dulcimer.  Additional instrumentation includes mountain dulcimer, guitar, fiddle, banjo, string bass and mandolin.

Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.


a personal guide

by Anthony Tommasini, Chief Classical Music Critic, The New York Times, 2018.

New to the collection...

indispensable composersTommasini draws on elements of biography, the anxiety of influence, the composer's relationships with colleagues, and shifting attitudes toward a composer's work over time.  Because he has spent his life contemplating these titans, Tommasini shares impressions from performances he has heard or given, as well as moments when his own biography proves revealing.  As he argues for his particular pantheon of indispensable composers, Anthony Tommasini provides a master class in what to listen for and how to understand what music does to us.   -- Publisher.

Composers:  Monteverdi, Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Verdi, Wagner, Brahms, Debussy, Puccini, Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Bartok.


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Clarinet & String Quartetmusical staff elab

Sunday, November 4, at 3:00 p.m.

  • Teagan Faran & Christina Adams, Violin
  • Zoie Hightower, Viola
  • Leo Singer, Cello
  • Nickolas Hamblin, Carlinet

Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.


Warren & Flick: Acoustic String DuoWarrenFlick sm

musical staff elabSunday, October 7, 3pm

Using both original material and arranged standards from many genres, this ensemble finds new depth in the simplicity of a duo.  Jacob Warren is a multi-style bassist steeped in classical, folk, jazz, bluegrass and Cajun music.  Grant Flick plays violin, tenor guitar & mandolin, with interests in jazz, swing, bluegrass and new acoustic music.  Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.