Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents Virtual Strangers

Escondido, CA - Virtual Strangers will bring high energy bluegrass to Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series, March 11, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Virtual Strangers will play their award winning music in the tradition of bluegrass legends such as Earl Monroe and Flatt and Scruggs.

Virtual Strangers is a highly talented bluegrass band made up of Mike Tatar, Sr. on banjo; Yvonne Tatar on bass; guitarist Kit Birkett; and Jon Cherry on mandolin. They have played bluegrass festivals throughout the Western United States, and their three-part harmonies and driving beats have earned them top honors in the 4 Corners Band Contest, the Arizona Bluegrass Band contest, and the Southwest Bluegrass Play-offs.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs through May 2017 and features an array of classical, jazz, and other diverse musical styles. On April 8, 2017, the 2nd Saturday Concert Series welcomes Adrienne Nims and the Spirit Wind Trio.

For more information about this and future performances, visit library.escondido.org/concerts, or contact Librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4839.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series is free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025. For more information about other Library programs and services visit library.escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents Opera Exposed! with Dr. Nicolas Reveles

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library will host Opera Exposed!, San Diego Opera’s community engagement program, on, February 11, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Opera vocalists from local universities will perform selections from famous operas including La Boheme, Romeo and Juliette, and Pirates of Penzance.  

Opera Exposed!  is led by Dr. Nicholas Reveles, the San Diego Opera Company’s Director of Education and Community Engagement. He recruits exceptional undergraduate singers from the University of San Diego, Point Loma Nazarene University, and San Diego State University to perform and promote the joy of opera. In between selections, Dr. Reveles shares the great stories behind operas to educate and engage the community. For more information on the 2017 San Diego Opera season, visit http://www.sdopera.org.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs through May 2017 and features an array of classical, jazz, and other diverse musical styles. On March 11, the 2nd Saturday Concert

Series welcomes the bluegrass band Virtual Strangers. For more information about this and future performances, visit library.escondido.org/concerts, or contact Librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4211.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series is free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025. For more information about other Library programs and services, visit library.escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library Presents For the Love of Music, a Violin Concert by and for Kids

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library presents “For the Love of Music,” a violin concert performed by children, ages 7 to 12 years, who are in the California Center for the Arts, Escondido’s (the Center) Jean Will Strings musical program. This special concert is by and for children, however, all ages are welcome to attend. For the Love of Music will be held on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. in the Library’s Turrentine Room. Conducted by Kim Stephens-Doll, the children will perform a medley of American classics. Following the performance, attendees will have an opportunity to meet and greet the young musicians.

Named after its benefactor, Jean Will of Escondido, the Jean Will Strings Program at the Center provides children with a violin and free classical music instruction. Sherehe Hollins, the Center’s Education Program Manager, explained, “Children in the Jean Will Strings Program also participate in master classes with internationally renowned musicians, experience live concerts at the Center, and perform on stage throughout the year.” Dan Wood, the Library’s Youth Services Senior Librarian added, “Partnering with the California Center for the Arts, Escondido brings a special violin performance to the community. Children who attend the concert will enjoy the music and may be inspired by the young musicians to want to play as well.” For more information about the Jean Will Strings Program please visit http://artcenter.org/education/school-outreach-programs/.

Library programs are free and open to the public. Additional support for the Jean Will Strings Program musical performance is generously provided by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. For more information on Library programs for children, visit the Library’s website at library.escondido.org  or contact Senior Librarian Dan Wood at 760-839-4827 or dwood@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series Presents The Peter Sprague Trio

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert Series welcomes the New Year with the Peter Sprague Trio performing Brazilian-style jazz on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. The trio features virtuoso guitarist Peter Sprague, singer and percussionist Leonard Patton, and accomplished saxophonist Tripp Sprague. Influenced by Latin jazz pioneers such as Chick Corea and Sergio Mendes, the group has combined their deep love of Brazilian music, American pop, and jazz to create a sound and style uniquely their own.

The February 11, 2017 concert will present the return of San Diego Opera’s “Opera Exposed!” with Dr. Nicholas Reveles and a talented group of soloists. For more information about this and future performances that run through May 2017, visit library.escondido.org/concerts, or contact Librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4211.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. The program is free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Celebrates the Holidays with the San Diego Chamber Music Society Brass Quartet

Escondido, CA – The San Diego Chamber Music Society Brass Quartet will perform holiday music at Escondido Public Library’s 2nd Saturday Concert on December 10, 2016 at 3:00 PM in the Turrentine Room. To celebrate the season, the program will feature traditional carols and favorites, such as “Let it Snow”, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, and “Winter Wonderland.” The quartet is comprised of two trumpets, a French horn and a trombone, featuring members who are also associated with the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra, Cabrillo Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Baja California.

The 2nd Saturday Concert Series runs through May 2016 with a line-up of diverse musical styles from classical to jazz. The January 14, 2017 concert presents the Peter Sprague Trio, performing Brazilian-style jazz combined with American pop and jazz for a unique and exciting sound. For more information about this and future performances, visit library.escondido.org/concerts, or contact Librarian David Frazee at 760-839- 4211. The 2nd Saturday Concert Series is free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library Hosts Annual Children’s Holiday Tree Trimming Party

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library will host its Children’s Holiday Tree Trimming Party  on Thursday, December 1, 2016, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. Children celebrate this annual event by making an ornament for the Children’s Room holiday tree and one to take home. This festive event also celebrates the holiday spirit with a special visit from Santa Claus. Families are encouraged to arrive early, as supplies may be limited.

Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Programs are sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in Escondido. For information about this and other children’s programs, contact Kristine Macalalad, Children’s Librarian, at 760-839-5458 or at kmacalalad@escondido.org. Additional information about Library programs for children of all ages can be found at library.escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library Announces the 2016-2017 2nd Saturday Concert Series Schedule

Escondido, CA – Escondido Public Library announces the scheduled performers for the 2016 –2017 2nd Saturday Concert Series season, opening on November 12, 2016. Free musical performances will be held on the second Saturday of each month from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. from November 2016 through May 2017. All performances take place in the Library’s Turrentine Room.

The 2016—2017 2nd Saturday Concert Series:

November 12, 2016             Q-Ban Street Band – Cuban dance music

December 10, 2016            San Diego Chamber Music Society Brass Quartet

January 14, 2017                Peter Sprague Trio – Brazilian-style jazz

February 11, 2017              Opera Exposed! With San Diego Opera’s Dr. Nicolas Reveles

March 11, 2017                   Virtual Strangers – Bluegrass music

April 8, 2107                         Adrienne Nims and Spirit Wind - Contemporary jazz

May 13, 2017                       Minna Han and Joo-In Lee – Classical piano and violin virtuosos

 

The Q-Ban Street Band opens the season with pulsing Cuban Salsa, Bachata, and Timba music on, November 12, 2016. Bachata is a popular guitar-based, dance music that originated in the Dominican Republic; Timba, is based on classic Cuban music, along with salsa, American funk/R&B, and the strong influence of Afro-Cuban folkloric music. Maritza Baida, special guest and director of Baila Cubano San Diego, will show interested audience members some Cuban dances while her dance group demonstrates moves to the beat of the Q-Ban Street Band.

For more information about the 2nd Saturday Concert Series visit library.escondido.org/concerts or contact Librarian David Frazee at 760-839-4211. The 2nd Saturday Concert Series is free, open to the public, and generously sponsored by Friends of the Escondido Public Library. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street, Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Public Library Celebrates Día De Los Muertos

Escondido, CA - Escondido Public Library will host a Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead celebration, on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. The Day of the Dead honors the memory of loved ones who have passed away, and the Library celebrates this tradition with cultural stories, music, sugar skull decorating, and offerings.

Día de los Muertos is made possible by the generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library, and is free and open to the public. Registration is not required, but early arrival is encouraged as space and supplies may be limited. To access books in the Library catalog, and for more information about this event and other youth programs at the Library, visit library.escondido.org or contact Lalitha Nataraj, Interim Senior Librarian for Youth and Literacy Services, at 760-839-4219 or lnataraj@escondido.org.

Escondido Public Library Presents Spooktacular Stories and Creepy Crafts for Children

Escondido, CA –Escondido Public Library presents Spooktacular Stories and Creepy Crafts on Thursday, October 27, 2016, from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. This family-oriented Halloween celebration begins with a monster-themed story at 3:30 p.m., followed by craft time where children decorate a treat bag to take on their Halloween hauntings. Supplies are limited to 100 children, ages 3-12. One craft per child.

Spooktacular Stories and Creepy Crafts is made possible by the generous support from Friends of the Escondido Public Library and is free and open to the public. Registration is not required, however early arrival is encouraged as space and supplies are limited. To access books, videos, and music in the Library catalog, and for more information about this event and other Library programs, visit library.escondido.org or contact Lalitha Nataraj, Interim Senior Librarian for Youth & Literacy Services, at 760-839-4219 or lnataraj@escondido.org. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street Escondido, CA 92025.

Escondido Library Celebrates Library Card Sign-Up Month in September

Escondido, CA – September is Library Card Sign-Up Month and Escondido Public Library encourages everyone, especially students, to own a card. Library cards are free and easy to obtain in-person at the Library or online at library.escondido.org/librarycard.

Owning a library card opens the door to a world of free resources and services, making a library card the most valuable card in your wallet. Use your card to download eBooks, eAudiobooks, or eMagazines; borrow the latest bestseller or popular DVD; or use a public computer or laptop. A host of online electronic resources can be accessed on the Library’s website by simply inputting your Library account number. Use your card to explore family history on Ancestry.com, access an online encyclopedia, do research, or learn about an automotive repair for your vehicle. To see just how valuable your Library card is, visit library.escondido.org/value and enter your usage into the value calculator.

This September, Escondido Public Library introduces Read Local, Shop Local! offering Library cardholders even greater value. Show your Escondido Public Library card at participating Escondido businesses and receive a special merchant discount or offer. Visit library.escondido.org/local for complete details on this program and a list of participating businesses. Share your experience about the endless possibilities that your Library card provides using #LocalEsco.

All Library programs and services are free to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido, California, 92025. For more information about Library programs and services visit library.escondido.org or contact Principal Librarian Joanna Axelrod at 760-839-4330 or jaxelrod@escondido.org.

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