(Saturday, July 30 @ 2:00 PM) As we enter the final month of Summer, the Library is pleased to offer its last music performance of the Music @ the Library concert series with the Weston Wind Quintet. Consisting of French Horn, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, and Bassoon, the music of the woodwind quintet creates sonic tapestries and textures for your listening pleasure and aural imagination. The Weston Wind Quintet are happy to put their considerable talents and skills to use on a Saturday afternoon in the Library.
The members of the Weston Wind Quintet are Michael Tabak on flute, Alessandro Cirafici on oboe, Danby Cho on Clarinet, Elizabeth Jones on French Horn, and Shu Satoh on bassoon. Mr. Tabak studied at Julliard School of Music Preparatory Division and is principal flute of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston. Mr. Cirafici studied at New England Conservatory and is principal oboe of the Boston Civic Symphony and has performed with the Boston Pops. Ms. Cho holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University and is principal clarinet with the Boston Chamber Symphony. Ms. Jones studied at Illinois State University and has played with Claflin Hill Symphony, Atlantic Symphony and others. Mr. Satoh has been principal bassoon for the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic, Newton Symphony, Boston Civic, and many more.
(Saturday, July 9 @ 2:00 PM) Gaelic Americana recording artist, Kyle Carey, will perform at the Kingston Public Library’s Music @ the Library concert series. Ms. Carey’s music is a unique mixture of Celtic, Appalachian folk, and literary elements. Celtic Beat Magazine has written of Kyle, “In her gentle, modest way Carey represents both a well-traveled path, but also an innovation.”
While Ms. Carey has showcased traditional Gaelic songs on her recorded works, in her original material she breaks new ground in her ability to make that style the pulse of a new American sort of folk music. With influences plucked from bluegrass, gospel, Appalachian ballads and fiddle tunes as well as lyrics from personal experience, Appalachian folktale, Dustbowl narrative, the Old and New Testaments and fused with a bone-deep feel for Celtic tradition, she creates a personal vision as capacious as the North American continent.
(Saturday, June 18) The Hampton Trio are coming to the Kingston Public Library for a live performance. With classical guitar played by Beverly Davis, mandolin by Mark M. Davis, and mandola (tenor mandolin) by Robert A. Margo, The Hampton Trio will perform classical, romantic and contemporary music. Inspired by the groundbreaking work of groups such as Trio Nuovo (Japan) and Trio Chamorro (Spain), their goal is to popularize and add to the existing repertoire for trios with this instrumentation.
The Hampton Trio has performed at the 46 Festival Internacional de Plectro de La Rioja (2018) as well as The Sunday Sounds Series sponsored by the Boston Classical Guitar Society, the Bread Box Theater, the Packing House and other New England venues. The members of the Trio also perform in the New American Mandolin Ensemble and have appeared in plucked string music festivals in Spain, Portugal, Germany, the Netherlands and the USA.
The Hampton Trio will perform at the Kingston Public Library on Saturday, June 18th at 2:00 PM. The Library closes at 2:00 PM on Saturday but will remain open for the performance.
This free performance is sponsored by the Kingston Public Library Foundation.
(Saturday, May 28) According to jazz great, Ornette Coleman, “Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time.” Many would say that the same thing holds true for jazz’s closest cousin, the blues. And many more would way it is a real treat to hear a guitar in the hands of an accomplished blues and jazz guitarist. Paul Speidel is an accomplished jazz and blues guitarist and he’s coming to Kingston.
Originally from Chicago, Mr. Speidel’s roots are in Chicago-style blues and he has been a prominent part of Boston’s extensive blues and jazz music scene for two decades as a guitarist, composer, educator and producer. Paul has opened for notable artists such as Johnny A, John Lee Hooker, Jr., and Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson.
Are you new to tennis, or perhaps a lifetime player but not able to cover a full court due to an injury? Maybe just looking for a new fun paddle sport for the family that you can play in your own driveway? Then Spec Tennis is for you!
Spec Tennis was started in Northern California 4.5 years ago and has recently come to the East Coast. Spec combines elements of tennis, platform tennis and pickleball with a low compression tennis ball on a smaller court. Spec Tennis is great for all ages and is the perfect outdoor family sport.
Looking for a fun way to improve your game? This item from the Library of Things is sure to give you an advantage on the competition.
Our portable Golf Practice Net comes with chipping target and carrying bag.
You can borrow it with your library card and swing into success!
Looking to pick up a new hobby or give a big purchase a test run?
You can borrow our sewing machine with your library card.
Go ahead and get creative!
Everyone gives the credit to Galileo, but telescopes actually got their start in the Netherlands with spectacle makers who were studying the earth in the early 1600’s.
With our telescope and your library card, there is a whole world to explore!
Looking to add some pizzazz to your home dance parties? You can borrow the disco light from the Library of Things.
Plug it in, put on your dancing shoes, and dance the night away!
Music not included (but why not add karaoke?)