Sunday Musicale performance

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Sunday Afternoon at the Central Library

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon listening to a variety of talented musicians who perform at the Library's monthly Sunday Musicales.  These special programs are funded by the Friends of the Library and filmed by NBTV.  Streaming video can be found by using the links below or visiting the City of Newport Beach website NBTV listings


L.A. Classics & Pops Ensemble

Sunday, September 22, 2019, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
The LA Classics & Pops Ensemble, featuring Cathleen Wong on flute; Scott Graham, double bass; John Ryskowski, drums; and Sonia Lee playing piano, will play a repertoire which elegantly infuses jazz and classical. The concert will showcase Claude Bolling’s First Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio. 


Swingin' with Dean Ratzman

Sunday, October 20, 2019, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
Enjoy an afternoon with jazz musician Dean Ratzman as he performs on piano, trumpet, trombone, and sings hits from ‘40s swing, big band, jazz standards, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s jazz, blues, rock and soul. Dean’s a one-man band that will take you on a delightful musical journey down memory lane.


Vieness, Piano Duo

Sunday, November 17, 2019, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
Vieness, a piano duo featuring Vijay Venkatesh and Eva Schaumkell, enthralls audiences with their electric and captivating performances of a wide range of classical repertoire. Vieness will perform works by Schubert, Barber, Bach, Dvořák, and more.


AlmaNova: Holiday Recital

Sunday, December 15, 2019, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
AlmaNova is an innovative flute and guitar duo presenting an eclectic program of chamber music. Flutist Jessica Pierce and guitarist Almer Imamovic will be performing a festive program of holiday favorites. This concert will feature unique and original arrangements of some of the time-honored Christmas classics. 


Duo Art

Sunday, January 12, 2020, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
Duo Art is a collaboration project of pianists Kookhee Hong and Minji Noh. Formed in 2014, they recently presented programs at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, Chapman University, Irvine Valley College and Chaffey College. While their collaboration is relatively new, they are already in demand as recitalists and will present an afternoon filled with an eclectic mix of music written for one piano, four hands.


Susan Greenberg & Cristina Montes Mateo, Flute and Harp

Sunday, February 23, 2020, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
Cristina Montes Mateo is recognized internationally as one of the leading harpists of her generation. Flutist Susan Greenberg is a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, where she has been a frequent soloist on both flute and piccolo.


Aristides Rivas, Cello

Sunday, March 22, 2020, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
Aristides Rivas enjoys a versatile and international career as a multi-genre cellist, and was the principal cellist of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. Rivas is also an active solo and chamber musician whose versatility in different music genres has brought him to some of the most prestigious international venues.


Ryan Whyman, Piano

Sunday, April 19, 2020, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
Whyman is a gifted pianist and composer with a diverse array of influences. At age 6 he began studying classical piano with world renowned Sofia Zukerman and developed a passion for improvisation from an early age. As Ryan grew older, his classical piano skills quickly expanded into the jazz realm, as well as the realms of pop, rock, and assorted other genres. Ryan's compositional skills go hand in hand with his improvisational abilities, as he possesses a never-ending stream of musical ideas at his fingertips.


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Agnes Székely Schwartz & Sonia Lee, Violin and Piano

Sunday, May 17, 2020, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
Dances of Europe East and West: Music of Brahms, Albeniz, Bartok, Rimsky-Korsakov, and many more! A dynamic program of dance music such as tango, waltz, the Polish mazurka, and the Hungarian Csardas. 


If you would like to view previous series, you can watch the broadcasts online:

2018-19 Season

Soul Language: September 23, NBTV Video

Bessmeltseva and Nogueira: October 21, NBTV Video

Ashley Kim: November 18, NBTV Video

ACE Trio: January 13, NBTV Video

Brian Cross & Jesus Palominos: February 24, NBTV Video

Rigby Jones & Martin Borsanyi: March 17, NBTV Video

Dale Fielder Jazz Quartet: April 7, NBTV Video

Almer Imamovic & Till Richter: May 19, NBTV Video

2017-18 Season

Four Hands One Piano: September 24, NBTV Video

Playdate: October 22, NBTV Video

Ines Thomé and Mann-Wen Lo: January 28, NBTV Video

Viklarbo Chamber Ensemble: February 25, NBTV Video

Cristina Montes Mateo: March 25, NBTV Video

Dalí Ensemble L.A.: April 22, NBTV Video

City of Angeles Saxophone Quartet: May 20, NBTV Video

2016-17 Season

Quintessential Winds: January 29, NBTV Video

Esther & Joanna Lee: February 26, NBTV Video

Helix Collective: April 23, NBTV video

Black Canary Strings: May 21, NBTV video

Sunday Musicales at the Central Library are free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served, limited by room capacity of 200.  Funding is graciously donated by the Friends of the Library.

Please note:  Our 2019-20 season has been set.  If you are a musician or part of an ensemble interested in performing in our 2020-21 season, please send bio information and performance video links to Terry Sanchez at tsanchez@newportbeachca.gov, or call (949) 717-3895 for questions.