Sunday Musicales

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Sunday Afternoon at the Central Library

The Newport Beach Public Library hosts outstanding classical and instrumental music and performers throughout the year. The hour-long Sunday Musicales are held on Sundays at 3 p.m. in the Friends Meeting Room at the Central Library, 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach. Funding is graciously donated by the Newport Beach Friends of the Library. Free admission.

If you missed a Sunday Musicale, you may be able to view it on NBTV streaming video.


Joshua Simka, tenor and piano 

Sunday, September 18, 2022, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room 

Tenor Joshua Simka, of Pompano Beach, Florida, has sung excerpts from the roles of Tamino, Tonio, Nemorino, and Lurcanio. At Opera America, he sang the role of Rudi in a presentation of scenes from a new opera called Steal a Pencil for Me by Gerald Cohen. Simka has also sung in numerous opera choruses and given shared and solo recitals.

TC4 Saxophone Quartet

Sunday, October 16, 2022, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room

TC4 returns for a concert of exciting and celebrated works for the saxophone quartet. The group will perform works by renowned composers Scott Joplin and Jean Rivier, along with new works of living composers Zach Browning, Victor Marquez, and George Powell Nash. This eclectic set explores the sounds of Ragtime, French Romanticism, Latin Music, and Classic Rock! TC4 features Andrew Harrison, Isaac Lopez, Francis Cisneros, and Robert Alexander. NBTV Video

The Madeleine Trio

Sunday, November 20, 2022, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room

The Madeleine Trio began in 2011 with three former students from CSU Fullerton, who met as graduate and undergraduate students. The main focus of the chamber group and the is focused on pieces written for flute, oboe and piano. This unusual combination has been written for by many notable composers across the classical music eras and we always enjoy playing pieces that are diverse in time periods, styles, and genres. Lisa Yamamoto, flute; Jenny Jee-El Park, piano; Maralynne Mann, oboe. NBTV Video

ACE Trio

ACE Trio

Sunday, December 11, 2022, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room

ACE Trio is a Los Angeles based classical modern ensemble rapidly distinguishing itself as one of the newest leading groups of its generation. Performing their own innovative arrangements and all accessible contemporary music by living composers from around the world, ACE Trio is dedicated to promoting the newest voices of our art. They will be performing a special arrangement of holiday classics.

Duo Apollon

Sunday, January 22, 2023, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room

Aaron Haas and Anastasia Malliaras of Duo Apollon perform art song repertoire for voice and guitar, as well as transcriptions from piano. The repertoire originally written for guitar and voice is less well-known than that for piano and voice, and showcases song cycles which are rarely heard, while the transcriptions reinterpret classic art song with the unique sound of the guitar-voice duo.


Aristides Rivas and Minji Noh, cello and piano

Sunday, February 19, 2023, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room

Beethoven and Rachmaninoff are two of the most iconic composers of the romantic period. This program will feature two sonatas for cello and piano by these masters. They provide a window into their extreme genius, love, and darkness.

Ryan Whyman

Sunday, March 19, 2023, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room

Pianist and composer Ryan Whyman performs a program of imaginative and emotionally compelling music written over this last year during his transition into fatherhood. Ryan’s classical foundation and his love of jazz, folk and film music culminate in a performance that transcends genre is sure to evoke imagery in the mind of the listener.

Mirror Visions Ensemble

Sunday, April 16, 2023, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room

Mirror Visions Ensemble’s Midnight Magic reflects upon the witching hour as musical favorites by Mozart, Debussy, and Price intermingle with Bonds, Sondheim, and more. Four stunning voices (soprano Mireille Asselin, mezzo Abi Levis, tenor Daniel McGrew, and baritone Mischa Bouvier) are alongside pianist Max Hammond. Performances of commissioned works feature Carlos Simon’s “Dreams” and Andrew Gerle’s arrangement of “That Old Black Magic.”

""Duo MAT, piano duo

Sunday, May 21, 2023, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room

Inhyun Lee and Ena Kim of Duo MAT are a southern California-based piano duo ensemble. They want to make art, not only limited to music, together with the audience and share their musical emotions. The program consists of various composers, well-known pieces, from jazz to original classical styles. 


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

2021-22 Season

Violin and Piano Duo: September 19, NBTV Video

Syrinx Quintet: October 17, NBTV Video

Flute and Piano Duo: November 14, NBTV Video

TC4 Saxophone Quartet: January 23, NBTV Video

Amber Liao: February 20, NBTV Video

Latsos Piano Duo: March 20, NBTV Video

Brad Conroy: April 24, NBTV Video

Piano and Cello: May 29, NBTV Video

2020-21 Season

Andrew Harrison & Jason Lo: September 20, NBTV Video

Three Cellists: November 15, NBTV Video

 ACE Trio Holiday Concert: December 13, NBTV Video

Hun Lee: January 10, NBTV Video

2019-20 Season

Vieness Piano Duo: November 17, NBTV Video

AlmaNova: December 15, NBTV Video

Duo Art: January 12, NBTV Video

Susan Greenberg & Cristina Montes Mateo: February 23, NBTV Video

Ryan Whyman: June 21, NBTV Video

Aristides Rivas: July 19, NBTV Video

 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:  If you are a musician or part of an ensemble interested in performing in our 2021-22 season, please send bio information and performance video links to Terry Sanchez at, or call (949) 717-3895 for questions.