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Sunday Musicale performance

Sunday Musicales

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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


Soul Language

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
Bridging the gap between Bossa Nova, Samba and the joyous and uplifting folklore of Brazilian contemporary music in an intimate trio setting. NBTV Video


Piano & Guitar Duo: Bessmeltseva and Nogueira

Sunday, October 21, 2018, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
Repertoire of 19th-century music originally written for classical guitar and piano, including music from composers Giuliani, Carulli, and Diabelli. NBTV Video


Ashley Kim, Cello

Sunday, November 18, 2018, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
Cellist Ashley Kim, the graduate of Juilliard School, performs a wide range of different styles of well-known cello music from Handel to Ennio Morricone.


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ACE Trio

Sunday, January 13, 2019, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
Based in Los Angeles, ACE Trio is a classical modern ensemble rapidly distinguishing itself as one of the newest leading groups of its generation.


""Guitar Duo: Brian Cross & Jesus Palominos

Sunday, February 24, 2019, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
Guitarists Brian Cross and Jesus Palominos perform a repertoire of Latin American works from Argentina, Cuba, Mexico and Brazil.


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Rigby Jones, Mezzo Soprano

Sunday, March 17, 2019, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
Rigby Jones and pianist Martin Borsanyi perform a dynamic, dramatic program from the European cabaret tradition, centered on the favorite works of Weill and Piaf.


Dale Fielder Jazz Quartet

Sunday, April 7, 2019, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
For over 20 years, the Dale Fielder Quartet has been a part of the jazz scene in SoCal and across the country. Fielder plays baritone sax and performs his own original compositions. The quartet includes Jane Getz on piano, Bill Markus on bass, and Thomas White on drums.


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Almer Imamovic & Till Richter, Guitar & percussion duo

Sunday, May 19, 2019, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
This duo will take you on a musical journey from Spain to the Balkans with original compositions, arrangements of folk songs and their spin on tunes from the jazz, rock and classical genres.


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

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

DalĂ­ 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 2018-19 season is now set.  If you are a musician or part of a classical ensemble interested in performing for our 2019-20 season, please send bio information and performance video links to Terry Sanchez at  tsanchez@newportbeachca.gov or (949) 717-3800.