You are invited to learn about and celebrate the Kwanzaa principle Umoja (Unity); to strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race. This event will feature a performer and light refreshments.
The word "Kwanzaa" comes from the Swahili phrase "matunda ya kwanza," meaning "first fruits." Kwanzaa begins on December 26 and ends with a communal feast called the Karamu on January 1. Kwanzaa is a seven-day holiday that celebrates Family, Community and Culture. The seven days of Kwanzaa match the seven principles celebrated during the days.
Two local musicians, Jeff Hooton and Rex Spease, have come together to channel music that evokes a Paris street, wet with December rain, chilly yet happy with the bustle of shoppers; cafes full of beautiful people watching the world go by; and 1930s night clubs celebrating the time before the war. Jeff and Rex specialize in being multi-instrumental, so their concert includes music on accordion, flute, clarinet and saxophone. Vive la France!
Saturday, December 26, 2-3 p.m., Schlessman Hall https://www.denverlibrary.org/fresh
Guitarist and vocalist Lorian Bartle will feature a mix of traditional and classical favorites to celebrate the winter holiday season. Songs from the French- and German-speaking world, Baroque gems, and classical guitar arrangements of beloved holiday songs will be showcased in this hour-long performance.
Saturday, December 19, 2-3 p.m., Schlessman Hall https://www.denverlibrary.org/fresh
Take a multi-instrumental musical tour of the Mediterranean, the Balkan Peninsula, Ireland, and Northern Europe. Sandra Wong and Steve Mullins highlight traditional and original compositions featuring the Spanish flamenco guitar, Swedish nykleharpa, Bulgarian tambura, violin, mandolin, and banjola. Steve is a music professor at CU Boulder and principal guitarist for Flamenco Denver. Sandra is a virtuoso violinist and nykleharpist. Together they create musical magic!
Saturday, December 12, 2-3 p.m., Schlessman Hall https://www.denverlibrary.org/fresh
This exciting group of musicians and singers hails from the Denver-Boulder area, but they all have metaphoric roots in Eastern Europe. Planina performs haunting and rousing music from the region, including songs from Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Lithuania, Turkey and Ukraine, and the Sephardic and Rom (Gypsy) traditions from some of those areas. Though mostly not eastern European by heritage, the members share a fascination with the penetrating harmonies, asymmetric rhythms and challenging vocal techniques of this region.
Playing a variety of pieces from the 16th and early 17th centuries on a variety of historical instruments, including the four-course Renaissance guitar, seven-course Renaissance lute, and the 14-string theorbo, no one conjures the sound of Shakespeare’s world like talented musician, Peter Schimpf. His repertoire includes intricate and lively pieces from England, France, and Italy between the years 1500 and 1640.
Saturday, November 28, 2-3 p.m., Schlessman Hall https://www.denverlibrary.org/fresh
Returning for an encore performance, the Castle Rock Community Ringers make incredible music using only the classic choir bells – and these musicians know how to create a joyful noise! The well-regarded Castle Rock Community Ringers will show us how to ‘throw cares away’ with their thoughtful blend of holiday and secular songs all created with perfectly pitched handbells.
Friday, November 27, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Schlessman Hall https://www.denverlibrary.org/fresh