johann_sebastian_bachpub

Wednesday, November 30 at 1 p.m.

Bach has been heralded as ‘the supreme genius of the late Baroque.” Masterpieces have flowed from his pen in almost every musical form of the day. Amongst them is “The Christmas Oratorio,” one of his most popular choral works. It relates the story of the nativity and the events which unfolded during the weeks afterwards. “The Christmas Oratorio” abounds in melodic arias and choruses, all underlined by a rich sounding orchestra featuring high trumpets and tympani. Jeffrey Engel will present excerpts from the oratorio, one of the few great musical works devoted to the Christmas holiday season, and relate why it and all of the master’s orchestral and choral music languished in obscurity for decades after his death.

Jeffrey Engel, adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut in Torrington, is a music historian and orchestral cellist who trained in Paris and Austria before returning to the U.S. to teach. He was selected as one of the 50 most influential people in Litchfield County, Connecticut by Litchfield Magazine in 2010.

Ringrose & Freeman - Dan Ringrose and Jeanne Freeman

Thursday, March 3 from 7-8 p.m.

Come celebrate all things Irish as the Essex Library proudly presents the celebrated musical duo Ringrose & Freeman for an evening of Irish and Celtic music.

This unique Celtic duo combines fiddler Jeanne Freeman, whose playing has been described as effortlessly virtuosic, — and singer/guitarist Dan Ringrose, whose voice has been called “stunning.” Together, they bring a lively freshness to traditional and original tunes and songs, along with stories, poetry, and humor.  Both are on the faculty of the Connecticut Academy of Irish Music and have been featured on Connecticut Public Television, at the Greater Hartford Irish Festival, and in many other venues.

LarryKaplan

Saturday, January 30th at 2 p.m. at the Essex Library

“Old Zeb,” “Song for Gale,” “Song for The Bowdoin,” John,” – just a few examples of the extensive song bag of some of the best ballads you will find in modern folk music. Larry Kaplan’s songs have been sung, performed, and recorded by many respected artists and audiences around the world—poignant stories in song, written in the truest folk tradition, honest, highly sing-able, and always memorable. A singer, instrumentalist, and recording artist in his own right, Larry will entertain attendees with a variety of ballads to brighten a January afternoon.

This program is free and open to all. Please call the Library to register: 860-767-1560.