Warm musical nights at historic Glebe Library

Warm musical nights at historic Glebe Library

Glebe Library will help stave-off the winter chill with free night-time concerts and music talks for residents, featuring an array of rousing songs from Blue Moon to Big Yellow Taxi.

The Musica Viva-curated concerts are part of the City of Sydney’s Late Night Library series – a program that began in Surry Hills in 2011 and has now expanded to Customs House, Kings Cross, and Newtown libraries.

“Launched two years ago, our Late Night Library program has grown to be an overwhelming success, with more than 4,000 people attending a range of fun and thought-provoking events,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“These free night-time events at our libraries are often booked out weeks in advance, showing there’s a lot of demand for more late-night entertainment options.

The new music series at Glebe Library is curated by Surry Hills-based music promoters and educators, Musica Viva, which last year presented music involving 353 musicians to an audience of more than 350,000 people across Australia.

Musica Viva Director of Business Development and Concerts, Timothy Matthies, said they were pleased to be collaborating on the first Late Night Library series at Glebe Library.

“We have curated the program around the idea of storytelling through music, and for these five special evenings we’ve invited a diverse selection of wonderful musicians, who will explore a mix of classical, multi-cultural and popular traditions,” Mr Matthies said.

“Highlights include renowned songstress Mara Kiek with her all-female a cappella quartet The Humming Birds, Scottish classical and folk fiddler Donald Grant, and a showcase of a new music, dance and storytelling program created by NAISDA Dance College and our Musica Viva In Schools program.

“We’re excited to be bringing these talented artists to the residents of Glebe and surrounding suburbs and look forward to a terrific season.”


Glebe Library, 186 Glebe Point Road, Glebe

All events are free, but bookings are essential on 02 9298 3060 or coslibrary.eventbrite.com.au


The Humming Birds

8-9pm, Wednesday 3 July

This all-female a capella quartet will raise the roof, and spirits, with rich and uplifting harmonies. From pop to gospel, soul, blues, folk and doo-wop, the Humming Birds celebrate some of the best-known songs of the 20th century in stunning four-part harmony. You’ll recognise songs like Iko Iko, Big Yellow Taxi and Blue Moon as well as some unique and creative mash-ups.


Such sweet music

8-9pm, Wednesday 17 July

London in the 17th and 18th centuries saw some of the greatest minds in literature, theatre and music working together to create entertainment for the royal court, theatres and public events. The surviving works some of the greatest masterpieces of theatrical storytelling ever penned, including the operas of Henry Purcell and George Frideric Handel. Engaging presenter Genevieve Lang explores the cultural and musical history of Purcell and Handel’s times, with performances from Sydney Conservatorium of Music students.
8-9pm, Wednesday 31 July

The names of West Africa’s musical instruments and traditions are almost as lyrical as the sounds they make: lama, djembe, dundun, balafon, fula and Griot. Teranga frontman Pape Mbaye is a Senegalese griot: a poet, musician, storyteller and ‘praise singer’ renowned for quick wit and a sharp tongue. Combine this with some of the best African drummers this side of the Indian Ocean and you’re in for a rollicking ride through the rhythms of this fascinating continent.


Musical journeys: Donald Grant & Matthew Hindson

8-9pm, Wednesday 14 August

Learning the violin from a young age in a country town is just one of the parallels in the lives of Scottish performer Donald Grant and Australian composer Matthew Hindson. Mr Grant, a member of the acclaimed Elias String Quartet and leader of his own folk ensemble, and award-winning composer Mr Hindson will explore their personal and musical journeys, diverse practices and approaches to storytelling in conversation with Musica Viva’s Tim Matthies. There will also be performances by Mr Grant and Sydney Conservatorium of Music students.

NAISDA Dance College

8-9pm, Wednesday 28 August

In the early 1970’s an upsurge of indigenous cultural pride led to the birth of a unique new dance form: Contemporary Australian Indigenous dance.  Musica Viva teams up with the talented students of the NAISDA Dance College on the central coast to create a showcase of new music, dance and storytelling.


For more information, visit cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/library or musicaviva.com.au


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