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Live music sign icon. Karaoke symbol.If you think the library is a really quiet place where you’ll be shushed, think again. The Music in the Lounge series at Central Library is just one of many ways we’re creating a lively, active space in your libraries.

“The music brings an added life and vibrancy to the library. This is what we mean when we talk about community connections – it’s a shared cultural experience that’s available to everyone, free of charge,”  says Sheila Bauman, events planner at Kitchener Public Library.

“We’ve had people come up and thank us, because they’ve been able to enjoy performances that they wouldn’t have been able to afford elsewhere. Or they’ve been exposed to something, like the KW Symphony or Ballet Jörgen, that they may not have sought out on their own.”

We’re thrilled to support local musicians, giving them opportunities to showcase their work for new audiences. But though the performances are free to the public, the musicians are also financially compensated and supported.

This series of live music performances has been created with the generous financial support of an anonymous donor. Many of the performances are in partnership with the Central Ontario Musicians Association, with support from the Music Performance Trust Fund of the American Federation of Musicians.

The Music in the Lounge series kicks off tomorrow with Celtic music, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. No registration is required for any of the performances – just drop in and get ready for a toe-tapping, no-shushing good time.

Saturday, March 14 at 1 pm
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day
with Sandy MacDonald (2 guitars and a fiddle)

Tuesday, March 24 at 7 pm
The Acabellas
University of Waterloo’s premiere female a cappella group

Wednesday, April 1 at 7 pm
Big Band Swing Jazz 
with Dave Knarr Swing Band (keyboard, bass + 2 horns)

Sunday, April 12 at 1:30 pm
Jazz Standards
with Ernie Kalwa  Jazz Trio (saxophone, keyboard or guitar and bass).

Tuesday, April 14, at 7 pm
Strings Attached with Michael Gabriel
A preview concert with Michael Gabriel, and Trina Nadeau on cello.

Tuesday, April 28 at 7 pm
In the Theatre at Central Library
Progressive Jazz Repertoire 
with Dave Wiffen quintet (saxophone, trumpet, guitar, bass, and drums)

Saturday, May 2 at 2 pm
In the Theatre at Central Library
Strings Attached with Michael Gabriel
Michael Gabriel, Trina Nadeau on cello, Sandy Ludwig on piano
There will be a draw for free tickets to the Michael Gabriel concert at Cambridge Community Players Theatre on June 12.

Tuesday, May 5 at 7 pm
Cinco de Mayo
Quartet

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Author: Charlotte Prong

I'm the Social Media Editor at Kitchener Public Library. Follow us on Twitter @KitchLibrary, on Instagram @kitchenerlibrary, or like our page on Facebook.

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