A Little Sunday Music
sponsored by Friends of the Library

Sitar/tabla duo opens library concert series

Veena Chandra and Devesh Chandra open the 2014-15 season of A Little Sunday Music at Bethlehem Public Library on Sunday November 2 at 2pm. They will perform traditional North Indian classical music on sitar and tabla.

A recipient of numerous state and regional arts grants and awards, Veena Chandra has performed and taught sitar for over fifty years. She is founder and director of the Dance and Music School of India in Latham, and a music faculty member at Skidmore College. She performs at many venues throughout the U.S. and India.

She is joined by her son Devesh Chandra on tabla. Mr. Chandra has played this traditional percussion instrument since the age of three.

Vocalists perform music of Purcell

The 2014-15 season of A Little Sunday Music at Bethlehem Public Library continues on Sunday December 7 at 2pm with a performance of the music of Henry Purcell by bass-baritone Steve Dahlin and soprano Margaret Lampasi.

Mr. Dahlin has sung with the Columbia Festival Orchestra, the Hudson Valley Choral Society, the New York Opera Forum, the Seattle Opera Chorus, and Vocal Arts Northwest. Closer to home, he has performed musical theater roles in Assassins, HMS Pinafore, and Berlin to Broadway. He currently sings with St. Paul’s Church in Albany, where he has performed solos in Bach’s Cantata 21, Haydn’s Mass in Time of War, and Haydn’s The Seasons, among others.

Ms. Lampasi has performed opera and oratorio solos throughout the Northeast, in works by Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Bizet, Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi, and Beach. She is currently on the music faculty of The College of Saint Rose and an adjunct voice teacher at SUNY Adirondack.

Classical flute concert at Bethlehem library

The 2014-15 season of A Little Sunday Music at Bethlehem Public Library continues on Sunday February 1 at 2pm with a recital by flutist Jacqueline Wright.

Wright is principal flutist of the Capital Region Wind Ensemble and has performed with a number of area ensembles, including Albany Pro Musica, the Troy Children’s Chorus, Burnt Hills Oratorio Society, and Delmar’s Jubilate Singers. She performs regularly in the region as a member of the All Seasons Ensemble, and coaches students and ensembles for the Empire State Youth Orchestra program. In 2012 she served as workshop director for the inaugural year of the Avanti Summer MusicFest in Detroit. Among her numerous honors is first prize in the University of Rhode Island’s Concerto Competition in 2004. Wright has performed and conducted in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain and Spain.

Duo Marchand closes library concert season

The 2014-15 season of A Little Sunday Music at Bethlehem Public Library closes on Sunday March 1 at 2pm with a performance of Renaissance music by Duo Marchand.

Lutenist Andy Rutherford and singer/harpist Marcia Young named their duo after a family of court musicians that flourished in 17th-century France. In recent seasons the duo has performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cloisters, the Connecticut Early Music Festival, Yale University, West Point, and the historic Church of the Epiphany in Washington, D.C.

Duo Marchand performed a series of concerts under the auspices of the New York Public Library’s exhibition of illuminated manuscripts, “The Splendor of the Word.” They also performed as part of the New York Botanical Garden’s special exhibition, “The New Renaissance Garden.” Their program of songs from the Shakespeare plays has been broadcast nationwide over Sirius XM Radio.

A Little Sunday Music is generously underwritten by Friends of Bethlehem Public Library.

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