Concerts @the Crane: Winter/Spring Concert Series
Select winter Sundays, starting at 3:00 p.m.
- January 10: Akiko Kobayashi 
- January 17: ALLISON 
- February 7: Raley Beggs 
- February 21: Nick Dinnerstein Quartet 
- March 6: Craft String Quintet 
- March 20: Hiroya Tsukamoto 
The series begins with a solo violin recital from New York-born violinist Akiko Kobayashi. Akiko performs both solo and chamber music, and has appeared as a soloist with the West Islip Symphony Orchestra, Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Suginami Kokaido Chamber Orchestra, and InterHarmony Festival Orchestra. Her recital appearances include Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in the Young Musicians Concert sponsored by the MTNA League; Steinway Hall in New York; Cathedral of St. John in New York; the Gala Chamber Music Concert at the Nyack Academy of Music Summer Festival; Bach-Archiv in Leipzig, Germany; Konzertsaal des Rathauses in Bavaria; and a benefit concert for the Annie Le Memorial Fellowship Fund sponsored by the Association of Yale Asian American Alumni. Past season highlights include a debut appearance in Chicago and solo with the West Islip Symphony.
On January 24 we will hear ALLISON, the creation of mezzo-soprano Allison Messier and harpsichordist Paul Cienniwa. Both classically trained musicians, ALLISON is their vehicle for exploring everything from popular songs to art songs. This concert will feature music by Harry Chapin, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, John Lennon, Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens, and Neil Young with 17th-century baroque composers John Dowland and Henry Purcell.
This family-friendly concert will keep you humming your favorite tunes while also introducing some new “old” music.
On February 7, Raley Beggs will perform a solo guitar recital. His goal is to share the artistry and craft of the classical guitar and its repertoire. He will perform works from the traditional repertoire as well as new music. He loves to introduce audiences to the rich and intimate world of the classical guitar. Whether you've never heard classical guitar or you're a seasoned veteran listener, he promises that he has something to play for you!
Nick Dinnerstein Quartet
On February 21 we will hear the Nick Dinnerstein Quartet perform a classical concert focused on 20th and 21st century composers, including early Beethoven, Bartok, & Martinu.
Craft String Quintet
On March 6, the Craft String Quintet will play the Schubert String Quintet in C Major, for 2 violins, viola, and 2 cellos.
The Craft String Quintet is violinist Colleen Brannen, violist Amelia Hollander Ames, violinist Amy Sims, cellist Belleda Miragias and cellist Eleanor Blake.
The final concert on March 20 features guitarist and composer Hiroya Tsukamato playing eclectic solo impressionistic and cinematic acoustic music blending folk and world traditions. Hiroya Tsukamoto is an internatinally acclaimed guitarist and composer who performs over 100 concerts a year. Born and raised in Kyoto, Japan; in 2000 he received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and came to the US. Since then, he has been performing internationally including appearances as a leader at Blue Note in New York and Japanese National Television. Hiroya has released six albums.
Summer Concerts on the Lawn
Last summer we enjoyed some great concerts under the open sky. Remember these?
- July 16: 4EverFab
- July 23: Sweet Wednesday
- July 30: Howie Newman & Jackie Damsky
- August 6: Andy & Judy Daigle
More Music From Library Performers
Look here for a list of CDs and concert DVDs  of artists who have performed at the Crane. Borrow them from the library and relive a performance you enjoyed or catch one that you missed!
Interviews with Library Performers
Often musicians who play at the library stop by before hand, talk about their music, and even play a little sample.