Sunday Musicales

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Sunday Afternoon at the Central Library

The Newport Beach Public Library hosts outstanding classical and instrumental music and performers throughout the year. The hour-long Sunday Musicales are held on Sundays at 3 p.m. in the Friends Room at the Central Library, 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach. If you missed a Sunday Musicale, you may be able to view it on NBTV streaming video.


Joshua Simka, tenor

Sunday, September 18, 2022, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room

Tenor Joshua Simka, of Pompano Beach, Florida, has sung excerpts from the roles of Tamino, Tonio, Nemorino, and Lurcanio. At Opera America, he sang the role of Rudi in a presentation of scenes from a new opera called Steal a Pencil for Me by Gerald Cohen. Simka has also sung in numerous opera choruses and given shared and solo recitals.

TC4 Saxophone Quartet

Sunday, October 16, 2022, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room

TC4 returns for a concert of exciting and celebrated works for the saxophone quartet. The group will perform works by renowned composers Scott Joplin and Jean Rivier, along with new works of living composers Zach Browning, Victor Marquez, and George Powell Nash. This eclectic set explores the sounds of Ragtime, French Romanticism, Latin Music, and Classic Rock! TC4 features Andrew Harrison, Isaac Lopez, Francis Cisneros, and Robert Alexander.

The Madeleine Trio

Sunday, November 20, 2022, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room

The Madeleine Trio began in 2011 with three former students from CSU Fullerton, who met as graduate and undergraduate students. The main focus of the chamber group and the is focused on pieces written for flute, oboe and piano. This unusual combination has been written for by many notable composers across the classical music eras and we always enjoy playing pieces that are diverse in time periods, styles, and genres. Lisa Yamamoto, flute; Jenny Jee-El Park, piano; Maralynne Mann, oboe.

ACE TrioACE Trio

Sunday, December 11, 2022, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room

ACE Trio is a Los Angeles based classical modern ensemble rapidly distinguishing itself as one of the newest leading groups of its generation. Performing their own innovative arrangements and all accessible contemporary music by living composers from around the world, ACE Trio is dedicated to promoting the newest voices of our art. They will be performing a special arrangement of the holiday classic The Nutcracker.

Duo Apollon

Sunday, January 22, 2023, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room

Aaron Haas and Anastasia Malliaras of Duo Apollon perform original art song repertoire for voice and guitar, as well as transcriptions from piano. The repertoire originally written for guitar and voice is more obscure and showcases song cycles that are rarely heard, while the transcriptions reinterpret classic art song with the unique sound of the guitar-voice duo.

Aristides Rivas, cello

Sunday, February 19, 2023, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room

Grammy nominated cellist Aristides Rivas is a founding member of the fusion world music band Voci Angelica Trio. He has performed at a wide range of international music venues and festivals such as Caramoor Music Festival, Tanglewood, Carnegie Hall, Newport Jazz Festival, the Barbican in England, Sejong Center in South Korea, and Teatro Colon in Argentina, among others. Rivas is a specialist in El Sistema-inspired youth music programs and has presented at international conferences throughout the world. Rivas is a cello faculty at California Baptist University.

Ryan WhymanRyan Whyman

Sunday, March 19, 2023, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room

Ryan Whyman is a gifted pianist and composer with a diverse array of influences. His musicianship and versatility has led playing in ensembles of all shapes and sizes around Southern California, and many other opportunities. Ryan will be accompanied by an ensemble of violin and cello.

Mirror Visions Ensemble

Sunday, April 16, 2023, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room

Mirror Visions Ensemble’s Midnight Magic reflects upon the witching hour as musical favorites by Mozart, Debussy, and Price intermingle with Bonds, Sondheim, and more. Four stunning voices (soprano Mireille Asselin, mezzo Abi Levis, tenor Daniel McGrew, and baritone Mischa Bouvier) are alongside pianist Max Hammond. Performances of commissioned works feature Carlos Simon’s “Dreams” and Andrew Gerle’s arrangement of “That Old Black Magic.”

Inhyun Stella Lee, piano

Sunday, May 21, 2023, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room



Sunday Musicales at the Central Library are free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served, limited by room capacity of 200. Funding is graciously donated by the Friends of the Library. View the performance video archives.

Please note:  If you are a musician or part of an ensemble interested in performing in our 2022-23 season, please send bio information and performance video links to Terry Sanchez at, or call (949) 717-3895 for questions.