Sunday Afternoon at the Central Library
The Newport Beach Public Library hosts outstanding classical and instrumental music and performers throughout the year. The monthly hour-long Sunday Musicales are held at 3 p.m. in the Friends Meeting 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.
Suejin Jung & Jason Stoll
Sunday, September 17, 2023, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
Noted for stepping outside the box artistically and personally, Suejin Jung leads a distinctive international career as a concert pianist and multimedia artist. She is joined by Southern Californian pianist Jason Stoll, a concert soloist, chamber musician, educator, and collaborative artist. NBTV Video
Ambroise Aubrun & Steven Vanhauwaert
Sunday, October 15, 2023, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
The Franco-Belgian piano and violin duo Aubrun-Vanhauwaert has performed extensively and recorded three albums for the Editions Hortus and Navona Records labels. They will present a program featuring sonatas by Mozart, Janacek, and Schumann. NBTV Video
Elixir Piano Trio
Sunday, November 12, 2023, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
The dynamic Elixir Piano Trio performs a traditional and modern repertoire with classical, folk, and jazz influences. The Los Angeles-based ensemble has performed nationally and internationally. The trio consists of Lucy Nargizyan (piano), Samvel Chilingarian (violin) and Fang Fang Xu (cello). They will perform works by Beethoven, Arensky and Piazzolla.
Seraphour Vocal Quartet
Sunday, December 10, 2023, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
Join the women of Seraphour as they present a concert of sacred Christmas music. With musical gems from the Renaissance to present day -- paired with a selection of Christmas carols -- an afternoon spent with the sublime voices of Seraphour is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit.
West Coast Wind Quintet
Sunday, January 21, 2024, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
The West Coast Wind Quintet is happy to present a program that features galactic works such as Under the Stars, Jupiter from the Planets by Holst, and a piece written about the Apollo mission to the moon. Join the quintet for an afternoon of wind quintet music that is out of this world.
Sunday, February 18, 2024, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
Duo Unbound, celebrating 23 years of performing together, will present an eclectic program of music for two violins, from Telemann's Canonic Sonatas to Mark O'Connor's bluegrass, as well as original arrangements of classic jazz songs and tango music.
Rigby Jones, Mezzo-Soprano
Sunday, March 17, 2024, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
Come and celebrate this St. Patrick's day with "Welsh Woman" sung by Rigby Jones and accompanied by John Zechiel. St. Patrick was Welsh, after all!. The program will feature famous Welsh folk songs (sung entirely in Welsh) as well as some traditional Irish tunes with special guest vocalist Carrie Dike. True to Welsh form, there will be a sing-along, so please bring your best singing voices!
Vieness Piano Duo
Sunday, April 14, 2024, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
Pianists Vijay Venkatesh and Eva Schaumkell return to the Newport Beach Public Library in a four-hand dynamic duo and solo program of the classics. Vieness Piano Duo has toured internationally and their intuition for conversation coupled with a commanding stage presence has made them regularly in demand throughout the world.
Sunday, May 12, 2024, 3 p.m., Central Library Friends Room
Folias Duo is a distinguished musical ensemble, renowned for its remarkable fusion of classical and contemporary influences. Comprising flutist Carmen Maret and guitarist Andrew Bergeron, this married duo has cultivated a unique and enduring performer-composer collaboration spanning two decades. Their exceptional artistry breathes fresh vitality into classical music, infusing it with the rich tapestry of jazz, world music, and improvisation, crafting meticulously curated and evocative compositions.
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 Newport Beach 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 2023-24 season, please send bio information and performance video links to Terry Sanchez at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (949) 717-3895 for questions.