Norfolk Festival Listening Club with Jim Nelson and the Argus Quartet

Saturday, February 20th, 3:00pm

HappyInsVert-700x874Jim Nelson and his popular Norfolk Festival Listening Club return to Norfolk with a program featuring the Argus Quartet, which holds the Quartet in Residence Fellowship at the Yale School of Music. Recent performances of the Argus include a standing room only showcase at the Chamber Music America Conference in New York.  They will perform Haydn (Op 77, #2), a quartet by Christopher Theofanidis (Yale School of Music composition faculty and Pulitzer Prize-winner), and excerpts from a quartet by Andrew Norman, a Norfolk alum (2008) who just had a recent, major work of his performed by the New York Philharmonic to rave reviews by several news outlets including the New York Times.
Designed to be fun and engaging, the Listening Club is an opportunity for both the experienced concertgoer and the classical music novice to enjoy an informal discussion of chamber music among friends, old and new. No background in music is necessary- all you need is an active curiosity about music. All members of the audience are encouraged to participate with questions and comments of their own.


Jordan Rose Lee: Art Songs

Sunday, February 28th, 4:00pm

LeeSoprano Jordan Rose Lee and pianist Amy Vinisko will offer a concert of classical vocal music in celebration of women’s history month. Musical settings of women’s poetry and prose (Emily Dickinson, Virginia Woolf, and others) include contemporary compositions as well as classical and Victorian works. A song cycle by John Harbison, “Mirabai Songs,” recounts the dramatic story of Mirabai, a 16th century Indian mystical poet and singer. Revel in the poignant drama, the lavish ecstasy, and raw beauty of women’s writing.




St. Patrick’s Day Concert: Goitse!

Friday, March 4th, 7:30pm

GoitseForged in the white-hot creative crucible of Limerick University’s Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, this quintet has become one of the most sought after bands among connoisseurs of Irish traditional music across four continents. Having won critical plaudits for their Dónal Lunny-produced second album Transformed, the band has skyrocketed to the forefront of the traditional Irish music scene. Lace up your dancing shoes and get ready for a night of wonderful music and fast-paced fun at the Library’s annual St. Patrick’s Day concert. Goitse! (an informal Gaelic Irish greeting meaning ‘come here’).