Local performers to warm things up with nine performances at eight branches
[The Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble is one of a variety of groups being offered as part of the Camden County Library’s 2014 Winter Music Series. (Universal African Dance and Drum photo)]
The Camden County Library’s second annual Winter Music Series will offer jazz, Celtic, African drum, a capella, classical music and more in the first weeks of December.
Mark Carroll and Family start the series with traditional Celtic music and a sampling of holiday tunes that were popular in colonial America. The group performs Wednesday, December 3, 6:30 p.m. at the Merchantville Branch (No registration necessary.) and Tuesday, December 9, 7 p.m. at the Voorhees branch. Register here.
The Abe Speller 3rio, formerly known as The New Earth Trio, is back with a Holiday Concert for the family. Abe has put together a trio of passionate musicians in the belief that everything modern has firm roots in the past. Savor the music as they perform jazz standards from the Great American Songbook at the South County Branch, Friday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m. (No registration necessary.)
Enjoy a Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration with the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble at two branch libraries in Camden on Saturday, Dec. 6 with shows at Nilsa I. Cruz-Perez Downtown branch, 11 a.m. ( Register here.) and at the Riletta L. Cream Ferry Ave. Branch, 2 p.m. (No registration necessary) Honor the beauty of African culture and family at this workshop and performance meant for all ages.
Shades of Harmony, an all-women’s chorus, will offer a delightful holiday performance of a capella barbershop harmony at the Bellmawr branch, also on Saturday Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. (No registration necessary.)
Later the same day, Saturday, Dec. 6, the Westmont Philharmonia Accordion Orchestra brings its symphonic sound to the Haddon Twp. branch at 3 p.m. Meet the accordion treated as a symphonic instrument. Register here.
The Haddonfield Cello Society visits the Merchantville Branch, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m. with a program of songs from around the world including many popular favorites. An audience of all ages is welcome and will be encouraged to sing along with some of the numbers. (No registration necessary.)
Finally the Camden County College Jazz Ensemble will offer the chance to relax and enjoy the afternoon listening to a selection of jazz standards and favorites at the Voorhees branch, Saturday, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. Register here.
“We are so fortunate to have a library system that works to serve our communities in so many ways. This program of musical entertainment so in tune with the season is just one more reason to visit your local library,” says Camden County Freeholder Ian Leonard, liaison to the library.
See full press release.