National Library Week Event: Celebrate National Poetry Month with Laz Slomovits!

Wednesday April 15, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up

Laz Slomovits (of the folk duo Gemini) presents an evening of poetry he has set to music. Accompanied by harmonica virtuoso Peter Madcat Ruth and Emmy award-winning keyboard player Brian Brill, Laz joins a very ancient tradition found in cultures all over the world — for musicians to take beloved poems and turn them into songs. From the mystical lyrics of the 13th & 14th Century Persian poets, Rumi and Hafiz, to the classic poems of the American greats, Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost, to those of the much loved contemporary poet, Naomi Shihab Nye, Laz’s gorgeous melodies make these poems leap off the page. A special feature of this program will be Laz’s settings of the poems of Michigan poets Linda Nemec Foster, Nancy Baker, Faith Heers, Jennifer Burd and others.

Ngoma with Haruna Walusimbi and Mark Stone

Sunday April 26, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for All Ages

World-renowned, Grammy Award winning artist Haruna Walusimbi is one of Uganda’s most celebrated artists. In his work as a multi-instrumentalist, singer, dancer, actor, and educator, he embodies the holistic nature of Uganda’s Ngoma repertoire.

As in other African countries, the music, dance, and theatre of Uganda are not viewed separately, but rather as a single art form. This holistic approach to the performing arts is embodied in Bantu languages by the term Ngoma.

For this musical performance, Haruna will share his deep knowledge of East African culture, leaving the audience with a heightened understanding and appreciation of the art form known as Ngoma.

Joining him will be his close friend and former classmate at Makerere University, Mark Stone, Associate Professor of World Music, Percussion, and International Studies at Oakland University.

El Dia de Los Ninos y Libros Cultural Celebration

Sunday April 26, 2015: 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm -- Ypsilanti District Library, 5577 Whittaker Rd.

This event is intended for all ages.

The Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti District Libraries join together to celebrate children and books with music, dancing, and traditional treats and crafts at the Ypsilanti District Library!

For more information, call the Ypsilanti District Library at 482-4110.

Boogie Woogie Pianist Matthew Ball

Thursday April 30, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Ragtime, Boogie-woogie, and Blues pianist Matthew Ball brings his rollickin’ program of piano fun from the 20’s 30’s & 40’s with arrangements of classic American songs like Swanee River, Over the Rainbow, In the Mood, The Entertainer, Waltzing Matilda, Sheik of Araby, Chopsticks Boogie, Bumble Boogie, and so many more! Don’t miss this toe-tappin’ performance of swinging piano favorites!

With a performance history spanning jazz fests to symphony appearances throughout the Midwest and Canada, as well as recent appearances on NPR's "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition, “ Matthew has been described as a "rising giant in the field."

Today declared as "a nationally emerging boogie-woogie master,” Matthew is helping to define a new generation's contribution to this treasured American tradition. With more than 3 million YouTube views of past performance footage, see why he is described as a Michigan best!

KinderConcert

Friday May 8, 2015: 9:30 am to 10:00 am -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for ages 2 - 5

Learn about the trumpet from Becky Gawron and about the piano from Kathryn Goodson, and listen, dance and hear a story with Gari Stein.

Enjoy the music of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra!

This event is also offered from 10:30 - 11:00 am.

KinderConcert

Friday May 8, 2015: 10:30 am to 11:00 am -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for ages 2 - 5 years.

Learn about the trumpet from Becky Gawron and about the piano from Kathryn Goodson, and listen, dance and hear a story with Gari Stein.

Enjoy the music of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra!

This event is also offered from 9:30 - 10:00 am.