Siusan O'Rourke And Zig Zeitler: Traditional Irish Music And Folklore

Thursday October 15, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Enjoy an evening of delightful Irish music and folklore with an acclaimed duo that NPR has called “one of the strongest Irish American duos out there! Great vocals & great instrumentals!”

Siusan O’Rourke & Zig Zeitler are an exceptional Celtic and World Music duo. Siusan plays guitar and is a true alto and a second generation Irish American from Brooklyn. She chooses songs in both English and Gaelic, performing songs over 250 years old and following it with a contemporary song arranged in flavors of the past. O’Rourke’s own original compositions also reflect the traditional music that she loves. In Gaelic or English, Siusan O'Rourke's dark alto voice is as enveloping as the Irish mist and as warm as a peat fire.

The instrumental landscape of the duo is accomplished by the remarkably versatile musician Zig Zeitler. Zig’s background is Blues and World Music. He toured extensively, had a successful run with his Zydeco Cajun Band for many years and has released 18 CDs. Zeitler brings crisp leads on the harp, mandolin, fiddle, octave violin, an occasional harmonica and especially the Irish bouzouki.

Together Zig and Siusan bring years of craft and performing savvy to the stage, 21st-century artists embodying the best that Irish seeds have produced from American soil.

Classical Bells Holiday Concert

Saturday December 19, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for all ages.

Classical Bells returns to the Library for their annual concert. Founded in 1983, their handbell artistry has received national attention as a result of its five audio recordings, one acclaimed live concert video, and recordings of new handbell music for distribution by handbell music publishers. The group’s primary instrument consists of 68 bronze plus 6 aluminum English handbells, a range of more than six octaves. In some pieces the tonal coloring is enhanced by the mellow sound of a six octave set of hand chimes. Classical Bells is noted for bringing music to life with their unique interpretative style, a technique they call “ringing in color”™. Each concert features musical selections in a wide variety of genres — classical, jazz, inspirational, even ragtime and swing! This eclectic programming, combined with sensitive musical interpretation, technical skill, informal choreography, and a dash of humor gives Classical Bells the well-deserved reputation of “Michigan’s Premier Handbell Ensemble”. This event is very popular, so arrive early!!