This series, curated by acclaimed choreographer, teacher and producer Jamie Nichols, presents top dance companies from Southern California performing site-specific work in non-traditional performance spaces around Brand Library. This year performances will be live and in person. The Dance Series also includes an in-person interactive Sunday workshop with an opportunity to meet the artists, ask questions and learn more about dance!
Performance: Saturday, May 21, 5PM
Workshop: Sunday, May 22, 4PM
Founded in 1993 by choreographer Pat Taylor, Los Angeles-based JazzAntiqua Dance Ensemble digs deep into the movement in the music – celebrating jazz as a vital thread in the cultural fabric of African American history and heritage and a defining element of the American experience in works that are evocative, graceful with rich, jazzy textures.
Asian American Pacific Islander Month
To celebrate AAPI Heritage Month, we are offering samples of Wild Harvest Green Pu'erh tea starting May 19th. Grown in Southwestern China, where ancient tea trees reside in the fertile soil of Yunnan, known as the historical birthplace of tea, this is the same type of aged tea so poetically described in the beautiful book, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.
We had the great pleasure to speak to Bokyung Byun, a rising star in the guitar world. Byun enjoys a reputation as one of the most sought-after guitarists of her generation. Born in Seoul, Korea, Byun began playing guitar at the age of six. Byun is currently on the guitar faculty of CSU Fullerton.
Discover the beauty and grace of Japanese dance (odori) and celebratory Obon dances with Christine Inouye. Her specialty is creating traditional dances to contemporary upbeat music to bring a fresh approach to a dance form that is hundreds of years old. Glendale Central Library, Auditorium,Saturday, May 21 4:30PM-5:30PM
The Music Series features virtuosos from Southern California performing repertoire favorites and new music by living composers. The concert will take place in the Brand Library Recital Hall. Admission is free and seating is limited.
Paul Fried with Family and Friends
June 11, 2022 2PM
Flutist Paul Fried has had a storied career performing with the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony and many others. His son, Alexander Fried, was a violin prodigy and has won many awards. The program will include Schumann, Gabriela Frank, Beethoven, Roussel and Mozart. Sponsored by the Brand Associates.
Music with Sara!
June 25, 2022 10:30AM
Sara Quintanar will be leading a bilingual music jam for the whole family! Learn about music and a little Spanish at the same time. Ages 4+ Sponsored by the Brand Associates. Admission is free.
Brand Summer Music Series
The Brand Summer Series (formerly the Plaza Series) starts on July 8. The schedule is posted on the Glendale Arts & Culture Commission website.
Check out the new CD titles that have just arrived or are on order in our catalog. New streaming albums this week are available from Freegal, Naxos Music Library, Naxos Jazz and Hoopla.
Call for Art
The Associates of Brand Library & Art Center in Glendale, California announce the 50th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper. This years juror is Shannon Currie Holmes. Shannon has been producing events designed to connect people through the exploration of art through public art projects including Satellite Galleries and Street Box Art. Cash awards total over $4,000 including a Juror’s Award. All accepted artworks will be included in a show at the Brand Gallery and in both printed and online exhibition catalogs. Entry Deadline Extended: Monday May 23, 2022
Explore our collections to learn more! Celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month!
Brand Library Staff Reviews
The Punch Brothers – Hell on Church Street (2022). The Punch Brothers have been a very successful bluegrass group with mandolin, fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass and vocals. However, the influences of classical, rock, blues and jazz are all there. This album is a re-imagining of Tony Rice's 1983 album Church Street Blues. Punch Brothers guitarist Chris Eldridge had studied with Rice at Oberlin Conservatory and Rice was a huge influence on the band. The Punch Brothers play the same songs in the same order as on the Rice album which includes an eclectic variety of songs by Bob Dylan, Bill Monroe, Gordon Lightfoot, Jimmie Rodgers and more. They recorded the album in November 2020 and Rice passed away in Christmas of that year. The album is still immediately recognizable as the Punch Brothers with their bright ethereal virtuosity and Chris Thile’s light tenor voice floating on top. If pressed I would say Church Street Blues, Cattle in the Cane, The Gold Rush and the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald are my favorites. The whole album is great fun and you can also admire their stunning virtuosity. So something unusual since Rice’s album was an album of cover songs and the Punch Brothers have now made a cover of that album! -BW
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This memoir is a tough-minded search for belonging, for love, an identity, a home, and a mother by the author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, winner of the Whitbread First Novel award and the inspiration behind the award-winning BBC television adaptation Oranges.
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