Richard P. Garmany Music Series

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Upcoming Concerts

Marc Berger’s RIDE: A Journey through the American West
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 7:00 PM, Farmington Main Library

Inspired by Marc Berger’s lifelong love affair with the American West, RIDE captures the vastness and romance of the West while exploring its deep roots in the American psyche. Register now!

Caroline Doctorow: A Return to 60’s Folk
Sunday, January 22, 2017, 2:00 PM, Farmington Main Library

Journey back in time with folk songs of the early ’60s, including the work of icons such as Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Donovan, and others. Register now!

John Brighenti & Friends: An Afternoon of Jazz
Sunday, February 5, 2017, 2:00 PM, Farmington Main Library

Jazz pianist John Brighenti is back by popular demand, with his friends in tow! John is a seasoned performer, having played in numerous orchestras, lounge groups, jazz ensembles and vocalists throughout the country, including the revived Glenn Miller Orchestra. Register now!

Past Concerts

2016

Rosewood Chamber Ensemble: Music form Monticello
Sunday, January 17, 2016, 2:00 PM, Farmington Main Library
The Rosewood Chamber Ensemble perform pieces from Jefferson’s personal collection at Monticello as well as other music from his era.

Afternoon Chamber Concert: Clara Trio
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 2:00 PM, Farmington Main Library
Featuring Katalin Viszmeg on violin, Tamila Azadaliyeva on piano, and Susan Robison on cello.

His Way: A 100th Birthday Tribute to Frank Sinatra with CabareT
Sunday, March 13, 2016, 2:00 PM, Farmington Main Library
Celebrating Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday.

Traditional Irish Music with Pierce Campbell
Thursday, March 24, 2:00 PM, Barney Library
Pierce Campbell is a singer/songwriter and former Connecticut State Troubadour.

Peter Greenfogel Quartet
Tuesday, May 17, 7:00 PM, Farmington Main Library
The Peter Greenfogel Quartet features Peter Greenfogel on tenor saxophone, Matt Dechamplain on piano, Leo Catricalla on bass, and Tido Holtkamp on drums.

U.S. Coast Guard Saxophone Quartet
Tuesday, June 14, 6:30 PM, Barney Library Lawn
The United States Coast Guard Band Saxophone Quartet is comprised of the saxophone section of the U.S. Coast Guard Band, one of the five premier U.S. military bands.

Sharades Oldies Band
Tuesday, July 12, 6:30 PM, Barney Library Lawn
Sharades is a 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, doo-wop, rock n’ roll, and oldies band that has been performing for more than 30 years.

Singer-Songwriter Sheri Miller
Tuesday, August 30, 4:00 PM, Barney Library Lawn
Sheri is an accomplished New York-based singer and songwriter, who expresses herself through a beautiful and unique blend of rock, blues, pop, folk.

Survivors Swing Band
Tuesday, September 20, 6:30 PM, Farmington Main Library
The Survivors Swing Band, a 7-piece ensemble made up of recent retirees and senior citizens, back by popular demand!

Ricky Alfonso Jazz Quintet
Tuesday, October 11, 7:00 PM, Farmington Main Library
Trumpeter and vocalist Ricky Alfonso has a style steeped in swing, blues and modern jazz. With a trumpet style reminiscent of Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard, Ricky has long since developed his own very personal style on the trumpet and vocals.

The Karkowska Sisters: The Great Romantics
Thursday, November 3, 2:00 PM, Barney Library
Back by popular demand!

2015

Edward Leonard Sing-a-Long
Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 10:30 AM, Barney Library
A mix of popular children’s songs, interactive musical games, dance, movement, and rhythms.

John Brighenti and Friends: Swingin’ On a Sunday Afternoon
Sunday, January 11, 2015, 2:15 PM, Farmington Main Library
John Brighenti, piano, with Tom Devino on drums, Lou Bocciarelli on bass, and Rob Zappulla on vocals, play a series of popular and timeless hits.

Spanish Classical Guitar with Dave Giardina and Karina Hernandez
Sunday, January 25, 2015, 2:00 PM, Farmington Main Library
Dave Giardina, on guitar, and Karina Hernandez, vocals and violin, perform a range of classical guitar music with Spanish influence, from the renaissance to more modern standards.

Arab Dance with Karim Nagi Mohammed
Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 2:00 PM, Farmington Main Library
Karim Nagi Mohammed demonstrates many different Arabic percussion instruments and educates audiences on Arabic culture, music and dance.

Dan Ringrose and Jeanne Freeman, Irish and Celtic Music Duo
Sunday, March 15, 2015, 2:00 PM, Farmington Main Library
Celtic duo, Dan Ringrose (vocals, guitar) and Jeanne Freeman (fiddle, harmony vocals), play and sing traditional Irish and Celtic music, with a touch of contemporary folk thrown in for good measure, including original songs and tunes.

Be Our Guest: Family Sing-a-long with Susan King
Sunday, March 22, 2015, 2:00 PM, Farmington Main Library
Professional singer/performer Susan King sings your favorite Disney tunes and Broadway show stoppers for the entire family!

Jazz Concert with S’Fere
Thursday, May 7, 2015, 7:00 PM, Farmington Main Library
S’Fere is a four-member jazz ensemble that specializes in a sophisticated blend of mainstream, funk, and Latin-jazz.

Survivors Swing Band
Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 2:00 PM, Farmington Main Library
A 7-piece ensemble made up of recent retirees and senior citizens playing beloved old melodies.

Sharades
Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 6:30 PM, Barney Library
Sharades is a 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, doo-wop, rock n’ roll, and oldies band that has been performing for more than 30 years.

Hartford Symphony Petting Zoo
Tuesday, June 23, 10:30 AM, Farmington Main Library
See, hear, touch, and play the instruments of the Orchestra.

Washboard Slim & the Bluelights
Tuesday, July 14, 6:30 PM, Barney Library
Drawing on a wide variety of traditional music forms, the Bluelights have created a new musical style respecting equally the past and present.

The Rosenthals
Tuesday, August 11, 6:30 PM, Barney Library
The Rosenthals are New England’s finest father/son bluegrass/folk/jazz group on the scene today.

Swing Concert: Java Groove
Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 6:30 PM, Farmington Main Library
Java Groove is a 4-piece swing band with a big sound. They play a variety of jazz, swing, and ballads.

Singer/Songwriter Les Julien
Thursday, October 8, 2015, 2:00 PM, Barney Library
Les is an award-winning recording artist and professional singer/songwriter. His performances showcase his award-winning original songs and illuminate universal themes of human life while celebrating the diversity of the world through a variety of exciting musical styles.

Singer/Songwriter Lara Herscovitch
Thursday, October 22, 2015, 7:00 PM, Farmington Main Library
A highly unique singer-songwriter, poet and performer, Lara’s music is original modern folk with flavors of blues, jazz, and pop.

Karkowska Sisters Duo
Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 1:00 PM, Farmington Main Library
Karkowska Sisters Duo is an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed ensemble that in addition to a recital and chamber music repertoire performs extraordinary programs of virtuosity and laughter full of beautiful music, unforgettable stories and comedy.

Afternoon Chamber Concert: Alturas Duo
Friday, December 4, 2015, 2:00 PM, Farmington Main Library
The Alturas Duo has been recognized as one of the most engaging ensembles performing in the chamber music world today.

2014

Dana Lauren Jazz
Sunday, January 26, 2014 2:00 PM, Farmington Main Library
Jazz standards with fresh arrangements and classic swing.

Tribute to Peggy Lee
Thursday, February 13, 2014 1:15 PM, Barney Library
Take Two Jazz Duo, John Brighenti, pianist and Erin O’Luanaigh, jazz vocalist present a program of songs made popular by the one-and-only Peggy Lee.

Kelet Ensemble: Peter and the Wolf
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 2:00 PM, Farmington Main Library
An exciting performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.

World Cafe with Judy Handler & Mark Levesque
Sunday, February 23, 2014 2:00 PM, Farmington Main Library
Passionate and lyrical music from around the world for guitars and mandolin.

Dublin in Song and Story with Tom O’Carroll
Thursday, March 13, 2014 7:00 PM, Farmington Main Library
An Irish singer tells the tales and sings the songs of his native city.

Music from the Sherman Brothers with CabareT
Sunday, March 23, 2014 2:00 PM, Farmington Main Library
A family concert with songs from many favorite children’s movies and musicals.

Classical Guitar with Peter Fletcher
Thursday, April 10, 2014 7:00 PM, Farmington Main Library
Bach, Michael Praetorius, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Mozart and Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz, in additon to some original mixes by the artist.

Coast Guard Band Woodwind Quintet
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 7:00 PM, Farmington Main Library
An evening with the Coast Guard Band’s Woodwind Quintet.

Baroque Organ Concert
Sunday, May 18, 2014 4:00 PM, First Church of Christ
The divine sounds of baroque music with organist Ed Clark.

Twentieth Century Jazz Limited
Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 6:30 PM, Barney Library Lawn
A 6-piece professional jazz band that plays dixieland and swing music from the first half of the 20th Century.

Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers
Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 6:30 PM, Barney Library Lawn
A fiddling club of up to 75 members whose purpose is to preserve and promote the art of the old tyme fiddling that has been passed down from generation to generation by ear.

Young Audiences
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 6:30 PM, Farmington Main Library
A fun, family concert as part of the Wacky Wednesdays of our children’s summer reading program.

Asylum Quartet
Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 6:30 PM, Barney Library Lawn
Four classically-trained saxophonists that play everything from lush classical works, minimalism, and modernism to indie rock, world music, and klezmer.

Sheri Miller, Acoustic Guitar
Saturday, September 20, 2014, 2:00 PM, Farmington Main Library
New York-based, singer, songwriter, and musician delights with her original compositions and other popular songs.

Karkowska Sisters Duo
Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 1:00 PM, Farmington Main Library
Award-winning, internationally-acclaimed violin and piano ensemble performs an extraordinary program of virtuosity and laughter full of beautiful music.

Jeff Wieselberg on Piano
Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 7:00 PM, Farmington Main Library
Jeff Wieselberg, a popular pianist and vocalist in the Hartford area, performs a series of popular and jazzy songs, ranging from Frank Sinatra to the Beatles.

Joy to the World: Concert for Mandolin and Guitar
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 2:00 PM, Farmington Main Library
A variety of lively tunes and lyrical melodies from many countries, including the U.S., Puerto Rico, England, Wales, Ireland, France, Italy, Ireland, Spain & Eastern Europe.

Barney Holiday Tea with Harpist, Pearl Rourke
Thursday, December 11, 2014, 1:15 PM, Barney Library
Harpist Pearl Rourke entertains during this traditional afternoon tea.

2013

Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 6:30 PM, Barney Library
Old New England style of group playing by ear in a fun-filled performance for all ages.

Rhythms of the World with Judy Handler & Mark Levesque
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 6:30 PM, Barney Library
Passionate and lyrical music from around the world for guitars and mandolin.

Airborne Jazz Trio
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 6:30 PM, Barney Library
Sensitive, intimate jazz standards from the great jazz legends of yesterday and today.

Violin Recital with Shreya Sachdev
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 7:00 PM, Farmington Main Library
A conservatory student performs a classical arrangement.

Classical Guitar with Dave Giardina
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 7:00 PM, Farmington Main Library
A range of classical guitar music with Spanish influence, from the renaissance to more modern standards.

Sweet Adelines
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 7:30 PM, Farmington Main Library
Women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education, competition and performance.

Bach Organ Concert
Sunday, October 27, 2013 4:00 PM, First Church of Christ
An afternoon of Bach with organist Ed Clark.

Cole Porter Tribute with Jazz Pianist John Brighenti and Vocalist Gail Lumpkin
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 7:00 PM, Farmington Main Library
An arrangement of timeless Cole Porter classics.

Les Julian Presents: A Little Bit of Broadway
Thursday, November 14, 2013 1:15 PM, Barney Library
Singer, songwriter, entertainer and fun guy, Les Julian, recreates the magic of Broadway music.

Survivors Swing Band Concert
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 1:00 PM, Farmington Main Library
The Survivor’s Swing Band is a 7-piece ensemble made up of recent retirees and senior citizens.

A Musical Holiday Tea
Thursday, December 12, 2013 1:15 PM, Barney Library
Harpist Pearl Rourke entertains during this traditional af