:Library to host free concert: The public library will present a free concert of “Kafka Fragments” by Gyorgy Kurtag Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. in the Johnson Auditorium, 99 Main St. Performers are soprano Aliana de la Guardia and violinist Gabriela Diaz. A brief discussion about this work by composer and scholar Christian Gentry precedes the concert and a reception will follow. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. Reservations can be made online at www.DirtyPaloma.com or by calling the library 978-373-1586, ext. 621. Kurtag’s “Kafka Fragments” is one of his most virtuosic works not only due to its length, but also its technical difficulty. Completed in 1987, this work of contemporary chamber music for soprano and violin duo is composed of brief fragments from the diaries, notebooks and letters of short-story writer and novelist Franz Kafka. The concert clocks in at less than an hour, but leaves a lasting impression.
:Pianist featured in Essex Chamber fundraiser: Pianist David Alan Pihl will perform the works of Mozart, Brahms and McKinley during a fundraiser for the Essex Chamber Music Players Feb. 24 beginning at 2 p.m. in Northern Essex Community College’s Hartleb Technology Center, 100 Elliott St. In case of inclement weather the concert will be held March 24. Free to NECC students with an ID. Tickets can be purchased in advance at MVarts.Info. Proceeds benefit the Essex Chamber Music Players. Under the Artistic Direction of Michael G. Finegold, ECMP is in residence at NECC. For more information visit www.ecmp.org or contact Finegold at 978-470-1584 or ECMP314@comcast.net.
:Talk on the history of American Music: The Langley-Adams Library in Groveland will host a talk by Kevin Comtois of Northern Essex Community College on how American music has evolved over the past few centuries The program, titled “From Slave Songs to Hip Hop: The Evolution of American Music,” is Feb. 25 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. An emphasis will be placed on the social and political context of the music and messages the songs were trying to convey. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the NECC Speakers Bureau. For more information or to register call 978-372-1732 or register online at www.langleyadamslib.org.