Live Music at the Library
Every month, there is a free concert in the library! The Georgetown Public Library hosts “Live Music at the Library” at 2 pm the third Sunday of each month. Concerts are usually held in the library’s first floor lobby area, and are free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required; just come have a seat and enjoy the music, or come and go as you like.
The Live Music in the Library series is a gift of the Friends of the Georgetown Public Library.
Questions? Contact Dana Hendrix, fine arts librarian, by email or by calling 512-930-3624.
For more information about music in Georgetown, visit the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture website.
Past Live Music at the Library Events
Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher returned in 2016 to play in the Georgetown Public Library’s popular Live Music at the Library series. He performed on Sunday, Aug. 21, at 2 pm in the library lobby.
This concert is part of a nationwide tour to promote Peter’s 2015 CD.
The CD features four Catalan Folk Songs, including El Noi de la Mare/Son of the Virgin, and La nit de Nadal/The Night of Christmas, arranged for guitar by Miguel Llobet.
Fletcher also performed some of the selections he performed at Carnegie Hall last April, such as Prelude No. 1 by Villa-Lobos and a Prelude by Russian composer Alexander Scriabin, which inspired William Gooch of Fashion Reverie to exclaim:
“Every time classical guitarist Peter Fletcher appears at Carnegie Hall, he has a packed house. Whether audience members are hearing him for the first time or were so enraptured by his technical skill and poised delivery that they’ve become diehard fans, Fletcher understands how to put together a repertoire that keeps audiences wanting more. And that is his genius.”
July 17, 2016 The Waller Creek Quartet
The Waller Creek Quartet is a smaller version of the Waller Creek Vipers, a swing band from Austin. They recreate the small combo swing sounds of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Nat King Cole. Designed for dancers by swing dancer Victor Celania, this band the audience up on their feet and movin’!
April 17, 2016 Hill Country Winds and Premier Quintet
The Hill Country Winds performed in the library’s Live Music at the Library series on April 17 at 2 pm. The program included mostly classical pieces, with a few arrangements in the jazz style. Hill Country Winds is a musical group comprised of four pairs of winds instruments: oboes, bassoons, clarinets, and French horns. Formed in 2006 when a group of eight Austin area musicians informally gathered to make music together, we now regularly rehearse to prepare for performances. The ensemble’s concert activities include performing at the Georgetown Public Library, the Texas State Hospital, Texas Community Music Festival and several retirement centers around the area. They are a pretty diverse group – two band directors, a freelance musician, a private music teacher, an ophthalmologist, a surgeon, a stay at home mom, a French tutor and software tester — all of whom have a lifelong dedication to performing beautiful music.
The concert ended with a performance of the Premier Quintet playing Beethoven’s Quintet in E flat, op. 71 and Ibert’s Trois Pieces Breves. Sponsored by the Austin Civic Orchestra, this woodwind quintet is composed of students from five area high schools. Each member was nominated by their music teacher and selected through audition to be a part of the ensemble. The group rehearses each week and is professionally coached under the direction of ACO Music Director, Dr. Lois Ferrari.
March 20, 2016 Franklin’s Tower
February 21, 2016 Aidan
January 17, 2016 Kiyoshi Tamagawa
Accomplished performer Kiyoshi Tamagawa performed Book I of The Well-Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach to a standing room only crowd of about 170 people. Dr. Tamagawa has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist throughout North America, and in Europe and Asia. The Live Music in the Library concerts are usually held in the library Lobby, but this concert was in the library’s Hewlett Room, on the second floor. The Steinway piano Dr. Tamagawa played belonged to Georgetown pianist Drusilla Huffmaster, who gave the instrument to the Georgetown Symphony Society. The piano had previously belonged to Miss Ima Hogg, and is now housed at the Georgetown Public Library. Dr. Tamagawa received his early musical training in Connecticut, where he made his debut with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra at the age of thirteen. He holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory, where he won the senior concerto competition and the Hurlbutt Award for most talented graduating senior, the Yale University School of Music, where he was the recipient of the Benjamin Jepson Prize for music theory, and The University of Texas at Austin, where he held a University Fellowship. Currently he is Professor of Music and Associate Dean for the Sarofim School of Fine Arts at Southwestern University in Georgetown.
December 20, 2015 Austin Flute Project
The Austin Flute Project (AFP) performed a mix of holiday music and quartet pieces by Haydn, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky, along with some new composers. They also played an arrangement that mixes two separate works, Greensleeves and Smetana’s Moldau, and a piece entitled “Silent Movie,” written by a contemporary composer of film music. The AFP is a flexible ensemble that pushes the boundaries of flute chamber music. The group is made up of flutists Marcela DeFaria Casaubon, Bryan Kennard, Kristine Reaume, and Lauryn Gould. Read more about the musicians and the ensemble on their website.
November 15, 2015 Matt Graves
Matt Graves is a multi-instrument performer, composer, producer, and music educator living and working in the Austin area. In over 14 years of playing in Central Texas, Matt has received praise and recognition for his soaring vocals and exciting performances. As a teacher, Matt has created a unique and customized student-by-student approach that encourages and inspires every student to hone their new (or not so new) craft. He encourages teacher-student duets and often creates recordings featuring his students’ covers and original compositions. Matt is currently in the studio recording his first full length record, and crafting a companion live show.
October 18, 2015 Austin Classical Guitar Ensemble
The Austin Classical Guitar Community Ensembles have been in existence for well over a decade and offer performing opportunities for adult amateurs and professionals in the Austin community. The community guitar ensembles play frequently in Austin and the surrounding areas. The ensemble program also hosts the ACG Fest each spring and invites other guitar ensembles from Texas and the Southwestern region to Austin to perform and premiere a new composition for guitar ensemble each year.
September 20, 2015 Cactus Groove
This group specializes in jazz and blues from the 1930’s to the 1960’s. They have played in the library in the past, and people always ask us to have them back–so here they are! Cactus Groove is: Bryan Moore on keyboards, Erich Prinz on sax, and Mac Stringfellow on bass.
August 23, 2015 Minnie & Ella Jordan
Minnie & Ella Jordan play swing, hot jazz, and standards from the ’20s and ’30s. They sing and play fiddle, guitar, tenor guitar, and mandolin. They performed in the library last year as well, and there have been many requests to invite them back. For more information about the sisters, visit their Facebook page.
July 19, 2015 Cienfuegos
Latin favorites Cienfuegos! Cienfuegos performs a diverse array of Latin genres with a focus on traditional Cuban styles such as Son, Bolero, Guajira, and Cha-Cha. For more information about Cienfuegos, visit their Facebook page.
June 21, 2015 The Sieker Band
The Sieker Band plays bluegrass and their own brand of Texas country. Rolf and Beate Sieker came to Texas from Berlin, Germany for the music, and Rolf has won the statewide banjo championship.
May 17, 2015 Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher
Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher plays in every state in the country, every year, and his program for this performance was the same program he performed in recital at Carnegie Hall the previous month.
April 19, 2015 GHS Jazz Band
The Georgetown High School Jazz Band received a standing ovation when they played in the library.
March 15, 2015 Austin Flute Choir
The Austin Flute Choir plays a fascinating mix of instruments that they love to talk about.
February 15, 2015 Young and Rusty
Sue Young and Rusty Nelson do a mix of original material and classic popular songs like Hank Williams tunes and songs from the ’30s and ’40s.
January 18, 2015 Mary Hardin-Baylor Flute Choir
This group’s concerts reveal the amazingly beautiful range of the contemporary family of concert flutes. C flute and the piccolo, the lower-pitched alto flute and the bass flute, a very large instrument that sounds a full octave below the C flute. Amy Smith of UMHB directs the ensemble, which includes flute players from age 16 to adult–high school students, folks from the area community, and UMHB students. The choir’s repertoire ranges from classical to music from the movies.
December 14, 2014 Fog and Bone
Fog and Bone is an Austin-based duo who play a variety of acoustic music – bluegrass, blues, folk and soul, with originals and traditional tunes as well. Ed Dickerson plays fiddle and guitar and Matt Bradshaw plays harmonica.
November 16, 2014 Jean Synodinos
Singer/songwriter Jean Synodinos plays guitar and sings, accompanied by her long-time friends and trio members, Misty Conn on drums and Lenny Ashcraft on bass. Jean’s show-stopping voice delivers grit, grace and acoustic soul and her guitar proficiency is striking. Her latest CD, Girls, Good & Otherwise, received the 2012 Texas Music Award for Artistic Excellence. In her spare time she teaches guitar and songwriting to women inmates of the Travis County Detention Center.
October 19, 2014 Katie Gosnell
Katie Gosnell, a singer/songwriter who quickly made friends with the library audience last year, came back for an encore. She grew up listening to her parents’ records, spending hours in a rocking chair in the living room, singing along with artists from Waylon Jennings to Janis Joplin to Led Zeppelin. Since then she’s been inspired by artists like Patty Griffin, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Beth Nielsen Chapman. Katie writes songs that give a voice to a story or a feeling.
September 21, 2014 La Grosse Tete
The six members of La Grosse Tete came together in early 2013 to play a single gig for Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Since then they have performed for jazz-lovers and dancers in many Austin locations as part of the Austin Swing Syndicate.
August 17, 2014 Minnie and Ella Jordan
Minnie and Ella Jordan, ages 14 and 16, live in Coupland and are patrons of the Georgetown Public Library. However, they also are amazing musicians who have been playing together for a long time. Ella and Minnie play swing, hot jazz and old-time fiddle, and they sing. Their instruments are violin, guitar, mandolin, and tenor guitar. They have played at many Austin music venues and, after being named the 2010 Youth Talent winners at the Old Settlers Music Festival, the next year they were invited to play a full set there.
July 20, 2014 Randy’s Rangers
The high-energy duo of Jon (Randy) and Sigi Field, on fiddle and bass respectively, play traditional bluegrass music and Texas swing. For this appearance they were joined by Texas banjo champion Rolf Sieker.
June 15, 2014 Devin Jake and the Devinaires
Devin Jake learned to sing and play guitar from his mother, whose favorite music was what he calls “ol’ lady country,” that is, the music of Dolly Parton, Wanda Jackson, and Loretta Lynn. Now he writes his own music in that tradition and is backed up by bass and fiddle players whose country roots are also deep. Rebecca Patek, who plays the violin classically as well as in the country style, is a three-time winner of the Wisconsin State Fair fiddle contest.
May 18, 2014 Victor Andrada
Victor Andrada’s wide repertoire includes jazz, blues, Latin swing, and Americana, and he likes to interact with the audience, so don’t be shy about making requests.
April 13, 2014 Cactus Groove
The members of Cactus Groove – Erich Prinz on sax, Bryan Moore on keyboard, and Bryan Threlkeld on bass – have been making music in Georgetown for a number of years and it’s always a treat to hear their takes on jazz and blues from the ‘30s to the ‘60s.
March 16, 2014 Mike Blakely
Mike Blakely plays Texas country western music at its best. As a singer, he has released 11 CDs, performed all over the U.S., and made 16 tours to Europe. As a songwriter, his songs have been recorded by Gary P. Nunn, Red Steagall, Flaco Jimenez and Raul Malo, John Arthur Martinez, Randy Brown, Geronimo Trevino III and Johnny Rodriguez, and many others. Also an author, Mike has published 17 books released by major publishers. His last two books were co-written: one with Willie Nelson (A Tale Out of Luck), the other with Kenny Rogers (What Are The Chances). He has won the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award twice—once for best western novel of the year and once for best western song of the year. Mike spent many years touring with his dancehall band, but now plays more shows as a solo artist. His career as a novelist leads to many non-traditional concerts at book stores, libraries, writers conferences, and book clubs.
February 16, 2014 Georgetown High School Jazz Ensemble
Members of the Ensemble are primarily members of the Eagle Band who have chosen to take an extra class dedicated to jazz music. They know the history of jazz, are aware of the different jazz styles, and share a passion for jazz music. The instruments that make up the ensemble are saxophone, trombone, trumpet, guitar, bass guitar, piano, drums, and jazz vibes. Among the sources of the Ensemble’s repertoire are the Count Basie Orchestra, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Charles Mingus.
January 19, 2014 Austin Flute Choir
The Austin Flute Choir includes fifteen adult members who play pieces ranging from classical music to popular. Besides standard C flutes and piccolos you’ll get to see and hear such exotics as: a contrabass flute, bass flutes and alto flutes. Dr. David Oertel, director of the choir, also is Music Director of the Austin Philharmonic Orchestra, Starlight Symphony Orchestra, and Highland Lakes Community Orchestra.
December 15, 2013 Bella Corda Guitar Ensemble and More
Students from Kevin Taylor’s Childbloom guitar program performed in four segments: Austin Bella Corda, an ensemble of seven guitarists, ages 12-18, performing concert music; Bella Corda playing ethnic musical traditions that have influenced American music; the Young Performing Artist Soloists– Avi Medina who began guitar at age 11 and has competed in five youth guitar competitions and has received top awards in every one—and Aythan Benavi, who at 12 years old is the youngest soloist of the Young Performing Artist Program and is the recent winner of the Mid-America Guitar Jr. Competition in New Haven, MO; and a reading of O’Henry’s “Gift of the Magi” by Kevin Taylor, accompanied by the 23-player Childbloom Christmas Guitar Choir.
November 17, 2013 Vagabones Trombone Quartet with Megan Boutin
The Vagabones Trombone Quartet’s founding members, Stu Goldsmith, Steve Seitsinger, Steven Sodders, and Robert Tung, had played together for their own enjoyment for quite some time, but in 2007 they decided to go public with their music, and Vagabones was formed. Since then they’ve developed a repertoire that ranges, as they say, “from the ridiculous to the sublime, from classical to jazz, and everything in between.” For this performance they invited Megan Boutin to join them. Megan teaches trombone and plays with classical and popular groups in Austin.
October 20, 2013 The Tara Craig Band
Singer/songwriter Tara Craig performs her own folk rock style music, with help from her band–Marco Hansen on drums, Wayne Decker on bass, and Paul James on electric guitar. Their music is eclectic, ranging from pop sounds to ballads, and all of it infused with Tara’s longing for family, freedom, and requited love.
September 15, 2013 Sun City Dulcimers
The Sun City Dulcimers ensemble, which includes as many as 15 dulcimers, also includes guitar, fiddle, penny whistle, flute, accordion, bass, and a few unusual percussion instruments. Jeanne Lubey, who started the Sun City club because she wanted someone to play her dulcimer with, said the group meets twice weekly to learn new music and practice for their performances at local nursing homes and schools. They also do an annual fundraising concert for the Caring Place. Jeanne said that many of the members are former wannabe musicians who finally found their musical niche playing a dulcimer. The dulcimer is an easy instrument to learn because you don’t have to read music. Its music is written in “tablature” (a number system related to the strings on the instrument) instead of notes. The Sun City Dulcimers will donate their stipend from the library performance to the Caring Place.
August 18, 2013 Katie Gosnell
Singer/songwriter Katie Gosnell’s music is a diverse world of its own, found somewhere on the borders of folk, pop, blues, classic rock, and even country, like many of her early musical influences. She grew up listening to her parents’ records, spending hours in a rocking chair in the living room, singing along with artists from Waylon Jennings to Janis Joplin to Led Zeppelin. Contemporary artists who have inspired her include Patty Griffin, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Beth Nielsen Chapman. The songs Katie writes create scenes, tell stories, and give you the feeling that you’ve known her all your life.
July 21, 2013 Jitterbug Vipers
Jitterbug Vipers are a colorful group. Their founder Slim Richey, who claimed to be the “most dangerous guitarist in Texas” passed away on May 31, 2015. The group that performed in the library in 2013 also included Francie Meaux Jeaux on bass, Masumi “Tsunami” Jones on drums, with Sarah Sharp doing the vocals. They played jitterbug music from the ‘40s and ‘50s, but with their own twists. They were high energy, funny, and made fantastic music.
June 16, 2013 Victor Andrada
Victor Andrada plays guitar will entertain with jazz, blues, Latin swing, and Americana. His repertoire is large and he enjoys interacting with the audience, so don’t hesitate to ask for your favorites.
May 19, 2013 Anderson High School Jazz Band
The Anderson High School Jazz Band consists of four trumpets, three trombones, four saxophones, a drum set, a bass, and an electric keyboard. The music may be a bit louder than usual, but they played favorites from the ‘40s and ‘50s Big Band repertoires, pieces like Fly Me to the Moon, Birdland, Ain’t Misbehavin’, In the Mood, and Blue Train. The musicians were preparing for a competition and were in top form.
April 21, 2013 Zero Hour (Adam Carney on harp guitar and Martina Mai Li on accordion)
Expand your musical horizons while you listen to Zero Hour. While you’ve undoubtedly heard an accordion before, you may not have seen or heard a harp guitar. It’s a guitar with an extra neck that contains unstopped strings that are meant to be plucked, not strummed. The music of Zero Hour will transport you to other times and places. Zero Hour’s program is international, drawing on European musical styles that were reinterpreted and fused with African traditions and techniques when they migrated to the Americas. You’ll hear French muzette, Argentinian tango, Brazilian choro, and American jazz and blues.
March 17, 2013 Hill Country Winds Octet and Cat Mountain String Quartet
The Hill Country Winds Octet entertains with a light classical program. The members of the octet, Andy Ross and Mary Jackson on oboe, Carolyn Ahrens and Karen Kachelmeier on clarinet, Andrea Camacho and Amy Crandell on bassoon, and Leslie Poer and Mike Lacour on horn, have been playing together since 2006. They are a diverse group when they’re not performing together– two band directors, a grant writer for a non-profit, a private music teacher, an ophthalmologist, a surgeon, a business analyst, and a software tester – but they share a life- long dedication to performing beautiful music. The settings in which they perform are equally diverse, from the Georgetown Symphony Society and the Texas Community Music Festival, to casual venues like the library and area retirement communities.
The Cat Mountain Quartet, which includes violinists Melissa Ruof and Catherine van Zanten, violist Judy Trejo, and cellist, Craig Casper, came together, too, because of their love of music and because they wanted to explore the standard music literature for the string quartet. Their performance venues are often house concerts or events that support the work of the community.
February 17, 2013 Cactus Groove
Cactus Groove has played for us in the past and got high ratings from the audiences. Erich Prinz is on sax, Bryan Threlkeld on bass, and Bryan Moore on the keyboard.
December 16, 2012 Just Friends
Retirement seems to have little effect on a musician’s desire to continue making music. Just Friends is a group of musicians from Sun City who, with the addition of a keyboard player from Austin, make some very lively music. Playing trombone, sax, trumpet, bass, and drums, they have made a name for themselves as a dance band and we encourage you to take a few turns on the library dance floor while they play. We know you’ll at least be tapping a toe to the jazz standards they do so well.
November 18, 2012 Joe Sundell
Joe Sundell provided the musical entertainment for the grand finale of the children’s summer reading program. Ms. Rosa, who, besides being in charge of all things children, also found and engaged all of our adult live music performers, didn’t have to think twice about approaching Mr. Sundell to come again to perform for an adult audience. She was taken with his ability to play many kinds of music and to engage his audience completely. Mr. Sundell and friends play original music that is based in the folk tradition but draws from ragtime, country, and swing.
October 21, 2012 Jitterbug Vipers
The Jitterbug Vipers entertain with music from the 1930s and ‘40s, especially the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, and Louis Jordan.
September 16, 2012 Luis Angel Ibanez
Luis Angel Ibanez sings to the accompaniment of his guitar and his friends playing sax and bass. Mr. Ibanez bills himself as a world musician, but he focuses on Latin sounds that are heavily influenced by Mexican music. He definitely will stir your romantic soul.
July 15, 2012 Alan “Bones” Davis
The Texas Society of Sculptors celebrated the opening of their summer-long show at the library on July 15 and they invited their favorite singer/songwriter, Alan “Bones” Davis, to play for their reception. Bones has been performing in venues all over Texas for more than 50 years. He writes his own songs but also covers classic folk, country, blues, and old rock ‘n’ roll. He sings from his heart, providing an entertaining show with humor and sentimentality.
June 24, 2012 Xander Ortiz
Xander Ortiz is not a one-man band, but he plays piano and harmonica and sings, so what more could you ask for? He also guarantees that you’ll want to sing along as he covers music from the past six decades.
May 20, 2012 Randy’s Rangers
Randy’s Rangers play bluegrass, old time country music, and Texas swing. The Rangers entertain with vocals accompanied by guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and double bass.
April 15, 2012 The Madera Trio
The Madera Trio played “Tax Free” Dances, Past and Present. The trio, Lynn Ledbetter, Anna Carney, and Roy Wylie—playing violin, clarinet, and piano respectively—performed in the Hewlett Room at the Georgetown Public Library,using the fine piano we have there. The members of the Madera Trio, professional musicians all, have a wonderful sense of humor and chose dance music as a way to introduce their audiences to music from around the world.