Bethlehem Library Notes for Thursday, December 6, 2018

Warm up this chilly December weekend with a classical guitar performance by Eric Roth on Sunday, Dec. 9. The 2 p.m. concert is the second in the Bethlehem Public Library’s 2018-19 Little Sunday Music series.

Roth will perform primarily 19th-Century guitar music, which was composed during a time of striking innovation and development. He will also provide information about the instrument, repertoire, composers, and history.

The program will include Roth’s own arrangement of the second Violin Sonata by French Romantic composer Benjamin Godard, as well as works by Johann Kaspar Mertz, Francisco Tarrega, and Emilia Guliani-Gugliemi and Angelina Panormo Huerta — two of the first great women composers for the guitar. He also plans to premiere his own four-movement Sonata for Guitar in its entirety.

Roth has been playing guitar since age 12. He graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in music performance and frequently performs on the guitar and lute at events throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond.

After a short break in January, A Little Sunday Music resumes Feb. 10 with audience favorite The Bleecker Consort, whose members will play a diverse set of instruments, including early strings, reeds, and a variety of percussion. A vocal recital by Irina Tikhonenko rounds out the series on March 10.

Concerts are free and open to the public. A Little Sunday Music is sponsored by the Friends of Bethlehem Public Library.

Sounds like fun

There’s even more music ahead as Skip Parsons and his Clarinet Marmalade Trio return to the library on Monday, Dec. 10, for a special all-ages, all-abilities Morning Concert with our friends from the Center for Disability Services.

From 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., enjoy a morning of music featuring the banjo, tuba, and clarinet playing old-time classics like “Sweet Georgia Brown.” Refreshments will be served.

The Center for Disability Services provides opportunities and support for people with disabilities, and the goal of the Morning Concert series is to enhance its clients’ social circles.

Closing reminder

The library will be closed Friday, Dec. 7, to accommodate a staff-development training session. Our bookdrops will be open, but there will be no telephone service. We’re always open online at

Storm warning

Please remember that, in the event of inclement weather, the library’s telephone system will provide information on a closing or delayed opening. Call ahead.

On giving

We’re wrapping up our four-part “Philosophy of Philanthropy” series, grant-funded and sponsored by Humanities New York, with an interactive discussion Monday, Dec. 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. titled “What and How Much to Give.”

Throughout the series, Dr. Erzsebet Fazekas has been breaking down the key issues behind charitable giving: motivation, the selection of recipients and worthy causes, and the impact of giving on the donors and society in general. Attendance at previous talks not required to participate.