Finkelstein
MEMORIAL LIBRARY

Sunday Live Music Events

Our music concerts take place on the Sundays shown below at the Finkelstein Memorial Library, 24 Chestnut Street, Spring Valley, NY. All of the concerts are FREE and OPEN to the public.

  • AFTERNOON programs are held indoors in our Fielding Room on the third floor.
  • Please note: Summer EVENING concerts are held OUTDOORS on library grounds. Outdoor concerts are indicated within concert listings below. Seating will be provided but you may bring a lawn chair for outdoor concerts. NOTE: In case of inclement weather, outdoor programs will be moved indoors to our Fielding Room.
  • Doors to the Fielding Room open 15 minutes before the performance.

For further information, please call the library at (845) 352-5700, ext. 244.


SELECT PERFORMANCE DATE OR BROWSE BELOW:    | Feb 19| March, 26 | April 30 | May 21 | June 11 | July 9 | July 23 | August 6 | August 20


Marc Mathelier

Nostalgia - Valentine’s Concert (rescheduled to Feb 19 at 2 pm).

With Marc Mathelier, a versatile and avid guitarist with a repertoire ranging from Baroque to Fusion-Alternative, New Age to Easy Listening and Classical to Jazz Standards on nylon strings guitar.

Marc has presented over four hundred and fifty performances and has been featured nationally and internationally and concertized with taste in Teatro Oficina (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Conservatoire de Montreal (Canada). In the United States he graces many distinguished stages including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Berklee Performance Center (Boston, MA) and DAR Constitution Hall (Washington DC). His music takes us on romantic and exotic voyages that celebrate Music, Love, and Life. His mastery of the guitar and his variety of styles make him a virtuoso.

Doors to the Fielding Room open 15 minutes before the performance.

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ridgewood gilbert and sullivan

Ridgewood Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company

March 26, 2-3:30 PM

This non-profit performing group presents a concert version of Patience.

Patience has been told that true love must be unselfish and therefore she cannot marry the man she loves because he is too perfect. He becomes imperfect and they reunite. A satire on the aesthetic craze of the 1800s.

Humorous musical opera, performed in ordinary attire with only a few props. Although there is no dialogue, all musical numbers are included.

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Music Makers

The Music Makers - Our Hit Parade
April 30, 2 PM-3 PM


The Music Makers is a group of extremely talented local seniors from Rockland County. They perform as a group, as accompanists and soloists. They incorporate both music and comedy. They will be singing songs they know and love that have been popular through the years.

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FrostKings

The FrostKings Band
May 21, 2 PM-3:15 PM


The FrostKings are an R&B, swing, and blues band originating from the North Jersey area. Familiar to music fans in Northern New Jersey, and Southern New York State, the FrostKings have played many festivals and venues over the years. Equally at home playing swinging shuffles, slow blues or full-tilt boogies, their repertoire ranges from the West Coast swing stylings of Louis Jordan and T-Bone Walker, to the classic blues of Luther Johnson, B.B. King, Eddie “Clean Head” Vinson and Muddy Waters, to the R&B of Wilson Pickett and Herbie Hancock. If you're not already a swing-blues fan, you will be after hearing their Icey-Cold tones. So chill out with the FrostKings!

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neil dankmanNeil Dankman Tribute Show to Neil Diamond (3rd Floor Fielding Room)

June 11, 2-3:00 PM

Neil Diamond is one of the most successful singer/songwriters in the history of the music business. For over forty-five years, Neil continues to sell out his concert tours. "Sweet Caroline" ,"I'm a Believer" and many other songs he has written are still being performed to this day.

Neil Dankman will sing and perform many of Neil Diamond's hit songs and tell a few interesting stories about Neil Diamond's life as well. Neil Dankman has performed all types of music in the Metropolitan area for many years. His Neil Diamond Show has received rave reviews.

The Hollows at Blue Hill said "If you closed your eyes, you thought you were actually at a Neil Diamond concert."  

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A ​Klezmer Celebration
​ (OUTDOORS)David Podles

July 9, 6:30-7:30 PM

Come and join Dr. David Podles on his soulful violin with friends Norbert Stachel on Clarinet/Flute and Ruslan Agababayev on Keyboard in their joyful showcase of the ever loving and ever delightful music known as Klezmer! 

Dr. ​David Podles, Violin

​Acclaimed ​International Concert Violinist Dr. David Podles of Riga, Latvia, is laureate of 3 prestigious international competitions and received PhD in music from conservatory in Riga. He performed in symphony, chamber, opera and ballet theater orchestras both solo, in orchestra and on tour across Russia, including The Bolshoi and Kirov, throughout Europe and the U.S.  David has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, 92nd Y and at Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center

Norbert Stachel, Clarinet/Flute

Norbert Stachel, a saxophonist and multi woodwind instrumentalist, is widely recognized for being a unique soloist and also for his strong ensemble contributions​. Norbert has recorded, toured, and performed with a variety of known and established names.  He is accomplished on all saxophones, clarinets, flutes, and ethnic wind instruments. Norbert has 30+ years experience playing Jazz, Classical, Rock, R&B, Afro Cuban/Latin, Salsa, Klezme​r music. ​

Ruslan Agababayev, Piano/Keyboard

Ruslan Agababayev, a ​talented pianist and composer, ​made ​his ​world ​debut​ was in in 1995 at the Grand Hall of the Baku Music Academy in Baku, Azerbajian.  He graduated from the the Baku Music Academy,  then continued his education after moving to the US, at City College of New York, in the department of classical composition​. ​At the same time he studied jazz ​he​ ​also​​studied the composition classes of David Loeb at New School University, where he received his Masters degree​ in Music​.​ Ruslan is a stunning Jazz, Classical and Klezmer pianist. ​

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Memories of You



Memories of You (OUTDOORS)

July 23, 5:00-6:30 PM

This popular band performs a selection of music from the beginnings of rock-n-roll, featuring popular 1950s and ‘60s hits by famous vocal groups of the era.

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Cello Recital 
(3rd Floor Fielding Room)cello


August 6, 2:00-3:00 PM

E. Zoe Hassman is one of the most in-demand solo cellists in all genres. Zoe will perform an audience - friendly, fun, interactive solo cello recital: "A Conversation with Zoe & her Cello. Her innovative solo cello concert will be filled with surprises & her mission is "... have cello will travel for humanity."

Zoe has performed with The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York City Opera, New Jersey Symphony, The American Ballet Theater Orchestra, The Garden State Philharmonic, played at Avery Fisher Hall and at many other notable places.   

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florian jazz

The Florian Schantz Jazz Combo 
(OUTDOORS)

August 20, 6:30-7:30 PM

Long before jazz was cool, it was hot!

Early 20th Century jazz was sometimes raucous and wild, played with reckless abandon, sometimes gritty and bluesy, and sometimes mellow and sweet. The early jazz age peaked in the late 1920’s, before giving way to the swing era in the 30’s. Nowadays early jazz is often filed away as quaint and corny with its power and drive forgotten.

The Florian Schantz Jazz Combo, however, is reviving authentic hot jazz in all its former glory. As part of a larger 2017 library tour spanning 8 counties around NJ and NY, the Florian Schantz Jazz Combo will be appearing in Finkelstein Memorial Library in Spring Valley on 20 August 2017 at 6:30 PM. The band will be featuring the music that put the ROAR in the roaring 20’s. Come witness the revival of the one true American art form in its purest form. Better yet, bring the children- expose them to something “new”. The show is suitable for all ages.

The band is led by award-winning Florian Schantz, a fiery 14 year old trumpet player from Westfield, NJ with almost 300 public performances all over NJ and NY and Germany. He’s been running the band since he was 9 years old. The band also features Rup Chattopadhyay on trombone and tuba, Margaret Schantz on Flügelhorn, Cory Ackerman on drums, and Lowell Schantz on guitar.

NOTE: Players may be substituted.

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