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:      October 22 |November 12| December 17 | January 21, 2018  | February 11, 2018

KlezmerA ​Klezmer Celebration​ (OUTDOORS)


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

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. ​

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. ​


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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."

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 

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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all seasons playersAll Seasons Chamber Players

September 10, 2:00-3:00 PM

Classical Favorites for Flute and Strings

Featuring Serenades by Ernst von  Dohnanhyi and Max Reger, cello solos by E. Zoe Hassman and the magnificent Orchestral Suite No. 2 by J.S. Bach. Each piece will be introduced to the audience with entertaining program notes by Program Director, Bob Lawrence.  Performers will include flutist Lisa Hansen, violinist Bob Lawrence, guest violist Joel Rudin, and cellist E. Zoe Hassman.

The All Seasons Chamber Players is composed of professional musicians who also perform with area orchestras, Broadway shows and summer music festivals. Now in its 36th season, the ensemble has performed over 770 concerts in the NY-NJ metropolitan area and has been featured on several cable television stations. 

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ridgewood gilbert and sullivan
Ridgewood Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company
October 22, 2:00-3:30 PM
This non-profit performing group presents a concert version of Iolanthe.
Iolanthe a fairy is exiled for marrying a mortal. Twenty five years later she is pardoned. She has had a son Strephon. He is in love with Phyllis as are the members of parliament.
Phyllis is the ward of the Lord Chancellor who wants her for himself. All ends well as All the Lords marry fairies, Strephon gets Phyllis and Iolanthe is reunited with her husband, the Lord Chancellor who had thought she had died. 
Humorous musical opera, performed in ordinary attire with only a few props. Although there is no dialogue, all musical numbers are included.



Karkowska Sisters Duo’s 90 minutes around the world
November 12, 2:00-3:30 PM
Anna and Kasha Karkowska, Violin & Piano
Will take the audience on a breathtaking journey-adventure around the world with unforgettable stories, a healthy dose of humor and an amazing program of the most beloved classical music hits including G. Gershwin’s Summertime (arr. by Jascha Heifetz), fireworks of Carmen Fantasy, Csardas by V.Monti, brilliant Souvenir d'Amerique (Variations on Yankee Doodle) by H. Vieuxtemps and MORE!!! 
Graduates of Julliard (Anna) & Chopin Academy (Kasha), TV&Radio guests including PBS. Performed at Carnegie Hall & Gusman Center to standing ovations, encores and rave reviews: “amazing”, “stunning…better played than Itzhak Perlman’s own recording”, “breathtaking”.

sinatra.pngSinatra & Doo Wop
Dec. 17 from 2 – 3:15 PM
Travel back in time to the Brooklyn Paramount, where Frank Sinatra sings for fans in the 1940s and Alan Freed introduces the music he calls rock-n-roll in the 1950s.  Performed by Joe Gilligan and Donnie Fararro.

3D Rhythm of Life 
Jan. 21 from 2 – 3 PM
This Latin-tropical-soul band plays a mix of funky salsa with a New York attitude. Hear songs from their new album Fantasy, a tribute to the group Earth, Wind & Fire.

Marc Mathelier Always & Forever with Marc Mathelier
A Valentine’s Concert Feb. 11 at 2 PM
(Snow date: Feb. 18)
Celebrate music, love, and life with virtuoso guitarist Marc Mathelier as he plays a variety of romantic and exotic songs.

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