Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Grammy nominated guitarist Fabio Zini

Sunday, October 20, 2:00 p.m

Guitarist Fabio Zini will present an electrifying repertoire that combines tango, Argentine folk and classical music, when he performs at Crowell Public Library on Sunday October 20 at 2:00 pm in the Barth Community Room.  Mr. Zini has traveled the world delighting audiences, from his hometown in Santa Fe, Argentina to Skagway, Alaska, Hawaii, all over Europe, and Asia.  His soulful and romantic touch on the guitar connects the audiences with such great composers  as  Bach,  Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Manuel de Falla, Ernesto  Lecuona  and Astor Piazzolla. 

Fabio Zini received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with an instrumental major in guitar from the National University of Santa Fe, Argentina.  He has composed several works for the guitar and other instruments, including a concerto for guitar and orchestra.  The Ten Commandments of the Guitar, book and CD, is a collection of original compositions by Fabio Zini, illustrating his technique. After several successful studio albums, Fabio developed the Zinistesia System - the first musical notation in color for guitar in the USA and Canada.  He has also taught guitar to students at Florida International University in Miami. 

This year Mr. Zini has composed for the documentary, “The Needle and the Thread.”  In 2007 he was nominated for a Grammy in the Tango genre.  In 2017 Classical Guitar Magazine published their video pick of Fabio Zini playing Piazzolla's Adios Nonino.

Don’t miss a performance full of passion and joy at Crowell Public Library on Sunday, October 20th at 2:00 p.m. in the Library’s Barth Community Room.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

What Can I Do About Climate Change?

with Jordan Sollitto
Thursday, October 10, 7:00 pm

Hardly a day goes by where climate change is not front and center in the news.  Global temperature records are set and then broken with increasing frequency.  Unprecedented volumes of rain fall during seasonal storms and hurricanes and drought grips regions around the world with alarming severity.  As policymakers debate how to address the problem, individuals often ask “What can I personally do?”  A presentation slated for 7 pm on October 10 at Crowell Public Library will provide a user-friendly and fascinating answer to that question.  This non-technical presentation will show how to assess and determine one’s own, individual carbon output and thereby better understand the individual’s role in the climate challenge.  More importantly, it will guide attendees through the many steps they can take to reduce the impact one’s personal lifestyle has on the problem.  Some of these strategies are almost certain to be surprising.

Jordan Sollitto, who sits on the steering committee of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, is a San Marino resident.  He has given countless presentations on climate-related topics at San Marino’s city council, school board and at Crowell Library.  Jordan’s objective whenever making a presentation on this subject is to do so in layman’s terms so that anyone can easily grasp the material.  He always runs his presentations past a few of his fellow Citizens’ Climate Lobby members who happen to be scientists working at JPL or Cal Tech.  That way he is confident in the scientific credibility of his material.  He credits his 25 years as a senior executive in the entertainment industry as helping him understand how to translate complex subject matter into a format readily accessible to the average, concerned community member.

Jordan will not only teach attendees how to calculate their own carbon emissions, he will direct them to a variety of easily-accessed resources available online that simplify the process as well.  Even though no single individual can solve the problem, every single individual can contribute to its solution.  Come to Crowell Library Thursday evening, October 10 and learn how.

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Jazz & Swing from A to Z: The Story of America's Music

Six Tuesdays 12:30-2:00 p.m. – beginning October 1

The wildly popular Dr. Thom Mason, USC Professor Emeritus of Jazz Studies at the Thornton School of Music, returns to Crowell Public Library with a new six-session course sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  Mason riffs off the popular classes that he taught over the last five years, savoring the stories of famous musicians from the past, and the jazz stars of today.

The series schedule this Fall will be:

October 1:             Canadian Stars of Jazz and Swing    
      October 8              African Roots of Jazz and Swing
      October 15            New Orleans and Louis Armstrong
      October 22            The Glenn Miller Story
      October 29            Tony Bennett
      November 5           From the 90s to Today   


Thom Mason was chairman of the department of jazz studies at the USC Thornton School of Music from 1983 to 1996. During that period he created the bachelor of music, masters of music and doctor of musical arts programs in jazz studies. He is a saxophone, clarinet and flute specialist and has played with such notable artists as Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Jack Sheldon, Louis Bellson, and Ernie Watts.  His multimedia presentations are filled with music excerpts:  rare photos, film clips, humorous stories and live demonstrations that stimulate, educate and entertain.  They are not to be missed!  No reservations are required.

Thanks to the sponsors, the Friends of Crowell Public Library, the music keeps coming!