‘Nature brings about a destruction in order to bring forth anew’, wrote Schiller. Covid-19 has
certainly presented a challenge to the library in bringing forth anew, especially for the live music
series. But the word of the day is JOY!!! I am delighted to announce the Basalt Regional
Library is launching our Virtual Fall Music Series in an attempt to once again provide excellent
music from your library.
In collaboration with Grass Roots TV, we have scheduled broadcasts of local musicians in pre-
recorded concerts to be aired on Thursday evenings @ 5:30 pm, starting in September and
continuing through December, 2020. I will be hosting these concerts filmed in the Community
Room; so instead of coming to the library for a excellent concert, just tune into Grass Roots TV
and enjoy the concert from the comfort of your home.
The series will be initiated by the Lenore Raphael Quartet on Thursday, September 24.
Although Lenore is not a resident of our community, her name is immediately recognized in the
jazz community as an international Steinway jazz pianist of high accomplishments. For several
years, she has been invited annually to perform concerts on our series. This year she will be
joined with the sounds of saxophone, vibes, and drums to bring a unique jazz experience to our
We are fortunate to be able to host Amanda Gessler, pianist, in the performance of
Beethoven’s late Piano Sonatas Op 109 and 111 on Thursday, October 15. Amanda has
recently studied Beethoven’s late piano sonatas under concert pianist, Richard Goode, NYC,
and is presently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at University of Colorado
“Broadway to Jazz” will bring early joy to your Thanksgiving holidays on Thursday, November
19. Local performers Cathy Markle, Mike Monroney, David Dyer and Steve Cole will
captivate you with their rendition of songs from Broadway musicals that became jazz standards.
No December can pass without the sounds of the Roaring Fork Youth Orchestra performing
seasonal songs for us. To carry on the tradition, a selected chamber group and their
mentors/teachers will perform the familiar songs from many traditions on Thursday, December
I send my sincere thanks for your continued support of the library’s music series. As I reminded
you in my cancellation statement, ‘without you there would be no series’. Together, let us
continue to meet the challenge of maintaining excellence in the interaction of crisis and
creativity. Please mark your calendars and view our series on Grass Roots TV on Thursdays of
each month at the usual hour, 5:30 pm.
- Charlotte McLain