Brian Hsu, Ph.D., assistant professor and keyboard department coordinator at Loyola University New Orleans, will perform a “Night at the Opera” at 7 p.m. March 10 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 Napoleon Ave., Metairie. During this presentation, Hsu will narrate and perform scenes from opera transcribed for the piano.
The musical program is sponsored by the Hall Piano Co., the Steinway Society of New Orleans and the Jefferson Parish Library.
Hsu received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, Artist Diploma from Yale University and Doctoral of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan.
He has won awards in numerous competitions in the United States and Asia, including the Wideman Competition, Corpus Christi International Young Artists’ Competition, Isabel Scionti International, Juilliard’s Gina Bachauer competition, National Piano Competition in Taiwan, as well as concerto competitions at the University of Michigan and Juilliard.
Hsu has performed throughout the world and received many awards, including the Richard R. Levine Memorial Scholarship, Vladimir Horowitz Scholarship, China Trust Scholarship and Jerome L. Greene Fellowship while at Juilliard. He received the Englander Fellowship and Yale Music Alumni Fund Scholarship while studying at Yale University.
ANYONE CAN WHISTLE: Terry Rappold, a two-time whistling International Grand Champion, will talk about whistling and whistling competitions at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Rappold will discuss whistling as a form of communication as well as its use in sport. He will discuss superstitions associated with whistling. He will whistle and will help others who have “whistling issues.” Rappold has won almost two dozen whistling awards in international competitions, including being named Grand Champion, Men’s Division, in 2007 and 2011 at the International Whistlers Convention.
DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT: Dr. Kathy Carstarphen, who specializes in internal medicine, will discuss diabetes self-management skills at 10 a.m. Thursday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
This event is held in conjunction with the Jefferson Parish Office of Senior Services. Carstarphen will discuss the basics of diabetes knowledge: nutritional counseling, meal planning, basic carbohydrate counting, insulin management and insulin pump management. Carstarphen graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 2001 and has been in practice for 15 years.
BASIC CREDIT SCORE SEMINAR: A financial literacy program titled “Finance and You: Understanding Credit and Rebuilding Your Credit,” will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The seminar focuses on basic information such as credit scores, ways to build credit, keeping credit healthy and managing credit reports. It’s part of an ongoing series at the library.
GERMAN FLYING ACES: The World War II Discussion Group meets at 7 p.m., Thursday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Brian Altobello talks about the book “The German Aces Speak,” featuring the oral histories of four highly decorated Luftwaffe pilots who were personally decorated by Adolf Hitler more than once. Their unfiltered impressions of him along with their encounters with the SS are surprising.
NOLA SCIENCE CAFÉ: Juliet Brophy, Ph.D., an anthropologist at Louisiana State University, will present “Discovering Homo naledi: a New Species of Human Ancestor from South Africa,” at 7 p.m. March 8 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Homo naledi is an extinct species of hominin, which anthropologists described in 2015 and have assigned to the genus Homo.
EAT HEALTHY SEMINAR: Karen Walker, nutrition agent with the Jefferson Parish office of the LSU AgCenter, kicks off a series of six sessions about the importance of good nutrition at 7 p.m. March 8 at the Lakeshore Branch Library, 1000 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie. This lesson focuses on physical activity. The food demonstration involves making fruit salads.
All programs at the library are free of charge and are open to the public. For more information about programs at the 15 branches of the Jefferson Parish Library, go to www.jplibrary.net/ or friend the library’s Facebook page for daily programming updates.