The East Bank Regional Library in Metairie will host six music events this spring, including five concerts and one author event. All are free and open to the public.
CLASSICAL GUITARIST JACK SANDERS: 2 p.m., Sunday, March 1. On tour with the New York-based Piatigorsky Foundation, Sanders is a solo guitarist, chamber musician and teacher. His performances have included the Sitka Summer Music Festival, Kapalua Music Festival of Hawaii, Arrowhead Bach Festival and solo appearances with numerous orchestras.
KEN VECA BIG BAND: 2 p.m., Thursday, March 5. Are you ready for Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller? This one-hour concert by the 14-piece Ken Veca Big Band features standards from the heyday of the Big Band Era.
CONCERT FOR HARPS: 2 p.m., Sunday, March 8. Rhett Bramwell, a composer and arranger of music for both the Celtic and pedal harp, is the guest artist for this year’s concert of the New Orleans Chapter of the American Harp Society. Barnwell holds a bachelor of music degree from Florida State University in French horn performance, with secondary studies in classical harp, cello and organ. He holds a master of music degree in French horn performance from St. Louis Conservatory.
STEINWAY CONCERT: 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 25. The Hall Piano Company, the Steinway Society of New Orleans and the library join together to present a local recording artist.
PIANO CONCERT WITH SAL LIBERTO: 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 8: Pianist Salvadore Liberto has been writing, recording and performing original music for 20 years. He has released four studio albums and has played at many performing arts centers, theaters, coffeehouses and colleges across the United States.
AUTHOR EVENT!: “WINGS OVER NEW ORLEANS” BY JOHN TAYLOR: 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 28. In 1975, Paul and Linda McCartney came to New Orleans with Wings to record the Venus and Mars album at Allen Toussaint’s famous Sea-Saint Studio. They immersed themselves in the city for several months, going to Mardi Gras with their children and enjoying local music. A chance meeting between John Taylor and the McCartneys led to a prolonged acquaintance, and Taylor, a professional musician, snapped scores of candid photographs of the famous couple.
INFANT MASSAGE: This program incorporates “loving touch infant massage” techniques that help promote social and emotional development, brain development and touch, adaptations for children with special needs, and bonding and attachment with parents and caregivers. This once-a-month workshop is limited to 20 participants who must contact Rene Guilbeau at (504) 780-4363 or email rene.guilbeau@HCAHealthcare.com. 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 21, East Bank Regional Library, Metairie.
STEM SHOWCASE: Students in the Escalera STEM youth program showcase projects to parents and administrators. Sponsored by Puentes New Orleans. 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 25, West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.
SKYWARN CLASS: The National Weather Service holds SkyWarn class, a volunteer program of trained severe weather spotters who help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service. The main responsibility of a SkyWarn spotter is to identify and describe severe local storms. 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, East Bank Regional Library, Metairie.
For information about programs at the 15 branches of the Jefferson Parish Library, visit www.jplibrary.net or friend the library’s Facebook page for daily programming updates.