What is the Music Committee?
The Music Committee of the Friends of the Weston Public Library oversees the presentation of an annual concert series in the Library’s Community Room. The Committee’s mission is “to promote the appreciation and love of music and to expand the cultural opportunities available in Weston by enabling the Library to present a variety of musical programs which are free and open to the public.”
Our video concerts will be accessible through this webpage, on the Weston Media Center’s Videos On Demand service, and on local television channels: Verizon Channel 45 and Comcast Channel 9. After each première, concerts will continue to be available online and on the local cable channels for viewers to enjoy. Audience members on the Committee’s email list (see link below to sign up) will receive links to each performance in advance.
If you are interested in applying to perform during an upcoming season of the WPL Music Committee concert series, please submit some basic information and you will be contacted shortly by a member of the music committee.
Back IN PERSON for 2022-2023! Next concert: March 19, 2023 – Jon Sakata and Jung Mi Lee; piano four-hands
Sunday, March 19th at 3 p.m., Beethoven and Schubert, Piano 4-Hands. The Music Committee is delighted to welcome our ever-popular pianists, Jon Sakata and Jung Mi Lee, back to the Community Room for another memorable piano 4-hands performance. They will play their arrangement of the third movement (Adagio molto e cantabile) from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony as well as Schubert’s Sonata in C Major, D. 812 (the “Grand Duo”). It is always a joy to listen to Jon and Jung Mi’s superb musical performances and to watch their graceful choreography as they share a single keyboard.
Jung Mi and Jon have performed around the world, not only on piano but across many artistic disciplines, and have been featured in countries as diverse as Brazil, France, Denmark, and the People’s Republic of China. They have collaborated internationally with painters, architects, and poets, exploring the interstices between music and other disciplines. In February of 2022, they had the honor of being invited by New England Conservatory to play concert tribute to the late iconic composer and music theorist Robert Cogan, with whom they toured extensively both in the US and abroad. Jung Mi and Jon live in Exeter, New Hampshire and have taught on the Music Faculty at Phillips Exeter Academy since the mid-1990’s.
The concert is free and open to the public, and the Community Room is handicapped accessible. Covid precautions will be observed; masks are encouraged.
Covid precautions will be observed: audience members are encouraged to wear a mask.
October 23, 2022 – Express Lane, Barbershop Quartet (watch now!)
Express Lane Bio (PDF)
Express Lane Program (PDF)
November 20, 2022 – An Afternoon of Sextets, violins, violas, cellos
Performer Bio (PDF)
Performer Program (PDF)
December 4, 2022 – Anran Qian, piano (watch now!)
Anran Qian Bio (PDF)
Anran Qian Program (PDF)
March 19, 2023 – Jon Sakata and Jung Mi Lee; piano four-hands
Jon Sakata and Jung Mi Lee Bio (PDF)
Jon Sakata and Jung Mi Lee Program (PDF)
April 30, 2023 – Weston Wind Quintet
May 14, 2023 – Roman Rudnytsky, piano
- December 13 - Jon Sakata and Jung Mi Lee, piano four hands (watch now!)
- January 17- May Phang, solo piano (watch now!)
- January 31 – Duo Amie, piano and cello (watch now!)
- February 28– Sayuri Miyamoto and Joel Bard, piano and oboe (watch now!)
- March 21- Shelley Otis, harp with percussion and lecture (watch now!)
- April 11 – Natalie Zhang, solo piano (watch now!)
- May 23- Minkyung Oh, solo piano (click to watch 5/23 at 3 PM)
What is MusicFest?
MusicFest is a daylong celebration of music and Weston musicians sponsored by the Music Committee of the Friends of the Weston Public Library. On Saturday in the spring, the library will host a series of musical programs of approximately 45 minutes in length that present students of any age and instrument who have a Weston connection. The performances, which are open to the public, will be presented informally in the Community Room of the Weston Public Library. Light refreshments in the Art Gallery will follow each concert.
Who can participate?
Young people of all ages who have a connection to Weston are invited to participate. They may be Weston residents, students of Weston teachers, Weston school students, or in groups that have at least one Weston resident member.
MusicFest is open to any form of music, including voice, and any instrument appropriate to be played in a library. Participants may play for a few minutes or advanced groups may plan a program of up to twenty minutes. There is a beautiful Steinway grand piano in the Community Room. There is no rehearsal time available on the piano itself. An accompanist is available upon request. Rehearsal time will be arranged with the Accompanist.
Recital and Piano Use Information
Under certain conditions, the library and Music Committee occasionally permit the use of the Community room and piano for recitals (up to 2 hours in length). In order for a recital application to be considered, the teacher's studio must either be in Weston or the majority of their students must live in Weston. Please contact the library for more information.