In April 2016, when Cotuit resident and former Cape Cod Symphony conductor, Royston Nash, passed away, the Library received numerous donations in his memory. As a way of honoring Mr. Nash and recognizing the generosity of those donors, we have decided to use those funds to put on an array of music-related events we're calling the Royston Nash Music Appreciation Series. This series is supported in part by grants from the Mid-Cape Cultural Council and the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. We are absolutely thrilled that the Series is considered a valuable project by those in the community who support arts and culture.

Upcoming Events in the Series

Programs continue to be added, so please check back. All events are free, but registration is requested.

Classical Pianist

Dr. Stephanie Emberley

Thursday, April 20 @4:00 p.m.

Dr. Stephanie A. Emberley began her classical piano training at the age of three and gave her first solo recital at the age of fifteen. She has enjoyed an active career as a soloist, collaborative pianist and teacher. Her performances have taken her throughout the United States, Canada, France and Australia and have given her the opportunity to play with pianists such as Lori Piitz, Barbara Lister-Sink, Eric Ruple and David Lehman.

"The Song of the Lark"

Book Discussion with  Anne Speyer

Wed., May 31 @6:30 p.m.

South Dennis Library Director, Anne Speyer, will lead an in-depth discussion of Willa Cather's novel of a young singer at the turn of the 19th century. This novel is the second in Cather's Prairie Trilogy. (Image at right is a detail from Jules Adolphe Breton's painting of the same name.)

Kareem Sanjaghi & Friends

Sunday, June 11 @ 2:00 p.m.

Drummer Kareem Sanjaghi, known for his 10-year association with trumpeter Lou Colombo, leads this exciting jazz group, who are returning after a standing-room-only performance last year. This performance will also feature Dennis Nobrega (vocals, clarinet, sax and flute), Ron Ormsby (bass) and pianist Bob Hayes (Cape Cod's longest gigging musician). The band will perform songs from the Great American Songbook including jazz, swing, and Latin favorites.

Campfire Sing-a-long Ropes Beach

Tuesday, July 11 @ 7:00 p.m.

Sit around an actual campfire on the beach, singing songs with Lori Pilla. We'll have marshmallows, too, for this enjoyable, all-ages family program that is perfect for a summer's evening. Rain date is Tuesday, July 18.

Musical Origins and the Stone Age Evolution of Flutes

Mon., August 14 @7:00 p.m.

Join Sensory Biologist and flute player, Jelle Atema, and composer Julian Lampert for this talk exploring the evolution of flutes. This event, part of the Royston Nash Music Appreciation Series, is courtesy of the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival.

Live Recording: Lou Colombo at Sturgis Library

Sunday, August 20 @2:00 p.m.

Join us to watch a recording of Lou Colombo and his band playing at Sturgis Library. Members of the original performers will be on hand to share their experiences of working with Lou and playing jazz on Cape Cod.

Mini Folk Festival

Saturday, September 30/Sunday, October 1

Fall is for folk music in our series, and we're starting our exploration with a mini festival of local and regional folk artists. Saturday at 4:00 p.m. is a family show with Davis Bates, who'll be giving hands-on opportunities to play the spoons! Saturday at 7:00 p.m. is Still Willow, the mostly acoustic singer-songwriter duo of Kim Moberg and Ric Allendorf. Sunday at 7:00 p.m. is Sparrow Blue, a fiddle and guitar songwriting duo. 

Disturbing the Peace: The Protest Song from the 16th Century to Today, with Betsy Siggins

Sat., October 14 @3:00 p.m.

Our exploration of folk music continues with a lecture by FOLK New England founder, Betsy Siggins, who will present a history of the protest song throughout the ages, accompanied by Kim Moberg and Kathleen Healey, who will perform examples of this political art form.