The humble library is many things. A fixture in most suburbs, it can be a place of quiet reflection for some or a chamber of paralytic terror for others (those battling exams, for instance). In Sydney, it can win design awards, or give away free books in the middle of Hyde Park.
This beloved scholarly institution can also pull a crowd in the later hours of the evening with a captivating program of talks, storytelling, comedy, film screenings and more. The Late Night Library program began in Surry Hills in 2011 and has now expanded to Customs House, Kings Cross, and Newtown.
In the coming months, Late Night Library will be bringing chamber music to the masses, with a program curated by Surry Hills-based music promoters and educators, Musica Viva.
Musica Viva is the largest chamber music presenter in the world, offering the finest experiences in classical, jazz, world, folk and acapella performances. They specialise in concerts featuring the world’s best chamber music musicians, as well as inspiring educational programs for the general public, schools, as well as musicians and composers. The company emphasises the unique intimacy of small musical ensembles, says Musica Viva Director of Business Development and Concerts, Timothy Matthies.
Because there is a smaller number of performers onstage than in an orchestra, people can see the energy and skills of every performer and gain a deeper understanding of the music.
There are four Late Night Library events left in store. Find out about the impact of folklore on music today, with Sydney Conservatorium of Music performers (The Collectors, 19 February), discover a brand new take on opera (Sounds Baroque, 5 March) and be transported to the streets of South America with Tigramuna, masters of urban Latin music with indigenous instruments (Tigramuna – Sailing the Sounds of South America, 19 March).
Make a booking at coslibrary.eventbrite.com.au and stay up to date on Late Night Library events at facebook.com/LNLSydney or latenightlibrary.eventbrite.com.au
For more info about our libraries, head to cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/explore/libraries. Find out more about Musica Viva at musicaviva.com.au.