Songs and Storytelling for Children of All Ages: A Special Performance at the Library

The library is proud to host a free children’s concert of Krik Krak: Animal Tales from the Philippines, Haiti and ‘Round Here. This program of songs and storytelling for children of all ages will be Saturday, April 14 at 2:30pm and will be presented by the innovative Duo 1717. Comprised of Indian-Filipino-American pianist Veena K. Kulkarni-Rankin and Haitian baritone Jean Bernard Cerin, Duo 1717 synthesizes a broad cultural heritage with western classical training, telling stories and performing music from around the globe. This program features art and folk music about animals from the United States, the Philippines, and Haiti alongside two original musical adaptations of the Haitian and Filipino folktales “Tezen” and “Allah’s Favorite Butterfly.”

Praised for his “burnished tones and focused phrasing,” baritone Jean Bernard Cerin has charmed audiences throughout the United States, France, Austria, and his native Haiti, singing both contemporary and early music. He currently serves on faculty at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.

Veena Kulkarni-Rankin is a solo & collaborative performer, activist and arranger. Lead Instructor at the Faber Piano Institute, she has taught at Madonna University and University of Windsor. She enjoys all types of musical improvisation, the spirit of play and discovery in children, and combining music and social justice.

Krik Krak is sponsored by Sparks & Wiry Cries through the Casement Fund Song Series and will also be performed at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn, on April 15th. Sparks & Wiry Cries is a global platform for art song. The Casement Fund Song Series, hosted by Sparks & Wiry Cries, presents live performances in changing venues throughout New York City. A home for poetry and classical music, and newly commissioned works, the song series highlights world-class artists in intimate spaces.

Duo 1717 can be heard next at the Haddonfield Center for Performing Arts on May 19, 2018.

For more information email, call 518-828-1792 x101, or stop by the library’s main desk.