Concert on the lawn to present Latin American music at the Monroeville public library


The Monroeville Public Library will host a lawn concert celebrating Latin American music on September 27.

“Concert on the lawn! Diamete Trìo with Lilly Abreu: Music from Latin America ”will start at 7 pm and will continue until 8.30 am. Entrance will be free to the public with chairs available to sit on. Participants are also allowed to bring their own chairs.

This will be the third time that Diamete Trìo will perform at the library. The group includes Mary Beth Malek (clarinet), Paula Tuttle (cello) and Juan Jaramillo (violin). They will be joined by Abreu, a Brazilian soprano.

“They’ve done a very similar gig twice before,” said Mark Hudson, the library’s adult programming manager. “They were both very present. Large crowds. We did them in person in the gallery space. Now we are doing this one outside because of the pandemic. We feel like it’s still a bit early to do them indoors with such a crowd. “

Due to covid-19 restrictions, events inside the library are limited to a maximum of 13 people. Hudson said the library has hosted up to 60 guests at past concerts

“We hope to have as many,” said Hudson. “It will be outside. Hopefully the weather will cooperate. I know the community here has always been very excited to attend our concerts. So, it’s great to be able to do it again.

Guests will be asked to keep several feet away, Hudson said.

“We believe that hopefully this will be the start of a new transition to face-to-face events,” he said. “It can take a while. Dcovid numbers are still pretty high. They have even increased recently. So we’re just playing by ear, hoping that will be the first step.

“We will try to disperse the people. It is a large lawn. People will be a bit scattered there. … I’ll be there to suggest people keep the chairs not too close together.

The concert plan was put together about a month ago. Tuttle met with Hudson to decide on the date, before agreeing on September 27.

It will be the first adult program held outdoors at the library since the start of the pandemic. A few outdoor children’s department events have taken place, the first being a children’s story hour on July 13.

Alice Rathjen, public relations contractor for the library, said the concert will give guests the opportunity to learn more about the space surrounding the building.

“We also show them additional locations in the library where we perform programs,” Rathjen said. “A lot of times we’ll mention the backyard and people will say, ‘I didn’t know you had a backyard.’ … It will kind of give people a taste of, “Look at this amazing big area and anything that can go back there for the community to enjoy. “

Diamete Trìo, recipient of a Year of Diversity scholarship from the University of Pittsburgh, has performed over 60 concerts in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties since 2018. A CD of their album No More Blues will be available. on purchase at the event.

Abreu has performed with choirs and chamber ensembles in Brazil, Spain, France, Portugal, Argentina and the United States. Dubbing Disney films for Brazilian audiences, she recorded Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, Bambi and others.

“They tend to do a lot of bossa nova, a lot of Brazilian music,” Hudson said. “Lilly Abreu is from Brazil and will perform some of the classic songs from this tradition. … It will be strongly focused on the Brazilian component, but also on other Latin American songs.

Wes Crosby is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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