International Music & Dance

International Music and Dance Festival

Summer 2024

The New Rochelle Public Library and the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library are delighted to bring back the renowned International Music and Dance Festival to downtown New Rochelle this summer.

Performances are appropriate for all ages, so bring your family, friends, or just yourself, and join us for a night of vibrant international entertainment.

Greek American Folklore Society
July 9

Be transported to the sun-drenched Greek isles through the magic of traditional folk dance when the Greek American Folklore Society presents a vibrant medley of dances from across Greece’s diverse regions. Registration requested here

Gamelan Yowana Sari: Balinese Music and Dance
July 16

Immerse yourself in an evening of mesmerizing sounds and captivating movement from the island of Bali. Gamelan Yowana Sari, a renowned ensemble from Queens College, will transport you to the tropics through their mastery of the gamelan – the vibrant percussion orchestra that is the heart of Balinese music. Enhancing the musical landscapes will be the graceful dancing of Miranda Danusugondo, interpreting several of the compositions through the uniquely expressive Balinese dance traditions. Registration requested here.

Nanny Assis: Brazilian Music and Dance
July 23

An evening of pure joy and movement awaits as the dynamic Nanny Assis duo takes the stage, performing the intoxicating rhythms and high-spirited dance traditions from the sun-drenched Northeast region of Brazil. The duo will have you swaying and tapping your feet to the sounds of samba, baião, and other celebratory folk styles. Registration requested here.

Elijah and the Not-for-Prophets: Klezmer Music
July 30

Join us for an evening of live klezmer music – the exuberant, joyful and deeply soulful music traditions of the Jewish diaspora. Hear the infectious melodies and ecstatic rhythms of Ukrainian, Romanian, Yiddish and other Eastern European cultures as you are transported across centuries and continents in a single evening. Registration requested here.

Aszmara and Souren Baronian’s Transition Ensemble August 6

World-renowned dance artist Aszmara will perform in gorgeous costumes, accompanied by folkloric music of Armenia, Turkey and Egypt by master Armenian musicians Robert Boghosian on the oud, Souren Baronain on clarinet, kaval and dooduk, and Mal Stein on doumbek. Registration requested here.

Calpulli Mexican Dance
August 13

Join us for the culminating performance by the Capulli Summer Mexican Dance workshop participants. Clad in colorful costumes, dancers will celebrate the rich, regional dance traditions of Mexico’s diverse cultural history.

This performance will take place at Ruby Dee Park at Library Green, weather permitting. Registration requested here.

This project is made possible with funds from Arts Alive, a regrant program of ArtsWestchester with support from the Office of the Governor, the New York State Legislature, and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Registration may also be done via email, or phone, 914-813-3706

Made possible through the generous support of The Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library