Performing Arts

Dragon Dance with Zhong Yi Kung Fu Association

As part of the 2024 Winter Reading Program: Ignite Your Imagination, members from Zhong Yi Kung Fu Association will discuss and perform a dragon dance. They will begin with a discussion about the history of the dragon dance and end by performing the dance through the library stacks. This is also a great way to learn about the Year of the Dragon and get ready for the Lunar New Year on February 10.

Neng Now: Speaking with Music

This program will introduce attendees to Hmong music and what makes it unique. Hmong music is the last surviving musical language in the world. It is able to mimic Hmong speech by using musical intervals, ornamentation, and chords to mimic linguistic tones, consonants, and vowels. This enables Hmong musicians to speak with music. As such, Hmong music not only gives us a window into where music and language meet, but also into the ability of human brains to assign and attribute meaning and significance.

Beni Daiko: Madison Japanese Taiko Drumming Group

* This program is in-person only. *

Join Beni Daiko, Madison's premiere mainland taiko drumming group, for a demonstration on Japanese taiko drumming and culture. Taiko drumming is a form of traditional Japanese musical expression that combines mental discipline and physical demand. 

*This event will take place in the green space across the street from the library, weather permitting.

Jeff Pockat: The Gaelic Harper

In celebration of the Irish in all of us, we are delighted to welcome Jeff Pockat, Gaelic harpist and storyteller. Jeff is a self-taught Gaelic harp musician and composer. The music is performed on the Ancient Wire Strung Celtic Harp. These are traditional and original pieces that soothe the mind, soul, body, and spirit.