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DATE: Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013                            Patricia Parente
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Donnelly Says New “Sundays on Stage” Series Plays To Popular Demand

Having just completed another successful summer season of free weekend concerts at the outdoor amphitheater at the main library in Westampton, the Burlington County Library System and Burlington County Freeholders now are unveiling a new, free indoor concert series on Sunday afternoons in the County Library’s beautiful 250-seat auditorium.

“The summer series played to ‘packed houses’ and, based on the many emails freeholders have received, very favorable reviews,” said Freeholder Director Joe Donnelly.  “Many residents urged us to offer the summer concerts again.  Well, we’re doing one better – we’re offering a series of free fall concerts, and we’re offering it now.
“At the same time, we want to thank and congratulate the Friends of the Burlington County Library, who has not only embraced the concerts, but also raised enough funds to defray roughly one-quarter of the cost of the summer performances,” Donnelly said.  “With their continued support, I’m sure this is one program that will stay on the docket.”

Part of the recently-completed 15,830 square foot addition to the main library on Pioneer Boulevard in Westampton, the new auditorium offers an attractive and comfortable indoor setting for the new “Sundays on Stage” concerts.

Set to kick off this Sunday, September 15th with a performance by The Mark Fury Quintet, each performance will begin at 2 p.m. and last about an hour. Those who attend are encouraged to arrive early, since seating is limited to 250. Doors open at 1:40 p.m.

The “Sundays on Stage” series was planned with the assistance of Circle of Friends, a non-profit group from Riverton that brings musicians and music lovers together. A range of local talent from soloists to 40-piece ensembles will perform everything from Willie Nelson music to Broadway Show Tunes through December 15th.

Sundays on Stage Schedule
• Sept. 15 – The Mark Fury Quintet with special guest singer Tonya Lynette performs Broadway show tunes.

• Sept. 22 – Clyde Barrow presents a solo performance of songs by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Kris Kristofferson, Bobby Darin, Paul Simon and other legendary artists.

• Sept. 29 – Hezekiah Jones, a collection of Philadelphia-area artists showcasing the songwriting talents of Raphael Cutrufollo, shares its mellow sounds.

• Oct. 6 – Pete Donnelly, a Southern New Jersey/Philadelphia-based musician/songwriter and founding member of The Figgs, and his band The Wise Easy perform music based on sturdy pop melodies.

• Oct. 13 – The John Byrne Band, led by former Patrick’s Head front man and Dublin native John Byrne, presents modern Celtic music that honors and expands upon the musical and lyrical traditions of his native and adopted homes.

• Oct. 20 – Mark Fury and Friends performs a special interpretation of enduring popular music from the American Song Book.

• Oct. 27 – Mark Brown, performer, producer and arranger who has toured the world and is currently based in Riverton, performs jazz and blues with musician friends.

• Nov. 3 –The Odessa Klezmer Band under the direction of Ed Goldberg performs the happy sounds of Eastern Europe, Latino, and Middle Eastern music and perhaps even a polka or czardas.

• Nov 10 – Singer/songwriter/recording artist Lili Anel performs music that reflects her New York upbringing and Afro-Cuban roots.

• Nov. 17 – Mark Fury adds a bit of romance to Sunday afternoon with favorite love songs.

• Nov. 24 – Singer/guitarist John “Giovanni” Padovano performs poetic songs based on his last three albums and other compositions from his 19 original song collections.

• Dec. 1 - South Jersey Youth Orchestra and Friends, a multi-generational symphony orchestra with members ranging in age from 8 to 88, entertains the crowd.

• Dec. 8 – Veteran performer and acoustic folk troubadour Matt Turk, who has shared the stage with Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger and more, performs.

• Dec. 15 – The Jersey Sound Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, sings barbershop harmony, a true American art form.

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