French harpist highlights a list of music events coming to the Metairie library

French harpist Claire Le Fur will perform May 5 at 2 p.m. at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Le Far will also lead a master class for local harpists at 12:15 p.m.

Le Far studied at the École Normale de Musique de Paris with Micheline Kahn, Marie-Claire Jamet and Catherine Michel and obtained an advanced diploma as a concert artist.

In 1993, Le Fur organized a Caribbean music festival titled “Days of the Harp” on the French island of Martinique, featuring harpists from different cultures as well as other artists such as flutists, guitarists, clarinetists, violinists and singers. Musicians were brought together. The Journées de la Harpe Festival takes place every year in November.

She regularly performs French Creole traditional music with her quintet “Les Alizés” (Trade Winds Quintet), which includes musicians from France, French Guiana and the French Caribbean. She likes to combine veena with other artistic disciplines like cinema, theatre, poetry and floral art to create shows at unusual and natural venues.

Clarinetist Franck Billot from French Guiana and French Creole drummer Sissi from Martinique will perform with Le Fur. The New Orleans/North Shore Celtic Harp Ensemble will also perform.

Other concerts are coming to the Metairie Library. all starts at 7pm

  • 30 April: Jerusalem Shrine Big Band, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.
  • 6 May: Michael Scorsone Presents, East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie. Music teacher Mike Scorsone showcases promising local musicians.
  • 9 May: Crescent City Big Band, East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.
  • 13 May: American Legion Post 350 Concert Band, East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.

Civil War Talk: Cyril Laguennec, Ph.D., will give a lecture titled “The History of Fort Sumter” on April 30 at 7 p.m. at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan, Harveys.

Fort Sumter is notable for two battles, the first of which marked the beginning of the American Civil War. The First Battle of Fort Sumter began on April 12, 1861, when South Carolina militia fired on the Union garrison from the shore, marking the first round of the war. The Second Battle of Fort Sumter – September 8, 1863 – was an unsuccessful attempt by the Union to recapture the fort. Although the fort was reduced to ruins, it remained in Confederate hands until it was evacuated in February 1865 when General Sherman marched into South Carolina.

Laguennec is the curator of the American-Italian Research Library at the East Bank Regional Library in Metairie.

Boating Safety: The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold a boating safety class April 27 at 9 a.m. at the North Kenner Library, 630 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner.

The course includes information on choosing a boat, legal and equipment requirements, navigation rules and related topics including canoeing, personal watercraft and more. Students who complete the course will be issued a Vessel Operator Certification Card.

Classes last between six and eight hours. Pre-registration by visiting the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website is recommended.

Workshops: Here are some ongoing and upcoming series in parish libraries.

Job Workshop: Brian Cascio, senior manager of software engineering at General Electric, will lead an eight-week series called “Conquering the Job Application Process” in April, May and June at the Live Oak Library, 125 Acadia Drive, Waggaman.

Before becoming a manager, he worked as a software engineer, performing almost every role in the software development lifecycle. Cascio has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Louisiana State University.

  • Week 1: April 30 at 6 pm – Introduction to the program; Breaking down the job description.
  • Week 2: May 7 at 6 pm – Quick Pitches

Gwen’s Pedigree: Gwen Kelly, a librarian who specializes in genealogy and local history, will lead a series of 13 seminars that began earlier this spring at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

The final session focuses on genealogical proof standards. The incident took place on April 24 at 1:30 pm.

Diet and Nutrition Category: The third class in this series will be April 24 at 7 p.m. at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Rosetta Denigole, licensed registered dietitian, leads the series.

Know your iPhone: The library’s IT department has created a series of eight mini-classes to help older patrons uncover the secrets of their iPhones.

Each hour will focus on simple tasks and shortcuts such as making calls, using the camera, adding and editing contacts and more. Classes will be at the following times and dates at the Jane O’Brien Chatelain West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Avenue, Harvey.

  • April 30 from 10 to 11 am
  • April 30 from 1 pm to 1 am
  • May 7th from 10 am to 11 am
  • May 7th from 1 pm to 1 am
  • May 14th from 10 to 11 am
  • May 14th from 1 pm to 1 am

Participants must register online by visiting the Library website, then the Events page. Patrons can also ask library staff for registration assistance.

chris Smith is the manager of adult programming at the Jefferson Parish Public Library.