About


Carnegie Concerts, a presentation of The Nyack Library, features
classical, jazz & blues, world music, and singer-songwriter artists
every week – Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays at 7:30 pm – all year long.

 

Origins

The tradition of weekly concerts in Nyack began in 1982. Originally
known as the St. Paul’s Festival of the Arts, the series presented
concerts for over 25 years at St. Paul’s church under the direction of
its founder, Bill Hargrove, a pianist and graduate of The Juilliard
School. In 2007, Hargrove appointed Yashar Yaslowitz as artistic
director, and the series relocated to The Nyack Library in January of
2008. In June 2009, the series was renamed Carnegie Concerts, after The
Carnegie-Farian Room at The Nyack Library where the concerts currently
take place. Since then, musicians and the public alike have been able to
enjoy performances in the elegant Carnegie-Farian Room.

 

The Carnegie-Farian Room

The Carnegie-Farian Room, built in 1903, is the original wing of The
Nyack Library.  Seating just 100, its stone mantle piece, 18 ft
ceilings, and wood floors provide the ideal setting and accoustics for
intimate music performances. Located 30 miles north of NYC, it has
become a cultural destination for the New York Metropolitan area.

 

Press Quotes

“One of the most enjoyable concert series in New York is actually 33
miles north of the city, in the charming Hudson River village of Nyack.
There the Carnegie Room Concerts presents major artists in the warm,
intimate, relaxed setting of the historic Nyack Library.” – Vanity Fair

 
“The Carnegie room is an elegant setting. With its warm wood details
and its limestone clad fireplace, the room’s large open hearth is used
as a backdrop, framing the gleaming black Yamaha Grand piano at center
stage. Seating just one hundred, it is an extraordinarily intimate
setting for piano or chamber music.” – Huffington Post

 
“The Carnegie Room isn’t quite Carnegie Hall -the Room seats just
ninety-seven people, all in folding chairs, compared to the Hall’s
twenty-eight hundred. But both owe their existence to the same
philanthropist; both have a seasoned-wood, Gilded Age feel; and both are
good places to listen to music.” – The New Yorker

 
“Since Mr. Yaslowitz took over as director of the Nyack concert series
in 2008, a year after it moved to the Carnegie Room from St. Paul’s
United Methodist Church, the number of concerts has tripled, to three a
week. The status of some programming, notably in the jazz arena, has
arguably been elevated as well since the Rockland County Jazz and Blues
Society agreed to curate last fall.” – The New York Times

 
“With the beaming bearded portrait of the wry Scotsman Carnegie,
watching over the room, the space is a welcoming place to both perform
and enjoy the music. To be able to see such high quality performances
… in the intimate setting of the Carnegie Room is perhaps one of the
best-kept secrets of the metropolitan area’s jazz scene.” – Huffington