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

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.

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 Post