TOPEKA LIBRARY -- Jazz Artist Angela Hagenbach enchants audiences around the world, and this Sunday, October 10th at 3:00pm, Northeast Kansans have an opportunity to hear her live in concert at the library.
She will perform blues and jazz selections from the American Songbook of the 1920s through 1940s, in homage to this year’s Big Read novel, The Maltese Falcon, which was written during that era. Her performance is part of our Music for a Sunday Afternoon series held in Marvin Auditorium.
“Focusing on music from the American Songbook written during the era of The Maltese Falcon gives readers a glimpse into life and culture of that time. It tells us what Detective Sam Spade might have been listening to at the bars he could have stopped in at or what he probably heard on the radio. The songs themselves sometimes reflect what some of the characters might have been thinking, such as Get Out of Town Before It's Too Late or Love for Sale, both by Cole Porter,” Mark Rustman, music librarian, said.
Hagenbach is a Kansas City resident and former model. She’s been praised for her vocal range and intensity. Her life experiences have contributed to her latest CD, The Way They Make Me Feel, which the library has in its collection.
Hagenbach’s performance is presented in partnership with The Library Foundation. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. For more information, visit bigread.tscpl.org.