Spring 2022 Concert Series

Sponsored by the Peabody Institute Library Foundation

All shows are free and open to all, but registration is required and opens one month before the show. Concerts are scheduled to take place in the Sutton Room, and may be livestreamed or changed to fully virtual. Please check the calendar regularly for updates on location, COVID-19 protocols, or other details.

Monday, February 14: Harpist Aine Minogue

Join us on February 14th to kick off our Winter/Spring Concert Series here at PIL with Áine Minogue! She will play a show in celebration of Valentine’s Weekend and in celebration of February, the month that honors Brigid of Ireland, goddess and Saint.

Áine has done extensive research into old Celtic traditions and has unearthed some unusual and haunting selections, as well as having written some original tunes.

The show will celebrate love in all its forms, from romantic love, with such selections as “Buachaill Ón Éirne” (The Boy From Ireland), a song of marriage proposal; to music that reflects love of nature, like “Sliabh na mBan,” which means “The Mountain of Women,” a beautiful air named after a mountain in Áine’s home County of Tipperary.



Monday, February 28: New England Chamber Players

NECP is back at Peabody Institute Library Sutton Room with a program of music for winds and strings. We are particularly thrilled to include two living composers with works that you might not have known. This performance includes works by Horovitz, Hunt, & Holst.


Monday, March 28: Singer-Songwriter Karen Grenier

Karen Grenier continues to make her mark as a both a gifted songwriter and crafty lyricist. Drawing in both new and faithful fans, Karen’s songs resonate in the heart and leave listeners anticipating the next song and humming her catchy melodies. A polished performer, Karen’s smooth, penetrating voice, rhythmic acoustic style and positive emotional energy make for an excellent concert experience.

Her music resonates in the heart, leaving listeners anticipating the next song and humming her catchy melodies. A former guidance counselor for Peabody Public Schools, Karen is currently Elementary Dean of Students for Somerville Public Schools. “You’ve got to reach for your dreams and do what you love,” she says, it’s an attitude I’ve always tried to inspire in my students.

 Karen’s concert will feature her original work along with a few favorite songs that have inspired her along her path.



Monday, April 11: New England Chamber Players

 Encore performance by NECP this spring.

 The ensemble will play works by Stravinsky, Rivier, Beethoven, Hovaness and Francaix, featuring their core woodwind players.



Thursday, May 12: Dance Caliente

 Eileen Herman-Haase and Raul Nieves, owners of Dance Caliente, will entertain you and get you on your feet with a one-hour interactive, multi-cultural, Ballroom Dance show called Dancing Joy.

Together as Dance Caliente, Raul Nieves and Eileen Herman-Haase share a compelling magnetism as master teachers, choreographers, and performers. Their goal is to impart the joy of partner dancing onto their students. They welcome students of varying ages and experience.

Dance Caliente will do an interactive sampler performance. They will perform 4-5 various dances (i.e. Waltz, Swing, Argentine Tango, Salsa, Foxtrot), and leave time in between each performance for a short lesson on that dance. The lessons will be interactive and low-impact, tailored to seniors and beginners, and do not require a partner. Audience members can sit back and watch Raul and Eileen, or get up and dance themselves!


Monday, June 13: Stephanie James

The Library welcomes back Peabody native and recording artist Stephanie James, who brings an evocative, fresh experience to the world of pop music. With a voice often described as “stunning” and “soulful”, Stephanie is a gifted storyteller who masterfully touches the hearts and souls of her fans. Both raw and refined musically, the songs solidify Stephanie’s status as a poised and powerful performer often likened to a revival of legendary Linda Ronstadt combined with modern day super talents Sara Bareilles and Kacey Musgraves. James released her debut album “Unbreakable” in collaboration with Grammy-nominated producers Jorel Corpus and Simone Torres. The album explores vulnerability, self-reliance, themes of growing up, and learning from the past. Stephanie is bi-coastal, spending much of her time in Los Angeles where she lives today, and the greater Boston area where she grew up.



For all programs taking place at the Library, the following COVID-19 protocols are in place, per the Peabody Board of Health:

  1. Masks covering the nose and mouth must be worn at all times while in the Library and Library spaces.
  2. 3 feet of distancing must be kept between all attendees. *Room capacities have been decreased to allow for safe distancing.*

All 3 Library locations will be closed from Saturday, May 28th through Monday, May 30th, in honor of the Memorial Day holiday.