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updated: 1/5/2012 7:55 AM

Grayslake Public Library winter concerts

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There's "snow" place like the Grayslake Public Library to take your mind off those dreary winter days while waiting for spring.

Performances are at 2 p.m. and are sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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The first program will be Concert for the Chinese New Year Sunday, Jan. 8.

All around the world people recognize and welcome the New Year. The Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year, occurs every year on the new moon of the first lunar month. In 2012, the Chinese New Year will begin Jan. 23.

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with Chinese musical performances by Young Artists from the Chinese Fine Arts Society. Hear Chinese music by a talented group of young performers; learn about the guzheng; and more about traditional Chinese music.

Concert for St. Valentine's will be Sunday, Feb. 12.

There are 6 strings on a guitar and 4 strings on a violin. These 10 strings and the blending of acoustic guitar and classical violin create a really unique sound.

Musical duo Sherri and Jason DeRoche, also known as Ten Strings, will present a musical concert to reflect on the beauty of winter and to observe the day.

Concert for St. Patrick's Day will be Sunday, March 11.

Celebrate St. Patty's Day at the library with a festive performance by students from Chicago's Academy of Irish Music. The students come from all around the metropolitan area and play a variety of Irish music, from old harp pieces and song tunes, to clan marches, reels and jigs on flute, whistle, bodhran, fiddle, viola and cello.

Led by founder and dean Noel Rice, who has been teaching and performing for more than 30 years, students have performed locally, nationally and internationally, and have also given performances to many American and Irish dignitaries. Everyone is Irish on St. Patty's, so don't forget to wear your green.

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