Library greets New Year a little early
The Terra Jazz Project, Paul Goldman, left, and Matvey Kostukovsky perform at the Wilmette Public Library Friday evening. | Kevin Tanaka for~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 9, 2013 1:20AM
WILMETTE — Across the world this week, music helped people usher 2012 out and see 2013 in.
In Wilmette, however, library patrons and music lovers alike welcomed the new year just a little early — on Dec. 28 — thanks to the library’s newest tradition: New Year with Jazz.
Not only did a small crowd of jazz aficionados enjoy an evening concert by the Terra Jazz Project duo that night, they ended the evening and greeted the incoming year with a sparkling non-alcoholic toast.
It’s the third year running for the early New Year’s celebration said Bonnie Forkosh, the library’s head of community services
“The event has kind of taken off,” she said Dec. 26. “People are in a mellow mood, and this year it’s just before what’s going to be a long weekend for many of them. This year (the concert) is not quite as close to New Year’s was it was the first two years, but I think people will enjoy it.”
As Forkosh has done since the concert’s 2010 inception, she looked for young local musicians to showcase and found them at Glenview’s Terra Sound School of Music and Arts.
Chicago clarinetist Matvey Kostukovsky is a co-owner of the school, and Niles pianist Paul Goldman is an instructor their. They have played as a duo for several years, and on Dec. 28 planned to treat listeners to a blend of new and old jazz standards.
Last week’s appreciative audience heard pieces by Chick Corea, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and other American jazz giants before they lifted their glasses in 2013’s honor.
“New Year’s is a pretty good time for musicians,” Kostukovsky said before the concert. “(Jazz) is something we both enjoy and it brings back many memories for the older generation. And there are plenty of young people listening to jazz right now, too.”
And that may mean jazz lovers can hope to see 2014 in at the library this time next year.