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Friends of the Chicopee Public Library host annual concert

Date: 11/14/2014

CHICOPEE – John Michon, president of The Friends of the Chicopee Public Library, said the name of this year’s benefit concert says it all.

“We call it ‘Enjoy an Evening of Fabulous Music,’” he told Reminder Publications.

The Friends’ annual fundraising concert will help the library fund special programs and address items that are on the library’s “wish list,” he explained.

In past years the concert proceeds have underwritten a reading program at the library as well as free passes to area museums, Michon explained.

This year will mark an important first, he noted. The bands of both Chicopee High School and Chicopee Comprehensive High School will open the concert with “inspirational crowd-pleasing numbers.”

Sarah Michel, known as “Sarah the Fiddler,” will then follow with her two accompanists Keith DaSilva on drums and Joseph Dziok (of Chicopee) on piano. According to her website, her music incorporates elements of classical, bluegrass and Celtic music.

The show will conclude with multi-Grammy nominated Lenny Gomulka and the Chicago Push. Gomulka and his band have played before at the event, Michon said.

The concert will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Chicopee High School Auditorium. Tickets only $15 and are available at Chicopee Public Library on Front Street. They will also be available at the door for $18.