Adrian Carr, After Five Brass perform for local library

CHAZY - The Chazy Public Library sponsored local composer and pianist Adrian Carr for his New York State Decentralization Grant. On Nov. 15, he returned the favor.

Carr performed a string of songs at the Chazy Central Rural School auditorium following an opening performance by local quintet the After Five Brass.

"[The library] sponsored me for the decentralization grant a year ago and so this was, I felt, a great thing to do," explained Carr. "It was just kind of a giving back to the community for being so nice to me."

Chazy Public Library director Francie Fairchild, who had never seen Carr in concert before, thoroughly enjoyed the concert.

"Beautiful playing. Interesting composition," Fairchild said. "I bought a couple of his CDs for the library to have."

Fairchild said one of the reasons the library chose to sponsor Carr for his grant was to make a connection for the library.

"We like to connect with outside things," she said. "Especially cultural. So it was an opportunity for us to do that, which was nice."

Carr chose to have the After Five Brass group perform the opening because member Frank Langr is a music teacher at CCRS.

"They're members of the community, too and so we decided to combine forces there," said Carr. "They're wonderful to work with and they're a real fun crew. They're kind of different music to mine, so it kind of balances the program in ... a different way."

Although the concert didn't bring in as large of a crowd Carr had hoped for, they were still able to raise $300 for future endeavors at the library.

"I was glad to see kids there," said Carr, despite the small audience. "That was really fantastic. It seemed that everybody really enjoyed the concert. It's a wonderful place to play."

For the future, Carr hopes there may be more possibilities to play for the community at the school.

"I think there's definitely a possibility of more things on the horizon," he said.

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