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New Haven Register
NEW HAVEN >> Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library winds down its 50th anniversary celebration this weekend with three unique musical events and a talk by the esteemed essayist, philosopher and novelist Umberto Eco. All are free.
That talk on the library as a model for culture, takes place today at 5 at Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St.The Jasper String Quartet and Yale School of Music student Ashley Smith will perform “La Prose du Transsiberien,” a 1913 Blaise Cendrars poem set to music by Yale School of Drama faculty member Matthew Suttor, narrated by SOD grad Max Gordon Moore and directed by SOD Yale Rep directing resident and adjunct professor Elizabeth Diamond. It’s at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Beinecke, 121 Wall St.
From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in the mezzanine, library visitors will hear the second event, “HxWxL,” a sound installation by Suttor curated from aural sources in the library, a kind of Beinecke soundscape.
The final concert, featuring Yale musicians, faculty and alumni performing works “drawn from and based on Beinecke collections,” is 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Sprague Memorial Hall, 470 College St. It’s free, but tickets are required, and may be picked up at the box office there 9 a.m.–5 p.m. today or two hours before the concert. More at 203-432-4158.