The Santa Monica Public Library will present vocalist Justine Aronson and pianist Richard Valitutto on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium at 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Their set will include contemporary music by Amy Beth Kirsten (words by Shakespeare), Soundwaves co-curator Daniel Rothman (words by Richard Brautigan), Jesse Jones (Gerald Manley Hopkins), William Bolcom (Arnold Weinstein), and Christopher Cerrone (Tao Lin).

Justine Aronson is an acclaimed soprano, working regularly in New York and Los Angeles in traditional opera roles, baroque, and new music. She has sung numerous premieres. Richard Valitutto is a member of gnarwhallaby and wildUP, two of Los Angeles’ most celebrated new music ensembles, as well as a soloist and composer. He is a Grammy nominee, and they both have appeared with the LA Philharmonic.

Learn more about the Soundwaves monthly concert series at This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. For more information, visit or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.

-Submitted by Jeff Schwartz, Reference Librarian