Tagged Music

Join the David Bowie Book Club!

Book clubs seem to be more popular than ever—we've even got two right here at the Free Library: our annual One Book, One Philadelphia reading selection creates citywide conversations every year and the recent debut of our…

Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection: Silvestre Revueltas

Saturday, January 6, 2018, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Silvestre Revueltas (1899–1940). Janitzio (1933) Revueltas . Redes , Suite from the film (1935), arr. Erich Kleiber Revueltas . La noche de los Mayas , Suite from the film…

Here’s How The Free Library Can Help You Keep That New Year’s Resolution

It’s that time of year again! You know, that time. Your neighborhood gym is packed and everyone’s researching the latest fad diet to meet those New Year’s Resolutions as we head into 2018 in just a few short days! No…

Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection: 1917 in Review: Andreae, Villa-Lobos, Prokofiev

Saturday, December 2, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Volkmar Andreae (1879–1962). Kleine Suite (1917) Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887–1959). Uirapurú (1917) Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953). Symphony No. 1…

Mysterious Travelers 4 | Up Next!: Ben Singer | Recapping Chad Taylor

This Monday, November 20, plug back into the fourth season of our Mysterious Travelers concert series, where musicians visit the Parkway Central Library's Subject Departments with a mission to meet a librarian and make music…

Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection: Mendelssohn and Bach and Reformation

Note: This broadcast took place on Saturday, November 4, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.   Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847). Symphony No. 5, Reformation Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750). Cantata 80, Ein' feste Burg…

Cowell, Cage, and Crumb: How the Fleisher Collection Creates Music History

As the world's largest circulating collection of orchestral performance sets (a part for each musician and a score for the conductor), the Fleisher Collection has come to occupy a unique position in American music history. From its…

Mysterious Travelers 4 | Up Next!: Chad Taylor | Recapping Dwight James

It’s fitting that our Mysterious Travelers concert for this coming Monday deals with the department housing the Library's resources on the occult and the afterlife. So be in the Montgomery Auditorium at Parkway Central Library…

Cowell, Cage, and Crumb: The Interconnectedness of American Arts

When reading up on music history, it's often interesting to see how composers and performers of the day coexisted, often relating to each other and even working together. For example, pianist Margaret Leng Tan (b. 1945) has worked…

Cowell, Cage, and Crumb: The Three C’s You Have to Know

On the occasion of the Barnes Foundation ’s forthcoming Solo Series Concert: Cowell, Cage, Crumb: Pioneers of the Avant-Garde Piano , on November 8, 2017, Edwin A. Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music at the Free Library of…

Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection: The Symphony’s Declaration of Independence

Saturday, October 7, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Johann Stamitz (1717–1757). Symphony in B–flat for Strings Stamitz . Concerto for Flute (Oboe) and Orchestra in C Stamitz . Symphony in A for Strings Stamitz . Symphony…

Philadelphia Salutes Long-Lost Music Hero with Telemann 360º

by Anne Schuster Hunter This month, Philadelphia celebrates one of the biggest “new finds” in old music: German composer Georg Philipp Telemann. A big party to celebrate Telemann’s 250th anniversary is underway to take…

Mysterious Travelers Tunes Up for Its Fourth Season of Free Jazz Shows with the Philadelphia Jazz Project!

Over three previous concert seasons at the Parkway Central Library , veteran and up-and-coming Philly musicians have explored some questions. What has the Great Migration meant to music in Philadelphia? What happens if librarians…

Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection: The Connections of Niels Gade

Saturday, September 2, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Niels Gade (1817–1890) . Holbergiana (1884) Gade . Symphony No. 1 (1842) Part of the joy of producing Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection is in the finding of…

Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection: The Stealth Populism of William Schuman and Jaromir Weinberger

Saturday, August 5, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. William Schuman (1910–1992). New England Triptych: Three Pieces for Orchestra after William Billings (1956) Schuman . Symphony No. 7 (1960) Jaromir Weinberger…

Music, Storytimes, and More in the Newly Renovated Shakespeare Park

Everyone in Philly is stooping this summer , and we wanted in! On the Parkway Central Library's front stoop—the newly renovated Shakespeare Park—the Free Library will present outdoor summer programming. As part of…

Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection: Charles Ives and Independence

Saturday, July 1, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Charles Ives (1874–1954). Variations on "America" (1891), arr. William Schuman Ives . Symphony No. 2 (1901) Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection starts the…

African-American Music Appreciation Month: 3 New Albums to Check Out

On June 7, 1979, President Jimmy Carter designated the month of June to honor the musical contributions of African Americans, known as Black Music Month. In 2016, President Barack Obama gave a presidential proclamation and formally…

Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection: The Dance of Ravel and Satie

Saturday, June 10, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Maurice Ravel (1875–1937). Daphnis and Chloe, Suite No. 1 (1912) Erik Satie (1866–1925). Mercury (1924) Satie . Jack in the Box (1926), orch. Darius Milhaud Ravel .…

Experience a Flurry of June Events with the Music Department!

This June, your conservatory quality music library's offering a flurry of free events to suit everyone in Philadelphia's vast music community. From the enterprising artist seeking legal advice to the budding and building…

Mysterious Travelers Featuring Nick Lombardelli

Philly’s Railway Maps Featuring Nick Lombardelli Co-starring the collection & expertise of the librarians in the  Maps Collection Nick Lombardelli is a New Jersey native and lifelong musician.  Nick graduated from…

Sundays on Stage: Sciencetellers: Super Heroes

Experience Sciencetellers' powerful fusion of science and storytelling. Join us on an adventure about six inquisitive students and the cast of quirky teachers that make their school truly SUPER! This series is made possible by…

Wednesday Jazz Concert Series | Monnette Sudler

Please join us for a Jazz Concert presented by JOTSS-Jazz and Other Soulful Sounds. Free admission.

Kids’ First Fridays: Exploring the Arts!

Be a creative thinker! Children will have the opportunity to explore the arts with these interactive programs.  For additional information please call Liz Heideman at 215-685-6621. Today’s program: Make stamps and learn…

Mysterious Travelers Featuring Rob Martino

Arts on 1/8/87  Featuring Rob Martino Co-starring the collection & expertise of the librarians in the  Newspapers and Microfilm Center Rob Martino is Philadelphia based drummer, composer, and educator. Rob has studied…

Sundays on Stage: MOVE! with Lolly and Yoyo

Join Lolly and Yoyo, authors of the hit book MOVE for a singing, dancing good time. This series is made possible by funding from the Philadelphia City Institute Board of Managers. Montgomery Auditorium Parkway Central Library 1901 Vine…

Saturday Concert Series | Dave D'Arville Trio

Dave D’Arville Trio performs the music of Thelonious Monk, featuring Ben Schachter on Saxophone and Matt Scarano on Drums. Dave D’Arville is a versatile guitarist, composer, and songwriter currently studying Jazz Guitar…

Wednesday Jazz Concert Series | Jack Saint Claire

Please join us for a Jazz Concert presented by JOTSS-Jazz and Other Soulful Sounds. Free admission.

Sundays on Stage: Taikoza Japanese Drummers

Power, Grace, Pulse, and Driving Rhythm. This electrifying aural and visual display consists of three drummers and a dancer. The huge taiko drums (“big drums”) were originally used in Japan to drive away evil spirits and the…

Kids’ First Fridays: Exploring the Arts!

Be a creative thinker! Children will have the opportunity to explore the arts with these interactive programs.  For additional information please call Liz Heideman at 215-685-6621. Today’s program: Learn juggling, plate…

Mysterious Travelers Featuring Mike Kennedy

The Writings of Poe, Clemens & Wilde  Featuring Mike Kennedy Co-starring the collection & expertise of the librarians in the  Rare Book Department Mike Kennedy is a guitarist, composer, recording artist, and music…

Sundays on Stage: The Fisherman and the Flounder

With expressive masks, life-size puppets, original music and imaginative scenic effects, Enchantment Theatre Company brings this beloved Grimm fairytale to life in its uniquely magical way! This series is made possible by funding from…

Saturday Concert Series | Shut Up Adam

  Alyssa Almeida (cello/mandolin), Adam Kohlbus (viola), Hannah Jordan (violin), Pat Oberstaedt (upright bass), will perform as Shut Up Adam, a fusion of bluegrass, indie rock, classical music, and jazz. From these wide influences…

Drexel University Jazztet: An Evening of Music in Exploration of Another Brooklyn

Another Brooklyn ’s narrator, August, reflects,“If we had had jazz, would we have survived differently? If we had known our story was a blues with a refrain running through it, would we have lifted our heads, said to each…

Lamont “U-God” Hawkins | Raw: My Journey into the Wu-Tang

Lamont “U-God” Hawkins is one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan, “the most significant posse in hip-hop” ( Rolling Stone ). He and fellow members RZA, GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Method Man, Ghostface…

Wednesday Jazz Concert Series | Greg Farnese

Please join us for a Jazz Concert presented by JOTSS-Jazz and Other Soulful Sounds. Free admission.

Kids’ First Fridays: Exploring the Arts!

Be a creative thinker! Children will have the opportunity to explore the arts with these interactive programs.  For additional information please call Liz Heideman at 215-685-6621. Today’s program: Paint like…

Mysterious Travelers Featuring Jeff Scull

Soundtrack for a Wordless Novel Featuring Jeff Scull Co-starring the collection & expertise of the librarians in the  Art Department Jeff Scull is a jazz guitarist, composer, and teacher who has been active in the Philadelphia…

Sundays on Stage: Two of a Kind

The award-winning musical duo Two of a Kind presents an interactive family concert featuring songs about reading, books and the library, with lots of singing, movement, and puppets. This series is made possible by funding from the…

Guitar Lessons for Children

Interested in learning to play the guitar? Looking for tips, or even just a place to practice? We welcome the Penn Music Department, as they will be helping teach students and other young people how to play the guitar. For more…

Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries

With an extraordinary array of more than 35,000 individual tracks of streaming music, spoken word, and natural and human-made sounds, users can listen to performances by American folk icons such as Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Pete Seeger…

Popular Music Library

Popluar Music Library contains a wide range of popular music from around the world, including hundreds of thousands of tracks from major genres in pop music, including alternative, country, Christian, electronic, hip-hop, metal, punk,…

Jazz Music Library

This resource will be the largest and most comprehensive collection of jazz available online. This release includes 4,933 albums and 59,860 tracks. It and is growing regularly.

Contemporary World Music

Reggae, worldbeat, neo-traditional, world fusion, Balkanic jazz, African film, Bollywood, Arab swing and jazz, and other genres such as traditional music - Indian classical, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, gospel, gagaku, and more.

Classical Music Library

A comprehensive database of distinguished classical recordings offered in streaming format. The Classical Music Library also includes anthology playlists linked to the major music history and appreciation textbooks