Tagged Music

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 3 Closing Curtain: Ross Bellinoit Headlines | Recapping the Season

On Monday, May 22, catch the final concert in Mysterious Travelers 3: Internal Investigations , the series which saw musicians meeting minds with librarians to make concerts organized around the vast collections at Parkway Central…

Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection: Poulenc Couldn’t Believe What Ravel Said about Saint-Saëns

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921). Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix , from Samson and Delilah (1877) Saint-Saëns. Cello Concerto No. 2, Op. 119 (1902) Saint-Saëns. Symphony No. 2 (1859) One hundred years ago,…

Focus On: Unique Lending

A baker browses through dozens of cake pans to plan confectionary creations of her wildest imagination. Meanwhile, a man chooses the perfect tie from more than 60 to wear to his graduation. Elsewhere, a musician slated to play a wedding…

Philadelphia, Fleisher, and the City Beautiful Movement

June 2, 2017, will mark the 90th birthday of our Parkway Central Library . On September 8, 2017, celebrations for the Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s 100th anniversary will begin and continue until November 16, 2018. The Free Library…

Mark Your Calendars for Philly Celebrates Jazz Month April Events

Jazz and the study of Jazz are old-school standards at the Free Library. When John Coltrane studied at the Ornstein School of Music, he'd visit the Parkway Central Library Music Department to pore over books and scores to make…

Philadelphia Chinese Opera Society

Join us on Saturday, April 15 at 1:00 p.m for a free performance by the Philadelphia Chinese Opera Society (PCOS) in the Montgomery Auditorium on the ground floor of Parkway Central Library . The Philadelphia Chinese Opera Society…

Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection: Peterson-Berger, at Home

Wilhelm Peterson-Berger (1867–1942). Symphony No. 3, Lapland (1913 - 1915) Edvard Grieg (1843–1907). Sigurd Jorsalfar, Homage March (1872) It almost seemed as if Wilhelm Peterson-Berger was never at home. Born 150 years ago,…

Hail! Hail! Chuck Berry and Rock 'N' Roll!

Pioneer. Innovator. Original. From the first time he slung on a guitar to the first time he belted out a tune, Chuck Berry was all of these things, and much, much more. The music icon passed away this past weekend at the age of 90 , no…

Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection: Mackenzie, Holbrooke, and British Music Coming into Its Own

Mackenzie, Holbrooke, and British Music Coming into Its Own Josef Holbrooke (1878–1958) . Pantomime Suite (Ballet from Pierrot and Pierrette) (1908) Alexander Mackenzie (1847–1935). Scottish Concerto for Piano and Orchestra…

Philadelphia Performances for Autism (PPA)

The Free Library is happy to host  Philadelphia Performances for Autism (PPA) on Saturday, February 18 at 2:00 p.m. in Parkway Central Library's Children's Department . Philadelphia Performances for Autism (PPA)  is an…

Philly Loves Bowie

It's been almost a year since pop pioneer and provocateur David Bowie passed away at the age of 69, presumably rocketing off past outer space and transmogrifying into some other otherworldly interstellar infinity. As I wrote about…

10 New Year's Resolutions the Free Library Can Help You Keep!

'Tis the season for goal-setting! You might be feeling merry and motivated right now, but as the year gallops along, don't let your resolve wane. Lean on the Free Library to keep your resolutions! Our mission, of course is to…

Happy Hoopla Holidaze!

It's a few days before Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa , and all through my house, not a creature is stirring, not even a mouse. Why? Because it's freezing outside! So, what better time to veg out on the couch and settle in for…

Mysterious Travelers 3 | Up Next!: Alexis Simmons | Recapping Kunu Bi

We’re thrilled that the Free Library’s transmogrified into one of the most exciting free venues for jazz in Philadelphia, thanks in part to our sidemen and women at the Philadelphia Jazz Project . We’re writing now to…

Sundays on Stage: Samba to Salsa's A Journey Through Latin Percussion

Samba to Salsa celebrates the traditions of Latin and Brazilian percussiontaking you on a journey through the origins, history and classic rhythms of samba, salsa, and more. This series is made possible by funding from the Philadelphia…

Sundays on Stage: Pages to Pirouettes' The Nutcracker

Presented by Pages to Pirouettes , bring the whole family to hear the story of Marie and the Nutcracker Prince and their journey to the Land of the Sweets,  then see it come to life to the enchanting music of Tchaikovsky. This…

Sundays on Stage: Jay Sand's All Around This World

Jay Sand’s All Around This World is a multinational, multilingual sing-along and dance-along performance featuring family-friendly songs from several continents, spanning nations, cultures, genres and generations. This series is…

Sundays on Stage: Didgeridoo Down Under

Didgeridoo Down Under is a high-energy, Australia-themed show that combines music, culture, science,  comedy, character building and audience participation. This series is made possible by funding from the Philadelphia City…

Sundays on Stage: Thunderbird American Indian Dancers

Yah-Oh-Way, meaning “it is good” in Hopi, features dances of various Native American nations. Accompanied by song and drumming, the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers don beautiful costumes and explain the meaning behind…

Saturday Concert Series | U Penn Student String Quartet

Please join us for the second concert in our fall Saturday Concert Series. Andrew Park and Miru Osuga (violins), Valerie Bai (viola), and Curtis Kuo (cello) are part of a string quartet of seniors at the University of Pennsylvania who…

Saturday Concert Series: The PC Quartet

Please join us for the first concert in our fall Saturday Concert Series. The PC Quartet, featuring Anthony Passante-Contaldi (leader, drums), Gabe Preston (bari sax), Max Hoenig (keys), Tim Ragsdale (bass), will be playing a solid mix…

Loudon Wainwright III | Liner Notes: On Parents & Children, Exes and Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My Other Favorite Things with Eileen Myles | Afterglow (a dog memoir)

Buy tickets here on Tuesday, August 22nd at 10 AM! With a career spanning four decades, 26 studio albums, and untold scores of concerts, Loudon Wainwright III is one of the world’s most loved singer-songwriters. A prolific actor…

Sundays on Stage: Hip Hop Fundamentals

Using dance, interactive lecture, and audience participation, the dancers of Hip Hop Fundamentals work to educate, inspire, and entertain children of all ages. This series is made possible by funding from the Philadelphia City Institute…

Summer Concert Series

Join us for our third annual series of jazz performances at the library this August. All concerts will be held from 6:30-7:30 pm in the meeting room on the library's lower level (we regret there is no elevator). Ethan Fisher | Monday,…

Uke Jam

Bring joy and music to your life! Learn to play the Ukulele. It's easy and fun. Don't have a ukulele? You can borrow one at the Central Library at 19th and Vine Streets. All ages and levels welcome.

CANCELED Free opera! Cavalleria Rusticana and Il Tabarro

We regret to announce that the free opera performance scheduled on 8/23 has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologize for any inconvenience.  If you have any questions please contact the music department: …

Summer Concert Series

Join us for our third annual series of jazz performances at the library this August. All concerts will be held from 6:30-7:30 pm in the meeting room on the library's lower level (we regret there is no elevator). Ethan Fisher | Monday,…

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

Harvey Sachs | Toscanini: Musician of Conscience

Music historian Harvey Sachs’s many books include The Ninth: Beethoven and the World in 1824 , a biography of Arthur Rubenstein, and two collections of essays on musical subjects. He has written for dozens of newspapers, magazines, and…

Cheech Marin | Cheech Is Not My Real Name: ...But Don't Call Me Chong

In conversation with Andy Kahan In addition to the reams of Cheech and Chong comedy albums and films he and his partner wrote and starred in, Cheech Marin, half of the eponymous Grammy-winning stoner comedy duo, has dozens of other film…

Judy Collins | Cravings: How I Conquered Food

In conversation with Laura Kovacs Popularly beloved as “Judy Blue Eyes,” eclectic singer-songwriter Judy Collins has delighted audiences for decades with such albums as A Maid of Constant Sorrow and Wildflowers . The latter album’s lead…

Robbie Robertson | Testimony

With his partners in the seminal rock group The Band, Robbie Robertson helped change the face of popular music throughout the ‘60s and ‘70s. A collaborator on such classic songs as “The Weight,” “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,”…

LEADING VOICES: Valerie Graves | Pressure Makes Diamonds: Becoming the Woman I Pretended to Be

In conversation with Tracey Matisak One of Advertising Age’s industry-wide “100 Best and Brightest,” Valerie Graves is the nationally lionized creative director of such Fortune 500 accounts as Ford, AT&T, General Foods, and Pepsi. In a…

Benny Golson | Whisper Not: The Autobiography of Benny Golson

Saxophonist and composer Benny Golson learned his instrument and the vocabulary of jazz while still in high school in Philadelphia. Over the course of an illustrious 60-year career, he has recorded more than 30 albums, written well over…

Chuck Klosterman | But What If We’re Wrong: Thinking about the Present as If It Were the Past

Offering up “great facts, interesting cultural insights, and thought-provoking moral calculations” ( New York Magazine ), Chuck Klosterman scrutinized pop culture, music, and sports with humor and unbounded imagination as “The Ethicist”…

Moby | Porcelain: A Memoir

“One of the most important dance music figures of the early ’90s” ( AllMusic ), electronica legend Moby has created eleven studio albums—including Ambient , Hotel , 18 , and Play —that have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. He…

James McBride | Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul

James McBride is the author of the National Book Award winner The Good Lord Bird , in which a young boy born into slavery joins abolitionist John Brown’s crusade, concealing his identity and gender to survive. His other books include…