Tagged Music

Anthony Bourdain's Endless Exploration of the Intersection between Food and Life

Chef. Raconteur. Explorer. Enthusiast . Anthony Bourdain was all of these things and much more. He had a lust for life that was all encompassing, whether it was his dream of traveling to the Congo (the setting for one of his favorite…

Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection: American Romantics and Other Cultures

Saturday, June 2, 2018, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Charles Cadman (1881–1946). Dark Dancers of the Mardi Gras (1933) Carl Busch (1864–1943). Minnehaha’s Vision (1914) Cadman . Thunderbird Suite (1918) Gena Branscombe…

Concert in The Common: "the shape of the world we create"

By Ray Banas, Department Head, Music Department  In the fall 2017, in the midst of the dramatic renovation to replace six levels of stack-shelving units with soaring new public spaces at the Parkway Central Library , I saw a…

Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection: American Romantics 2—Bird, Chadwick, and Foote

Saturday, May 5, 2018, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Arthur Bird (1856–1923). Valse menuett (1898) George Chadwick (1854–1931). Symphony No. 3 (1894) Arthur Foote  (1853–1937). Theme and Variations (1907) Bird…

Nels Cline from Wilco Visits the Music Department!

by Ray Banas and Perry Genovesi On March 22, Wilco guitarist Nels Cline became the latest high-profile musician to dig into some Free Library resources. Ray Banas, the Head of the Music Department and members of the Ars Nova Workshop…

National Recording Registry Reaches 500 Songs—Take a Listen!

This year's additions to the National Recording Registry were announced last month , which include 25 songs, albums, or audio recordings from the early 20th century up to the present. This year's selections bring the total…

Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection: American Romantics—Chadwick, Foster, and Busch

Saturday, April 7, 2018, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Stephen Foster (1826–1864). Old Folks at Home (1851), arr. 1897 by Carl Busch (1862–1943) George Chadwick (1854–1931). Suite Symphonique Foster . My Old Kentucky…

Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection: Mahler and Voices

Saturday, March 3, 2018, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Gustav Mahler (1860–1911). Kindertotenlieder (1901–1904) Mahler . Des Knaben Wunderhorn , excerpts (1892–1899) It’s been said that Edwin Fleisher did not like…

Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection: Bernstein’s 100th

Saturday, February 3, 2018, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Leonard Bernstein (1918–1990). Overture to Candide (1957) Gustav Mahler (1860–1911). “Ich atmet einen Lindenduft,” from Rückert-Lieder (1901) Mahler .…

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…

Sundays on Stage: 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: Eda Ne Kakati (From the Past to the Present)

Ssuuna is a dancer, drummer, singer, songwriter, and reggae artist from Uganda with a wide range of performance experience. In this interactive show, you will learn a song in Luganda, the language of Uganda! Montgomery Auditorium Doors…

Sundays on Stage: Yogapalooza! with Bari Koral

Learn yoga with a dancing bear, pop like popcorn, “sleep” like a pony in the barn, fly like rocket ships, run with a gingerbread  man, relax in the garden and much more as we dance, stretch, sing and play to…

Sundays on Stage: Keepers of the Culture

The rich legacy of the African Oral Tradition has been preserved in the stories told among the African American communities that survived and thrive in Philadelphia.  Come hear this rich tapestry of tales told by members of Keepers…

Sundays on Stage: The Principles of Hip Hop: Peace, Love, Unity, and Having Fun

Using dance, interactive lecture, and audience participation, the dancers of Hip Hop Fundamentals explore hip hop’s rich cultural history and how underserved inner-city youth changed the world. Montgomery Auditorium Doors open at…

Sundays on Stage: Zydeco A Go Go

Creole Zydeco and Cajun 2-steps combine with funky New Orleans Rhythm & Blues and vintage Louisiana Rock & Roll into a spicy gumbo of irresistible dance music for all ages. Montgomery Auditorium Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Free…

Summer Concert Series | The Dayen Hall Trio

A surprise jazz ensemble will perform, featuring TNT Tony Jones on Bass, Musa Mohammed on Keys and Dayne Hall on Drums, with special guest vocalists Autumn Woodson and Kojie Austin. Join us for our fourth annual series of musical…

Music & Movement with Mr. Ray

Music & Movement is a time for the youngest children to sing, dance, and share stories.  

Summer Concert Series | Hidden Treasure Jazz Group

Hidden Treasure is a band based out of the Philadelphia Suburbs for the last 13 years that provides a compelling blend of high quality Jazz in various styles ranging from Smooth Jazz, Traditional, Fusion, R&B, and Latin Jazz. They…

Summer Concert Series | Phil Goldenberg

Phil Goldenberg is an award-winning classical guitarist, lauded by critics for his “considerable sense of drama and varied color and dynamic range,” as well as his sense of “pleasing calm, juxtaposed by moments of…

Sundays on Stage: Villalobos Brothers

Celebrate the richness of Mexican folk music with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music. The Villalobos Brothers deliver an intoxicating brew of brilliance, cadence and virtuosity that awaken the senses and mesmerize the…

Summer Concert Series | The Daniel Bennett Group

Manhattan-based saxophonist Daniel Bennett has been featured in Boston Globe Magazine, NPR, First Coast Living (NBC), Indianapolis Public Radio, San Francisco Examiner, St. Louis Public Radio and the Village Voice.  The Daniel…

Sundays on Stage: Traditions of Chinese Acrobatics

The history of acrobatics in China goes back more than 2000 years! In this mesmerizing one-woman acrobatic performance, Li Liu performs hand balancing, plate spinning, artistic cycling, ribbon dancing, diabolos, and foot juggling. This…

Summer Nights Unplugged

Singer and Ukulele player, Ray Verna leads this open mic night.

Music & Movement with Mr. Ray

Music & Movement is a time for the youngest children to sing, dance, and share stories.  

Sharon Katz & the Peace Train are rollin’ into

Born in South Africa, Sharon Katz created The Peace Train, a multicultural  band of musicians and singers,  to help Nelson Mandela end Apartheid and encourage people of all races, cultures, ages and political affiliations to…

Summer Nights Unplugged

Singer and Ukulele player, Ray Verna leads this open mic night.

Summer Nights Unplugged

Singer and Ukulele player, Ray Verna leads this open mic night.

From Opera to ABBA

This rocking program will have kids dancing and singing to the music of Sweden. Families will get an introduction to classical opera, traditional folk, ABBA, and even discover the Swedish musicians of today.    

The “One Book” Report : Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn in Sound and Song

  Reserve your FREE!  ticket here: tinyurl.com/1bookreport The 2018 One Book One Philadelphia selection was Jacqueline Woodson’s  Another Brooklyn . After an exciting season of discussions and programs about her…

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