Tagged Music

The Free Library Toasts Three Years of Instrument Lending with Free Drum Workshops!

The Free Library’s Instrument Lending Collection turns 3 today and, like any sociable Libra, it stands out in its ability to attract and entertain. What’s changed? There’s been some growth spurts: music librarians have…

Happy 70th Birthday, Bruce Springsteen!

The first guitar Bruce Springsteen used was rented from Diehl’s Music in Freehold, NJ, until the 7-year-old future rock star felt he had no skill for the instrument and that he could no longer spend his "mother’s…

Fall 2019 Author Events Preview: Musical Memoirs

Yeah, it’s a bit of a bummer that summer is drawing to a close, but there are a few upsides: in addition to it not being a million degrees every day, we’re getting closer to the fall season of Free Library Author Events .…

Music Department and Culinary Literacy Center Collaborate on Programming

Naquawna Letman is a Library Assistant at Parkway Central Library and a participant in Cohort 3 of the Skills for Community-Centered Libraries trainings. Exploring Music and Food through the Senses is a program that introduces…

Check Out Free Summer Jazz Concerts at Philadephia City Institute Library Throughout August!

August is here and Philadelphia City Institute Library will be featuring free summer jazz concerts ! We are pleased to continue this tradition for the fifth year in a row with performances by Hidden Treasure Jazz Group , the James Corum…

Imagining the Moon

(note: play these songs in the background while reading this blog post : ) In honor of this week’s very special Lunar Landing anniversary , I’ve been thinking a lot about how our gorgeous, mysterious, predictable, and still…

Celebrate African-American Music Appreciation Month!

This month is African-American Music Appreciation Month , a commemoration first started by former President Jimmy Carter, on June 7, 1979. The national recognition began as Black Music Month, but President Barack Obama changed the name…

Learning Through Touch: Connecting with Objects in Our Special Collections

In a recent CNN article  titled, "Why touching art is so tempting — and exciting," Fiona Candlin, a professor of museology at Birkbeck College in London and author of Art, Museums, and Touch , argues that…

We Celebrate Him: Walt Whitman at 200

I celebrate myself — When lilacs last — I contain multitudes — O Captain! my Captain! What other U.S. poet’s work can be recognized by so few words—and by so many people—as that of the self-proclaimed…

The 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners Are...

The winners of the 2019 Pulitzer Prizes were announced at Columbia University in New York City on Monday, April 15. The Pulitzers recognize achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition,…

Poetry Reading Circle: Celebremos Global Peace!

A Voice for Peace, Concord, and Harmony: XIII International Poetry Festival in Philadelphia will congregate poets from Latin America, Spain, and the United States in an evening of verse and music on May 1. Each poet will read one piece,…

Fleisher Discoveries | #5WomenArtists (+1)

by Kile Smith The National Museum of Women in the Arts asked, "Can you name five women artists?" March is Women’s History Month , and Fleisher Discoveries is answering that question with five women composers –…

A Daydream Believer’s Tribute to Peter Tork

Like lots of ‘80s kids, I grew up with repeats of The Monkees on television and couldn’t wait for my weekly Saturday morning dose of their hijinks and bubble gum pop. Unlike lots of ‘80s kids, I never quite grew out of…

Join Us For The Mysterious Travelers All-Stars Winter Concert!

The Mysterious Travelers are back, and something special is brewing! For the past four years, the Free Library has teamed up with the Philadelphia Jazz Project for a concert series showcasing the work of young and not-so-young…

Fleisher Discoveries | Mahler's Friend, Julius Bittner

Julius Bittner was born in Vienna in 1874, growed up just outside of his hometown, and died in that same town in January 1939. He was pretty much immediately forgotten after his death. Well, in 1939, Austria, Europe, and the world at…

The Free Library Celebrates Black History Month!

The Free Library of Philadelphia is proud to celebrate Black History Month throughout the month of February, with extensive programming set to take place in neighborhood libraries across the city including craft workshops, performances,…

The Free Library’s Music Department Celebrates Two Years of Instrument Lending!

The Free Library’s Musical Instrument Collection (MIC) celebrated its second birthday back in September 2018 and our collection keeps rolling on! It’s been a big 2 years for the MIC, culminating in a Philadelphia…

Celebrating the Trivia Nerd in All of Us

I have a confession to make—I am that friend who always wants to get a trivia team together on a Tuesday night. I’m also that kid who read Trivial Pursuit cards for fun to see if I could guess the answers. And I ask Santa…

Fleisher Discoveries | William Henry Fry (1813-1864) - Santa Claus: Christmas Symphony

As we go to air it’s the beginning of January, which means we’re still in the Christmas season, which also means I have no compunction about playing some Christmas music for you—especially since this is Christmas music…

The Fleisher Collection Debuts a New Music Podcast!

by Kile Smith While this is our first-ever podcast, Discoveries is actually entering its 17th year of broadcasts. In the fall of 2002, the Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music at the Free Library of Philadelphia launched Discoveries…

Fall for Chamber Music III

Dolce Suono Ensemble  returns to the Free Library with “Fall for Chamber Music”, their new 3-year project supported by the William Penn Foundation to engage new audiences in chamber music. They will…

ENAensemble Presents: A Serial Musical

ENAensemble’s A Serial Musical is a multi-month performance preview of a new musical. Each month from November 2019 until March 2020 a new scene will be previewed along with other musical performances, showcasing the talents of…

Music & Movement with Mr. Ray

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

ENAensemble Presents: A Serial Musical

ENAensemble’s A Serial Musical is a multi-month performance preview of a new musical. Each month from November 2019 until March 2020 a new scene will be previewed along with other musical performances, showcasing the talents of…

Music & Movement with Mr. Ray

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

ENAensemble Presents: A Serial Musical

ENAensemble’s A Serial Musical is a multi-month performance preview of a new musical. Each month from November 2019 until March 2020 a new scene will be previewed along with other musical performances, showcasing the talents of…

Holiday Harp Program

Holiday Harp program Join us for a lovely winter evening of harp music at the library. This program will take place in the library’s meeting room, doors will open at 6:30. No registration required Sponsored by the Friends of Fox…

Winter Wonderland

Spend the evening with us as we celebrate with stories and holiday music!  Musician Jessica Carroll returns to entertain us with her collection of winter holiday songs.  We will have a special visitor from the North…

Music Club

Come play a synthesizer, program a beat into a drum machine, or draw a melody! Music Club explores software to introduce music fundamentals. No experience required! This program is free and open to school age (1st-12th grade) kids and…

Free First Saturday Percussion Workshops Featuring Karen Smith

Back by immense popular demand -  the Free Library's Music Department presents another series of percussion and drum workshops every first Saturday of the month from September to January! The series opens Sept 7 and…

Song-Poems: Toyz

The final 'Song-Poems' concert of the year. Held in the Literature Department of the Free Library at Parkway Central. Toyz is the electronic solo project of neo-soul & dark-psychedelia musician and visual…

PreK Music & Movement

Join us for Music & Movement with Mr. Ray! This is a time to sing, dance, and share stories. Free and no registration required. Groups please call the children's librarian for an appointment at 215-685-1866.    

On the History of Various Christmas Carols | Harp Concert

Come learn the history and origin of several Christmas Carols, with musical examples played on the harp.  The audience is encouraged to sing along.  This program is presented by Ellen Tepper, harpist. Possible carols to be…

ENAensemble Presents: A Serial Musical

ENAensemble’s A Serial Musical is a multi-month performance preview of a new musical. Each month from November  2019 until March 2020 a new scene will be previewed along with other musical performances, showcasing the talents…

Independence String Ensemble, Music Marathon Series

Free concert in Parkway Central's lobby! Starting at 10am on Saturday Nov. 30th and continuing through the day till 5pm, the Independence String Ensemble will be filling our main lobby with Bach, Handel, Mozart, and more!…

Music & Movement with Mr. Ray

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

Philadelphia Flute Quartet

Please join us in the Parkway Central Music Departmen t for a free concert! The Philadelphia Flute Quartet will return to the Free Library of Philadelphia on Saturday November 23rd - 2 pm in an original program of works by composers…

Music Club

Come play a synthesizer, program a beat into a drum machine, or draw a melody! Music Club explores software to introduce music fundamentals. No experience required! This program is free and open to school age (1st-12th grade) kids and…

Song-Poems: Anika Pyle

Anika Pyle is a Philly-based singer-songwriter, formerly of Brooklyn pop-punk band Chumped and currently in the Philadelphia punk rock group Katie Ellen. A prolific songwriter and poet, they have been releasing music at breakneck speed…

Honeybees, story-telling and classical piano: Actress and pianist portray the magical life of bees

Celebrated classical pianist Sandrine-Erdely Sayo will present a unique concert in Philadelphia on November 8 2019.  The featured work is an epic work for piano and narrator, For the Love of Bees by composer Anna Rubin. …

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,…

Kids InfoBits *

Elementary students in kindergarten through grade five will find age-appropriate content covering a broad range of educational topics such as animals, arts, geography, health, literature, people, social studies, technology, etc. Kids…

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

Billy Bragg | The Three Dimensions of Freedom

In conversation with Ian Zolitor, host of The Folk Show on WXPN Introduced by Cynthia Schemmer Legendary English singer-songwriter Billy Bragg’s more than 40-year musical career melds facets of folk, punk, and protest music with…

Gary Giddins | Bing Crosby: Swinging on a Star: The War Years, 1940-1946

Gary Giddins is the author of the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Visions of Jazz: The First Century , “a grand, brilliant history" ( The New York Times Book Review ). Jazz columnist at The Village Voice for 30 years, his…

Jeff Tweedy | Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording with Wilco, Etc.

In conversation with Talia Schlanger, host of World Cafe on WXPN Jeff Tweedy is the lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist for the Grammy Award-winning rock band Wilco, declared “one of the most respected bands on the planet” and…

Anthony Tommasini | The Indispensable Composers: A Personal Guide

Covering orchestras, opera, major international festivals, and a wide variety of contemporary music, Anthony Tommasini is the chief classical music critic for The New York Times . His books include a biography of the composer and critic…

Jamie Bernstein | Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein

In conversation with Peter Dobrin, classical music critic and culture writer, The Philadelphia Inquirer . Jamie Bernstein is the oldest daughter of Leonard Bernstein, one of the 20th century’s best known musicians. Chief conductor of…

Leslie Odom, Jr. | Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher and Never Stop Learning

In Conversation with Kalela Williams, Director of Neighborhood Enrichment Programming Philadelphia's Leslie Odom Jr., burst on the scene in 2015, originating the role of Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical phenomenon Hamilton. Since…

One Book, One Philadelphia Finale with Jacqueline Woodson

The One Book  Finale will feature an interview with Jacqueline Woodson and Tamala Edwards, 6ABC Action News Co-Anchor.  The program will also feature a celebration of the poetry and music found in Another Brooklyn, with performances of…

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

In conversation with A.D. Amorosi, reporter Philadelphia Style Magazine and The Philadelphia Inquirer . Lamont “U-God” Hawkins is one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan, “the most significant posse in hip-hop” ( Rolling…

One Book, One Philadelphia Kickoff Event | Featuring Jacqueline Woodson and a Performance by Yolanda Wisher and The Afroeaters

Watch the video here . Join featured author Jacqueline Woodson for an evening of conversation, reading, and performance. In conversation with WHYY's Katie Colaneri, Ms. Woodson will discuss identity, shifting cultural landscapes, and…

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)

Watch the video here . 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 in a variety of television and…

Harvey Sachs | Toscanini: Musician of Conscience

Watch the video here . 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…

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

Watch the video here . In conversation with Andy Kahan, director, author events 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…

Judy Collins | Cravings: How I Conquered Food

Watch the video here . In conversation with Laura Kovacs, associate director, author events Popularly beloved as “Judy Blue Eyes,” eclectic singer-songwriter Judy Collins has delighted audiences for decades with such albums as A Maid of…

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…