Tagged music

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…

Family Holiday Traditions: The Nutcracker!

Many of us have great, nostalgic memories of enjoying The Nutcracker as a child. Why not revisit the timeless classic this year? This holiday classic ballet based on   E.T.A. Hoffman's story The Nutcracker and the Mouse…

Mysterious Travelers 3 | Up Next!: Kunu Bi/Ed Stokes and Tom Lowery | Recapping Brent White

On Monday at 7:00 p.m. on November 21, join the Free Library and the Philadelphia Jazz Project for the next show in our acclaimed series of jazz concerts, Mysterious Travelers . Last year we explored what the  Great Migration…

Resurrecting Cuba’s Forgotten Musical Treasures

by Ned Scharff As the United States begins restoring its historic ties to Cuba, the Free Library of Philadelphia is reaching out as well—by sharing its unique collection of some of the island nation’s nearly forgotten…

The Patriot's Guide to Taking a Break from the Election

Does the 2016 election have you feeling anxious? Are your news and social media feeds just too much for you some days? Are you randomly and for no reason starting fights with family members? Yeah, me too. But don't lose…

Check out a musical instrument from the Free Library! I just did!

The Music Department at Parkway Central Library is launching the Musical Instrument Collection (MIC) , an instrument lending library for library cardholders. In the past few years, the Free Library has begun lending out other innovative…

Opening Notes of Instrument Lending at the Free Library

We’re thrilled to announce that musicians at any skill level, from those just plucking their first notes to virtuosos, will now be able to borrow the tools of the craft from the Parkway Central Library Music Department .  …

Celebrating F. Scott with Foxtrots and More

The Parkway Central Music Department ’ s getting hip to the celebrations surrounding F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 120th birthday . Visit our mini exhibition featuring printed music from the Free Library’s historic…

Who's The Boss: How Well Do You Know Bruce Springsteen?

So, apparently some guy named Bruce Springsteen is stopping by the Free Library in a couple weeks? All we know is that he's a musician and has a new book coming out or something... Kidding! We are absolutely a buzz with excitement…

Mysterious Travelers 3: Internal Investigations

The Free Library of Philadelphia  and the  Philadelphia Jazz Project  invite you to a third season of free concerts:  Mysterious Travelers 3: Internal Investigations . This time we’re turning inward to explore,…

Free Sunday Matinée: Otello

The Atlantic Coast Opera Festival  and the Free Library of Philadelphia are excited to invite you to a special matinée performance of Verdi’s beloved opera, Otello , on Sunday, August 21 at 2:00 p.m. The…

New Americans Spring Concert Final Voyage: Philadelphia Suns | Recapping TIMBALONA

Feeling unlucky? Next week, Chinatown’s own Philadelphia Suns plays us out for the final concert of the New Americans Spring Concert Series this season with an evening of traditional Chinese Lion Dance, which is thought…

Mysterious Travelers 2 Closing Curtain: Kim Pedro Headlines | Recapping Victor North

The Philadelphia Jazz Project and the Free Library of Philadelphia ’s season of concerts celebrating the Great Migration has one more show to go. This is your last chance to catch free live jazz at the library 'til next…

New Americans Concert Series Progresses | Next Installment: TIMBALONA | Replays of Arab Classical and Contemporary Music

On Wednesday, May 18, stunning percussion collective TIMBALONA  showcases Afro-Caribbean folkloric music in the second installment of the New Americans Spring Concert Series , a soundtrack-in-triplet of three distinct voices in our…

Prince

Prince . One word. One being. Thousands of songs. Millions of fans . A purple pop polymath. That guitar SOUND! And now, he's left this mortal coil (as if he could ever be contained by it in the first place). Try as they might, words…

Mysterious Travelers 2 Concert Series | Up Next! Victor North | Recapping Najwa Parkins

The Philadelphia Jazz Project and the Free Library of Philadelphia ’s season of concerts meditating on what the Great Migration means for our city’s musical DNA is nearing the final curtain. If you’ve been meaning…

Mysterious Travelers Featuring Ross Bellinoit

The Free Library of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Jazz Project invite you to a third season of free concerts: Mysterious Travelers 3 : Internal Investigations . This time we’re turning inward to explore, through sound, the…

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.

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. This series is made possible by funding from…

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.

Saturday Concert Series: Andrew DiGiandomenico

Please join us for the final concert in our 2016-2017 Saturday Concert Series. Andrew DiGiandomenico from Temple University will perform a classical guitar concert, featuring pieces by Sor, Bach, Mompou, and Matiegka. All concerts will…

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.

Mysterious Travelers Featuring Elijah Thomas

The Free Library of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Jazz Project invite you to a third season of free concerts: Mysterious Travelers 3 : Internal Investigations . This time we’re turning inward to explore, through sound, the…

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.

Saturday Concert Series:Curtis Institute students / All City Orchestra Fellowship students

Please join us for the next concert in our 2016-2017 Saturday Concert Series. Students from the Curtis Institute of Music and members of the All City Orchestra’s new Fellowship program will perform a selection of classical pieces.…

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.

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 All programs begin at 2:00 p.m.…

Mysterious Travelers Featuring Howard Tucker

The Free Library of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Jazz Project invite you to a third season of free concerts: Mysterious Travelers 3 : Internal Investigations . This time we’re turning inward to explore, through sound, the…

Count and Clap Along!

Calling all tiny musicians! In this special activity for preschoolers and their caregivers, participants will sing along to music and enjoy counting and clapping, while exploring rhythms and beats together. For more information, visit…

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.

Celebrate St. Patty's Day with an Evening of Irish Music

Guitarist and singer, Cletus McBride will entertain with Irish favorites. Space may be limited.

Count and Clap Along!

Calling all tiny musicians!  In this special activity for preschoolers and their caregivers, participants will sing along to music and enjoy counting and clapping, while exploring rhythms and beats together. 

Saturday Concert Series: Zoe + The Voodoo Sisters

Text Description of Program: Please join us for the next concert in our 2016-2017 Saturday Concert Series. Zoe + The Voodoo Sisters, featuring Zoe Lynch (Violin), Alyssa Almeida (Cello), Pete Dennis (Bass), and Joshua Shaffer (Drums),…

DIY Recording with Vadim K

It's time to get back in the studio!  Vadim K continues this exciting new round of DIY Recording which seeks to democratize the recording process by educating, equipping and empowering the DIY recording community.   Join…

Group Guitar Workshop

Bring your guitar for a fun-filled hour while learning to enhance your accoustic guitar playing.  All levels of experience are welcome - instruction will be tailored to the group's needs.  This program is led by the…

One Book One Philadelphia: Count and Clap Along with Adam Web

Calling all tiny musicians! In this special activity for preschoolers and their caregivers, participants will sing along to music and enjoy counting and clapping, while exploring rhythms and beats together. For more information, visit…

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

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,”…

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…