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

The Edwin A. Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music at the Free Library of Philadelphia is pleased to announce a digital partnership with our neighbor, the Barnes Foundation , to promote their upcoming Solo Series Concert: Cowell,…

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 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…

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: Alborada Spanish Dance A Taste of Spain

Explore the culture, history, and music of Spain and its impact on other Hispanic cultures—including Mexico, Ecuador, Cuba, and others—through colorful costumes, festive dances, powerful music, and an opportunity to learn…

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…

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…

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…

Sundays on Stage: The Art of Sarah Vaughan

Join us for this tribute to one of the greatest jazz singers of all time, performed by acclaimed vocalist Beverly Owens and pianist Diane Goldsmith. This series is made possible by funding from the Philadelphia City Institute Board of…

Tune in, Rock Out!

In this activity that’s especially for tweens and teens, check out music from the sixties, seventies, and today--then compose your own beats and sounds!

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: Sewing skills –…

Mysterious Travelers Featuring Dan Nosheny

Impressions of an Exposition Featuring Dan Nosheny Co-starring the collection & expertise of the librarians in the  Social Science and History Department Dan Nosheny has been performing across a wide array of genres and styles…

Sundays on Stage: Soul Steps

Enjoy the engaging, high-energy step choreography which started among African-American fraternities and sororities as a means of unity and self-expression, and has deep roots in the migrant labor culture of South African gold mines.…

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: Dance Me a Story with The…

Mysterious Travelers Featuring Larry Price

Dox Trash - Master Thrash From Philly's Past Featuring Larry Price Co-starring the collection & expertise of the librarians in the  Print and Pictures Department The soulful musical styling of jazz artist Larry Price, alto…

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…

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