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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…

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…

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.

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,…

The Birth of the Steel Drums

Rockcreek Steel Drum Band will take us on a journey through the history of steel drums, which have their roots in African talking drums.  Join in the fun as you learn the Calypso rhythms!  Parkway Central Library, Montgomery…

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,…

Summer Concert Series

Featuring The Narberth Project - New Twists on Jazz Classics Jerry Tanenbaum, Drums Judy Aaron, Tenor Sax Robert Munich, Piano Jon Flora, Bass Sponsored by JOTSS, Jazz and Other Soulful Sounds

Eda Ne Kakati (From the Past to the Present) with Ssuuna

This performer from Uganda will introduce you to African culture through music, dance and storytelling.  Let's celebrate all cultures, play a little, and learn a song in Luganda, the language of Uganda.  Parkway Central…

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 |…

The Story Time Jam presented by the Philadelphia Jazz Project

Performer extraordinaire Rrenda Fearrington heads up an ensemble of performers, bringing stories to life through jazz. Parkway Central Library, Montgomery Auditorium. Free: presented as part of the Margaret S. Halloran Family…

Live From the Parklet

Local musicians and Philly-wide favorites will perform for free in the Solar Art Parklet. Every other Wednesday, 6:30-8 p.m. May 31: Boy Wonder (rock/funk/new wave) June 14: The SB Deluxe (gypsy jazz/rock) June 28: Evan Cory Levine (…

Ologundê: Folkloric Music and Dance from Brazil

The Ologundê ensemble performs Axé Puro, a diverse repertoire inspired by the Yoruba and Catholic religions. Watch capoeira (a martial arts dance), the Maculelê (an Afro-Brazilian ring dance), and a warrior dance created…

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: Ginga Brasileira's Free to Dance

Ginga Brasileira will take us on a journey from Brazil’s 16th-century slave plantation to Rio’s Carnival in an exploration of Afro-Brazilian culture through dance. Montgomery Auditorium Parkway Central Library 1901 Vine…

The Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change

Renowned recording artists, vocalists and dancers from Liberia, Fatu Gayflor, Marie Nyenabo, Zaye Tete, and Tokay Tomah create impassioned, glorious songs and harmonies for women’s rights, social justice, global refugee awareness,…

The Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change

Renowned recording artists, vocalists and dancers from Liberia, Fatu Gayflor, Marie Nyenabo, Zaye Tete, and Tokay Tomah create impassioned, glorious songs and harmonies for women’s rights, social justice, global refugee awareness,…

Sundays on Stage: Charlotte Blake Alston

Master storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston will share stories and songs from the African and African American oral traditions. Come ready to clap, sing, and help tell the stories!  Montgomery Auditorium Parkway Central Library 1901…

Summer Concert Series

Featuring The Narberth Project - New Twists on Jazz Classics Jerry Tanenbaum, Drums Judy Aaron, Tenor Sax Robert Munich, Piano Jon Flora, Bass Sponsored by JOTSS, Jazz and Other Soulful Sounds

Live From the Parklet

Local musicians and Philly-wide favorites will perform for free in the Solar Art Parklet. Every other Wednesday, 6:30-8 p.m. May 31: Boy Wonder (rock/funk/new wave) June 14: The SB Deluxe (gypsy jazz/rock) June 28: Evan Cory Levine (…

Teen Guitar Workshop

Learn the fundamentals of guitar playing with a Settlement Music School instructor who will teach participants proper fingering techniques as well as some basic chords and scales. For ages 12 & up. A limited number of guitars will…

Beats, Lyrics, and Licensing: Legal Education for Musicians + Producers

Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and support from Neiman Marcus, Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts ( PVLA ) is proud to present a new event series, "The Creative Entrepreneur: Helping Young +…

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

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…