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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. Librarians in the Music Department and members of the Ars Nova Workshop arranged…

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…

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 & Movement with Mr. Ray

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

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…

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.  

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.

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! This series is made possible by funding from the…

Music & Movement with Mr. Ray

Music & Movement is a time for the youngest children to sing, dance, and share stories together. Please join us on the fourth Thursday of every month.   

Summer Nights Unplugged

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

Make Music Philly Day Harmonica Huddle!

Seize the longest day of the year with an al-fresco* event in the Free Library's Shakespeare Park - a Make Music Philly Day Jam Session devoted to the harmonica! Hohner is once again hooking us up with 100 harmonicas, so the first…

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

Jamie Bernstein is the oldest daughter of Leonard Bernstein, one of the 20th century’s best known musicians. Chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic, composer of such scores as West Side Story, Candide, On the Waterfront ,…

Summer Nights Unplugged

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

The Astronaut’s Window: A Poetic and Musical Tribute to Black Scientists and Politicians

The Astronaut’s Window: A Poetic and Musical Tribute to Black Scientists and Politicians This season marks our third year celebrating the achievements of the African American community by presenting original musical works by Dr.…

Danza Azteca del Anahuac: A Mesoamerica Prayer Dance (Grand Lobby)

The Group “Danza Azteca del Anahuac” showcases Aztec dances and traditional costumes. They believe dance is a prayer in movement, in which a person, by means of these movements, is generating energy that elevates to the…

Bazmati Vice Live Performance

Bazmati Vice is a local band with a far-reaching sound—funk, rock, jazz, and blues. They will join us to kick off the Summer of Wonder in wonderful, creative style!  

Summer Nights Unplugged

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

Color Theory 2.0: Saxophones and Percussion / PRISM Quartet with Susie Ibarra and Tyshawn Sorey

Free Performance!  June 4th at Parkway Central Library in the Montgomery Auditorium The PRISM Quartet presents Color Theory 2.0: Saxophones and Percussion following the 2017 release of the group’s critically…

Happy Birthday, Lenny!

The Drinker Library of Choral Music and the Philomusica Chorale invites you to a free performance of a selection of choral music by Leonard Bernstein, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth. The concert will take place in…

Color Theory 2.0: Saxophones and Percussion / PRISM Quartet with Susie Ibarra and Tyshawn Sorey

Free Performance! - June 2nd at Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library The PRISM Quartet presents Color Theory 2.0: Saxophones and Percussion following the 2017 release of the group’s critically acclaimed …

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