Tagged Music

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…

The Fleisher Collection: From Page to Stage to Grammys?

The Recording Academy will hold the 61st Grammy Awards on February 10, 2019. First round voting in October placed two CDs of particular note one step closer to official nominations in two categories: Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble…

This Is Halloween 2018!

Howllo Boils and Ghouls!, Welcome back to the Free Library of Phrightadelphia's blog, on this most haunted of holidays— Halloween ! Besides the usual seasonal scares that arise from the grave this time of year, 2018 marks two…

Chamber Music Collection | Celebrate Classical Music Month!

What better way to celebrate Classical Music Month this September than to perform some of your own music? The Free Library’s Chamber Music Collection can provide you with the materials to perform some, well, classics! What is the…

Library Card Signup Month | You Can Get WHAT at the Free Library?

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month , and while we all know that a library card grants you instant access to a treasure trove of books, DVDs, and audiobooks from our catalog , we wanted to take this opportunity to highlight…

5 Lazy Day Library Card Uses

One of my favorite comic collections of all time is the Calvin and Hobbes Lazy Sunday Book . It reminds me that whenever possible, even if just for an hour, having a "lazy Sunday" is crucial. Or, in this case, a "lazy…

Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection: The Young Richard Strauss

Saturday, August 4, 2018, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Richard Strauss (1864–1949). Serenade for Winds (1881) Strauss . Aus Italien (1886) We had a taste of Richard Strauss on our previous episode of Discoveries from the Fleisher…

Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection: MacDowell, Strausses, and 1885

Saturday, July 7, 2018, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Johann Strauss, Jr. (1825–1899). The Gypsy Baron, Overture 1885) Richard Strauss (1864–1949). Horn Concerto No. 1 (1883) Edward MacDowell (1860–1908). Piano Concerto…

Get Ready for a Live Summer Jazz Soundtrack of Jacqueline Woodson's Another Brooklyn!

The 2018  One Book, One Philadelphia  selection was Jacqueline Woodson’s award winning novel,  Another Brooklyn . After an exciting season of discussions and programs about her novel, the Free Library…

Anthony Bourdain's Endless Exploration of the Intersection between Food and Life

Chef. Raconteur. Explorer. Enthusiast . Anthony Bourdain was all of these things and much more. He had a lust for life that was all encompassing, whether it was his dream of traveling to the Congo (the setting for one of his favorite…

Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection: American Romantics and Other Cultures

Saturday, June 2, 2018, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Charles Cadman (1881–1946). Dark Dancers of the Mardi Gras (1933) Carl Busch (1864–1943). Minnehaha’s Vision (1914) Cadman . Thunderbird Suite (1918) Gena Branscombe…

Open Mic Night at the Library

Join us for an evening of music, poetry and spoken word at the Town's Café.  Program runs from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. and is for ages 21 and up.    

Open Mic Night at the Library

Join us for an evening of music, poetry and spoken word at the Town's Café.  Program runs from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. and is for ages 21 and up. Also October 11  

Music & Movement with Mr. Ray

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

Read, Baby, Read Little Movers Dance Party

Dance! Groove! Play!  Have fun and encourage language skills using songs, instruments, stories and body movements. Expecting parents and siblings welcome. Text @Portrichmo to 81010 for text reminders!  Read, Baby, Read is a…

Open Mic Night at the Library

Join us for an evening of music, poetry and spoken word at the Town's Café.  Program runs from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. and is for ages 21 and up. Also September 13 & October 11  

Beginning Ukulele Lessons

 Have you ever wanted to learn a really easy instrument? Now is your chance. Join Ray Verna for this fun summer class. Need a uke? Let us know.

Music & Movement with Mr. Ray

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

Beginning Ukulele Lessons

 Have you ever wanted to learn a really easy instrument? Now is your chance. Join Ray Verna for this fun summer class. Need a uke? Let us know.

Middle Eastern Music

Joe Tayoun (accomplished Lebanese-American percussionist and educator) presents Middle Eastern Music and a children’s drumming workshop.   

Black Woodstock: The Harlem Cultural Festival, Summer 1969

Whille hippies were enjoying "three days of peace and love" in Bethel, NY, another huge music festival was staged over eight weeks in Harlem.  The Harlem Cultural Festival, aka Black Woodstock was a historic but nealy…

Beginning Ukulele Lessons

 Have you ever wanted to learn a really easy instrument? Now is your chance. Join Ray Verna for this fun summer class. Need a uke? Let us know.

Open Mic Night at the Library

Join us for an evening of music, poetry and spoken word at the Town's Café.  Program runs from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. and is for ages 21 and up. Also August 9, September 13 & October 11  

Read, Baby, Read Little Movers Dance Party

Dance! Groove! Play!  Have fun and encourage language skills using songs, instruments, stories and body movements. Expecting parents and siblings welcome. Text @Portrichmo to 81010 for text reminders!  Read, Baby, Read is a…

Beginning Ukulele Lessons

 Have you ever wanted to learn a really easy instrument? Now is your chance. Join Ray Verna for this fun summer class. Need a uke? Let us know.

ENAensemble presents the Serial Opera Project

ENAensemble’s new Serial Opera project is a multi-month performance of a new chamber opera. Each month, the next scene will be premiered, along with solo and chamber music performances by ENAensemble’s players. The opera,…

Beginning Ukulele Lessons

 Have you ever wanted to learn a really easy instrument? Now is your chance. Join Ray Verna for this fun summer class. Need a uke? Let us know.

Let the Good Times Roll!

Pete Gumbo and the Zydeco Chili Peppers Band mixes up Creole Zydeco and Cajun 2-steps, funky New Orleans rhythm & Blues with vintage Louisiana rock n' roll! Kick back, relax and enjoy America's Birthday!

Music & Movement with Mr. Ray

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

Global Music

Sharon Katz and the Peace Train present South African/Global music and songs that inspire and delight!

Beginning Ukulele Lessons

 Have you ever wanted to learn a really easy instrument? Now is your chance. Join Ray Verna for this fun summer class. Need a uke? Let us know.

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

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…