Tagged Music

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…

Concert in The Common: "the shape of the world we create"

By Ray Banas, Department Head, Music Department  In the fall 2017, in the midst of the dramatic renovation to replace six levels of stack-shelving units with soaring new public spaces at the Parkway Central Library , I saw a…

Discoveries from the Fleisher Collection: American Romantics 2—Bird, Chadwick, and Foote

Saturday, May 5, 2018, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Arthur Bird (1856–1923). Valse menuett (1898) George Chadwick (1854–1931). Symphony No. 3 (1894) Arthur Foote  (1853–1937). Theme and Variations (1907) Bird…

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. Ray Banas, the Head of the Music Department and members of the Ars Nova Workshop…

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,…

Suite Talk III: Resonance

Free talk and performance. June 16th, 1:30pm workshop, 3pm recital, Main Lobby How to follow in Bach’s footsteps. We will dive into the world of contemporary cello music , hearing the many ways composers today are pushing the…

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,…

Singing Whitman: Songs from the Drinker Collection with Craft Works Music

Working in conjunction with the Free Library of Philadelphia’s archives, Craft Works Music, in partnership with the Rosenbach Museum, presents a program of choral works drawn from the Drinker Collection set to and inspired by the…

Music & Movement with Mr. Ray

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

Suite Talk II: Dance

Free talk and performance. May 19th, 3pm-4:30pm, Music Department How to dance like Bach. We will discuss Bach’s dance suites in detail, how the form evolved through time, and how it influenced the featured commissions. This is…

Percussion and Drum Workshops

The Free Library’s Music Department presents a new series of FREE workshops. The series will kick off with a visit from the Sistahs Laying Down Hands ensemble, led by Karen Smith (also of Weez the Peeples Collective), an all-woman…

Monthly Music Workshops for Our Youngest Friends

Monthly Music Workshops for our Youngest Friends Join us once a month for these hands-on interactive music workshops for children ages 7 and younger Listen-Learn-Play Mobile Music Education allows children the opportunity to explore…

Hands-on History at The Free Library, Parkway Central

In coordination with Tempesta di Mare GREAT BOOKS Classic Tales for Orchestra , Hands-on History explores literary masterpieces in Western literature that have inspired outstanding musical compositions. A selection…

Telling Cervantes’s Story through Music: Telemann’s Burlesque de Quixotte

A collaboration with Tempesta di Mare’s Great Books concert In association with Tempesta di Mare, this program will focus on Miguel de Cervantes’s novel,  Don Quixote , one of the four great works of literature in their…

Fumo’s Got Talent – Teen Edition

Hey teens, do you sing? Play an instrument? Dance? Or even do magic? We are seeking all types of talents for our first ever Talent Show! Dances, rappers, poets, singers, jugglers and musicians are welcome. If you think you have what it…

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,…

Sundays on Stage: Colors of India

Join the four dancers of AATMA Performing Arts on an epic journey charting the exciting evolution of Indian dance. This dynamic performance focuses on the explosive rhythms found in Indian classical and folk dance, which eventually gave…

Concert Series| The Gabe Preston Quartet

The Gabe Preston Quartet is a Philly-based jazz quartet that explores the possibilities of chord-less music. Some music dates back as early as the Gerry Mulligan quartet of the 1950s, while other music is original work written by Gabe…

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.…

Music & Movement with Mr. Ray

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

Monthly Music Workshops for Our Youngest Friends

Monthly Music Workshops for our Youngest Friends Join us once a month for these hands-on interactive music workshops for children ages 7 and younger Listen-Learn-Play Mobile Music Education allows children the opportunity to explore…

PreK Music & Movement

Join us for Music & Movement with Mr. Ray! This is a time to sing, dance, and share stories. Free and no registration required. Groups please call the children's librarian for an appointment at 215-685-1866.    

Percussion and Drum Workshops

The Free Library’s Music Department presents a new series of FREE workshops. The series will kick off with a visit from the  Sistahs Laying Down Hands  ensemble, led by Karen Smith (also of Weez the…

Sundays on Stage: Puppet Theatre Inside and Out

Spark imaginations and encourage creative risks with this wonderful introduction to the puppet world, including an expert presentation of Aesop’s Fables with Steve Abrams. Montgomery Auditorium Parkway Central Library 1901 Vine…

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