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Alan Westby, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department

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Portrait of Florence Price taken by G. Niledoff

Happy Birthday, Florence Price - Groundbreaking Composer

April 09, 2021

On Easter Sunday, 1939, contralto Marian Anderson performed one of the most significant concerts in American history.


George Walker on his album George Walker: Great American Concert Music

George Walker: African-American Composer

February 25, 2021

George Walker was one of America's most honored composers, having had his works performed by every major orchestra in the country, and was the first African-American composer to win a Pulitzer Prize for music.


Film posters from the golden age of Japanese cinema.

Films From the Golden Age of Japanese Cinema

May 20, 2020

Among the many outstanding films available to patrons on Kanopy are several classics from the golden age of Japanese cinema, the 1950s.


Jack Nicholson in Chinatown (1974)

Chinatown: Film Score Sets the Mood

March 11, 2019

The success and lasting popularity of the 1974 neo-noir classic, Chinatown, are often credited to Robert Towne's


Portrait of Yun Isang

Eastern and Western Sounds Combined: Korean Composer Yun Isang

May 29, 2018

The library has recently added its first scores by the Korean composer Yun Isang (윤이상 / 尹伊桑) to our collection.


Photo of composers with a musical notes background

New Musical Scores by Women Composers

March 30, 2018

Women's History Month provides an opportunity to highlight some of the new scores in our collection by women composers. Many of these scores are the first works by these composers in our music collection.


88-key Casio Privia PX-350 Digital Piano

Read, Write, and Play Music at the Library

December 05, 2017
 
The Art, Music & Recreation Department at Central Library will now be providing a musical keyboard for patron use in the depart

coffee cup with musical notes as steam and the text Song a Day for a Month Concert

Song a Day for a Month Concert

July 28, 2017
Song-A-Day for a Month is a community of individuals who challenge each others' creativity in an interesting way.

French duellist and opera singer Julie d'Aubigny (1670–1707). Anonymous print.

Julie d'Aubigny: La Maupin and Early French Opera

June 28, 2017

LGBT Pride Month gives us an opportunity to discover a fascinating character from the early days of French opera.


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