Alan Westby, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department



African-American classical composer, Julia Perry

Julia Perry - American Neoclassicist

February 23, 2022

Julia Perry (1924-1979) was an American composer of African descent who had remarkable success in Europe and the U.S. in the 1950s and 1960s. She made an international impression with her Stabat Mater, composed in 1951, and her Short Piece for Orchestra the following year.

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.

a photograph of Maria Callas wearing black looking straight into the camera

A Tribute to Maria Callas: Scenes From Verdi's "La Traviata" & Bellini's "Norma"

February 14, 2018

Callas was not only an esteemed opera diva, she was one of the 20th century's most prominent celebrities, socialites, and an international icon of style and fashion.

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

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.