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Memories & Melodies

Listen close: Libraries are louder than you’ve heard. Sitting silent in the stacks and vaults are the booming soundscapes of the past: scores of sheet music, recordings, concert posters, songbooks, and more.

Get noisy in the library this spring as the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) plugs into Philadelphia’s roaring history with a chorus of public programs.

All programs are $10 for HSP and Philadelphia Orchestra members, $15 for nonmembers. Tune-in for the whole series: Register for any three programs and get the fourth free.

Sponsored by The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia and The Philadelphia Orchestra


On March 2, 1916, the Philadelphia Orchestra performed the U.S. premiere of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8, also known as "The Symphony of a Thousand." The Orchestra - and Philadelphia - would...