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 as HSP plugs into Philadelphia’s musical legacy with a four-part program series. Series begins tonight, February 17, with Philadelphia: City of Music. Register for the entire series and receive 25% off.
From the marches and minuets of the city’s colonial days, to WFIL’s American Bandstand, Hall & Oates, and the Roots, Philadelphia has been – and remains – a humming hub of music. Join music historian Jack McCarthy for a look and listen at 300 years of music in the City of Brotherly Love.
Music has been used both as a vehicle for reform and repression during the pursuits of American ethnic and racial justice. Collection materials from the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies – many not seen for decades will be on view
Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will speak at this program exploring the intimate connection between Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 (also known as the “Symphony of a Thousand”) and the international emergence of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Discover the musical side of LGBT activist John Fryer, i.e. “Dr. Anonymous,” with a presentation by HSP's Embedded Artist Ain Gordon and the unveiling of recordings from the Fryer papers.