HSP Gets Loud With New Music Series Beginning February 17

Home News HSP Gets Loud With New Music Series Beginning February 17

HSP Gets Loud With New Music Series Beginning February 17

Wednesday, February 17, 2016


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


Philadelphia: City of Music | February 17 | 6:00 p.m.

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.


Sights & Sounds of our Multiethnic Past | March 2 | 6:00 p.m.


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


The Symphony of a Thousand | March 8 | 6:30 p.m.

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.


“The (Musical) Spark in My Life” | March 31 | 6:30 p.m.

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.