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  • Tchaikovsky and Brahms
    Posted on: Wednesday, May 04, 2016

    Tupac and Biggie. Blur and Oasis. Who doesn't love a fierce musical grudge match? Our musical maven Breck has the tale of 19th century rivalry between classical giants Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Johannes Brahms in this month's Libretto blog.

  • Posted on: Thursday, April 21, 2016

    The music world lost a true visionary today. Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that Prince pushed the envelope. Librarian Kassy fondly remembers the legend and provides some library materials to help you get through. The Purple One left an indelible mark on the music world and on the lives of music lovers. Let’s all celebrate his life and legacy today, and party like it’s 1999.

  • Music festival
    Posted on: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

    Heading out to the Norman Music Fest this weekend? Your library card gives you access to free song downloads to some of the artists at the fest. Circ Clerk Reagan has the scoop on the best free tunes from you may hear at the fest.

  • Earth
    Posted on: Monday, April 18, 2016

    People all over the world will celebrate Earth Day on April 22. It is a time to appreciate the beauty, grandeur, and provision of our home planet. It is also a day to remember our responsibility to protect our fragile environment. in honor of humanity’s home, our music expert Breck selected works by composers who were inspired by nature to create masterpieces of music.

     

  • Browsing for vinyl LPs
    Posted on: Thursday, March 17, 2016

    Can music change the world? Circulation Clerk Reagan knows it can. She's got a handful of new albums to recommend - brought to you by the letter "S"! Find her recommendations and more to checkout or to download at Metro Libraries.

  • Irish farmhouse
    Posted on: Tuesday, March 15, 2016

    The enchanted isle of Ireland has given the world more than its fair share of gifted artists, authors, and musicians. From U2 to Van Morrison, James Joyce to Oscar Wilde, and Liam Neeson to Colin Farrel, it can seem like there are more talented and creative Irish men and women than there are drops of water in the river Shannon. And since it every American’s favorite Irish holiday is coming up, it seems the most fitting time to celebrate the Irish with a selection of books, music, and movies in this month’s virtual book display.

     

  • Gerard van Honthorst - The Concert - 1623
    Posted on: Wednesday, March 09, 2016

    Ever wonder what a 275 year-old violin sounds like? Musical expert and Associate Librarian Breck tells you where you can hear it in this celebration of the life of the great Italian composer, Antonio Vivaldi. Known as a technical wizard on the violin as well as an opera composer, Vivaldi was virtually unknown until a trove of his works were discovered in 1926.

  • Electricity
    Posted on: Friday, March 04, 2016

    Wrestlemania season is upon us! Not to mention spring break and the Ides of March. I don’t know about you, but I could use a little power boost if I’m going to be running around woo-hooing. Here are some titles to inspire us all to greater heights!

  • Don Giovanni
    Posted on: Wednesday, February 10, 2016

    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  This can be a very happy occasion for the person in a healthy relationship.  For the rest of civilization, it is yet another day to mourn love lost and to remember past romantic failures.  Sometimes the best cure for the blues is to remind ourselves that it could be much worse.  And if there is any art form which can drive home this truth, it is opera. Associate Librarian Breck, our resident composer and musicologist, is your guide to the best of operatic videos and CDs from the library.

  • Blues musicians
    Posted on: Tuesday, February 09, 2016

    Let the Metropolitan Library System help you celebrate Black History Month.  Rhythmically Speaking will be visiting several of our libraries throughout the month of February with their performance of “Yes Indeedy” Mrs. Hannah Atkins. 

    And if you are looking for something to do with the kiddos, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s February Discovery Series performance is going to celebrate Black History Month with orchestral arrangements of Blues, Gospel, Jazz, and Rap on Sunday, February 21 at 2pm.  Here are some books and digital songs to pique your interest before the performance or to learn more about a new favorite musician.

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