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Lisa Shiota, clarinetist.

Music in the Afternoon

Enjoy a special performance at Southwest Library

Join us on Saturday, December 9 at 2:30 p.m. to enjoy music for piano, voice, and clarinet, performed by the Southwest DC Trio, Washington’s newest classical group!

Nina Simone: Live in '65 and '68

Nina Simone: Live in '65 and '68

7 p.m., Wed., Nov. 8

You are cordially invited to attend a screening of Nina Simone: Live in '65 and '68 presented in cooperation with Arena Stage in conjunction with the production of 

Music Scores

Music Collection at DC Public Library

For the renovation of the MLK Jr. Memorial Library, the majority of our circulating sheet music collection has been put into storage, to ensure this unique collection is preserved and can again be made available upon reopening the central library. During this period of time, there is a small representative collection at the Shepherd Park (Juanita E.

The Hans Kindler Orchestral Score Collection

The estate of the founder and conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, Hans Kindler, donated his library of orchestral performance sets to the DC Public Library in 1951. This special collection includes over 900 titles and is available for use, without charge, by musical groups in the Washington Metropolitan region.   Holdings

Oliver Twist

Page to Stage

Bestselling Books That Became Broadway Bashes

The Great White Way is chock full of productions with origins in literature. In some cases, the stage telling has eclipsed the written version as the cultural mainstay, while others struggled to capture the magic of their paper counterparts. In rare instances, both novel and musical are considered equally brilliant, even if there have been significant changes made between book and Broadway.

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"Allow Me to Re-Introduce Myself..."

Memoirs from the Hip Hop Community

Hip-hop has firmly rooted itself worldwide as an important part of modern day culture. Clothing, vernacular, art and literature have all been influenced by hip-hop culture. As of late, some notable rappers and hip-hop producers have thrown their hat in the literary ring, giving us the stories behind some of their greatest hits. Here are some popular memoirs written by hip-hop notables.

Baa Baa Black Sheep

Singable Picture Books

more read-aloud and sing-along favorites

Singing is one of the most important ways to help children develop early literacy skills. In song, people slow down their speech, which makes it easier to hear the sounds in words. But also, singing is fun! Here are some of my favorite picture books which can be sung.    Baa Baa Black Sheep by Jane Cabrera

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Purple Power: A Tribute to Prince

It’s been over a year since the great musical icon, Prince passed away. Check out some of these books that Prince fans and book readers are sure to love:

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...And All That Jazz!

(Jazz-inspired stories that beg to be listened to!)

Every year when April rolls around, I look forward to Jazz Appreciation Month! Jazz is a style of American music and culture that credits its birth to the 19th century African-American musicians in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jazz music is characterized by a strong, but flexible rhythmic structure with solo and/or ensemble improvisations on basic tunes and chord patterns. Jazz has evolved so much throughout the years, but some things remain the same...the rhythm is the beat!

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