The Weeks Music Library presents a selection of materials from its collections that highlight the profound, multifaceted cultural influence of the artist—perhaps best reflected in the assortment of nicknames including “Chairman of the Board,” “The Voice,” “Ol’ Blue Eyes,” and others by which he is still remembered. This exhibition spans his many memorable musical hits as well as his acting achievements, including his involvement in the Rat Pack, and other influential endeavors throughout his life.
Born December 12, 1915, Francis Albert Sinatra began his career performing as a big band crooner before finding fame as a popular singer and actor, culminating in his 1953 Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for From Here to Eternity.
Though his popularity dwindled somewhat in later years, he stepped back into the spotlight with his 1980 cover of “(Theme from) New York, New York.” After a brief “retirement” in 1971, Sinatra continued performing and touring until his death in 1998.
Infamous for his membership in the “Rat Pack,” his alleged Mafia connections, and his ties to such political notables as John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, Sinatra remains a beloved and fascinating figure of American popular music and culture.
Coffee… candy… picnics… pie… some things are so good you could just sing about them! And, in fact, countless songs have been written about food and drink over the years. To celebrate all things gastronomic, the Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library presents a selection of songs from the Larry Taylor-Billy Matthews Musical Theater Archive. From “Tea for Two” to “Let ’em Eat Cake,” the exhibit highlights the importance of food and drink to American culture.
The exhibit will run through the summer. Come and sample the melodic morsels we have to offer!
Michael Largey, Professor of Musicology at Michigan State University, will present “Sonic Tourism in Haitian Rara,” Friday, March 25, at 12:25pm in Nancy Green Hall. The event is co-sponsored by the Departments of Musicology, Africana Studies, and American Studies, and the Center for Latin American Studies. Click here for more information.
Want to improve your research papers and have greater success in your classes? Join us for the “Music Research Tips” Workshop, held in the Richter Library Information Literacy Lab, (3rd Fl, Rm 344) on Tuesday, February 3rd and Thursday, February 5th.
We’ll cover finding and using background information, articles, dissertations, audio, and music scores.
To register for either of these sessions, please click a link below:
Tuesday, February 3rd, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Thursday, February 5th, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
You may view the other sessions in the Spring Workshops 2015 series at http://library.miami.edu/workshops-tutorials/.
The Department of Musicology and the Africana Studies Program are pleased to announce “The Rhythmic Imagination in African Music,” a lecture by Kofi Agawu, Professor of Musicology at Princeton University.
Professor Agawu’s professional interests include music theory, ethnomusicology, and historical musicology, and encompass the musical traditions of 18th and 10th century Europe and West Africa.
Please join us for a lively and informative talk by Professor Agawu.
Friday, November 21
11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Clarke Recital Hall
… that the Weeks Music Library has nearly 7,000 jazz CDs, and is adding more all the time? Our collection highlights the full spectrum of jazz history, from legends such as Charlie Parker, Sarah Vaughan (left), and Oscar Peterson, to contemporary and up-and-coming artists like Jason Moran, Mary Halvorson, Daniel Szabo, and Cécile McLorin Salvant. The collection also features a variety of jazz styles and sub-genres, including cool jazz, bebop, swing, and avant-garde.
To see what albums have been recently added to our collection, check out the “New Acquisitions” pages for Jazz CDs. You can browse by performer or by CD title.
If we don’t have a jazz CD, and you think we should, let us know using the “Suggest a purchase” form.
For more jazz recordings, check out the Naxos Music Library Jazz Collection.
Legendary composer and lyricist Irving Berlin hit it big in 1911 with “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” before going on to compose over 1,000 songs and several hit musicals such as Annie Get Your Gun. His tunes are an important part of the Great American Songbook.
To honor this great American songwriter on the 25th anniversary of his death, the Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library is pleased to present a selection of sheet music from the Larry Taylor-Billy Matthews Musical Theater Archive, accompanied by some of Berlin’s most popular musical films. The exhibit will run through the end of the semester.
The Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of a major collection of books and other secondary literature relating to opera and opera singers. The collection was the personal library of Roger Gross, a major New York dealer in musical autographs who had a special love of opera. The collection, which runs to several thousand volumes, relates to opera and opera singers from the late eighteenth century to the present. It includes some rare eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century volumes; studies on a variety of geographical areas and in a variety of languages (including opera in North and South America and studies in Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian); and books that range from biographies and autobiographies, through studies of operatic and theatrical institutions, to operatic and theatrical chronologies. The collection also includes volumes on dance and operetta and is particularly strong on the twentieth-century Greek-American soprano Maria Callas.
This is a research-level collection comparable to the secondary literature holdings relating to opera and singers of, for example, the Music Division of the New York Public Library. The collection will provide a rich resource for researchers (including graduates and undergraduates) interested in singers, vocal performance, and opera and theater generally. The collection is in the process of being catalogued: the volumes currently available can be found by searching under keywords “Roger Gross” in the library catalog: http://catalog.library.miami.edu. For further information, please contact Music Librarian, Nancy Zavac, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karen Henson and Nancy Zavac, University of Miami