July Afternoon Performances at Harold Washington Library Center

Cindy Pritzker Auditorium stage

Escape the summer heat and refresh with a music-inspired afternoon break at the library! This month the Harold Washington Library Center Visual and Performing Arts section hosts a series of afternoon performances in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium featuring local artists and performers. Classical Piano Recital Featuring Justin Chang 12:15 p.m. Thursday, July 9 Justin Chang, […]

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June Afternoon Performances at Harold Washington Library Center

Cindy Pritzker Auditorium stage

Take a music-, dance- or theater-inspired midday break at the library! This month the Harold Washington Library Center Visual and Performing Arts section hosts a series of afternoon performances in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium featuring local artists and performers. One Piano - Four Hands Recital 12:15 p.m., Friday, June 12 Tokyo native Saori Chiba and versatile […]

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Discover: Space Jams

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Considering the fact that I don’t often highlight music, I thought it would be fun to create a space-related music list in honor of Defy Gravity: Teen Summer Challenge. Here are a few recommended pieces from my list: If you’ve never listened to it, I think everyone (all ages) *must* listen to "Claire De Lune (Moonlight)" by […]

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Mystery Skulls Tribute at Albany Park YOUmedia

Dancing!

Students at Albany Park love Mystery Skulls and what better way to show that love than to make a tribute video? The concept for this video was created by one of our regular students who wanted to capture the feeling of a new student coming to the library and being welcomed by YOUmedia. Despite being a bright […]

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May Performances at Harold Washington Library Center

Cindy Pritzker Auditorium stage

Spring is in the air! Join us for an entertaining springtime break at the library! This month the Harold Washington Library Center Visual and Performing Arts section host a series of performances in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium featuring local musicians, singers and dancers. The Columbia College Chamber Choir 12:15 p.m. Thursday, May 7 The music moves […]

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Record Store Day Reads

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The 8th annual Record Store Day will take place this Saturday, April 18 right here in Chicago. Show support for your local record store by adding to your music collection. Some stores in Chicago to check out include: Reckless Records, Record Breakers, Logan Hardware, and Laurie’s Planet of Sound. If you love flipping through records and scouring […]

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Lyrics are Poems Put to Music: Part Two

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I hope you find this well worth the wait after reading part one. Although Janis Joplin's professional career did not last nearly long enough, her gravelly voice and folky sound will not be forgotten. Her songs are about love, freedom and living. Carole King started as a song writer by writing hits for other singers. She eventually became […]

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April Afternoon Performances at the Harold Washington Library Center

Sit back, relax and take an entertaining midday break at the library! This month the Harold Washington Library Center Visual and Performing Arts section host a series of free afternoon performances in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium featuring local musicians, singers and dancers. Here Comes the Sun a Beatles Concert: Roosevelt University Singers 12:15 p.m. Friday, April […]

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Public Collectors Author to Speak at Harold Washington Library Center

Photo credit: Brandon Carroll

Over the years Marc Fischer has collaborated with the Chicago Public Library in documenting local art history with the Chicago Artists’ Archive by donating materials, promoting the collection, referring artists and otherwise keeping us on our toes. Fischer's new book is about people who collect cultural materials that are beyond the purview of big institutions like the library. He will give an Author Talk at […]

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Lyrics Are Poems Put to Music: Part One

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As Women's History Month winds down and National Poetry Month starts, I thought this would be a good time to look at some important women in music, or more like women in music whose lyrics influence and inspire me. These women paved roads, ruined hearts and broke down walls. Their lyrics and music speak of passion, anger, rage and love. They sang the […]

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