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Alan Westby, Librarian, Art, Music & Recreation Department

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coffee cup with musical notes as steam and the text Song a Day for a Month Concert

Song a Day for a Month Concert

July 28, 2017
Song-A-Day for a Month is a community of individuals who challenge each others' creativity in an interesting way.

French duellist and opera singer Julie d'Aubigny (1670–1707). Anonymous print.

Julie d'Aubigny: La Maupin and Early French Opera

June 28, 2017

LGBT Pride Month gives us an opportunity to discover a fascinating character from the early days of French opera.


The Music of Tôru Takemitsu and Japanese New Wave Cinema

The Music of Tôru Takemitsu and Japanese New Wave Cinema

May 26, 2017

As we observe Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Los Angeles Public Library, this is a good occasion to look at some of the interesting examples of Japanese cinema available to our patrons, particularly those featuring scores by composer Tôru


Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901-1953)

Ruth Crawford Seeger: Musical Ultra-Modernist and Folklorist

March 28, 2017

Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901-1953) is widely recognized both as the most important American woman composer of the Twentieth Century, and as a major figure in the study and preservation of American folk music.


Scott Joplin

Scott Joplin, Treemonisha and American Opera

February 21, 2017

2017 marks the hundredth anniversary of the death, at the age of 49, of Scott Joplin, one of America's first great composers, and the composer of arguably the first important American opera: Treemonisha.


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