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DSO Community Concerts

Attend FREE Detroit Symphony Orchestra Community Concerts...orchestra generic

For the seventh consecutive year, the DSO will perform four free community concerts this fall, presented by the DTE Energy Foundation. This year’s concerts, conducted by Michelle Merrill, will take place September 28 through October 1 in Dearborn, Detroit, Clawson, and St. Clair Shores, with favorites by Bernstein, Brahms, and John Williams, plus music from The Sound of Music.

Free, General Seating Tickets required.

See DSO Newsletter for details and link to online ticketing.

American Music in London, 1956

* On This Date...  August 31

1956:  Before the British Invasion, the Americans had their own version in England when the top nine records on the U.K. singles chart were all by Yanks.


Doris Day

Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera)


Teenagers featuring Frankie Lymon  

Why Do Fools Fall in Love


Teresa Brewer

Sweet Old-Fashioned Girl


Tony Martin

Walk Hand in Hand


Mel Torme

Mountain Greenery


Billl Haley and His Coments

Rockin' Through the Rye


Elvis Presley

Heartbreak Hotel


Pat Boone

I'll Be Home


Tex Ritter

The Wayward Wind


For additional information, please see U.K. Singles Charts.

* From "On This Day In Music History", by Jay Warner [Hal Leonard Corp, 2004], page 245.

Chopsticks Infinity

105 new duet* parts for the world's most played piano piece, by Philip Johnston, 2017.

     * or trio, or quartet, or as many people as you can fit at one piano.


New to the collection...


One famous tune, 105 new ensemble parts, infinite possiblities.

Sections include:

  • The Original
  • MicroEtudes - finger crunching technical showpieces
  • Melodies - any instrument can join in
  • Accompaniments - harmonic glue
  • Rhythmics - adding pulse, bounce, zip, flair
  • Hit Points - high impact entry every six beats
  • Gatecrashers - famous melodies that should not be in Chopsticks

Difficulty ratings indicated by colored circles.

Click on Book image to link to catalog.

For more sheet music... visit the collection, upper level nonfiction, shelf location 784.5.

Solar Eclipse & Music

solareclipseDebra Filcman, from UltimateClassicRock posted her Top 13 Eclipse Songs, including remarks, artist & album title, and link to youtube music.  Rearranged in release year order:

  • Sounds of Silence, Simon & Garfunkel
  • Darkness, Darkness, The Youngbloods
  • Beware of Darkness, George Harrison
  • Ain't No Sunshine, Bill Withers
  • You're So Vain, Carly Simon
  • Eclipse, Pink Floyd
  • Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me, Elton John
  • Blinded by the Light, Manfred Mann's Earth Band
  • Promises in the Dark, Pat Benatar
  • Total Eclipse, Iron Maiden
  • Dancing in the Dark, Bruce Springsteen
  • The Dark of the Sun, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  • Black Hole Sun, Soundgarden

NASA, Innovative Music & Sonification...  Watch the video to learn how Solar Energy during the eclipse will be converted into music played by the Kronos Quartet.

Joni Mitchell & Woodstock

* On This Date...  August 18

1969:  Joni Mitchell appeared on Dick Cavett's TV talk show.  Because of that scheduled appearance, her agent, David Geffen, had convinced her to pull out of her planned performance at the Woodstock Festival.  In tribute to the monumental event, she then wrote "Woodstock."

* From "On This Day In Music History", by Jay Warner [Hal Leonard Corp, 2004], page 232.


Joni Mitchell Music CD's HERE

and for Woodstock materials here.

For additional information, please see

Glen Campbell, 1936-2017

Rolling Stone remembers Glen Campbell.


"Glen Campbell performs At The 2012 CMA Music Festival In Nashville." UPI Photo Collection, 2012. Fine Arts and Music Collection, Accessed 8 Aug. 2017.

Musicianship Free and Online

music learnLearning music through online methods is something that is now more possible (and easier) than ever.  So begins an article posted August 2, 2017, by TechBoomers titled 5 Ways to Learn Music Online for Free.

  • Find an online music teacher
  • Watch instructional videos
  • Take an online class
  • Download a learning app
  • Review Music Theory

Descriptions and links are provided in each section of the article.

TechBoomers is a free site that offers short courses on the Internet's hottest websites and topics, from social networks and online marketplaces to information directories and Internet safety & privacy.  Have a look at

2017 Gershwin Prize for Popular Song to Tony Bennett

BennettTonyTony Bennett is not just an artist for the ages, but an artist for all ages. His interpretations and re-interpretations have introduced new generations to the Great American Songbook. He is one of a handful of artists to have new albums charting in seven consecutive decades, beginning in the 1950s through the 2010s. Bennett celebrated his 90th birthday on Aug. 3, and the milestone was highlighted with the broadcast of a television special, the release of a new CD and book and the lighting of the Empire State Building honoring his musical legacy.  [See Library of Congress News Release for additional details.]

The Gershwin Prize honors a living musical artist’s lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations. Previous recipients are Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, songwriting duo Burt Bacharach and the late Hal David, Carole King, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson and Smokey Robinson. 

[Image from Fine Arts and Music Collection]

For additional information about Tony Bennett, please see our Research Databases Biography in Context and/or Fine Arts & Music Collection.  Note: A Plymouth Library card is required to access these databases remotely.

Find Tony Bennett in our Music CD Collection here.

Find Tony Bennett in our Digital Hoopla Collection here.

"... it was 20 years ago today"

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

The Album, The Beatles and the World in 1967, by Brian Southall, Charlesbridge, 2017.


New to the collection...

sgtpepperbkA carefully crafted and collectible volume celebrations the 50th anniversary of a legendary and groundbreaking Beatles album.

Expert Brian Southall's unique edition recounts the story behind the music and the cultural climate of 1967 when Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band debuted.  The -A-side- of this coolly curated title is all about the Beatles, the music on the album, the recording process, how the disc was received at the time and how it has been acknowledged as one of the greatest albums ever recorded.  The -B-side- looks at the state of the world in 1967, from the Summer of Love to anti-war protests to the launch of Rolling Stone magazine to Jimi Hendrix's first UK tour as a solo artist--and so much, much more.

Fascinating photographs and text build a complete picture of the world as it was when one of the most famous albums of all time was released. -- Goodreads

Click on Book image to link to catalog.

For more Beatles...

See Bill Wyman's ranking of Beatles songs with commentary at

Find Beatles in the Plymouth District Library Collection of Music CDs and Nonfiction Books & DVDs.


Jazz! July 16, Noon to 9pm, at Schoolcraft College.

M Jazz Fest

The mission of the Michigan Jazz Festival, Inc., is to promote and encourage public interest, appreciation and support for jazz as a musical art form and a cultural resource. Toward this end, the organization will conduct an annual day-long Jazz Festival in the Southeastern area of Michigan. Various jazz artists and groups will be invited to perform. The event will be open to the public without cost to those attending.

Link to General Information about Michigan Jazz Fest and to the 2017 Program Guide (Schedule, Musicians, Sponsors, Map).