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National Memorial Day Concert

afmilMemDaycrSunday, May 28, 8:00 p.m., WTVS Detroit

The National Memorial Day Concert features uplifting musical performances, documentary footage and dramatic readings that honor the military service of all our men and women in uniform, their families at home and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

See for details.  See Salute to the Services for description and audio recording of each Service's Song performed by each Service's Band.

"Music by the Art"


Saturday, May 27, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Matthew Ball plays boogie-woogie piano on the Library's porch (atop the steps) as part of the Plymouth Community-wide celebration of DIA Inside|Out.  If you're in the area, drop by and catch a few tunes!

Rhapsody: Music at the Library

Julie Beutel in concert...jbeutelpic

Sunday, May 21, at 3:00 p.m.

Singer, Song-Leader and Guitarist, Julie performs selections from her folk music repertoire including standards, spirituals, peace and protest songs.  Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Music in the Air... 2017

Friday Evenings, 7:00 p.m., Kellogg Park...



Language of the Spirit

New to the collection...

language spirit classicalmusicAn Introduction to Classical Music, by Jan Swafford, Basic Books, 2017.

Swafford thoughtfully examines the universal qualities in music - love, hope, exaltation, despair - and encourages us to see our own lives and feelings reflected in the magnificient sounds of artists such as Mozart, Brahms, Debussy, and Stravinsky.  Language of the Spirit is essential reading for anyone who wants to know more about this sublime art.  [Basic Books]

"After all," says the author, "one of the prime functions of any art is to show ourselves to ourselves in moving and memorable ways.

Pianist Emanuel Ax says of the author, "His series of short sketches of composers and their works ring true and, more importantly, send you running to listen to the music for yourself."

Click on Book image to link to catalog.

Rhapsody: American Songbook of Jazz

The Paul VornHagen Quartet, Sunday, April 23, at 3:00 p.m.

musical staff elabJoin us at the library and enjoy the music of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk and others, in an American Songbook of Jazz standards with Paul VornHagen on saxophone, flute and vocals, Phil Kelly on keyboard, Rob Crozier on bass, and Scott Kretzer on drums.  Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.

The Bands of Plymouth: 1857-1930

Tuesday, April 11, 7:00 p.m.

At the Plymouth Historical Museum... Free Admission

Guest Speaker:  Terese Volk Tuohey, Associate Professor Emerita, Wayne State University.  

Terese's talk will focus on the history leading to the founding of the Plymouth High School Band and the contribution the band has made to the Plymouth area and high school.  [Source: April 7, 2017, Downtown Plymouth Weekly Update.  See the Museum's Facebook page for additional information.]

The Arbor Consort Presents an Afternoon of Songs

Saturday, April 1, at 2:00 p.m.musical staff elab

arbor consort imageEnjoy a colorful array of pop hits of the 16th century in original a cappella form from Italy, Spain, France, Germany, and the golden age of Elizabethan England.  Each song will be introduced with a short narrative describing the historical context and why the song is interesting and notable.  Following the musical presentation, Consort members discuss life during the renaissance, and describe their clothing: ruffs, partlets, doublets, farthingales, bum rolls, cauls, coifs and all.

Conductor Strikes Chord...

mphilnanSee a profile of Michigan Phil's Nan Washburn, Music Director and Conductor, as reported by Joanne Maliszewski,, March 9, 2017.  For information about the Michigan Philharmonic, please visit their website.

Love and Letters

I would gladly write to you only by means of music, but I have things to say to you to-day which music could not express.

Johannes Brahms to Clara Schumann, 1854.

From the book: Letters of Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms, published in 1971, edited by Berthold Litzmann, and available via MEL (from several Michigan colleges and universities).

Maria Popova's February 20, 2017 article (viewed via Flipboard) provides details on letters, friendship, composers Robert Schumann & Johannes Brahms, and wife, mother, and virtuoso pianist Clara Schumann.  Also included is a poem entitled "Romantics, Johannes Brahms & Clara Schumann" by Lisel Mueller.

See our catalog for the music of composers Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms.brahms schumann

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