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Royal Oak's Arts, Beats & Eats, August 31 through September 3, 2012.

From Kerrytown District Association Events...

Thursday, August 16, 2012, beginning at 5:00 p.m.
At the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, Kerrytown.

This is a free event.  Reservations are not required.
Live musical performances by: 

  • Kathy Hussey, guitarist/singer/songwriter
  • Whit Hill and the Postcards
  • The hApHaZaRdS
  • Matt Boylan
  • Hoodang

Click on Kerrytown link above for details on timing, musicians, and associated festivies.

From the July issues of Frontiers in Human Neuroscience:

Study found seniors with musical training outperformed others on thinking, memory tests.

"A growing body of evidence suggests that learning to play an instrument and continuing to practice and play it may offer mental benefits throughout life.  Hearing has also been shown to be positively affected by making music."

See U.S. News & World Report article for more information.

Michigan Philharmonic 2012/2013 Season Preview with Nan Washburn

Wednesday, September 5, at 7:00 p.m.

Nan Washburn, Music Director & Conductor, Michigan Philharmonic, discusses featured composers of the upcoming season. With her usual flair and expertise, Ms. Washburn’s narrative, musical excerpts, and background information will pique your interest and increase your enjoyment of classical music.


Rhapsody: Big Band Memories with Bill Hart

Sunday, October 7, at 3:00 p.m.

You select the song list for this stroll down big band memory lane with big band trumpet player Bill Hart and keyboard accompanist Alan Tedrick.


Rhapsody: Amahl and the Night Visitors

Sunday, November 11, at  3:00 p.m.

Enjoy excerpts from Gian-Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, as well as a behind-the scenes look into the world of opera, presented by members of the Main Street Opera Theatre, a new opera company based in Plymouth.





This annual music festival is held on the 3rd Sunday in July,
on the Schoolcraft College Campus.

This year, music performances are scheduled for Sunday, July 15,
beginning at Noon, ending at 9:15 p.m.  Enjoy a variety of jazz styles performed by
soloists, small groups, and big bands, across several stages.
This event is free of charge...  no admission fee...  no parking fee.


sun recently posted their list of Top 30 Summer Songs of All Time.  From the Billboard list, read music trivia and listen to the music. 

To check for availability in our collection, click here.

4th_flagThe Good Morning USA Parade begins at 9:00 a.m.,  Wednesday, July 4.  Line up along Main Street from Theodore to Hartsough to enjoy the festivities.

Put yourself in the mood with some Patriotic Music from the library collection.




The Michigan Philharmonic presents "An American Salute"...

Friday, June 22, 2012, at 8:00 p.m.,
at Kensington Metropark (in Milford)

and again on

Saturday, June 30, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.,
at Kellogg Park (in Plymouth).


Per the Michigan Philharmonic News Release, "An American Salute is an outdoor summertime pops concert celebrating our nation and its culture with a dynamic tapestry of patriotic favorites, from Cole Porter and Rodgers & Hammerstein to John Williams to John Philip Sousa and more, including Tchaikovsky's classic 1812 Overture."
See the Michigan Philharmonic website for additional information about
upcoming events, personnel and history.


Enjoy Plymouth Community Band Concerts in Kellogg Park on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., June 14, 21, 28, and July 12, 19, and 26.

"The Plymouth Community Band, based in Plymouth, Michigan, is composed of 55-75 volunteer, amateur musicians (winds & percussion) who enjoy coming together to make music in a "concert band" arrangement. Members come from all walks of life, have diverse backgrounds and experiences and range in age from teenagers to octogenarians."  See their website for more information.

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Movement: Electronic Music Festival

in Hart Plaza, Detroit, this weekend,

May 26, 27, & 28, 2012.



musicstaffcolorEnjoy musical performances in Kellogg Park, Friday evenings beginning at 7:00 p.m., May 25 through August 31 (excluding July 13).

See the Downtown Plymouth flyer for a list of performers by date.

Sponsorship provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Hines Park Lincoln.



As conceived by The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, Jazz Appreciation Month (or JAM) is intended to draw public attention to the glories of jazz as both an historical and a living treasure.

Jazz in the Plymouth District Library...

Upper Level Non-Fiction Collection


Jazz, by Gary Giddins and Scott DeVeaux.


The History of Jazz,
by Ted Gioia


Early Jazz: Its Roots & Musical Development, by Gunther Schuller


The Swing Era: The Development of Jazz, 1930-1945, by Gunther Schuller


Jazz: A Regional Exploration, by Scott Yanow


Upper Level Non-Fiction Collection at 781.65

jazzicons The Jazz Icon Series includes performance footage from the 1950's into the 1970's, featuring  Cannonball Adderley, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Art Blakey, Chet Baker, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Dextor Gordon, Lionel Hampton, Quncy Jones, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Charles Mingus, Thelonius Monk, Wes Montgomery, Oscar Peterson, Buddy Rich, Sonny Rollins, Nina Simone, and Sarah Vaughan.
kenburnsjazz Ken Burns celebrates Jazz from its origins in blues and ragtime through swing, bebop, and fusion in a 10 DVD series including 75 interviews, more than 500 pieces of music, 2,400 still photographs, and over 2,000 rare and archival film clips.


Music CDs

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Browse through more than 600 Jazz CDs in our Adult Music Collection (Main Level), or review NPR's Jazz 100 music list of essential recordings with links to our collection. Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology, one book and six CDs, tracks the history of jazz through its legendary innovators and notable styles.


Books on CD
Main Level Audiobook Collection

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The Great Courses
Elements of Jazz: From Cakewalks to Fusion
Teacher: Professor Bill Messenger
Peabody Conservatory of Music
The Modern Scholar
How to Listen to and Appreciate Jazz
Teacher: Professor Ted Buehrer
Kenyon College



For distinguished musical composition...

silentnight_putsAwarded to Kevin Puts for "Silent Night: Opera in Two Acts," commissioned and premiered by the Minnesota Opera in Minneapolis on November 12, 2011, a stirring opera that recounts the true story of a spontaneous cease-fire among Scottish, French and Germans during World War I, displaying versatility of style and cutting straight to the heart.  Libretto by Mark Campbell (Aperto Press).  [Pulitzer Prize Citation]

The Pulitzer Prize for music has been awarded since 1943.
See for additional information.

See the composers website at for production and biographical materials, as well as a link to an audio recording of the opera courtesy of Minnesota Public Radio.



NPR hosts several music blogs (click on links below to access)
with many articles including embedded audio and video.

The Record: Music News from NPR
Deceptive Cadence: NPR Classical
A Blog Supreme: NPR Jazz
All Songs Considered: The Blog

clarkdickMusic is the soundtrack of your life.     ~ Dick Clark

"Foremost among his countless contributions to popular culture and the music business, Dick Clark took rock 'n' roll out of bedroom radios and placed it on televisions in living rooms and dens across America."     ~ Phil Gallo,
Click here for rest of story.

10 Great 'Bandstand' Moments
Videoclips from American Bandstand posted at

For The Museum of Broadcast Communications articles, see American Bandstand and Dick Clark.

Dick Clark was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a Non-Performer in 1993. 


rrhflogoThe following artists were inducted this month into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: 
Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donovan, Laura Nyro, The Small Faces/Faces, Beastie Boys, The Crickets, The Famous Flames, The Midnighters, The Comets, The Blue Caps, The Miracles, and Freddie King.  (Click on artist/group name for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame background information.)

For book, DVD's and CD's covering the 25th anniversary of the
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum (1986-2010), click on covers below.

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From PCMAG.COM, by Jamie Lendino, February 1, 2012...

Why Your MP3s Sound Bad: High-Resolution Audio Explained


irishSee World Music - Europe - Ireland in our Adult Music CD Collection on the Main Floor for recordings by Altan, Baltimore Consort, Celtic Thunder, Celtic Woman, Chieftans, Clancy Brothers, Daniel O'Donnell, Dubliners, Irish Tenors, James Galway, John Doyle, John McCormack, Loreena McKennit, Maura O'Connell, Patrick Ball, and others.  Browse titles available in the CD Bins, or check the catalog, Quick Search - Subject Keyword(s), folk music ireland.


For sheet music and visual performances, click on covers below for availability and location.

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The original bracket was comprised of the 32 most recent songs to top the Hot 100 chart.  Vote for your favorites.  Brackets include Adele's Set Fire to the Rain against Raise Your Glass by Pink.  And...  B.O.B. featuring Bruno Mars on Nothing On You against Lady Gaga's Born This Way.  See original bracket and winner...


rhap_reas_facs_costumesinstsPerformance by:

Anne & Rob Burns as A Reasonable Facsimile

Sunday, March 11, 3:00 p.m.

On period style recorder, flute, viola da gamba, guitar, fife and drum, Anne and Rob play music and tell about the instruments and music of the early settlements in the Great Lakes and Canada (circa 1600 - 1800).  See A Reasonable Facsimile for more information about Anne & Rob.

Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Check out the best in Music Albums as recognized by the The Recording Academy for their February 12, 2012, awards show.  See our "Grammy Nominated Albums" List (CD's in the library collection), and other Music Lists for your borrowing pleasure. 

Nominated for ALBUM OF THE YEAR:

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flamenco_imageSunday, February 19, 3:00 p.m.friends_logo

Colorful costumes, compelling guitar music and intricate footwork tell the story of Spain's heritage.

Dancers:  Holly Matthews & Michelle Millman
Guitarists:  Bill Doub & Arnie Fellman

This program is funded in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Michigan Humanities Council.

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Participating in Drummunity created a room full of energy, smiles and rhythm as we all played a variety of percussion instruments under the tutelage of drum circle facilitator Lori Fithian at our Friends-sponsored Rhapsody program, Sunday, January 8.

For more informatio about Lori Fithian & Drummunity, click here.

For Library materials about drum circles & percussion (click on title for availability and location):

The Art and Heart of Drum Circles Christine Stevens DVD
Drum Circle Facilitation: Buidling Community Through Rhythm Arthur Hull Book
Drum Circle Facilitation: Building Community Through Rhythm Arthur Hull DVD
Timpani and Percussion Jeremy Montagy Book
Stomp, Live Luke Cresswell & Steve McNicholas DVD
Drum Circle Various Artists Music CD
Various Drum how-to's See 786.9 in Youth or Adult Non-Fiction  


The 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, awarded December 4, 2011, honored (in addition to actress Meryl Streep) singer Barbara Cook, singer Neil Diamond, jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.  See below for representations of these artists in our music collection.

The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance offers a wide range of musical events free and open to the public.  Consider expanding your musical experience.  See their Calendar of Events for more information.


Music Provided by:  The Detroit Handbell Ensemble
Sunday, December 11, 3:00 p.m.


Classical and holiday music performed on five octaves of Handbells & Choirchimes by the Detroit Handbell Ensemble.

Rhapsody is sponsored by Friends of the Library.



Check out the best in Country Music as recognized by the Country Music Association for their 2011 awards show.  See our "Best In Country Music..." List (CD's in the library collection), and other Music Lists for your borrowing pleasure.

grad_capNPR's All Songs Considered music blogger reminisces after dropping his son off at college.  Others write in about the music of their college years.  Enjoy the conversation...