Posts Tagged ‘Music is the Word’


Music on Wednesday: Old Post Office Brass Quintet

by Kara Logsden on May 21st, 2016

2016 05 New Horizons BandOur final Music on Wednesday program will be held Wednesday May 25th at Noon. The Old Post Office Brass Quintet, which is affiliated with the New Horizons Band, will share a variety of toe-tapping fun music. This free program will be held in the Library Lobby.

The New Horizons Band is “dedicated to fostering an understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and healthy aging. The band, as well as the small spin-off groups perform regularly throughout the area and are known for bringing much joy to many, especially the older adult members of our community.”

I’m sad the Music on Wednesday series is coming to a close. It’s fun to see the surprised expression on people’s faces when they come into the Library and encounter music in an expected place. Most people smile and some stop and listen. Music in unexpected places reminds us to slow down and enjoy the moment. I have a secret hope we’ll continue to have pop-up music in the Lobby. Most people know what to expect at the Library, but some days a bit of serendipity through music is a welcome surprise.

Music on Wednesday 5/11: Crystal City

by Kara Logsden on May 7th, 2016

2016 05 06 Crystal CityOK … confession time. I’ve never heard Crystal City perform live. They came highly recommended to me and when I read this review from Hillfolk Noir, who could resist?! “Crystal City from Iowa City, Iowa, is a versatile combo centered around Dave’s midwestern sincerity. His honest songs and Sam’s lilting harmonies can warm a weary heart and get bedraggled feet stomping. -Travis & Ali Ward, Hillfolk Noir”

Dave Helmer and Sam Drella are Crystal City. Their music is described as “Heartland rock band with blue-collar roots” with “themes of love and loss, being good to each other, and celebrating life.” While preparing for this program, I’ve enjoyed listening to their music online (listen here) and getting to know their music a bit better. If you live in Iowa City or an area that contracts with us (Iowa City, rural Johnson County, Hills or University Heights) you can download their album for free with your ICPL card and password via our Local Music Project.

Please join us on Wednesday May 11 at Noon in the Library’s Lobby for a toe-tapping musical performance with Crystal City. I dare you to not tap your toes and hum along. And who knows, maybe some bedraggled feet may begin stomping! See you at the Library!

 

Celebrate ICPL’s Music is the Word Finale with Free Catfish Keith Concert

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on May 5th, 2016

Join the Iowa City Public Library for a free concert featuring Catfish Keith from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, on the Pedestrian Plaza outside of the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel.MITW_CatfishKeith_May 21

Called a “guitar genius” by Living Blues and “The real acoustic blues king!” by Rock ‘n’ Reel, Catfish Keith has established himself as one of the most exciting country blues performers of our time. A two-time W. C. Handy Blues Music Award nominee for Best Acoustic Blues Album and a 2008 inductee into the Blues Hall of Fame, Catfish Keith has fifteen No. 1 independent radio chart-topping albums to his credit.

Catfish Keith regularly packs houses all over the world with his dynamic stage show. His performance in downtown Iowa City serves as the finale for Music is the Word, the Library’s celebration of all things musical.

For nine months, ICPL has hosted a series of musical programming for all ages to welcome the University of Iowa School of Music to its new location in downtown Iowa City. The Voxman Music Building, located at the corner of Burlington and Clinton streets, will open its doors to students in the fall.

“This has been a great opportunity for us to share Iowa City’s rich musical culture through live performances, presentations, displays, hands-on activities, movies, and sing-alongs,” Library Director Susan Craig says.

We hope you’ll join us for some foot-stomping, deep delta blues and American roots music on May 21, with sound and lighting by Steve Cook Sound Production. In case of rain, the concert will be moved to the Library’s Meeting Room A.

For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

Music on Wednesday: Notes of Spring

by Kara Logsden on April 7th, 2016

2016 02 Preucil LogoOn April 13, 2016 at Noon, Preucil School of Music staff and students return to the Iowa City Public Library for a Special Music on Wednesday program celebrating “Notes of Spring.”

Music on Wednesday is a part of the Music is the Word series welcoming the University of Iowa School of Music to Downtown Iowa City. More information about Music is the Word, including a schedule of programs, is available at www.icpl.org/mitw.

“Notes of Spring” is the fourth and final performance from the musicians from Preucil School of Music. I have especially enjoyed these performances because it’s great to take a music break during the day and I am so impressed with the passion and dedication I’ve seen from the Preucil performers. Below is a preview of the program planned for Wednesday April 13th at Noon. I hope to see you there!

2016 04 13 Preucil Program

Music on Wednesday-Susan and Greg Dirks

by Kara Logsden on March 5th, 2016

Susan and Greg Dirks grew up with music and began performing together as a duo in 2008. They compose most of their own music but also play cover songs from well-known musicians such as Eric Clapton and The Rolling Stones. Their music is an eclectic mix of folk, acoustic and folk rock.

We are honored to host Susan and Greg Dirks at the Library as a part of the Music on Wednesday series on March 9, 2016 at Noon in the Lobby.

A quote in ReverbNation about the Dirks’ music piqued my interest: “Some themes you may feel or identify in our music: love, family, friends, children, people we miss, passion, wind gently blowing through trees, water shimmering in the sunset, mountains rising majestically through clouds, the swelling expanse of the Pacific on the northern California coast, redwood forests, the Iowa countryside on a still summer night, rivers strong and gentle, shining ribbons of railroad tracks disappearing into the horizon, good books, history, selfless people doing good things.”

Music can often sweep us away. I’m looking forward to the Dirks’ music and the beautiful themes that will come alive through their performance. See you soon!

Music on Friday School of Music Program

by Kara Logsden on February 24th, 2016

2016 02 ui school of music logoUniversity of Iowa School of Music students will present a wonderful noon-time program on Friday, February 26, 2016 in Meeting Room A. Please join us for an hour of enjoyment.

This program is free and open to the public. For a complete list of Music is the Word programs, visit www.icpl.org/mitw

Friday’s program will include:

Horn Trio in E flat Major Op.40                                  Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)

  1. Andante
    II. Scherzo (Allegro)
    III. Adagio mesto
    IV. Allegro con brio

Performed by: Three Oakes (Ethan Brozka, horn, Jenna Ferdon, violin, Max Tsai, piano)

Sonata No.23 Op. 57 F minor “Appassionata”      Ludwig van Beethoven  (1770 – 1827)

  1. Allegro Assai

 

Etude Op. 25 No. 10                                                            Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)

Maple Leaf Rag                                                                     Scott Joplin (1868 – 1917)

Performed by: Hana Song, piano

Music on Wednesday: Anthony Arnone

by Kara Logsden on February 19th, 2016

2016 01 Anthony ArnoneA few years back I received an interesting telephone call. An Associate Professor at the University of Iowa, Anthony Arnone, wanted to play his cello in our Lobby. Arnone explained he was getting his car serviced and, instead of the waiting room magazines or donuts, why not play the cello during his wait? He had such a positive response, he started a project called “Bach to Work-Random Acts of Music,” playing his cello in unexpected locations.

We scheduled Mr. Arnone to play at 10:15 on a Monday morning, just as families were heading in for Storytime. The experience of hearing music was mesmerizing. People entering the Library stopped to listen and many children were curious about his playing.

Fast forward a couple years, and we are delighted to welcome Anthony Arnone back to the Library as a part of our Music on Wednesday series. Mr. Arnone will play his cello at Noon on Wednesday February 24th. If it is warm outside, he will play in the Lobby. If it is cold out, we’ll move the program to the Gallery on the first floor of the Library.

Cheers to “random acts of music” at the Library!

ICPL Announces February Music is the Word Events

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 30th, 2016

Join the Iowa City Public Library as we celebrate all things musical with Music is the Word. This special series of programming, to continue through May 2016, welcomes the University of Iowa School of Music building to downtown Iowa City. Here’s what’s happening in February:

7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center Gymnastics Room: Yahoo Drummers. This Family Drumming Session at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center will have families exploring and playing percussion instruments from all over the world. No fee; no registration required.

7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in Meeting Room A: Film screening – “Bessie.” Queen Latifah stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in this HBO Films presentation, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dee Rees. 112 minutes (2015)

10:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in the Storytime Room: Book Babies – West Music’s Sing, Play, and Grow.

2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in Meeting Room A: Concert – Gospel Explosion Ministry’s Choirs. Join the Gospel Explosion Ministry’s Praise and Worship Team, GEM Teen Mime Ministry and Precious GEM’S as they share hymns and gospel songs.

Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, in Meeting Room A: Music on Wednesday @ICPL with Preucil School of Music.

10:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in Meeting Room A: Preschool Storytime – Preschool Valentine’s Day Dance.

7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in Meeting Room A: Documentary – “Twenty Feet from Stardom.” The backup singer exists in a strange place in the pop music world; they are always in the shadow of the feature artists even when they are in front of them in concert while they provide a vital foundation for the music. Through interviews with veterans and concert footage, the history of these predominately African-American singers is explored through the rock era. 91 minutes (2013)

10:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, in the Storytime Room: Book Babies – Preucil’s Music Together.

2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, in the Storytime Room: Sing-Along – “Tangled.” Will Rapunzel ever find her way out of her tower, or discover that she’s really the lost princess of the kingdom? Stop by the Storytime Room to sing along and find out! This Disney movie features music by Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken.

5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Meeting Room A: Concert — Traditional Chinese Music Performance featuring Wu Man. Wu Man is an internationally renowned pipa (Chinese lute) virtuoso.

7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in Meeting Room A: Film program — And the Oscar for Best Original Score goes to “The Adventures of Robin Hood.” Sir Robin of Locksley, defender of downtrodden Saxons, runs afoul of Norman authority and is forced to turn outlaw. Guest speaker Nathan Platte, Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of Iowa School of Music, will introduce the film and give a short history of the Academy Award for Best Original Score.

2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, in Meeting Room A: Family Event – Dancers in Company. Dancers in Company, the University of Iowa’s premiere touring dance company, performs work by nationally and internationally active faculty and guest choreographers throughout the state and region. This year, the company has created a series of works around the theme of “water.” The show will feature dances that investigate personal, local, and global issues underlying the beauty, vitality, and necessity of water by faculty choreographers Armando Duarte, Eloy Barragan, Jessica Anthony and Michael Sakamoto, and guest choreographer Rennie Harris.

Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the Lobby: Music on Wednesday @ICPL with Anthony Arnone. Called “a cellist with rich tonal resources, fine subtlety and a keen sense of phrasing,” cellist Anthony Arnone enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, conductor, recording artist, composer, and teacher throughout the country and around the world. Associate professor of cello at the University of Iowa School of Music, he is also on the faculty of the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, where he teaches and conducts.

Noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, in Meeting Room A: Music on Friday. Please join students from the University of Iowa School of Music as they share a hour of music over the lunch break. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the amazing talent of our University of Iowa students.

For more information, visit www.icpl.org/mitw or call the Library at 319-356-5200.

ICPL to screen Bessie on Feb. 4

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 28th, 2016
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In honor of Black History Month, the Iowa City Public Library will show a free screening of Bessie at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4.

This 2015 HBO TV film about legendary American blues singer Bessie Smith focuses on her transformation as a struggling young singer into “The Empress of the Blues.” Directed by Dee Rees, the film stars Queen Latifah stars as Smith, with supporting roles are played by Michael Kenneth Williams as Smith’s first husband Jack Gee, and Mo’Nique as Ma Rainey.

Bessie received four Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Television Movie.

The movie will be shown in the big screen in Meeting Room A. Popcorn will be provided.

For more information, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

Awful Purdies to perform at ICPL Jan. 30

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 19th, 2016

The Iowa City Public Library will host the Awful Purdies for a Special Family Concert from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, in Meeting Room A as part of its ongoing Music is the Word celebration.

The Awful Purdies are an eclectic quintet of female multi-instrumentalists who take turns stepping up as songwriter and lead singer. Featuring Katie Roche, Nicole Upchurch, Katie Senn, Sarah Driscoll, Marcy Rosenbaum, and a host of instruments ranging from the mandolin to the penny whistle, the Awful Purdies recently celebrated 10 years of making and sharing music together.

This performance is free and open to parents and children of all ages. It will be broadcast LIVE on The Library Channel, Iowa City cable channel 20.

For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200.