Looking for an inspired take on bar trivia night? Then come to (Le) Poisson Rouge tomorrow night (February 20) for Performing Arts Trivia Night! Join special guest hosts The Brothers Balliett from Q2 Music for a trivia competition where every question is inspired by treasures from The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’ collections. Live music and prizes, too! Get your team together, and get ready to rumble.
"Ladies and gentlemen…The Beatles!"
That’s what Ed Sullivan famously said when he introduced America to four lads from Liverpool in February 1964. It’s also the name of the new free multimedia Beatles exhibition on display now through May 10 at The Library for the Performing Arts. Come see rare artifacts and memorabilia, take a virtual drum lesson from Ringo, and share your own Beatles remembrances in the oral history recording booth.
Want more Beatles? Check out free Beatles-related programs and screenings coming up at The Library for the Performing Arts throughout the spring. More info at nypl.org/thebeatles
Wishing all our lovely followers a very happy Valentine’s Day! To celebrate we present a few words from the 1892 ballad Dearest, “sung with immense success by Laura Schirmer Mapleson” in the opera comique Fadette. And now, for your enjoyment - the lyrics composed by B. B. Vallentine (we kid you not):
O dearest! O dearest!
Words can never tell…
How strong my love, how pure and true,
you dearest, yes dearest tho’ I love you well
I’d have you love me as I love you,
Love me too… as I love you,
You know I love you well, you know I love you well….
Ah! Love me too.
Head to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to visit its newest exhibit, Motown: The Truth is a Hit!
Featuring items that highlight Motown’s inimitable founder Berry Gordy and the institution’s most beloved musical acts, the multi-media showcase chronicles one of the most significant record labels in American music history.
Stop by the Schomburg for a musical trip down memory lane and to learn more about the iconic Motown today!
Exhibition photos courtesy of Terrence Jennings
Sad news this past weekend as the Rock world mourned the passing of Phil Everly, one half of the iconic and greatly influential duo, The Everly Brothers. Combining Country with Rock, The Everly Brothers penned such classics as BYE BYE LOVE, WAKE UP LITTLE SUSIE, and ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM. They toured with Buddy Holly and inspired everyone from The Beatles to The Beach Boys to Simon and Garfunkle. Whether it is records, cd’s or books you can find a ton about The Everly Brothers at most NYPL branches. RIP Phil.
Happy 81st Birthday to Radio City Music Hall which opened today in 1932. This image - taken from our Digital Gallery - is of the iconic building from 1934. You can check out several books and materials related to Radio City Music Hall that can be found at branches of The New York Public Library throughout the system.
December 20th is Go Caroling Day! At our event last week celebrating Charles Dickens (you may have heard about it recently…) we enjoyed the vocal stylings of The Goode Time Carolers of New York City, who put us all in the Christmas spirit! Why not take a page out of their book and spread the Christmas cheer in your neighborhood? Dressing up in Victorian garb is not required (though, it is quite nice looking)
Tickets to LIVE from the NYPL's event Exploring The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records sold out…well, if you’ll excuse the pun, in record time. If you weren’t one of the lucky few to snag tickets, you’re still in luck: we’ll be LIVEstreaming (another pun, sorry) the entire program tonight on our YouTube page (link above). Tune in at 7pm sharp to hear Jack White, Dean and Scott Blackwood, Daphne A. Brooks, and Greil Marcus talk about how this Wisconsin chair company managed to build one of the greatest musical rosters ever assembled in just 15 years.
Mexican pop star Thalia stopped by NYPL yesterday to celebrate the release of her new children’s book, Chupie, The Binky That Returned Home. After her reading, she popped downstairs to Astor Hall and snapped this gorgeous photo of herself at NYPL’s photobooth. You can get your picture taken at one of our photo booths too. Stop by today and let us know about your visit!
In honor of the acclaimed Claude Debussy’s birthday, we wanted to share this interesting negative of the composer, which can be found in the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs (you’ll also find the print from this negative as well!)
And although today’s post isn’t a recording of Clair de Lune (H/T davenport-6) - one of our favorite compositions - we recommend a visit to NYPL’s Library for the Performing Arts where you can listen to, read about, or research the man and his music.