Rhapsodic City: Music of New York

The vibrant culture of New York City offers a plethora of events when it comes to arts and entertainment. I have written about the upcoming EMP Pop Conference and Red Bull Music Academy on this blog. My latest discovery is this awesome event series from the New York Public  Library.

Series Features Programs with Blondie’s Debbie Harry and Chris Stein, A Celebration of Women in Hip-Hop, Plus Special Screenings, Performances and Presentations

February 21, 2013 – This spring, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts presents Rhapsodic City: Music of New York, a new six-week long interdisciplinary series exploring the city’s distinct role in the formulation, emergence, and legacy of some of the most exciting music movements in the 20th century.

Tackling a different music style or subject each week — hip-hop, punk, the folk music revival, Prohibition-era jazz, Mambo and Salsa, and the Brill Building’s heyday — Rhapsodic City: Music of New York features panel discussions with icons and experts, performances by leading artists, special film screenings and presentations of the Performing Arts Library’s remarkable collections.

Highlights from the series include a discussion of punk style and sound with Blondie’s Debbie Harry and Chris Stein; performances by Jazz Age Lawn Party founder Michael Arenella, Grammy-nominated bandleader Bobby Sanabria, and Joe McGinty from the Losers Lounge Band; a celebration of women in hip-hop; and an exploration of Greenwich Village in the ’50s and ’60s led by Elijah Wald, author of the book that served as source material for the Coen Brothers’ latest film.

“At The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, we are deeply aware of how vital music is to this city’s cultural fabric,” said Jacqueline Z. Davis, Barbara G. and Lawrence A. Fleishman Executive Director of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. “Using our vast archival materials — including sheet music, films, recordings and more — Rhapsodic City: Music of New York provides an opportunity for us to illustrate some of the most compelling examples of how New York inspires new genres of music, and how musical styles from around the world have become part of the city’s own cultural narrative, creating a distinctly New York story.”

All events included in the Rhapsodic City: Music of New York series take place at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (40 Lincoln Center Plaza) unless otherwise noted below, and are free and open to the public.

For more details and dates go here: http://www.nypl.org/press/press-release/2013/02/26/rhapsodic-city-music-new-york-new-series-new-york-public-library-perf

 

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