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Cover of Alpine Dreaming: The Helvetia Records Story, 1920-1924

Celebrate the release of the 2-CD set Alpine Dreaming: The Helvetia Records Story, 1920-1924. Saturday, November 17, 2018. Wayside Dining Room, University Club, 803 State St. 7:00pm. Free and Open to the Public.

Book cover for Yiddish Empire: the Vilna Troupe, Jewish Theater, and the Art of Itinerancy, by Debra Caplan

Debra Caplan speaks about her book Yiddish Empire: The Vilna Troupe, Jewish Theater, and the Art of Itinerancy, Monday, October 29, 2018, 5:30-7:00pm, Memorial Library, Room 126.

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  • New Book. The Gnawa Lions: Authenticity and Opportunity in Moroccan Ritual Music, by Christopher Witulski. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2018. [ML3760 .W58 2018] Witulski, an Instructor of Ethnomusicology at Bowling Green State University, explores how Gnawa musicians move between their traditional roles in trance-based healing ceremonies and those of performers on the streets of Marrakech, at festivals in Essaouira, in Fez’s cafes, Casablanca’s nightclubs, and the bars of Rabat. #gnawa #gnawamusic #gnawalions #christopherwitulski #ethnomusicology #moroccanmusic #millsmusiclibrary
  • On this centennial of Armistice Day, we turn to examples from our Wisconsin Sheet Music Collection to reflect upon the sentiments from the times, as America went from not getting involved in The Great War to joining the fight, and then celebrating the peace that followed. “America never meant to enter in this war” is printed on the cover of “The World’s War Song,” words and music by George B. Freeman, Jr., arranged by Earl S. Gere, Racine Music Co., 1917. [ID: WiscSheetMus.wsm0459.bib] The lyrics attest to the ability and intent to “annihilate the Teutons to a man.” Once the war had been won, and peace secured, freedom from tyranny was celebrated, as evident in “The World’s Freedom,” words and music by Anna Frawley, Milwaukee: Wm. A. Kaun Music Co., 1919. [ID: WiscSheetMus.wsm2379.bib] #armisticeday #armistice100 #wisconsinsheetmusiccollection #millsmusiclibrary
  • Cantus is coming to sing again this Sunday, November 11, at 7:30pm, Wisconsin Union Theater, Shannon Hall. See the @uniontheater account for more details. The male vocal ensemble from Minnesota will perform a program titled Alone Together, exploring the struggle of individuals and communities to find meaningful connections in an increasingly digital world. Pictured: ...Against the Dying of the Light, released in 2002 on Cantus Recordings. [COMP DISC 17743] This recording includes works by Carl Orff, Jean Sibelius, Samuel Barber, and Claude Debussy. #cantussings #millsmusiclibrary
  • We have brought back the headphone tree we once used to store all the headphones we used to have on hand to facilitate listening in the library back when we kept the turntables, cassette decks, and CD players behind the circulation desk and piped the sound out to carrels that had been fitted with headphone jacks and volume controllers, and we have repurposed it to display Staff Picks. The initial selections include an array of Nina Simone materials, chosen by Tom Caw, Music Public Services Librarian. #staffpicks #millsmusiclibrary #ninasimone #headphonetree
  • Diwali is once again being celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains around the world. This Festival of Lights falls between October and November every year, with the exact date being determined by the Hindu lunar calendar. It last for five days, and symbolizes the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. We found a Bhil song for the festival on Musique Indienne du Rajasthan, recorded in 1962 and released by Ocora. [Ethno Coll E 118 Z] #diwali #diwali2018 #diwalisong #bhil #rajasthan #ocora #millsmusiclibrary