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Libraries, Media/Music Collections, Music, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

New Tommies! New Resources!

By Sofia Wolf

As UST welcomes new students to campus – whether first year, international, or transfer students – the Music & Media Collections at OSF Library cannot wait to share the many resources we have available for these new (or returning) Tommies. Found in room 104A in O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, the Music & Media Collections has over 25,000 physical DVD and CD titles available for check out as well as numerous streaming databases featuring academic films and interviews, documentaries, foreign films, major motion pictures, and everything in between. Viewing stations, listening/view rooms, and external disc drives available for check out make it easy to utilize our resources. If you have been to the Music & Media Collections in the past, make sure to drop by this semester to browse the many new titles that were added throughout the summer.


Media/Music Collections, Music, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Services

Book a Media Viewing/Listening Room for your next group project!

By Sofia Wolf

The second UST summer session just began and before you know it, so will fall classes! Many courses require students to view or listen to content which will contribute to assignments, tests, or class discussion. However, students often face the problem of where this content should be viewed, especially if it must be done as a group. The Music & Media Collection in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library makes it convenient to watch a film or listen to audio with a group by offering two Viewing/Listening rooms, now available for reservation! Booking one is as simple as booking a group study room at the library – simply visit the “Films” tab within the OSF Library homepage, select “Book A Media Viewing/Listening Room,” choose your date, duration, and which room you would like to reserve, then reserve a room using your UST student information.

Be sure to take advantage of one of the many fantastic resources offered by the Music & Media Collections and ace your next group project!

Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries, Media/Music Collections, Music, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Happy summer!!!

By Liz Legatt

As everyone departs from campus and begins their summer jobs, classes, and vacations, don’t forget that the Music & Media Collections is still capable of meeting your needs from home! Because of our continuously updated streaming services, members of the St. Thomas community have access to thousands of films and music through our databases.

If you find yourself in need of a film for class or simply have some free time on your hands, you can find our Online Video and Music Sources right through the St. Thomas Libraries website. And if you still need to come in to the Music & Media Collections for face-to-face help, effective May 22nd our hours will be changed as follows:

Music and Media Collections Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 8am to 8pm
Friday: 8am to 5pm
Saturday – Sunday: Closed

Art, Libraries, Music, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Noonartsound: Traditional Jazz and Art Deco – November 1

art-deco-and-guitarnoonartsound, a series of fun, informative and beautiful musical performances with historical perspectives,  offers a delightful way to enjoy your lunch break.

The programs are held from noon to 1 p.m. in the O’Shaughnessy Room (Rm 108) of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library.

Free and open to all, noonartsound is hosted by Shelly Nordtorp-Madson, Ph.D., chief curator and a member of the clinical faculty in the Department of Art History, and Chris Kachian, Ph.D., guitarist and professor of music.

November’s featured musician will be Joan Griffith – performer, composer, teacher.

About this month’s noonartsound:

The Art:  “Art Deco, short for Arts Décoratifs, was made up of numerous styles, some directly in opposition.  However, the driving force was modernity. It took the form of smooth, shiny, almost space-age motifs and lines.  From the Ballet Russe to movie theaters built from the 20s through the 40s,  Art Deco is instantly recognizable, if not easily described.  This slide-illustrated lecture will explore the decorative arts, the clothing, and the painting  that formed the visual vocabulary, or the jazz, that formed modern society.”               – Shelly Nordtorp-Madson

The Sound:   You’ll hear Joan Griffith and Chris Kachian play traditional jazz by composers Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and Cole Porter

Bring your lunch if you wish – we’ll provide beverage and dessert!

Database Highlights & Trials, Media/Music Collections, Music, New Materials, News & Events



The UST Libraries is pleased to announce the new subscription to Medici.TV. A streaming video music database covering over 1,500 films in high definition with the best of classical music from Baroque to Contemporary music, including: concerts, operas, ballets, archival documents, portraits of artists and composers, master classes, conductors in rehearsals. Over 100 live broadcast every year from leading concert halls and classical music festivals.

Access to these films through the Library Catalog CLICnet, or you can go through this link Medici.TV . To watch a performance click on the “picture.” .

If you have questions about this streaming film collection, please feel free to contact Cindy Badilla-Meléndez, Media/Music Resources Librarian at


Latin America, Libraries, Music, News & Events, O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library

Dances and Melodies of Spain and Latin America in the Library’s Great Hall Thursday, November 21 at 7pm

 “It’s music like you’ve (almost) never heard it before . . .”     – Chris Kachian


Thomas Schönberg and Chris Kachian

The Arpeggione Duo of guitarist Dr. Christopher Kachian and cellist Dr. Thomas Schönberg will perform a 7 p.m. concert Thursday, November 21, 2013 featuring a variety of pieces from Spain, Ecuador, Brazil, and Argentina.  The concert will be held  at the north end of the Great Hall, located on the second floor of the  O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, marking the second time this space, noted for its excellent acoustics, stained-glass windows and vaulted ceiling, will be used for a concert. 

Schönberg and Kachian, who are educators as well as performers, formed the Arpeggione Duo after meeting at the Guitar Festival of Sollentuna, Sweden, in 2004. They tour annually and have recorded three albums.  More about the musicians and samples of their music can be found here.  

Schönberg is a native of Sweden and was accepted to the Royal Music Academy of Stockholm at age 13.  He received his doctorate at the University of Hartford, Conn., and is dean of the Lidingo School of Music in Sweden. He performs throughout Europe, Asia and the United States on a Guarnerius cello built in 1711.

Kachian, whose doctorate is from the University of Minnesota, heads the Guitar Studies Program at St. Thomas and in 2011 was inducted into the renowned Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity.  A champion of new music, he has commissioned and premiered more than 30 works for guitar.  He has given more than 500 performances in Japan, China, Africa, Cuba, Costa Rica, Peru and throughout Europe and North America.  Kachian is a founding member of the Society for the Affectation of Baroque Music and also plays the blues harmonica.

The concert is free and open to all.   Refreshments will be served. If you have any questions, please call (651) 962-5014.

Database Highlights & Trials, Libraries, Music

Listen to Hometown Musicians at the Library

Sad because the Minnesota Orchestra  is still locked out and we are all missing out on their music? You can partially fill the void by listening to Minnesota Orchestra recordings on audio CD’s or via online streaming audio.localmusic

The Music Resource Center (rm 103, Brady Education Center) has about 25 audio CD’s available for check-out, including all of the critically acclaimed Osmo Vanska recordings of the Beethoven symphonies (and yes, they indeed are wonderful). For online options, try Naxos Music Library, which also has many recordings of the orchestra.

Interested in other local classical ensembles? More recordings from many other hometown ensembles are available either for checkout at the Music Resource Center or for online listening via Naxos Music Library and DRAM, including:

Want to listen really close to home? The Music Resource Center has CD’s and DVD’s of St. Thomas musical groups in concert, faculty recordings, prominent organists in recital on the Chapel’s fine Kney organ, and the popular Christmas concerts. And check out the Symphonic Wind Ensemble’s online recordings via Naxos.

Happy hometown listening!

Database Highlights & Trials, Music

Dylan Represents!

Did you catch Bob Dylan’s concert last week?  According to a list just published on Buzzfeed, he is the most critically acclaimed rock star ever to come from Minnesota.  I think his album cover definitely makes Minnesota stand out on this map, don’t you?

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Buzzfeed cited a study from Acclaimed Music, “a website that crunches and compiles best-of lists to determine critics’ general consensus.” I liked reading through their list, but I have to admit I felt a little clueless about some of the bands.  And as I sat there scratching my head thinking about where to find more information about them, I realized: the library has entire Biography subject guide filled with great resources for finding information about your favorite musician/film star/historical figure/you-name-it. Awesome!

The guide has information about how to  articles, books, and more.  Although I know you may be thinking that Wikipedia is better, humor me for a  moment and think of this: EVERYTHING on the subject guide is from a reliable source your professor would be more than happy to let you use for your next research paper.  Even more awesome!

We have quite a few options for biography research, but my favorite library resources for finding info about musicians are the following:

Have fun searching! I’m off to listen to some music…

Music, New Materials, News & Events

The National Jukebox

jukebox2Hey, this is pretty cool: the Library of Congress has released the National Jukebox, which provides free access to some vintage music from the LOC and other collections.  Users can browse or search by genre and artist, access, create, and submit playlists, etc.  The “Jukebox Day by Day” feature lets you see what was recorded each day of the year. 

Listen to a Sample Playlist.


About the National Jukebox
The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives.


Database Highlights & Trials, Music

Jewish humor & Bugs Bunny

This morning on Minnesota Public Radio I heard about the Minneapolis Jewish Humor Festival.

The Encyclopedia Judaica, part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library,  has a lengthy article on Humor, from its biblical roots to its psych-social roots.

Rabbi Sim Glaser, one of the presenters at the festival,  says that his favorite Jewish humorist is Bugs Bunny.  He chose old Bugs over Groucho Marx, Woody Allen, Jack Benny, and Jerry Seinfeld.  In addition to everything else that made me laugh during that MPR segment, that cracked me up because I consider Bugs Bunny as my favorite classical musician.  It was through the Bugs Bunny show that I was introduced to such classical pieces as:

I have no idea why my font got so shouty for some of those titles.  Sorry.  I’m really not shouting.