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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.