Welcome to the Music Section!
The library collects a wide range of musical styles to appeal to every taste. If there is anything that you would like to suggest for the collection or you would like a recommendation from one of our music experts, please contact us.
The music collection is organized according to “music style” or genres. Categories include: Blues, Country, Folk, Rock, Opera, Classical, Jazz, Popular, Musicals/ Soundtracks, Popular-Latin, and World Music.
For more information on how to find music, click here.
The Lyric Opera of Chicago is one of our area's greatest cultural institutions and it is currently part way through its 2013/14 season. November performances include Wagner's Parsifal and Verdi's La Traviata. Among the excellent resources created by the Lyric in conjunction with this season is a series of commentaries free to stream or download from their web site. These commentaries feature a quick plot synopsis, musical highlights and information and anecdotes surrounding the history of each opera.
Here are links to all the library's copies of this season's operas on both cd and dvd.
1. Otello by Guiseppe Verdi
2. Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini
3. Parsifal by Richard Wagner
4. La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi
5. Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss Jr.
6. Il Barbiere di Siviglia by Gioachino Rossini
7. Rusalka by Antonin Dvorák
8. La Clemenza di Tito by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Highland Park is home to many fine things. The city proudly hosts the Ravinia Festival every summer. We have well-crafted homes that are the pinnacle of architecture, a breathtaking beachfront and a thriving culinary scene. But what you may not know is that Highland Park is also home to an excellent blues record label, The Sirens Records.
- Barrelhouse Chuck - Prescripton for the Blues
- Ari Brown - Madam Queen
- Katherine Davis - Rock This House -- Live!
- Geraldine & Donald Gay - Soulful Sounds
- Heavy Timbre: Chicago Boogie Piano
- Erwin Helfer - I'm Not Hungry, But I Like to Eat -- Blues!
- In the Right Hands: Chicago Gospel Keyboard Pioneers
- Primitive Piano
- Emma Thompson - Just in Time
- Skinny Williams & Erwin Helfer - St. James Infirmary
Storm Thorgerson passed away on April 18th. He was a graphic designer and music video director who was best known for his work creating iconic album artwork for some of rock's most influencial albums.
The artwork he created for Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" is often considered to be his masterpiece. He had health problems related to a stroke he had several years ago which ultimately took his life. He was 69 years old.
Storm Thorgerson was a prolific artist, creating the art for many albums throughout his carrer; many of which the library owns. Below is a list of albums that Storm Throgerson designed that we own for your usage.
- Black Sabbath - Technical Ecstasy (part of the "Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath, 1970-1978" boxed set.)
- The Cranberries - Bury the Hatchet
- Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel (1977)
- Pater Gabriel - Peter Gabriel (1980)
- Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy
- Muse - Black Holes and Revelations
- Pink Floyd - Animals
- Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
- Pink Floyd - The Division Bell
- Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
- Umphrey's McGee - The Bottom Half
Storm Thorgerson was also an author. He co-wrote the 1999 book, "100 Best Album Covers". It's an interesting read. If you're into album artwork, it's worth a look at. The library owns the book. Feel free to check that out, here.
Do you have a favorite album that Thorgerson designed or some album artwork that sticks in your memory? Share with us in the comments!
We recently turned 125 and to celebrate, we're having a party! We have cocktails and food. We've booked rising indie singer-songwriter, Kelly Hogan, to be our musical guest. All that's missing is you!
"Who is Kelly Hogan?" you may be asking yourself. Kelly Hogan is a disciple of the stylings of traditional country, the kind of country played during the glory days of the Grand Ole Opry. She has played with Will Oldham and the Waco Brothers and is currently a member of Neko Case's band. Hogan's second solo album, "I Like to Keep Myself in Pain," was released last year to critical acclaim and she has toured extensively in support of it.
The library owns a copy of "I Like to Keep Myself in Pain." If you're interested, check it out. The information is here. We hope to see you at Librarypalooza!
Ravinia has announced thier schedule for the upcoming 2013 season.
The CSO will, of course, be back for thier summer residency. We also see the return of some familiar faces from within the classical music scene; Yo-Yo Ma, Rachel Barton Pine, the Emerson String Quartet, Itzhak Perlman, and Lang Lang among others.
Popular music is well represented this year as well. Some noteworty shows are listed below.
- Sting (June 7-8)
- Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings (June 25)
- Goo Goo Dolls / Matchbox Twenty (July 2-3)
- David Byrne & St. Vincent (July 6)
- Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon, and Fastball (July 20)
- Buddy Guy (August 17)
Tickets go on sale to the general public on April 25th. Donors, however, can purchase tickets immediately. For the full schedule, click the link here (PDF).
At the library, we have music in our collection from many of the artists performing at Ravinia. Contact us to see if we have your favorites in stock.
The 2013 Grammy Awards are this Sunday!
At the Library, we pride ourselves on having a large and growing collection of modern award winning and noteworthy music that is available to the public. We own albums from each of the nominees that listed below. Revisit your favorites or discover something new.
- Best Pop Solo Performance (Set Fire to the Rain)
- Best New Artist
- Best Rock Performance (Hold On)
- Best Alternative Music Album (The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do)
- Best Traditional R&B Performance (Love on Top)
- Best Alternative Music Album (Biophilia)
- Album of the Year (El Camino)
- Best Rock Album (El Camino)
- Best Rock Performance (Lonely Boy)
- Best Rock Song (Lonely Boy)
- Record of the Year (Lonely Boy)
- Best Urban Contemporary Album (Fortune)
- Best Country Song (Springsteen)
- Best Pop Solo Performance (Stronger)
- Best Pop Vocal Album (Stronger)
- Record of the Year (Stronger)
- Song of the Year (Stronger)
- Best Rock Album (Mylo Xyloto)
- Best Rock Performance (Charlie Brown)
- Best Rap Album (Take Care)
- Best Rap Performance (HYFR)
- Best Rap Song (The Motto)
- Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (Shake it Out)
- Best Pop Vocal Album (Ceremonials)
- Album of the Year (Some Nights)
- Best New Artist
- Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (We Are Young)
- Best Pop Vocal Album (Some Nights)
- Record of the Year (We Are Young)
- Song of the Year (We Are Young)
- Best Alternative Music Album (Making Mirrors)
- Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (Somebody That I Used to Know featuring Kimbra)
- Record of the Year (Somebody That I Used to Know featuring Kimbra)
- Best Country Album (Hunter Hayes)
- Best New Artist
- Best Rap Performance (... in Paris)
- Best Rap Song (... in Paris)
- Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance (Ghost Walking)
- Best Country Album (Four the Record)
- Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (Sexy and I Know It)
- Best New Artist
- Best Alternative Music Album (Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming)
- Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (Payphone featuring Wiz Khalifa)
- Best Pop Vocal Album (Overexposed)
- Best R&B Performance (Adorn)
- Best Urban Contemporary Album (Kaleidoscope Dream)
- Song of the Year (Adorn)
- Album of the Year (Babel)
- Best Rock Performance (I Will Wait)
- Best Rock Song (I Will Wait)
- Best Rock Album (The 2nd Law)
- Best Rock Song (Madness)
- Best Rap Performance (Daughters)
- Best Rap Song (Daughters)
- Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (Cherry Wine featuring Amy Winehouse)
- Album of the Year (Channel Orange)
- Best New Artist
- Best Urban Contemporary Album (Channel Orange)
- Record of the Year (Thinkin Bout You)
- Best Pop Vocal Album (The Truth About Love)
- Best Rap Album (God Forgives, I Don’t)
- Best Rap Album (Undun)
- Song of the Year (The A Team)
- Best Rock Album (Wrecking Ball)
- Best Rock Performance (We Take Care of Our Own)
- Best Rock Song (We Take Care of Our Own)
- Record of the Year (We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together)
- Best Country Song (Blown Away)
- Best R&B Performance (Climax)
- Best Alternative Music Album (Bad As Me)
- Album of the Year (Blunderbuss)
- Best Rock Album (Blunderbuss)
- Best Rock Song (Freedom at 21)
- Best Country Album (Uncaged)
January 21st - MLK Day. This year marks the 50th anniversary in which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech, advocating racial harmony during The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The march is widely credited with helping to pass the Civil Rights Act (1964) and the Voting Rights Act (1965).
If Martin Luther King Jr. had a favorite opening act, it was Mahalia Jackson, who performed by his side many times. On August 28th, 1963, as she took to the podium before an audience of 250,000 to give the last musical performance before Dr. King's famous speech, Dr. King himself requested that she sing the gospel classic "I've Been 'Buked, and I've Been Scorned."
The results are in for the 2012 American Country Awards! Check out some of the winners in our music catalog:
Male Artist of the Year - Luke Bryan
Female Artist of the Year - Carrie Underwood
Group Artist of the Year - Lady Antebellum
Album of the Year - Luke Bryan, "Tailgates & Tanlines"
Male Single of the Year - Luke Bryan, "I Don't Want This Night to End"
Group Single of the Year - Lady Antebellum, "We Owned the Night"
Touring Artist of the Year - Jason Aldean