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Brand from Home | April 30, 2020

Music Playlists

Today's recommending listening includes award-winning concert pianist Lang Lang, jazz legend John Coltrane, sitar maestro Ravi Shankar, and an upbeat playlist to get you dancing!

Get a free Glendale Library, Arts & Culture Library eCard instantaneously. It can be used to access our online resources including eBooks, eAudiobooks, eNewspapers, eMagazines, online classes, online tutoring, and learning games, as well as streaming movies and music, and more.Try listening to a streaming Playlist from Freegal Music, Naxos Music Library or Alexander Street free with your library card. Alexander Street will ask for an academic institution, use Glendale Public Library.

Learn About Music

Exploring the World of Music, offered through Annenberg Learner, is an introduction to music with a global perspective. Elements such as melody, rhythm, and texture create an infinite variety of sounds and serve as expressions of culture. Through archival footage and contemporary performances, the series presents themes including the environment, cultural memory, and technology.

Streaming Music

Nathalia has performed on the Brand Library Music Animated family concert series several times. She was born in Columbia and her programs are in English and Spanish. Parents can tune in with their kids for her live concerts on her Instagram or Facebook pages!

A fantastic resource for chamber music concerts is The Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter For Southern California which now covers live-streamed chamber music concerts.


Streaming Art

CRAFT IN AMERICA explores America’s creative spirit through the language and traditions of the handmade. The series takes viewers on a journey to the artists, origins and techniques of American craft from diverse regions and cultures, exploring issues of identity, ritual, philosophy and creative expression. The Craft in America Education Guides feature artists, objects and segments from each of the television episodes and are organized by episode.

Drop-By Drawing, Australia’s National Gallery of Victoria's popular program is online. Watch video tutorials featuring tips and tricks from contemporary artists, including Lily Mae Martin, Kenny Pittock and Minna Gilligan. Taking inspiration from some of their works in the gallery’s collection, the classes aim to encourage the mindful and therapeutic activity of drawing.​

Art Online

Artstor is available from home with your library card. Approximately 300 collections composed of over 2.5 million images. Examine wide-ranging material such as Native American art from the Smithsonian, treasures from the Louvre, and panoramic, 360-degree views of the Hagia Sophia.

Art Inspiration - Try It at Home

Take what you have learned so far and share it with a card. You can send it to friends or family, a stranger or even Philbrook Museum of Art's cats Perilla and Cleo. Supplies: Pencil, paper, ruler (or straight edge), scissors (or other cutting tool), eraser

Step one, fold a piece of paper in half, then fold it again to make your card. Unfold one half and measure evenly up and down from the fold line. This will be the height of your letters. Divide this space by the number of letters in your word, leaving a small space in between each letter.

The top, middle and bottom horizontals will be fold lines. The vertical lines will be cut. Open your paper up and fold back along the center line. Cut the vertical lines.

Fold out the letter space in the opposite direction as the small space and edges of the card. If you fold back the side of the card (to cover the gap in the back) you can simply attach cutout letters at this point and you are done!

Draw your letters into the space dividing the t​op and bottom of the letter along the middle fold line. Open up the card and cut out the negative space around the letters (don't cut through your fold lines). Close back up the card keeping the letters folded in the opposite direction as the middle spaces and sides of the card.

Let us know how you did on all our try it at home projects with #brandfromhome


Staff e-Recommendations

And which comes first? her unbearable mother is saying. What we see or how we see?

When starting Ali Smith’s artfully meditative novel How to Be Both in CloudLibrary, we are presented with a choice: either a pair of eyes "eyes precedes camera" or a camera "camera precedes eyes". Choosing the Camera directs you to the section set in 2013, initially focusing on the loving and intellectually combative relationship of teenage George and her mother. When her mother becomes captivated by a portion of a Renaissance fresco painted by the virtually unknown Francesco del Cossa, they travel to Ferrara, Italy to view the work in the Room of Months at the Palazzo Schifanoia, where the story truly begins to unfold. Shifting to the Eyes section takes you to the “under-layer” of the previous section: a first person narrative of Francesco del Cossa (in Smith’s imagining, born female). In this novel of past and present everyone is connected, with a clever dialogue between the two sections as the characters see and are seen by each other. Reading this novel, I can guarantee you’ll want to examine what's happening in the frescoes yourself, and you’ll take a different emotional and artistic journey than I did no matter which initial section you choose! -SB

View Francesco del Cossa’s frescoes for March, April, and May in Palazzo Schifanoia.

Bartok- Violin Concertos 1 & 2, Viola Concerto, Rhapsodies 1 & 2 Yehudi Menuhin, The best known piece on this recording is Bartok’s Violin Concerto No.2 (1937-1938). There are many recordings of this masterpiece so why did I pick this one? Violinist Yehudi Menuhin was a champion of Bartok’s music and Bartok even wrote an unaccompanied sonata for Menuhin (Sz 117 or BB 104) which is included on this recording. Antal Dorati conducts the New Philharmonia Orchestra on the concertos and Pierre Boulez conducts the BBC Symphony on the two rhapsodies (1928-1929). The recordings span from 1965-1974. Violin Concerto No.1 is a wonderful work by a 27-28 year old composer and enjoyable to listen to but the second concerto is just riveting. The Viola Concerto is the last piece that Bartok composed in 1945. He didn’t finish the piece before he died and his good friend Tibor Serly completed it in 1949 using Bartok’s sketches. It is a beautiful piece and Menuhin plays the viola solo part on this recording. As a bonus, this collection includes 6 movements of the 44 duos for two violins. A great collection to start with if you are new to Bartok.  -BW 


Covid-19 Resources

Reliable information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) is available from the World Health Organization, the California Department of Public Health and Los Angeles County Public Health Department and City of Glendale.



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