Brand from Home | June 18, 2020



Music Playlists


Listen to a streaming playlists from Freegal Music, Naxos Music Librar, Naxos Jazz Music Library, Hoopla or Alexander Street free with your library card. Alexander Street will ask for an academic institution, use Glendale Public Library.

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, Naxos Jazz Music Library, Hoopla or Alexander Street free with your library card. Alexander Street will ask for an academic institution, use Glendale Public Library.


Learn About Music


Make Time For Music With Fiddlesticksis a Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra educational site for children ages 3-8 and their families.



Read Music


The Women Composer’s Collection is a collection of 19th- and early 20th-century musical scores by women composers held at the University of Michigan Music Library.


Streaming Music


JamBase has a list of livestream concerts and is frequently updated.






Art Online


Get to know Keith Haring online. Keith Haring first visited Japan in 1983, beginning a cultural partnership that lasted until the artist's untimely death in 1990. The Nakamura Keith Haring Collection explores the legacy of Haring's Japanese projects, including the creation of the world's second Pop Shop in Tokyo in 1986. Learn more at BOZAR with 5 facts about Keith Haring. The National Gallery of Victoria, Australia also hosts Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquait: Crossing Lines online. 


Watch + Listen with the Hammer Museum. The Hammer's lectures, symposia, film series, readings, and performances aim to spark meaningful encounters with art and ideas. You can also watch interviews with Hammer artists.


Learn About Art


In this TED Talk, scientist Li Wei Tan shares the secrets of bubbles-- from their relentless pursuit of geometric perfection to their applications in medicine and shipping. Learn more about these mathematical marvels and tap into the magic hidden in the everyday world.



Explore the art of bubble making with Melody Yang, of the Yang family Gazillion Bubble Show, Bubble artists and Guinness record holders. Melody Yang knows that bubbles are a lot like us—they need water, air, and a loving touch in order to thrive.



Art Inspiration - Try It at Home


 Try bubble making at home:


Try the bubble recipe from the Science Museum London. This activity contains the Science Museum’s bubble recipe and ideas about how to create bubble-blowers. Learn about the properties of water. Try out other fun activities.


MOTAT (Museum of Transport and Technology), New Zealand demonstrates a DIY Recycled Bubble Blower. Create a mass of bubbles with a bubble blower that you can make at home. Learn how to catch a bubble and try their bubble recipe.



Staff e-Recommendations


If you are a fan of The San Francisco Symphony’s live performances and recordings, or were a fan of their educational series Keeping Score (now available on YouTube), you’ll enjoy Larry Rothe’s Music for a City, Music for the World on Hoopla. Published in 2011 on the 100th anniversary of the symphony, Rothe picks up San Francisco’s musical history around 1905 when the city first seriously considered forming a permanent orchestra. When the 1906 earthquake occurred, rather than quelling those plans, creating a symphony became a necessity—a symbol of civic identity, stability and healing. Rothe keeps his chapters pointed and sections concise, and he outlines the steps, figures, and personalities involved in the formation of the symphony. Much of the text is devoted to the conductors as well as to the musicians and the public that tirelessly supported the symphony through its cycles of triumphs and tribulations. For me, there is plenty of social and political context, oddities and anecdotes, to keep me entertained by a subject in which I might not ordinarily find interest. In these times, the book feels like a call to action. Even though we can’t attend live concerts in person at the moment, music and ensembles will certainly endure. Search Naxos to hear the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra while you read! -SB


Mahler Symphony No. 2 Benjamin Zander conducting the Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra. There are many excellent recordings of Mahler’s Second Symphony and an obvious added attraction of this recording is the lengthy discussion by conductor Benjamin Zander of the work. The piece is huge and this recording is about 90 minutes and the added discussion is about 80 minutes. Zander is a wonderful speaker and kept my attention from beginning to end. His narration discusses each of the five movements. The piece was written between 1888-1894 and uses a huge orchestra and a chorus with soprano and alto soloists. It is one of the most popular of Mahler’s works and good place to start if you haven’t heard his music. With many choices available Zander’s performance is exciting and well worth listening to, the recording is excellent too. After listening to this you can listen to Bernstein, Abbado and other recordings and see which performance you like most. Naxos also includes a PDF of the booklet. -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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