James Reese Europe was a composer and bandleader of the early 20th century who helped move ragtime music into jazz and also assisted in the popularization of social dancing for all social classes.
You may have wandered past this panel, a part of the Puvis de Chavannes murals on the second floor of the Central Library's McKim Building, many times and wondered about the instruments the Muses are carrying. What are they, anyway?
World’s Peace Jubilee and International Music Festival
When you think of a multi-day music festival, what comes to mind? Woodstock? Coachella? Newport Folk Festival? One hundred and fifty years ago, Boston hosted a music festival that lasted for 18 days! The World's Peace Jubilee and International Musical Festival took place from June 17 through July 4, 1872, and was held in the Back Bay neighborhood in a Coliseum also known as the Peace Temple. It was created to honor the ending of the Franco-Prussian War.
Learn the story behind "Lone Fish-Ball," a song by Harvard Professor George Martin Lane.
The Jubilee Singers
In 1866, the American Missionary Association (AMA) founded Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, to provide an education for freed enslaved Black people. In 1871, in order to raise money for the school, the White man who was the school's treasurer and music teacher formed a choral group of ten students to tour the northern United…
The Hums of Pooh
Many have rejoiced when they learned that the original Winnie the Pooh written by A. A. Milne and illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard, published in 1926, is now in the public domain. This book and its companion, The House at Pooh Corner, published in 1928, have long been popular with children. What is less…
World Tango Day
December 11 marks International Tango Day in Argentina. It celebrates the dance and musical form. It is also the birth date of Carlos Gardel (December 11, 1890 - June 24, 1935), the French-Argentinian singer who was an international star as a musician and film actor in the early part of the 20th century. While he…
Summer Theater on Cape Cod: the Early Years
Cape Cod has long been a popular summer vacation destination for people from Boston and beyond as a way to beat the heat of the cities. Certainly the beaches are one of the big draws, but for many people the summer theater scene is just as important.
Beethoven at 250
2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the composer Ludwig van Beethoven's birth. He was born in December of 1770 in Bonn, Germany and died March 26, 1827 in Vienna, Austria. His music straddles the Classical and Romantic musical eras, and his musical output can be divided into early, middle, and late periods. Beethoven's early period…
Celebrate the Fourth of July with Music!
The 4th of July is upon us, and with it comes the fireworks and (normally) the parades & concerts. This year the Hatch Shell will be quiet..
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