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Music Library To Celebrate 75th Anniversary with Exhibit, Lecture, Concert

Curating Sound: 75 Years of Music Collections at UNC
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011
Wilson Special Collections Library
5:45 p.m. | Program: Keynote address by Dr. Tim Carter, David G. Frey Distinguished Professor of Music, Pleasants Family Assembly Room
6:30 p.m. | Concert: “From Early to Old-Time: A Concert of Music from the Collections,” Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Information: Liza TerllFriends of the Library, (919) 548-1203

The UNC Music Library will celebrate its 75th Anniversary on Thursday, Oct. 20, with an evening of special events in the Wilson Special Collections Library.

The exhibit Curating Sound: 75 Years of Music Collections at UNC will open with a keynote address at 5:45 p.m. by Dr. Tim Carter, the David G. Frey Distinguished Professor of Music at UNC, titled “Adventures of an Archive Rat, or How Kurt Weill Came to Chapel Hill in May 1936.”

At 6:30 p.m. will be a concert titled “From Early to Old-Time: A Concert of Music from the Collections.” UNC students, music library staff members, and community musicians will perform music in four genres: Irish traditional, Baroque, early rockabilly, and old-time.

The Curating Sound exhibit will feature original publications and artifacts from the Music Library and the Wilson Special Collections Library, including:

  • The first printing of Palestrina’s Pope Marcellus Mass;
  • A book on violin playing by Mozart’s father;
  • Two libretti dated 1600 from the Florentine Camerata, a group in Florence that developed Western opera, and that included Vincenzo Galilei, father of astronomer Galileo Galilei;
  • A 1732 manuscript of music by Jean Baptiste Lully, leading composer of the French Baroque;
  • Posters from the 1948 Carolina Folk Festival and the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival;
  • A guitar that belonged to and was signed by Andy Griffith.

Curating Sound will be on view through Jan. 31, 2012.

Over its three-quarters of a century, the library, now located in Wilson Library, has grown to become one of the leading music libraries in the country, said music librarian Phil Vandermeer.

“Music scholars from all over the world come to research at UNC because of the outstanding collections here,” said Vandermeer. “This exhibit and program pay tribute to the library’s rich history and collections as we look forward to the next seventy-five years.”

The event is sponsored by the UNC Music Library and the Friends of the Library.

Related Links
UNC Music Library
Wilson Special Collections Library
UNC Department of Music

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