Join Iowa City Public Library as we celebrate all things musical with Music is the Word.
This special series of programming, to continue through May 2016, welcomes the University of Iowa School of Music building to downtown Iowa City. The Voxman Music Building is scheduled to open in the fall of 2016.
Music is the Word launched last month with a Musical Revue at The Englert Theatre, followed by several events at the Library, including live music in the lobby and a special family concert. Here’s what’s happening in October:
2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, in the Storytime Room: A Family Concert featuring Marc Falk. Marc Falk is a choral conducting professor from Coe College. He will also give audience members a micro-conducting lesson.
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, in Meeting Room A: Reading by Stephen Witt, author of “How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy.” Journalist Stephen Witt traces the secret history of digital music piracy, from the German audio engineers who invented the mp3, to a North Carolina compact-disc manufacturing plant where factory worker Dell Glover leaked nearly two thousand albums over the course of a decade, to the high-rises of midtown Manhattan where music executive Doug Morris cornered the global market on rap, and, finally, into the darkest recesses of the Internet. Part of the Iowa City Book Festival (iowacitybookfestival.org).
10:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in Meeting Room A: Preschool Storytime. We will make and use homemade kazoos and other instruments in our very own Kidcophony.
7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in Meeting Room A: Documentary Screening – “From the 50 Yard Line.” This documentary tells the emotional marching band story through two high school bands: one an Ohio championship show band, the other a Los Angeles band reborn after 18 years of silence due to budget cuts. Travel on adventures through band camp, the marching season, and 2006 competitions. See the life-changing effects for these exceptional students and the ramifications when music is lost. (2007) 94 min.
5:45 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, Downtown Iowa City: ICPL Book Cart Drill Team and Kazoo Band. Don’t miss our annual Book Cart Drill Team in the University of Iowa Homecoming Parade, joined this year by a special Kazoo Band.
Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, in the Lobby: Music on Wednesday @ICPL featuring Pigs and Clover. Take a few minutes during your lunch hour for a live musical performance.
7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Meeting Room A: Iowa Roots Music with David Zollo and Andy Fleming. David Zollo joins Andy Fleming of the Des Moines-based band, Brother Trucker, in a unique conversational music performance.
7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, in Meeting Room A: Iowa Literary Heritage Film Screening – “State Fair.” This film version of Phil Stong's 1932 novel of the same name, directed by Walter Lang and starring Dana Andrews and Jeanne Crane, was the only musical written directly for film by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. A small-town family travels to the State Fair. The father is looking for a blue ribbon for his prize hog, Blue Boy, Mom is looking for glory in her cooking, and the kids are looking for love. (1945) 100 min.
2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, in Meeting Room A: Family Concert with The Dandelion Stompers. The Dandelion Stompers are a local New Orleans-style jazz combo featuring Chris Clark, Katie Greenstein, Ira Greenstein, Brandi Janssen, Marc Janssen, Katie Roche, Suzanne Smith and Jacob Yarrow.
7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at The Mill. Join us for the fall 2015 series of the B.Y.O.Book "Books In Bars" Book Club meetups! This month we will discuss Sherman Alexie's "Reservation Blues.” Registration is encouraged due to space limitations. Limited copies of the book will be available for check out from Info Desk staff on the Library’s second floor.
7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in Meeting Room A: Iowa Literary Heritage Film Screening – “State Fair.” Starring Pat Boone, Bobby Darin, Anne Margaret, and directed by Jose Ferrer, with words and music by Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers, this film is a remake of the 1945 movie, with new songs by Richard Rodgers. An Iowa farm family heads to the Iowa State Fair. The parents are focused on winning the competitions for livestock and cooking. However, their restless daughter Margy and her brother Wayne meet attractive new love interests. (1962) 118 min.
10:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in Meeting Room A: Family Concert with Orchestra Iowa. Stop by to learn about the string family and hear wonderful quartet music!
2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, in the Storytime Room: “The Nightmare Before Christmas” Sing-Along.
Noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, in Meeting Room A: University of Iowa School of Music Lunch Performance. Join musicians from the UI School of Music as they share their talents with the community.
Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the Lobby: Music on Wednesday @ICPL featuring Saul Lubaroff. Take a few minutes during your lunch hour for a live musical performance.
10:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in the Storytime Room: Halloween Dance Party Preschool Storytime. Come in costume today for a Halloween dance party and costume parade around the Library!
A listing of all Music is the Word events can be found at icpl.org/mitw.
For more information, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.