After a long, cloudy winter and spring, the hot and glassy weather is a boon to locals and visitors alike, especially as concert season has kicked off with a bang. I’ve heard some great reviews of the Alison Krauss concert last weekend–for those who couldn’t attend, or whose interest in the band is renewed, we have 17 entries music CDs and DVDs that touch on Alison’s music, including the newest album with Union Station, Paper Airplane.
Our AV librarians, Kathy Gariepy and Linda Muehlegger, work hard to keep fresh music, books on CD and new DVDs flowing into our collection. Recent album releases include music by k.d. lang, Lady GaGa, Brad Paisley, David Garrett and Tom Jones. Many bands who have played the Valley over the years are represented: Los Lonely Boys, Los Lobos, Ben Harper and Keb Mo. And for a double blast from the past, the new Steve Miller album, Let Your Hair Down, features some of the last recorded work by long time local favorite harmonica legend, Norton Buffalo.
The Summer Symphony series is also upon us, and we’ve acquired a new study of Dmitri Shostakovich, Music for Silenced Voices, by Wendy Lesser, an examination of his fifteen quartets against the backdrop of the Stalinist era. To explore the range and depth of the work even more closely, check out the music with the book–we have all 15 quartets in the Max Besler classical CD collection as The String Quartets /Shostakovich.
AV donations, like books, are welcome at the Community Library. Items that are already in the collection, or cannot be added for other reasons, are passed on to the Gold Mine (now on Facebook!) to help support the Library Association. If you are currently transporting your collections to a digital platform, keep the library in mind. We’d like to thank everyone who donates to both the Library and the Gold Mine for your generous support!