Friday, October 29, 2010

Research Commons Grand Opening!

The University of Washington Libraries cordially invites you to celebrate the Grand Opening of the new Research Commons.

Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Time: Remarks at 3:00 p.m.

* Interim President Phyllis Wise
* Dean of University Libraries Betsy Wilson
* Research Commons Librarian Lauren Ray
* Professor Albert Folch, Department of Bioengineering

Open House and Reception to follow until 5:00 p.m.

Place: Research Commons, Allen Library South ground floor, University of Washington

The UW Libraries Research Commons is intended to meet a new set of student and faculty needs that are emerging with the growth of data-driven research, digital scholarship and interdisciplinary studies. Learn more about the development of the space here:

The BringingArtIntoTechnology exhibit, created by Albert Folch and his students at the UW Bioengineering Department, will be unveiled during the Grand Opening.

Please RSVP by November 5, 2010 to

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Buy a Ticket for the Maestro or the Music?

"Reporting from an orchestra confab in Spain, Norman Lebrecht cites a new study from a London researcher that indicates that most people attend concerts because of a specific work or composer on the program, not necessarily out of loyalty to the maestro, orchestra or soloist. He calls these “negligible considerations at the point of purchase."
For the full story, please see Musical America.

Going Baroque in China

"The young musicians ended the first movement of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and looked expectantly at the maestro. Christopher Hogwood weighed his words carefully then decided that honesty was the best policy."

For the full story, please see the New York Times.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Lustful Opera, Censored, Befuddles Chinese

"As any artist or performer in China knows, it is impossible to predict what will set off the mercurial culture censors who have sweeping power over the content of film, music, television and print."

For the full story, please see the New York Times.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Library Help for Music General Topics Exam

The Music Library is here to help you prepare for your Music General Topics Exam. We have arranged three workshop dates to cover locating books and articles on your topics and using RefWorks to manage your research citations and create bibliographies of your research. Please RSVP for one of the sessions below to In your message, please include some of your topics for demonstration during the workshop.

Session #1
Where: Suzzallo Instruction Lab
When: Monday, October 25 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Session #2
Where: Government Publications Instruction Lab (Ground Floor Suzzallo Library)
When: Wednesday, October 27 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Session #3
Where: Suzzallo Instruction Lab
When: Friday, October 29 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

UW to Host CBDNA 2011

The College Band Directors National Association Conference will be meeting at the University of Washington March 23-26 2011. For more information please see the CBDNA Conference website.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Best of Brendel: the pianist on YouTube

"Since the 1950s, Alfred Brendel has been one of the most prolific recording and concert artists in the world. He has just been honoured with Gramophone's 2010 lifetime achievement award. These YouTube clips, chosen from some of the composers he is most closely associated with – and whom he discusses in his interview with me today – give a sense of the brilliance and clarity of his playing. He is also a published poet (One Finger Too Many and Cursing Bagels) and a prolific speaker and writer on music (Musical Thoughts and Afterthoughts and On Music, Collected Essays)."

For the full story, please see The Guardian.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Online orchestra to play Sydney Opera House

"Organisers have chosen the Sydney Opera House for the next stage of the project. Musicians selected from an online audition will travel to Sydney in March next year for a week of rehearsals ahead of a performance by the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas."

For the full story, please see The

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Mark Your Calendars for Open Access Week

Issues for Authors: Copyright, Fair Use, Open Access and Archiving
Wednesday, October 20th 2-3:30 Odegaard Library Room 220

The panel will discuss the mechanics of copyright, authors’ rights, fair use of others’ works, open access and the UW's own depository for scholarly works, ResearchWorks. Other issues to be covered include how to copyright a work, when permissions are needed to use previously published works and how to maximize the audience for a work. Intended for all UW authors, this session should be especially helpful for those writing theses and dissertations.

Bring your questions - we will supply the experts.

Clark Shores, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General's Office
Tim Jewell, Director, Information Resources & Scholarly Communication, UW Libraries
Ann Lally, Head, Digital Initiatives, UW Libraries

Open Access Journal Publishing – A UW Perspective
Thursday, October 21st 3-4:30 Odegaard Library Room 220

Open access (OA) journal publishing is promoted by some as a desirable alternative to high cost subscription-based journals. Although exhibiting a number of positives in comparison to traditional subscription-based publishing, OA publishing has its own issues. This panel will bring together editors and authors associated with UW-based open access journals to discuss issues, successes, challenges and potential solutions.

Felix Chew, Professor of Radiology, UW
Peter Lape, Associate Professor of Anthropology, UW
Michael Biggins, Head of Slavic Studies, UW Libraries
Kelsey Barrett, International Studies Undergraduate, UW

Libraries and Copyright in the Digital Age: Q & A with the Experts
Monday, October 25th 10-11:30 Odegaard Library Room 220

Do you have nagging questions about copyright? Ever wondered how the Google Books Settlement and the various lawsuits will affect your work as librarians or researchers? Then this session is for you. Using a question and answer format, this panel experts who discuss recent developments in copyright law as they relate to libraries and digital access.

Ask your question before the session at

Carrie Russell, American Library Association, Office of Information Technology Policy
Thom Deardorff, Coordinator for Access Services/Libraries Copyright Officer, UW Libraries
Clark Shores, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General's Office

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Four French Horn Players Take On Lady Gaga, Queen and More

"The publicity photos make them look like either the Four Hornswomen of the Apocalypse or neon-colored aerobics instructors. They go by the stage names Freedom Barbie, Velvet Barbie, Jungle Barbie and Attila the Horn. They play arrangements of songs by Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Queen and other pop acts."

For the full story, please see the New York Times.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Joan Sutherland, Opera Soprano, Dies

"Joan Sutherland, one of the most acclaimed sopranos of the 20th century, died on Sunday at her home in Switzerland, near Montreux. She was 83."

For the full story, please see the New York Times.
To celebrate the career of Joan Sutherland, listen to Music Library recordings.

Imagining the 1787 debut of ‘Don Giovanni’

"It is 6.30pm on a cloudy Monday evening and the audience is gathering outside the theatre. Although the opening night of this much-heralded new opera has been the talk of the town for weeks, nobody could have anticipated such a chaotic scene. The number of people wanting to get in has overwhelmed the box office, which has just shut down, and those who do have tickets cannot get to their seats in the scrum."

For the full story, please see Financial Times.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Vivaldi flute concerto discovered

"Andrew Woolley, a musicologist, stumbled upon the find of his career when he saw a reference to an unspecified Vivaldi score among papers belonging to the Marquesses of Lothian in the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh. The composition had lain unremarked for 20 years."

For the full story, please see the Guardian.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Media piracy here to stay

"The UW Student Guide states that students can’t use university bandwidth to “copy or use any software, images, music or other intellectual property (such as books or videos) unless you have the legal right to do so,” but despite that rule, I think we all see media piracy persist."

For the full story, please see The Daily.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Husky band coordinates flash mob, practice required

"Once upon a time, these were secretive gatherings that often had political undertones. Now when people talk about flash mobs, they're often talking about a quick, not-so-impromptu dance party."

For the full story, please see the Seattle PI.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

From Heaps of Junk, a Melodious Clang

"A tall, trim man in chinos and a green checked shirt strode quickly past broken car carcasses, Dumpsters and chunks of unidentified metal.

In his hand were mallets, and in his eye was a gleam for the right pieces of junk to transform into concert-worthy sounds. He stopped at a small pile of gas tanks, and unleashed a virtuoso solo performance of drumming."

For the full story, please see The New York Times.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Hear It, Feel It

"Who knew that the send-up documentary "This Is Spinal Tap" not only lampooned the business of rock and roll but illustrated deep philosophical conundrums? Recall the scene in which Nigel Tufnel, Spinal Tap's lead guitarist and sometime songwriter, sits noodling at the piano, plinking out a few doleful chords."

For the full story, please see The Wall Street Journal.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Western Washington University's Music Library Slated to Close

"By now you will have examined the proposed budget reductions that were posted this morning on the Planning and Budgeting web site. As part of that cut, the Libraries are proposing to consolidate its two branch libraries – the Music Library and Huxley Map Library. It was the Provost who ultimately made the decision regarding this reduction; a decision that was made very late in the game but which I very much support."

For the full story, please see Western Libraries.