STUDENT EXHIBIT: In Our Lives: The Beatles Yesterday and Today

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

IN OUR LIVES was designed in the Fall 2018 offering of Donna’s “World of The Beatles” course. Participating students studied her materials–donated in Donna’s name to the Rita Benton Music Library–and worked together to flesh out the different themes that now define their multimedia, multidirectional account of the enduring legacy of The Beatles that stretches across each fin. The exhibit design is a tribute to the rich learning experiences Donna created for University of Iowa students, and a preview of the valuable learning experiences her collection will support for years to come.

We invite you to journey through the World of The Beatles in the following ways.

PANELS: “THE MUSICIANS,” “THE MUSIC,” “BEATLEMANIA!,” “THE BEATLES OF TODAY”

panel 3 from the in our lives exhibitsEach of the four exhibit panels represent the combined efforts of the corresponding topic subgroups (notated as “Deeper Dives” on the front of each Exhibit Panel).

The Musicians: Band Image/Identity, Working Together, Going Solo, Songwriting

  • Who were The Beatles as Public Figures? Do details of particular songs speak to their Personal/Public experiences?

The Music: Catalog Overview, Albums Early, Albums Late 1, Albums Late 2

  • What behind-the-scenes events became factors in the production of their albums?

Beatlemania!: Tours, Magical Mysteries, Yellow Submarines, Theories

  • What was a Beatles concert tour like? How did other types of Beatles media (e.g., fan newsletters, magazines, films, etc.) sustain mass interest in The Beatles? What does the “Paul is Dead” hoax teach us about Beatles fandom?

The Beatles of Today: Managing, Symbolizing, Celebrating, Recreating?

  • Who were the “fifth Beatles”? What can we learn from classic Beatles art/imagery about how The Beatles are remembered? What does it mean to pay tribute to a group like The Beatles?

Student Collection Highlights and Blog Posts

As part of their work on the exhibit, participating students familiarized themselves with the vast array of reference books, documentaries, and Beatles memorabilia that Donna’s family donated to the library in her name. Visit the Rita Benton Music Library website throughout the semester to read blog posts by the participating students, faculty, and library staff, which will examine the objects and themes of this exhibit in greater depth.

 

Now Streaming from the School of Music Recording Archives, October 2017

University of Iowa School of Music concert recordings are archived by the Rita Benton Music Library. The Library maintains a streaming audio digital collection of current performance recordings that is available to current University of Iowa faculty, students, and staff.
Patrons must have a valid HawkID and password to stream recordings.
Here are just a few highlights from concerts this October in the School of Music:

Olivier Latry, organ (guest artist recital)

You may have heard about this concert from just about everyone who attended. Olivier Latry, organist at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame and professor at the Paris Conservatory, delivers a masterful performance on the Concert Hall’s Klais organ. Of particular note is the 20+ minute improvisation on the Dies Irae and “In Heaven There Is No Beer.” Really, this actually happened and it was amazing.
Listen >


Oboe Music from Portugal: Courtney Miller, oboe; Minji Kwon, piano

Enjoy a mixture of old and new works from Portugal, including Os Contos do Oboé, op. 73 by Ricardo Matosinhos and composed for Iowa’s oboe professor Courtney Miller,  in this faculty recital featuring professors Conklin, Arnone, Wolfe, and Rutledge.
Listen >


vocalist stephen swansonGIRLS A-Z: A Hodgepodge of Songs: Stephen Swanson, voice; Alan Huckleberry, piano

This concert consists of 26 songs featuring the name of a woman, one for each letter of the alphabet. Broken into two long tracks (13 apiece), enjoy this recital that features many genres, styles, and languages, delivered magnificently by Iowa’s own superb interpreter of song literature, Stephen Swanson. Be sure to read the program notes by Marilyn Swanson for some background on how this curious program came to be and a detailed bibliography of all the songs.
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Ensemble Performances in October

Chamber Orchestra >
Women’s Chorale & Camerata >
Symphony Orchestra >
University Choir and Kantorei >
Composer’s Workshop >
Concert Band and Symphony Band >

Getting Started at the Music Library: Fall 2017

Whether you’re new to campus or returning for another year, the Rita Benton Music Library is excited to welcome you!

Here are a handful of news, tips & tricks, and resources that can get your 2017 school year off to a great start.

Check it out, plug it in

little bits synth kit
Learn more about the Little Bits Synth Kit here >

The Music Library now has the following equipment available for circulation:

  • Audio Technica Headphones (quantity: 5)
  • Dell Optical Drives (for use with Mac or PC) (quantity: 2)
  • ZOOM H4N Digital Audio Recorders (quantity: 2)
  • Little Bits Synth Kits with MIDI bits and cables (quantity: 2)

All items are available for 2 hour checkout, in building use only.


Listen to School of Music Recordings Online

All School of Music faculty recitals and ensemble concerts are now available to stream online in the Iowa Digital Library from 2003-present. Access is limited to University personnel with a valid HawkID and password. Additional recordings will become available, as the Library will continue its efforts to preserve and digitize recordings pre-2003. Thanks to former Library Assistant Megan Small for her hard work on this project.

Listen now


Meet our new staff member, Christine Burke

​Christine Burke joined the staff of the Rita Benton Music Library as Library Assistant III on Friday, June 16.  She is responsible for course reserves, digital projects, supervising the library in the evenings, and some collections processing.

Christine recently graduated with a Master of Music Degree (Composition) from the University of Iowa, with additional studies in clarinet and organ. Recently, her music has been performed by the Chicago Civic Orchestra, JACK Quartet, UNK New Music Ensemble, and at various festivals and conferences throughout the country, with upcoming performances by the Talea Ensemble (Time Spans Festival 2017/Earle Brown Music Foundation’s International Summer Academy), The Living Earth Show, and Kamratōn Ensemble. ​


Take a look at some 2016 stats and highlights

See how many pages were scanned, items were circulated, and learn the top reasons patrons visit the Music Library.