The Rita Benton Music Library is pleased to present the exhibit, "We Give Thanks for Music: an A-Z list," in partnership with the Iowa City Public Library. This is an exciting year for the collection because in just nine months, the Music Library will move into the new Voxman Music Building on the corner of Burlington and Clinton right here in downtown Iowa City.
It was hard to pick just one or two reasons to be thankful for music, so we chose twenty-six musical concepts, instruments, styles, genres, and ensembles (one for each letter of the alphabet) to represent a portion of what makes music great.
There are several items with strong ties to Iowa City and the University of Iowa's School of Music, including recordings by jazz ensemble Johnson County Landmark, an opera by Iowa professors Philip Bezanson and Paul Engle, and some locally produced vinyl records. Several items from the Music Library's rare book and score collection are highlighted, as well as early 20th song collections from WHO in Des Moines and ukulele clubs in Cedar Rapids.