Digital Concert Hall on Trial

The Berliner Philharmoniker’s Digital Concert Hall is currently on trial for Rice users.  The Digital Concert Hall video streams classical music, interviews, live events and more. Use the above link to try it out, and comment here or email with your feedback!  Note that this trial requires you to create a free personal account, which you can then use for off campus access.



13 Years of Shepherd School Concert Programs Now Online

More than 2,300 recital and concert programs of Shepherd School performances are now available online in the Rice Digital Scholarship Archive.

A collaborative project encompassing several of Fondren’s departments, the digitized pamphlets cover 13 years of performances presented by the Shepherd School of Music, dating from 1983 until the Spring of 1996. Having reached this project milestone, the library will continue work on Shepherd School programs dating from the Fall of 1996 onward.

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The Rice Digital Scholarship Archive is the repository of the university’s intellectual output. Most materials come from Rice faculty research, electronic theses and dissertations, and digitized collections of rare or unique books, images, and manuscripts. Along with the Shepherd programs, the Archive also contains the audio from approximately 340 Shepherd School concerts and recitals, ranging from 1975 to 1983. —Originally posted as

Artists’ Health and Wellness Colloquium and Resource Fair at University of Houston’s MD Anderson Libary

The University of Houston Libraries and its partners are excited to host the first Artists’ Health and Wellness Colloquium and Resource Fair on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015.  This event will introduce resources and techniques that support the wellbeing of visual and performing artists through talks, demonstrations, and conversation.   The event is free and is open to the university community, as well as the general public.  It will provide an opportunity for students, community members, and wellness providers to create ongoing relationships for future support and enrichment.

The morning colloquium will offer a keynote speech from members of the Center for Performing Arts Medicine (CPAM) at Houston Methodist. Directly afterwards, there will be four separate breakout sessions on topics of Care of the professional voice, Physical conditioning for performance, Performance anxiety, and a Research Panel offering historical and trending perspectives on the intersection of art and health science. Aspiring and working artists will learn techniques for maintaining good health and ways to avoid over-stressing the body as they practice their art. The colloquium has a limit of 100 registered attendees and a light lunch will be provided.
The day will culminate with a two hour resource fair, so that attendees can learn about community and campus resources. Multiple community and health organizations will be represented with information on their services to artists, and CPAM will have a table for attendees to sign-up for their Artist’s card. There is no limit to the attendees for the fair.
Saturday, October 3, 2015
University of Houston
MD Anderson Library, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion
9:00 am – 3:30 pm
For more information, or to register, visit

Performers’ Wear Becomes Performance Wear

“Mountaineers no longer wear the scratchy tweeds favored by their 19th-century forebears. Modern swimwear bears little resemblance to the flesh-covering woolen bathing costumes of summers long past. But orchestra musicians still tend to saw away at Beethoven and Mahler in hot, constricting formal attire that would be instantly recognizable to audiences of a century ago.

If you ask them, many players will tell you: It is none too comfortable.

So when word spread that a Dallas violinist and businessman had engineered a stretchable, breathable men’s tuxedo shirt, a mix of formal attire and athletic performance wear that he calls “performal,” musicians flocked to his website.” — “Taking the Starch Out of Orchestra Attire,” bAUG. 18, 2015, NYT.

Kevin Yu in the Coregami ‘Gershwin’ tuxedo shirt. Credit Sil Azevedo

Kevin Yu in the Coregami ‘Gershwin’ tuxedo shirt. Credit Sil Azevedo

Rice U.’s Fondren Library acquires archive of materials belonging to French composer Poulenc

HOUSTON – (May 7, 2015) – Rice University’s Fondren Library this spring acquired a sizable archive containing French composer Francis Poulenc’s original musical manuscripts, signed and inscribed printed scores and letters. Largely self-taught and prodigious in both secular and sacred genres, Poulenc (1899-1963) is considered to be among France’s leading composers of the 20th century.

The archive is now open to the public by request in the library’s Woodson Research Center.

“Poulenc’s music, particularly for solo piano, voice and choir, stands as some of the most important Western art music to appear after the First World War, by turn irreverent, sensuous and deeply sentimental,” said Mary Brower, Fondren’s music librarian, who oversaw the acquisition.

The archive consists of original autograph musical manuscripts, including a working draft of the “Aubade Concerto Chorégraphique pour Piano et Dix-Huit Instruments,” the only known autographs of the “Nocturne No. 1″ in C for piano and the “Quatre Poèmes de Guillaume Apollinaire pour Baryton (ou Mezzo) et Piano” as well as signed and inscribed printed scores, approximately 100 letters in Poulenc’s handwriting and an autographed Pierre Balmain silk scarf.

The materials are part of the Lambiotte Poulenc Archive from the family of Rose Lambiotte (1891-1964). Lambiotte was a longtime friend of the composer, to whom he dedicated “Adelina à la Promenade” from the song cycle “Trois Chansons de F. Garcia-Lorca” and the “13e Improvisation” for piano solo. Lambiotte’s husband, Auguste, was a wealthy Belgian industrialist and noted book collector. The Lambiottes became Poulenc’s Belgian family, so to speak, in the mid-1940s, and he frequently stayed with them at their Rue Saint-Bernard mansion in Brussels.

Mentored by Parisian avant-garde leaders Erik Satie and Jean Cocteau, Poulenc was a member of the group of French composers known as “Les Six,” the other five of whom were Darius Milhaud, Georges Auric, Germaine Tailleferre, Arthur Honegger and Louis Durey.

“They (Les Six) were a reaction to the late-Romanticism in music at the time, to composers such as Wagner or Impressionists like Debussy,” Brower said. “Their style generally emphasized more brevity and included a lot of humor and parody. They were inspired by everyday life subjects instead of more high-minded things. They were most interested in popular music genres at the time, including jazz, cabaret and even circus music.”

In recent years, leading regional music institutions such as Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony and Houston Chamber Choir have performed works by Poulenc.

For more information about the Woodson Research Center’s Lambiotte Family/Francis Poulenc archive, visit For the library’s hours, see

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Kanopy: new film streaming service

Fondren has subscribed to the Kanopy film library.  Click the image to access it, or use the following url to browse the available music films*:


*you must have a Rice netid to access these films.