Library Tunes & Tales


Memphis Symphony Orchestra
The University of Memphis
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610 Goodman Street
Memphis, TN 38152 

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Library Tunes and Tales



The Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s Library Tunes and Tales is a reading-enriched musical series for young children, ages 3-8. Free to the public at neighborhood libraries, each event is a storybook reading enhanced with live music. The series includes five performances based on five very special books for children.


As a language, music truly is the most universal – it provides a shared mode of expression that connects us to ourselves, our families, our friends and our community. Like music, literature is a rhythmic art, and for children, pairing the two creates an exciting learning experience. As documented by Memphis’ own Urban Child Institute, one of the most powerful ways parents can prepare children to succeed in school and in life is to introduce them to reading. Through Library Tunes and Tales, the MSO has a unique opportunity to meet the very real needs of all community children.


Hour-long events begin at 11:00 on Saturday mornings. Each concert is based on one children’s book, with musicians and a narrator telling the story through music. Children attending all concerts experience all of the instrument families in the orchestra – strings, brass, winds and percussion – and learn how composers use music to tell stories. After each performance, librarians and volunteers artistically engage the children with crafts or activities that respond to the music they have just heard.


MSO ensembles, representing the orchestra instrument families, present their concerts on a rotating basis at five community libraries: Benjamin Hooks (Central), Bartlett, Cordova, Germantown, Collierville and Whitehaven. By rotating the ensembles to each library, children can enjoy every performance in the series at a single, convenient location. 

Central Library – 3030 Poplar, 38111

Bartlett – 5884 Stage Rd, 38134

Collierville – 501 Poplar View Pkwy, 38017

Cordova – 8457 Trinity Rd, 38018

Germantown – 1925 Exeter Rd, 38138

Whitehaven – 4120 Millbranch Rd, 38116


Library Tunes and Tales 2018-2019

Saturday, October 27th, 2018

Central – String Quartet A
Bartlett – Brass Quintet
Collierville – Woodwind Quintet
Cordova – String Quartet Ensemble
Germantown – Kindertrio
Whitehaven – Percussion

Saturday, November 17th, 2018

Central – Percussion
Bartlett – String Quartet A
Collierville – Brass Quintet
Cordova – Woodwind Quintet
Germantown – String Quartet Ensemble
Whitehaven - Kindertrio


Saturday, February 2nd, 2019

Central –  Kindertrio
Bartlett – Percussion
Collierville – String Quartet A
Cordova – Brass Quintet
Germantown – Woowind Quintet
Whitehaven -- String Quartet Ensemble


Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

Central – String Quartet Ensemble 
Bartlett – Kindertrio
Collierville – Percussion
Cordova – String Quartet A
Germantown – Brass Quintet
Whitehaven -- Woodwind Quintet


Saturday, April 6th, 2019

Central – Woodwind Quintet 
Bartlett – String Quartet Ensemble
Collierville – Kindertrio
Cordova – Percussion 
Germantown – String Quartet A
Whitehaven -- Brass Quintet


Saturday, May 11th, 2019

Central – Brass Quintet
Bartlett –  Woodwind Quintet
Collierville – String Quartet Ensemble
Cordova – Kindertrio
Germantown – Percussion 
Whitehaven -- String Quartet A




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