The Kansas City Public Library has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to present the program America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway.
Scheduled for the spring of 2013, America's Music consists of five film programs presented in the Truman Forum of the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Among the documentaries scheduled are Say Amen, Somebody, Latin Music, USA, From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale, High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music, as well as episodes from the TV series Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues, The History of Rock 'n' Roll, Broadway: The American Musical, and Ken Burns' Jazz.
Andrew Granade, associate professor of musicology and chair of the Composition, Music Theory and Musicology Division of the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, is the series' project scholar and will participate in several of the programs.
In addition the Library will present a month-long series of music-themed films screening in the Durwood Film Vault in the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. Among the fiction and non-firciton titles scheduled are Leadbelly, Mo' Better Blues, A Great Day in Harlem, American Hot Wax, Coal Miner's Daughter, and The Mambo Kings.
The library was one of 50 American institutions chosen for the America's Music program.
The program is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.