On Friday, the main Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton (800 Vine St., Downtown) gets its 2011 exhibition season underway with My Castle on the Nile: Illustrated Sheet Music by Black Composers, 1828-1944. It will be up through Feb. 28 in the museum's Cincinnati Room. The show draws on sheet music from the library's extensive collection, featuring covers that are hand-drawn and often reproduced as brightly colored chromolithographs.
While it has work by such well-known figures as "Fats" Waller and Duke Ellington, it also delves deeper into the music's history.
The show was curated by Theresa Leininger-Miller, assistant art history professor at UC who will give an opening lecture at 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call the Library's Geneology & History Department at 513-369-6905.
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