Songs in the Key of Los Angeles


There are many ways to learn about the history and culture of Los Angeles. One of the more interesting and unusual is through sheet music. What does that mean exactly? Enter “Songs in the Key of Los Angeles, a multi-platform collaboration between the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Public Library, and USC professor Josh Kun….” This unique endeavor mines the Library’s extraordinary Southern California Sheet Music Collection, which is comprised of works from the 1840s through the 1950s.

Starting today, Songs in the Key of Los Angeles brings a selection of this music to life through free recitals performed by artists from LA Opera and SongFest. If you want to be transported back in time and gain a new perspective on the political, social and artistic trends that helped shape Los Angeles from the mid 19th century through the middle of the 20th century, I think you’ll find this series of events well worth your while.


  • Matthew Morris, Songfest Young Artist Director
  • John Musto, SongFest Music Director and pianist
  • James Callon, LA Opera artist/tenor
  • Lisa Eden, LA Opera artists/soprano
  • Young professional artists from SongFest.


When: June 11 – 15

Where: Multiple locations in Los Angeles

Performance Schedule: Visit the LA Opera web site for more details and a full schedule of performances.

Cost: Free

More Information: To learn more about Songs in the Key of Los Angeles, check out this great post on KCET’s web site.