“Everything Musical” at the Philpitt Store

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401 West Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33602
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In 1924, S. Ernest Philpitt proudly proclaimed that Tampa residents could find anything musical – a grand piano, any musical instrument, a player piano, a Victrola, records, or sheet music – at his shop on Lafayette Street. Join Historian in Residence Dr. Charles McGraw Groh for an entertaining look at Philpitt’s impact on Tampa’s music scene in the 1920s. Then join us in the Museum for a live demonstration of several rare self-playing instruments, including a cottage orchestrion, a Violano-Virtuoso, and a music box from the 1893 World’s Fair. These mechanical marvels are featured in the exhibit Imperfect Harmony: Man, Machine, and Music at the Tampa Bay Hotel.

Complimentary admission. Water and light refreshments provided. Contact info: 813.254.1891, ext. 7303 or scarter@ut.edu

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Contact info: 813.254.1891, ext. 7303 or scarter@ut.edu

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