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January 20, 2011

Library of Congress Announces Spring Concerts, Events and Updates

New Music and Jazz Are Highlights

Concerts from the Library of Congress continues its 85th anniversary concert season with a spring calendar showcasing a dynamic and diverse range of American music. Top chamber music groups include the Salzburg Hyperion Ensemble, the Schumann Trio and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, which brings a fascinating double bill of music by Tan Dun and George Crumb and a special pre-concert interview with Crumb.

New music, jazz and cross-genre projects are featured throughout the spring season, offering a look at a rich mix of compositional styles. In May, a new music mini-festival centers on the world premiere performances of Library of Congress commissions by Sebastian Currier and Stephen Hartke, who will give pre-concert talks before each event. Artists and groups for the mini-festival are the NOW Ensemble, Victoire, the Wordless Music Orchestra with guitarist-composer Tyondai Braxton, violinist Colin Jacobsen and pianist Bruce Levingston, and eighth blackbird. Also on the spring roster is a trio of concerts by major jazz figures Martial Solal, Brad Mehldau, Eddie Daniels and Roger Kellaway.

The Library joins with the U.S. Army Band "Pershing’s Own" in three concerts drawn from its archives. New dates for this three-part series are April 9, the music of Aaron Copland; May 5, Ellington, Mingus and Mulligan; and May 21 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, roots of the American songbook.

The Paolo Pandolfo/Thomas Boysen concert on Saturday, Feb. 26 has been changed to a 2 p.m. matinee with no pre-concert presentation.

The Library’s concert series is presented free of charge to the public but requires tickets for admission. Tickets are distributed by TicketMaster at (202) 397-7328, (410) 547-7328 and (703) 573-7328. Each ticket carries a nominal service charge of $2.80, with additional charges for phone orders and handling. Tickets are also available at TicketMaster outlets and online at www.TicketMaster.com (external link).

Although the supply of tickets may be exhausted, there are often empty seats at concert time. Interested patrons are encouraged to come to the Library by 6:30 p.m. on concert nights to wait in the standby line for no-show tickets. Tickets for events at the Atlas Performing Arts Center carry a $1 service charge and will be available through the Atlas Box Office, 202-399-7993.

For further information on concerts, call the Concert Information Line at (202) 707-5502 or www.loc.gov/concerts/.

SPRING SEASON CALENDAR

Unless otherwise noted, all concerts will be held at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium located on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street, S.E., Washington, D.C. Pre-concert presentations will be at 6:15 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion unless otherwise noted, and these presentations do not require tickets. All programs are subject to change without notice.

Friday, Feb. 4
SALZBURG HYPERION ENSEMBLE

R. Strauss: Sextet from the opera "Capriccio," op. 85, Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht, op. 4 (original version), Brahms: Sextet no. 2 in G Major, op. 36
*Pre-concert presentation: Wayne Shirley discusses the manuscript sources for Verklärte Nacht in the Library’s Whittall Collection
Ticket sale date: On sale now

Friday, Feb. 11
UTRECHT STRING QUARTET

Auerbach: String Quartet no. 1; String Quartet in B-flat Major, D112, Meijering: "Mein junges leben hat (k)ein End 2007" (after Sweelinck), Tchaikovsky: String Quartet no. 2 in F Major, op. 22
*Pre-concert presentation: Organist/harpsichordist Stephen Ackert of the National Gallery of Art discusses and demonstrates aspects of Sweelinck’s "Mein junges leben hat ein End" in its original keyboard version.
Ticket sale date: On sale now

Tuesday, Feb. 22
QUATUOR DEBUSSY with Katherine Chi, piano

Glass: String Quartet no. 2 ("Company"), Puccini: Crisantemi, Milhaud: String Quartet no. 9, op. 140, Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor
Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of France
Ticket sale date: On sale now

Friday, February 25
EDDIE DANIELS, clarinet
ROGER KELLAWAY, piano

Performing classics from the American songbook
*Pre-concert presentation: The artists talk jazz and the American songbook with Larry Appelbaum
Ticket sale date: On sale now

Saturday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m.
PAOLO PANDOLFO, viola da gamba & THOMAS BOYSEN, theorbo/Baroque guitar

Sainte-Colombe: Prelude, Chaconne in D minor and Prélude, Chansonette, Chacone in C Major (from the "Panmure Manuscript"), Marais: Musette, La Georgienne dite La Maupertuy, Plainte, La Guitarre ("Pièces de Viole," Bk III/IV); Le Tombeau de Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe ("Pièces de Viole," Bk II)
Ticket sale date: On sale now

Tuesday, March 1
BRAD MEHLDAU, piano

Ticket sale date: On sale now

Thursday, March 3
SCHUMANN TRIO

Mozart: Trio in E-flat Major, K. 498 ("Kegelstatt"), Bruch: Eight Pieces, op. 3 (I, II, V, VII), Sheng: Three Fantasies (McKim commission), Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A minor, op.114
*Pre-concert presentation: Dr. Deforia Lane, associate director of the Ireland Cancer Center and director of Music Therapy at the University Hospitals of Cleveland, delivers a lecture as part of the Music and the Brain series.
Ticket sale date: On sale now

Friday, March 4 at noon
HONORS STUDENTS PERFORMANCE

The Library of Congress collaborates with Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, featuring top honors students in performances of works drawn from the Library’s collections.
No tickets required

Saturday, March 5 at 2 p.m.
HONORS STUDENTS PERFORMANCE

The Library of Congress collaborates with Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, featuring top honors students in performances of works drawn from the Library’s collections.
No tickets required

Thursday, March 10
WORDLESS MUSIC ORCHESTRA with TYONDAI BRAXTON

John Adams: Road Movies for violin and piano, Caleb Burhans: In a Distant Place for chamber orchestra, Louis Andriessen: Workers' Union for chamber orchestra, Tyondai Braxton: selections from Central Market, and new compositions
*Pre-concert presentation: Wordless Music founder Ronen Givony and composer Tyondai Braxton
Ticket sale date: Jan. 26

Friday, March 11
ANTARES with Marianna Mihai-Zoeter, soprano

Harbison: Fantasy Duo for violin and piano (McKim commission), Schubert: Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, D. 965, Mallonée: Shadow Rings, Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time
*Pre-concert presentation: James Wintle of the Music Division discusses Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time
Ticket sale date: Jan. 26

Saturday, March 26 - Part One, 11 a.m. and Part Two, 5:30 p.m.
TANYA TOMKINS

J.S. Bach: The Complete Suites for Solo Cello
The two concerts in this special Saturday presentation will include an illustrated comparison of Baroque and modern instruments, featuring the Whittall "Castlebarco" cello from the Library’s Cremonese Instruments Collection.
*Pre-concert presentation, 4 p.m.: Daniel Boomhower, head of reader services, Music Division
Ticket sale date: Feb. 9

Tuesday, March 29
TREVOR PINNOCK, harpsichord

Handel: Chaconne in G Major, HWV 435
Froberger: Lamento sopra la dolorosa . . .Ferdinando IV, Bach: French Suite no. 5 in G Major, BWV 816, Couperin Passacaille, Rameau: Musette en rondeau, Scarlattie: 3 Sonatas in D Major, K. 490- 492
Ticket sale date: Feb. 16

Friday, April 8
LONDON CONCHORD ENSEMBLE

Mozart: Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano and Winds, K. 452, Beethoven: Quintet E-flat Major for Piano and Winds, op. 16, Two Library of Congress Coolidge Foundation commissions: the Frank Bridge Divertimenti for flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon, and Francis Poulenc’s Sonata for Flute and Piano
*Pre-concert presentation: The Library’s Elizabeth Aldrich speaks on Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge’s dance commissions.
Ticket sale date: Feb. 23

Saturday, April 9 at 2 p.m.
U.S. ARMY BAND "Pershing's Own"

Music of Aaron Copland
No tickets required

Monday, April 11
MARTIAL SOLAL, piano

Presented in cooperation with the Maison Française of the Embassy of France
Ticket sale date: Feb. 23

Thursday, April 28
CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER with Thomas Hampson, baritone

Crumb: Selections from "American Songbooks," vol. 1-6, Tan Dun: Elegy: Snow in June for cello and four percussionists
*Pre-concert presentation: Conversation with George Crumb and David Starobin
Ticket sale date: March 16

Thursday, May 5
THE ARMY BLUES

A family-friendly jazz showcase of great scores from the Music Division’s Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, and Gerry Mulligan collections
No tickets required

Friday, May 6
COLIN JACOBSEN, violin and BRUCE LEVINGSTON, piano

Janáček: Sonata for violin and piano, Biber: Passacaglia Currier: Xenakis Remix (Library of Congress McKim co-commission), Dvořák: Four Romantic Pieces, Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky: Passacaglia (world premiere), Bolcom: New York Lights, Piazzolla: The Grand Tango
*Pre-concert presentation: Conversation with Sebastian Currier
Ticket sale date: March 23

Saturday, May 7
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center
SUE MATHYS: Uniting Broadway with the Art of Chanson

Ticket sale date: March 23, Atlas Performing Arts Center Box Office, 1333 H Street N.E., (202) 399-7993

Friday, May 13
MUSIC FROM MOSCOW
Tigran Alikhanov, piano

Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, op. 5, Taneyev: Piano Quintet in G minor, op. 20
*Pre-concert presentation: Kevin Lavine of the Music Division discusses the Tchaikovsky-Taneyev friendship.
Ticket sale date: March 30

Saturday, May 14
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center
Double Bill: NOW ENSEMBLE and VICTOIRE, with MISSY MAZZOLI

*Pre-concert presentation: Judd Greenstein of New Amsterdam Records and composer Missy Mazzoli in conversation.
Ticket sale date: Tickets are available March 30 through the Atlas Performing Arts Center Box Office, 1333 H Street, N.E., (202) 399-7993

Friday, May 20
eighth blackbird

Mazzoli: Still Life With Avalanche, Hurel: À Mesure, Hartke: new work (Library of Congress McKim Fund commission), Glass: Music in Similar Motion, Adès: Catch for clarinet, piano, violin & cello, Op. 4 (1991), Hartke: Meanwhile
*Pre-concert presentation: Conversation with Stephen Hartke
Ticket sale date: April 6

Saturday, May 21
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center
U.S. ARMY BAND "Pershing's Own"

Roots of the American Songbook
Ticket sale date: March 30. Atlas Performing Arts Center Box Office, 1333 H Street N.E., (202) 399-7993

INSIGHTS: EXPLORING THE COLLECTIONS

Mondays at noon in the Whittall Pavilion, unless otherwise noted. No tickets required.

Feb. 7, in the Coolidge Auditorium
American Musicological Society Lecture

Carol Oja, William Powell Mason Professor of Music at Harvard University, discusses Bernstein's Broadway.

March 14
Exploring American Opera at the LOC: Carlisle Floyd’s "Susannah"

James Wintle, Music Division

April 11
Muzio Clementi: Father of Modern Piano Technique

Robin Rausch, Music Division

May 9
Jonathan Larson: The Man Who Died Too Young

Mark Horowitz, Music Division

CELEBRATING THE OSCARS at the NATION’S LIBRARY

Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor, James Madison Building
No reservations are required for Music Division film screenings. Free tickets will be distributed on the night of each screening on a first-come, first served basis. Seating is limited,and patrons are encourage to arrive early. Programs subject to change without notice.

Each film will be introduced by a short presentation on the featured composer's collection in the Library of Congress.

March 9: "The Heiress" (1949), Best Dramatic Score Oscar: Aaron Copland; March 16: "On the Waterfront" (1954), nominated for Best Dramatic Score Oscar: Leonard Bernstein; March 23: "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938), Best Original Score Oscar: Erich Korngold; and March 30: "Elmer Gantry" (1960), nominated for Dramatic Score Oscar: André Previn.

JAZZ IN THE SPRING at the NATION’S LIBRARY

Mondays, April 4-25
Films to be announced

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PR 11-012
01/20/11
ISSN 0731-3527

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