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May 3. 2013

Library’s Packard Campus Presents Quebe Sisters Band Concert

The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation is hosting its first-ever live music concert, featuring the sibling sensation the Quebe Sisters Band, who will perform a blend of western swing, vintage country, bluegrass, jazz & swing standards and Texas-style fiddling. The free concert will be held at the Packard Campus theater in Culpeper, Va., at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 10.

"Hearing the Quebe Sisters sing is nothing short of mesmerizing," wrote The Washington Post. Music icon Jimmy Buffet is quoted as saying: "The Quebe Sisters Band simply stopped me in my tracks when I heard them the first time. Their blend of swing with a dash of contemporary color is unique in today's music world. They project a cannonball of stage presence—and man, can they play."

The Quebe sisters—Grace, Sophia and Hulda—heard Texas-style fiddling for the first time in 1998 at a fiddle contest in Denton, Texas. As youngsters they started taking fiddle lessons and began winning regional, state and national championships. Their popularity grew when they added three-part harmony vocals to their expanding repertoire of musical styles, including western swing, western and cowboy songs, vintage country and bluegrass.

The band received the Crescendo Award of the Western Music Association and the Western Swing Album of the Year from the Academy of Western Artists. The sisters are on tour following the release of their latest album, "Timeless."

All programs presented at the Packard Campus seek to meet the Library’s mission to preserve and make accessible the nation’s audiovisual heritage. This special evening, highlighting the Library’s recorded sound collections, will also feature a lecture on western swing presented by recorded sound curator Matt Barton. The music of the Quebe Sisters Band will also showcase many of the recordings found in the Library’s collections.

The concert is presented free of charge, but the public is encouraged to make reservations by calling (540) 827-1079 ext. 79994 or (202) 707-9994 during regular business hours. Tickets are limited to four per call. However, to request additional tickets or for other concerns, please leave phone or email contact information for appropriate follow-up. Reservations will be held until 10 minutes before showtime. In case of inclement weather, call the theater reservation line no more than three hours before showtime to confirm cancellations. For further information on the theater and film schedule, visit www.loc.gov/avconservation/theater/.

The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation is a state-of-the-art facility funded as a gift to the nation by the Packard Humanities Institute. The Packard Campus is the site where the nation’s library acquires, preserves and provides access to the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of motion pictures, television programs, radio broadcasts and sound recordings (www.loc.gov/avconservation/). The Packard Campus is home to nearly 7 million collection items.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. It seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov.

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PR 13-086
05/03./13
ISSN 0731-3527

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