Irving Fine Centennial
The largest commemoration of Fine’s centennial in the world, including lectures, panel discussions and concerts
Nicholas A. Brown
December 2 at 12PM
A lecture on Irving Fine and the American Woodwind Quintet with the Marine Band Woodwind Quintet
December 4 at 2PM
Historic video: Charles Munch conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Fine & Debussy
Chiara String Quartet
December 5 at 8PM
Joined by pianist Simone Dinnerstein, this program features the music of Fine, Mozart and Friedman
Irivng Fine Celebration
December 6 at 2PM
Panel discussions and performances by Chiara String Quartet with Daniel Pesca, piano and Alan R. Kay, clarinet
Choir of Clare College
December 6 at 7PM
Led by Graham Ross, this performance features works by Fine, Bernstein, Britten and Monteverdi
December 12 at 8PM
An evening of chamber music celebrating the Legendary violinist and teacher Roman Totenberg
December 18 at 8PM
The St. Lawrence String Quartet is joined by Hsin-Yun Huang in Mozart's G-minor string quintet
An exclusive experience for everyone. All are welcome!
Labels are boring. Music should bring us together and open our minds to discovery, innovation and reflection— it resists categorization. We find the labels put on music to be boring, restrictive and tiresome... don’t you? For an audience without inhibitions, this year brings a stellar roster of performers, ensembles and scholars directly to you. You will be treated to musical experiences that you can’t get anywhere else—100% free and all donor-supported. Join us, activate your mind, learn something new and be inspired.
Celebrating the 150th Birthday of Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge
Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge’s generous endowment to fund the Library of Congress concert series required an Act of Congress, signed into law on January 23, 1925. The 2014-2015 season honors the 150th birthday of Mrs. Coolidge, celebrating the vision, passionate commitment and long-lasting artistic legacy of a brilliant woman recognized today as one of the 20th century’s most influential music patrons. Learn more about Mrs. Coolidge
A serious pianist and composer, Mrs. Coolidge funded and supervised the building of the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium, wiring it for the then-new medium of radio. A champion of contemporary music, she commissioned many significant composers, among them Stravinsky, Ravel, Copland, Bartók, Schoenberg, Britten and many others, establishing a groundbreaking concert series that would quickly earn respect and recognition from the international music world.
She advanced the cause of music both new and old in many ways, providing funds for lectureships and public programs at major institutions and subsidizing musicological studies. Perhaps the most visible single benefactor of chamber music even today, she created chamber festivals both in Europe and in the U.S., offered long-term support for individual artists and ensembles, introduced American radio audiences to chamber music in partnerships with major networks, and underwrote thousands of free concerts for a vast audience of music lovers, still growing today.
Pictured above: Concerts from the Library of Congress founder, Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, Charcoal Portrait by artist John Singer Sargent, 1923
2014-2015 Commissions and Premieres
Continuing the Library’s great tradition of supporting the creation of new music, this season Concerts from the Library of Congress will present five new works commissioned or co-commissioned by the Library. Representing a wide range of compositional voices, these commissions of new works by George Lewis, Jefferson Friedman, John Adams, Jennifer Higdon and Kaija Saariaho will be performed by a stunning array of artists who share our belief in music’s bright future.
- October 30, 2014, 8PM - George Lewis / Ensemble Dal Niente
- December 5, 2014, 8PM - Jefferson Friedman / Chiara Quartet with Simone Dinnerstein
- January 23, 2015, 8PM - John Adams / St. Lawrence String Quartet
- March 7, 2015, 8PM - Jennifer Higdon / Roberto Díaz and the Curtis Chamber Orchestra
- May 22, 8PM - Kaija Saariaho / Jennifer Koh,
Anssi Karttunen & Benjamin Hochman
St. Lawrence String Quartet Project
The St. Lawrence String Quartet holds an undisputed place among the world’s finest chamber ensembles. Spontaneous, passionate, dynamic, and committed champions of new music. In a special three-concert project this season, they will perform on the Library’s Stradivari instruments, collaborate with pianist Pedja Muzijevic and violist Hsin-Yun Huang as guest artists, and present the regional premiere of a new Library co-commission from John Adams.
- October 24 at 8 PM
St. Lawrence String Quartet with Pedja Muzijevic, piano
- December 18 at 8 PM
St. Lawrence String Quartet with Hsin-Yun Huang, violin
- January 23 at 8 PM
John Adams Regional Premiere