Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2017-2018

FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018 at 8:00 PM

Photo: Leonard Bernstein

Coolidge Auditorium

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(tickets available 12/13/2017, beginning at 10 AM)

Michael Barrett, music director
Julia Bullock, soprano  |  Amy Owens, soprano
Amanda Lynn Bottoms, mezzo soprano
Joshua Blue, tenor Adrian Rosas, bass-baritone

The Library’s vast Leonard Bernstein Collection provides the world’s best vantage point to contemplate the career of this extraordinary man: composer, conductor, pianist, educator, and humanitarian. We see Bernstein as social observer, revealed in three major stage works. His musical 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue portrays sharp racial divides over 100 years of White House history. The operas Trouble in Tahiti and A Quiet Place paint a vision of a family’s struggles—and offer a glimpse of reconciliation. There will also be moments of discovery, with a few extraordinarily rare, still-unknown songs you won’t hear anywhere else.

6:30 PM - Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)