The 91st season of Concerts from the Library of Congress builds on our continuing mission: to give the music on the shelves of the Library a living voice. Bringing the Library’s phenomenally rich music collections to life in performance and conversation, we present concerts, lectures, and encounters with remarkable artists, composers and scholars, plus film screenings and book talks: experiences to invigorate and inspire. Curious about music? You can immerse yourself in our Declassified presentations and curator talks, and investigate a range of musical topics, from heavy metal to Rachmaninoff.  Take an evening for a transformative experience at the Library of Congress, all absolutely free of charge to everyone.

Bibliodiscotheque, April 12-May 6, 2017

Library of Congress Bibliodiscotheque

The Library of Congress presents “Library of Congress Bibliodiscotheque” (April 12-May 6, 2017), an unprecedented exploration of disco culture, music, dance and fashion represented in the national collections. Disco’s influence on popular music and dance since the 1970s will be in focus through film screenings, performances, interviews and a symposium. The diverse lineup of programs features appearances by disco icon Gloria Gaynor, whose “I Will Survive” is recognized in the National Recording Registry, fashion guru Tim Gunn, Good Morning America host Robin Roberts, photographer Bill Bernstein, scholars Alice Echols and Martin Scherzinger, and legendary disco ball maker Yolanda Baker. Gloria Gaynor and her band perform in the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building on May 6th, followed by a late night disco dance party presented in association with Brightest Young Things, The Recording Academy, and the District of Columbia Library Association. Experience the Library of Congress like never before.

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Radio Series

Concerts from the Library of Congress: Radio Series

The Library of Congress and WETA Classical 90.9 launched a new radio series on April 1, 2016, presenting 13 one-hour programs produced from the Library's 2015-2016 concert season. Produced by Classic Digital Syndications, the series is offered free of charge to public radio stations nationwide. The series is hosted by Bill McGlaughlin with special guest hosts David Plylar, Nicholas Alexander Brown, James Wintle, Nicholas Kitchen, and WETA's Dan DeVany.

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Library of Congress on Q2 Music

Concerts from the Library of Congress: Radio Series

The Library of Congress and Q2 Music, the online stream of contemporary classical music presented by New York-based public broadcaster WQXR Radio, partners to release live recordings of recent Library of Congress commissions and U.S. and world premiere performances of contemporary works.

Listen to over 25 recordings free and on-demand at Q2

Full 2016-2017 Season

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New Baseball Exhibition

February 9 - July 22, 2017  |  Performing Arts Reading Room, James Madison Building.

This exhibition features baseball sheet music from the Library's collections. Most of these works are original copyright deposits and represent only a small fraction of the more than 400 published songs about baseball in the Music Division’s custody. They illustrate the remarkable congruence between the evolution of the sport from before the Civil War to the present, and the musical counterparts that have chronicled in song baseball’s greatest moments.

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