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Date Artist / Event Scheduled Program
October 1, 1999 BOBBY SHORT & HIS ORCHESTRA Songs both unknown and familiar by Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, and other popular songwriters, with some rarities from the Library's collections.
October 7 and 8, 1999 THE JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET * Haydn: Quartet in C Major, op. 76, no. 3 "Emperor"
* Webern: Six Bagatelles, op. 9
* Stravinsky: Three Pieces for String Quartet
* Beethoven: Quartet in A Minor, op. 132
October 29, 1999

Winner of the 1999 Walter W. Naumburg Vocal Competition.
* Songs/Arias: Galuppi, Dowland, and Händel
* Schubert: selected Lieder
* Poulenc: Chansons Gaillardes
* Julian Wachner: War Songs (world premiere)
* Songs: Obradors, Montsalvatge, Guastavino, and Villa-Lobos
October 30, 1999 DA CAMERA OF HOUSTON

Milagro Vargas, Mezzo-soprano ; Nadine Asin, Flute ; Alan Kay, Clarinet ; Ida Levin, Violin ; Toby Appel, Viola ; Eric Bartlett, Cello ; John Feeney, Double Bass ; Sarah Rothenberg, Piano
Coolidge Anniversary Concert
* Ravel: Chansons Madécasses, for mezzo-soprano, flute, cello, and piano
* Tsontakis: Heartsounds for violin, viola, doublebass, piano (Coolidge Foundation commission)
* Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time
November 13, 1999 THE BEIJING TRIO

Jon Jang, pianist-composer ; JieBing Chen, erhu (Chinese violin) ; Max Roach, trapset drums
World premiere performance, "The Temple of the Drum, an offering to Max Roach," commissioned by the Library of Congress McKim Fund

November 17 and 18 and 19, 1999


Key works from the 1930s, including the legendary Heretic and Frontier, Deep Song and other solos. A dramatic staging of selected letters of the Graham-Copland correspondence for Appalachian Spring will precede the performance of this classic ballet, commissioned by the Library of Congress in 1944.
December 2, 1999

U.S. debut concert of an acclaimed British period-instrument ensemble
* Mendelssohn: Quartet no. 1 in E-Flat Major, op. 12
* Beethoven: Quartet in E-Flat Major, op. 74 "Harp"
* Schumann: Quartet in A Major, op. 41, no. 3
December 3, 1999

THE AMERICAN CHAMBER PLAYERS - Miles Hoffman, artistic director

* Schubert: Octet in F-Major, D. 803
* Other works to be announced.
Michael Barrett and Stephen Blier, co-artistic directors
The Great American Songwriting Teams: the Gershwins, Rodgers & Hart, Lieber and Stoller, Kander and Ebb.
December 17, 1999 THE JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET * Mendelssohn: Quartet no. 3 in D Major, op. 44, no. 1
* Bartók: Quartet No. 2
* Brahms: Clarinet Quintet with guest artist Charles Neidich
See Dates at Right ; all shows start at 7:00 p.m.


Presented in cooperation with the Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division.

* January 10, 1999 Louis Prima: The Wildest
* January 13, 1999 Harold Arlen: Somewhere Over the Rainbow
* January 20, 1999 Joe Williams: A Portrait in Song
and But Then, She's Betty Carter
* January 24, 1999 Jazz 625: Erol Garner, Bill Evans, & Thelonius Monk
* January 27, 1999 A Man Called Adam (with Louis Armstrong)
February 3, 2000 THE ARTEMIS QUARTET * Mozart: Quartet in D Minor, K. 421
* Ligeti: Quartet no. 2
* Beethoven: Quartet in F Major, op. 135
February 9, 2000

BRANDENBURG ENSEMBLE - Directed by Jaime Laredo, violin and viola; with Leila Josefowicz, violin; and Reiko Uchida, piano

* J.S. Bach: Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins
* Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante
* Zwilich: Romance for violin and piano
February 24 and 25, 2000 THE JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET * Beethoven: Quartet in G Major, op. 18, no. 2
* Shostakovich: Quartet no. 15 in E-flat Minor, op. 144
* Mendelssohn: Quartet no. 4 in E Minor, op. 44, no. 2
March 3, 2000 ENSEMBLE SARBAND (Sefarad: Music of Spanish Jews in the Mediterranean and the Ottoman Empire) Fadia el-Hage, voice; Ahmet Kadri Rizeli, kemenge, percussion; Ihsan Özer, kanun; Mehmet Cemal Yesilçay, ud; Vladimir Ivanoff, percussion, ud, and musical direction.
March 10, 2000 ROLF SCHULTE, violin
WILLIAM PURVIS, french horn
* Beethoven: Sonata in A Minor for Piano and Violin, op. 23
* Dina Koston: Duo in Two Parts (commissioned by the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress, World Premiere)
* Debussy: Sonata in G Minor for Violin and Piano Webern Four Pieces for Violin and Piano, op. 7
* Ligeti: Trio for Piano, Violin, and French Horn (Hommage à Brahms)
The Music of Elinor Remick Warren

Christine Goerke, soprano ; Margaret Lattimore, mezzo-soprano ; Stanford Olsen, tenor ; Thomas Hampson, baritone ; Craig Rutenberg, piano
Songs by "the only woman among the group of prominent American neo-Romantic composers that include Howard Hanson, Samuel Barber, and Gian Carlo Menotti."
March 24, 2000 CONCERTO KÖLN - with soloists Celine Frisch, harpsichord, and Ludwig Semerjian, piano

Period-instrument orchestra from Germany.
* Dall'abaco: Concerto à più istrumenti, op. 5, no. 6
* J.S. Bach: Concerto in D Major for Harpsichord and Strings, BWV 1054
* Mozart: Concerto for Piano and Strings, K. 414
* Mozart: Divertimento, K. 136
March 31, 2000

CONCERTO ITALIANO - Directed by Rinaldo Alessandrini, harpsichord with Sara Mingardo, contralto.

Francesca Vicari, Violin (G. B. Guadagnini, Parma, 1760) ; Mauro Lopes Ferreira, Violin (J. Denisot, 18th century) ; Ettore Belli, Viola (F. Zanoli copy of Amati) ; Luigi Piovano, Cello (G. Scarbi, 1798) ; Luca Cola, Double Bass (G. de Guado, 18th century) ; Rinaldo Alessandrini, Harpsichord

* Marini: Diversi generi di Sonate, Book III, op. 22 (Venice, 1655)
* Monteverdi: Lamento d'Arianna (Venice 1623)
* Farina:
Libro delle Pavane (Dresden 1627)
* Bononcini: Sinfonia da Chiesa a quattro, op. 5 (Bologna, 1687)
* Pergolesi: Salve Regina in F Minor for Alto and Strings
* Legrenzi: La Cetra, op. 10 (Venice, 1682)
* Corelli: Concerto Grosso op. 6, no.4

April 7, 2000 LA LUNA - Ensemble for 17th Century Music

Ingrid Matthews and Scott Metcalfe, violins ;
Emily Walhout, viola da gamba, cello ; Byron Schenkman, harpsichord, organ
* Sprezzatura: Virtuoso Variations, Sonatas & Fantasias

Presented under the auspices of the Mae and Irving Jurow Fund
April 21, 2000 CARTER BREY, cello and CHRISTOPHER O'RILEY, piano * Beethoven: Variations on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen," op. 66
* Beethoven: Cello Sonata no. 4 in C Major, op. 102, no. 1
* Poulenc: Cello Sonata (1948)
April 27 and 28, 2000
THE BEAUX ARTS TRIO * Beethoven: Variations on "Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu," op. 121a
* Beethoven: Trio in B-flat major, op. 97, "The Archduke"
* Ravel: Trio in A minor
May 1, 2000


* Ravel: Quartet in F Major
* Webern: Five Pieces, Op. 5
* Beethoven: Quartet in B-flat Major, op. 130
May 11 and 12, 2000 THE JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET with Warren Jones, piano * Haydn: Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 64, No. 3
* Sur: Berceuse for violin and piano
* Schumann: Piano Quintet
May 19, 2000


* Haydn: Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob. XVI:52
* Beethoven: Sonata in E Major, Op. 109
* Babbitt: Canonical Form
* Liszt: Transcendental Etude in F Minor
* Schumann: Frühlingsnacht transcribed by Liszt
* Liszt: Concert Paraphrase of Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
May 22, 2000

Paul Gemigniani, music director
A special 70th birthday tribute to a titanic figure in the history of the American musical theater: a concert version of his rarely-heard 1974 musical, The Frogs, based on the comedy by Aristophanes, and a selection of Sondheim's favorite songs by other writers, offered with the composer's personal commentary.