Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2014-2015

The 2014-2015 season of Concerts from the Library of Congress brought a stellar roster of performers, ensembles and scholars directly to you. In commemoration of the 150th birthday of our founding patron, Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, you were treated to musical experiences that you couldn’t get anywhere else—100% free and donor-supported. This was a season of music beyond labels—an exclusive experience for everyone. Download the 2014-2015 Concert Season Calendar (PDF, 511KB)


Day Date Time Artist/Event (Location)
Friday     September 5 7pm FILM: Lisztomania (Pickford Theater)
Friday September 12 7pm FILM: The Music Lovers (Pickford Theater)
Thursday September 18 12pm PANEL: NATIONAL ANTHEM [REMIX] with with Matt Spivey, Loras J. Schissel, Neil Grauer, Nicholas A. Brown (Whittall Pavilion)
Friday September 19 7pm FILM: Mahler (Pickford Theater)
Thursday September 25 12pm LECTURE: Hisham Aidi, "Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture" (West Dining Room)
Friday September 26 7 pm FILM: Tommy (Pickford Theater)
Tuesday October 7 12pm AMS LECTURE: Carol Hess, "Copland as Good Neighbor: Cultural Diplomacy in Latin America During World War II" (Coolidge Auditorium)
Friday  October 10 12pm LECTURE: Warren Hoffman, "Race and the Broadway Musical" (Whittall Pavilion)
October 11 8pm CONCERT: MAVIS STAPLES (Coolidge Auditorium)
Thursday October 16 9pm CONCERT: INTELLIGENCE IN THE HUMAN-MACHINE (Atlas Performing Arts Center)
Friday October 17 8pm CONCERT: LUTVAK/TESORI/YAZBEK (Coolidge Auditorium)
Tuesday October 21 12pm LECTURE: Mark Horowitz, "I Bet You Didn't Know We Had This..." (Whittall Pavilion)
Thursday October 23 7pm SPECIAL EVENT: STEW, with Adrien-Alice Hansel (Coolidge Auditorium)
Friday October 24 8pm CONCERT: ST. LAWRENCE STRING QUARTET (Coolidge Auditorium)
[6:30pm - Conversation with the Artists (Whittall Pavilion)]
Wednesday October 29 8pm CONCERT: VOX LUMINIS (Coolidge Auditorium)
[6:30pm - Nicholas A. Brown, "Saving Mary: Stabat Mater Settings from Pergolesi to Poulenc" (Whittall Pavilion)]
Thursday October 30 8pm "FOUNDER'S DAY" CONCERT: ENSEMBLE DAL NIENTE (Coolidge Auditorium)
[6:30pm - Conversation with George Lewis (Whittall Pavilion)]
Tuesday November 4 12pm LECTURE: James Wintle, "The Audacity of Hopekirk: Cultural Identity in the Songs of Helen Hopekirk" (Coolidge Auditorium)
Wednesday November 5 7:30pm PANEL: "Music, Technology and the Entrepreneur: Your Creative Career in the Music'" with Panos Panay & Casey Rae (Montpelier Room)
Friday November 7 8pm CONCERT: PIERRE-LAURENT AIMARD (Coolidge Auditorium)
[6:30pm - David H. Plylar, "Fugal Lords: Subjectivity in Bach, Beethoven and Brahms" (Whittall Pavilion)]
Saturday November 8 9pm CONCERT: THE NELS CLINE SINGERS (Atlas Performing Arts Center)
Wednesday November 12 7pm #DECLASSIFIED: IRENE - Peter Alyea, "Recovering and Preserving Sound Images: An Encounter with IRENE" (TBA, James Madison Building)
Friday November 21 8pm CONCERT: ENSEMBLE CAPRICE (Coolidge Auditorium)
[6:30pm - Conversation with Matthias Maute (Whittall Pavilion)]
Tuesday December 2 12pm LECTURE: Nicholas Alexander Brown & "The President's Own" United States Marine Band Woodwind Quintet, "Irving Fine and the American Woodwind Quintet" (Whittall Pavilion)
Thursday December 4 2pm FILM: Charles Munch conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Music by Fine and Debussy (Pickford Theater)
Friday December 5 8pm CONCERT: CHIARA STRING QUARTET / DINNERSTEIN (Coolidge Auditorium)
[6:30pm - Conversation with Jefferson Friedman (Whittall Pavilion)]
Saturday December 6 2pm IRVING FINE CENTENNIAL SYMPOSIUM (Coolidge Auditorium)
PANEL: "The Music of Irving Fine," Martin Boykan, Joel Spiegelman, Georgia Luikens
PANEL: "Irving & Verna Fine – Their World and Contemporaries," Claudia Fine, Emily Fine, Joanna Fine, Rosalie Calabrese, Nicholas Alexander Brown
PANEL: "Irving Fine, The Boston Group and the American Neoclassical School," Wayne Shirley, R. James Tobin, Susan Davenny Wyner, Yehudi Wyner, Loras J. Schissel
Saturday December 6 7pm CONCERT: CHOIR OF CLARE COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE, U.K. (Coolidge Auditorium)
Wednesday December 10 7pm LECTURE: Jonathan Berger, "The Aesthetics of Data" (Pickford Theater)
Friday December 12 8pm CONCERT: VOGLER/WANG/SIIRALA (Coolidge Auditorium)
[6:30pm - Nina Totenberg, Mira Wang & Daniel Boomhower, "The Roman Totenberg Legacy" (Whittall Pavilion)]
[6:00pm - PANEL: “Does my bow really need a passport? Travels and travails of the modern musician.” (Whittall Pavilion)]


Day Date Time Artist/Event (Location)
Friday January 16 7pm FILM: Streets of Fire (Pickford Theater)
Friday January 23 7pm FILM: Xanadu (Pickford Theater)
Friday January 23 8pm CONCERT: ST. LAWRENCE STRING QUARTET (Coolidge Auditorium)
[6:30pm - Anne McLean, "Opus 90: Celebrating 90 Years of Concerts from the Library of Congress" (Whittall Pavilion)]
Tuesday January 27 12pm LECTURE: Walter Zvonchenko, "Petersburg Empire: The Stage" (Whittall Pavilion)
Friday January 30 7pm FILM: Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (Pickford Theater)
Wednesday February 4 8pm CONCERT: CALEFAX (Coolidge Auditorium)
[6:30pm - Conversation with the Artists (Whittall Pavilion)]
Thursday February 5 12pm FOLKLIFE CONCERT: The Western Flyers: Classic Western swing, Hot jazz & Swing standards, toe tapping Cowboy songs and electrifying Old-time fiddle tunes (Whittall Pavilion)
Saturday February 7 2pm CONCERT: IAN BOSTRIDGE/JULIUS DRAKE (Coolidge Auditorium)
[12:30pm - Susan Youens on Winterreise (Whittall Pavilion)]
[3:30pm - Conversation with the Artists (Coolidge Auditorium)]
Wednesday February 18 12pm FOLKLIFE CONCERT: A Tour of Norwegian and Swedish Fiddle Styles: With Andrea Hoag (Violin) and Loretta Kelley (Violin & Hardingfele/Hardanger Fiddle (Whittall Pavilion)
Wednesday February 18 8pm CONCERT: RICHARD GOODE (Coolidge Auditorium)
[6:30pm - David H. Plylar, "Humorisks and Rewards in the Music of Schumann and Brahms" (Whittall Pavilion)]
Friday February 20 8pm CONCERT: CLAREMONT TRIO/AMORY (Coolidge Auditorium)
[6:30pm - Conversation with the Artists (Whittall Pavilion)]
Tuesday February 24 12pm LECTURE: Christopher Hartten “Chameleons as Composer: The Colorful Life and Works of Lukas Foss” (Whittall Pavilion)
Saturday March 7 8pm CONCERT: CURTIS/SPANO/DÍAZ/HIGDON (Coolidge Auditorium)
[6:30pm - Conversation with Jennifer Higdon (Whittall Pavilion)]
Friday March 13 8pm CONCERT: KIM KASHKASHIAN/PETER NAGY (Coolidge Auditorium)
[6:30pm - Conversation with the Artists (Whittall Pavilion)]
Tuesday March 17 12pm LECTURE: Sharon McKinley, "Geraldine Farrar, American Diva" (Whittall Pavilion)
Wednesday March 18 12pm FOLKLIFE CONCERT: The Royal Harmonizers (Whittall Pavilion)
Saturday March 21 2pm CONCERT: LEIPZIG STRING QUARTET (Coolidge Auditorium)
Wednesday March 25 12pm FOLKLIFE CONCERT: Lubana Al Quntar & Kenan Adnawi: Traditional Music and Song from Syria (Whittall Pavilion)
Tuesday April 7 12pm LECTURE: David H. Plylar, "Liszt's Historical Hungarian Portraits" (Coolidge Auditorium)
Friday April 10 8pm CONCERT: THE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER:An evening with violinist Daniel Hope, violist Paul Neubauer, cellist David Finkel, and pianist Wu Han (Coolidge Auditorium) [6:30pm - Conversation with the Artists (Whittall Pavilion)]
Tuesday April 14 12pm AMS LECTURE: Paul Laird, "The Genesis of Bernstein's Chichester Psalms as Seen in the Library of Congress Leonard Bernstein Collection" (Coolidge Auditorium)
Wednesday April 15 12pm FOLKLIFE CONCERT: The Sherman Holmes Project with Brooks Long and Phil Wiggins: Honoring The Holmes Brothers Legacy (Whittall Pavilion)
Tuesday April 21 8pm Country Music Association Songwriter Series: Join legendary host “Whisperin’ Bill” Anderson as he explores the songwriting process with other country music luminaries, including the versatile Pam Tillis, rising star Mo Pitney and a man who penned tunes for Elvis—Mac Davis.
Friday April 24 8pm CONCERT: MANTRA: Katherine Chi, Aleksandar Madžar, Yura Lee, James Donahue and Cameron Kirkpatrick (Coolidge Auditorium)
[6:30pm - Paul Miller (Whittall Pavilion)]
Saturday April 25 2pm CONCERT: JORY VINOKOUR (Coolidge Auditorium)
Saturday May 2 2pm LECTURE/RECITAL: McGhee/Yanagitani/Ward-Bamford, "Two Thousand Flutes" (Coolidge Auditorium)
Saturday May 9 11am #DECLASSIFIED: Nicholas A. Brown, "Musical Lobbyists" (Studio)
Saturday May 16 11am #DECLASSIFIED: Solomon HaileSelassie, "Fly Space: Inside the Minds of Theatrical Directors & Designers" (Studio)
Saturday May 16 2pm LECTURE: Antosca/Brent/Karre, "HABITAT: Composition | Performance | Technology | Spaces" (Coolidge Auditorium) - rescheduled from February 21
Tuesday May 19 12pm LECTURE: Leonard Schmieding, "Breakin’ Around the Bloc: Hip Hop in East Germany during the Cold War" (Whittall Pavilion)
Thursday May 21 12pm FOLKLIFE CONCERT: Bing Xia -Traditional Chinese guzheng music in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (Coolidge Auditorium)
Friday May 22 8pm CONCERT: LIGHT AND MATTER: Jennifer Koh, Anssi Karttunen and Benjamin Hochman (Coolidge Auditorium)
[6:30pm - Conversation with the Artists (Whittall Pavilion)]
Thursday May 28 12pm FOLKLIFE CONCERT: Ara Dinkjian & Zulal - Traditional Armenian music and song with Dinkjian and the New York-based a cappella trio, Zulal (Coolidge Auditorium)
Friday May 29 8pm CONCERT: ETIENNE CHARLES (Coolidge Auditorium)
Monday June 1 12pm INTERVIEW: "Celebrating the Music of Machito." A conversation on the legacy of Afro-Cuban bandleader Frank Grillo (Machito) with his son Mario Grillo and Larry Appelbaum, Music Division. (Whittall Pavilion)
June 29/30 12pm FOLKLIFE CONCERT/FILM SCREENING: Marinera Viva!!! Film screening of Marinera, testimonio de diversidad y tradición and live Peruvian marinera dance. (Film screening, June 29; Live dance concert, June 30)
Monday July 13 7-9pm MULTIMEDIA FOLK MUSIC PRESENTATION: Sharp’s Appalachian Harvest with Jeff Davis and Brian Peters (Mumford Room)
Wednesday July 29 12pm FOLKLIFE CONCERT: Creole United: African American Creole Music from Louisiana (Collidge Auditorium)
Tuesday Septebmer 15 12pm FOLKLIFE CONCERT: Sones de México Ensemble: Mexican American Music and Dance from Chicago (Coolidge Auditorium)
Wednesday September 16 1:00pm FOLKLIFE WORKSHOP: Corridos: Tragic Ballad Songwriting Workshop / Corridos: Taller de composición de baladas trágicas mexicanas (Whittall Pavilion)