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SCHEDULE OF PROGRAMS

Each program is presented at 10:00am and 12:00 noon (unless otherwise indicated). All programs are free and open to the public. Most programs are held in the Coolidge Auditorium (see area map and floor plan), unless otherwise indicated. School groups should contact The Library of Congress Live coordinators to arrange for reserved seating.

NEW PROGRAM FOR 2004:

Image from the exhibition: From Haven to HomeHAVEN TO HOME: An American Journey
Oct. 12 and 26, Nov. 2 and 18, Dec. 6, 2004
-- All performances at 10:30 am

This live performance unfolds the stories of Emma Lazarus, an immigrant's daughter, who became Lady Liberty's poet, and Irving Berlin, who emerged from the decks of an immigrant ship to become one of America's best-loved composers. Explore with them how the values od liberty, opportunity and religous freedom shaped American history. 45 minutes long, this image of Emma Lazarusperformance is designed for audiences ages 10 and up.

This presentation is part of the public programs surrounding the exhibition "From Haven to Home: 350 years of Jewish Life in America"

Commisioned from The Discovery Theater.

School groups should contact The Library of Congress Live -- Monica Mohindra -- to arrange for reserved seating. Location: Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium (see area map and floor plan)

Past Programs from 2003:

TIME CAPSULE IN A MILK CAN
September 24, 2003 at 10:00am and 12:00noon

An emotionally gripping performance about the power of the written word and the triumph of the human spirit. Delving into the archives of Emmanuel Ringelblum and the Warsaw ghetto. This live production invites audience members to collaborate with Ringleblum as he creates and preserves the Oneg Shabbat archive. In partnership with The Discovery Theater and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (a Learning Guide is available from this page).

THE RHYTHMS OF FLAMENCO
October 14, 2003 at 12:00noon in the Mumford Room
(see map)
We will explore the collaborative improvisational art forms from the gypsy population of southern Spain. This participatory program will trace the impact of culture on music, and examine the relationship between the three essential components of Flamenco: singer, guitarist and dancer. Sponsored by the American Folklife Center.
SPAELIMENNINIR: Music and Stories from Scandinavia
October 23, 2003
at 10:00am and 12:00noon
From Viking history to Lapland landscape a dynamic presentation of Nordic music and culture. Explore the oral traditions and the collections of indigenous cultural expressions. Based in the Faeroe Islands between Iceland and Norway, Spaelimenninir ("the folk musicians") -- a native Faeroese, a Swede, two Americans, and two Danes -- will perform traditional and contemporary folk music and song from Scandinavia.
CHUNA MCINTYRE
November 12, 2003
at 12:00noon
Featured at this year's National Book Festival, he will join the Nunumpta Yup'ik (Eskimo) singers and dancers to present a program of stories, songs, and dances from native Alaska. Born in the tiny village of Eek on the coast of the Bering Sea, McIntyre uses traditional stories learned from his grandmother to create contemporary stories, sounds, and images of Yup'ik culture. A presentation of the American Folklife Center.
KHANCI DOS: A Musical Exploration of the Hungarian Roma
December 10, 2003
at 12:00noon
This event features award-winning, traditional Gypsy band, Khanci Dos, on their first tour outside of Europe. Band members will demonstrate traditional music and dance, and discuss the culture of the Roma people, as well as address the Rom struggle to preserve their language and traditions. This event is co-sponsored by The Washington Revels, who feature the band in this year's Christmas Revels production -- The Roads of the Roma.

Literature to Life: ZORA
Two Performances: Thursday, January 29 at 10:00am and 12:00noon
(Please note that the Jan. 27 and 28 performances have been cancelled due to inclement weather)
Zora Neale Hurston was one of the most important and celebrated figures to emerge from the Harlem Renaissance. Outspoken, spirited and gifted, Ms. Hurston was the most prolific African-American woman writer of the 1930's. Adapted from the theatrical biography of her life by Laurence Holder, this performance brings to life her story. A production of the American Place Theatre.

 

CELTIC ROOTS
March 4, 2004 at 10:00am one show only

An engaging fully costumed and staged performance blending traditional songs, poems and stories with primary material such as maps, rosters, newspaper headlines and first-person narratives.

In partnership with The Washington Revels.

Literature to Life: ZORA
Two Performances: Tuesday May 4, 2004 at 10am and 12noon

Zora Neale Hurston was one of the most important and celebrated figures to emerge from the Harlem Renaissance. Outspoken, spirited and gifted, Ms. Hurston was the most prolific African-American woman writer of the 1930's. Adapted from the theatrical biography of her life by Laurence Holder, this performance brings to life her story. A production of the American Place Theatre.
new! Learning Guide now available [PDF: 2.51 KB] new!
new! View excerpts from the Jan. 2004 performance and post-show with Dr. Alice Birney
                            (requires freely available RealPlayer)

 

image of Ruby BridgesCHILDREN OF STRUGGLE
June 3, 2004
at 10:00am
A musical performance about the youngest heroes of the Civil Rights Movement, and their inspiring, important struggle for equal rights Meet Ruby Bridges, Ernest Green, and Claudette Colvin through this warm and powerful story of their courage, strength and hope. Part of "The Greatest Stories Never Told" series, this original musical is written and directed by Raquis Petree with music by Marion Johnson.

This presentation is part of the public programs surrounding the exhibition
“With an Even Hand: Brown v. Board of Education at Fifty.”

new! Learning Guide now available [PDF: 2.51 KB] new!

A co-presentation with The Discovery Theater.

School groups should contact The Library of Congress Live coordinators to arrange for reserved seating.
Location: Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium (see area map and floor plan)

image of Will KempA PROGRESS TO THE QUEEN
June 10, 2004 at 10am -
CANCELLED

Queen Elizabeth the First, the last Tudor Monarch of England, traveled throughout the countryside to witness the festivals and fairs during the Spring and Summer months. On Thursday June 10 , 2004, Will Kemp of Shakespeare’s Chamberlain’s Men theater company will lead a progress, or procession, to greet the Queen. Join the Folger Shakespeare Library, The Washington Revels, the Smithsonian's Discovery Theater and the Library of Congress in this procession as we learn the songs, dances, and customs of the time.

new! Learning Guide now available [PDF: 1.81 KB] new!

A co-presentation with The Folger Shakespeare Library, The Discovery Theater, and the The Washington Revels

School groups should contact The Library of Congress Live coordinators.

 
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