No matter what your taste in music may be, you can hear it live at the Library.
Classical, jazz, American theater, folk, ethnic, pop ... all performed at free
Or, you can research music in our recorded sound collections, on our Web site or
in our reading rooms. Also, we have commissioned hundreds of original musical
works, including "Appalachian Spring," Aaron Copland's masterpiece written for
dancer and choreographer Martha Graham.
The Library's music program has a long and varied history. For example, in 1935,
five stringed instruments by the Italian master Antonio Stradivari, came to the
Library. Gertrude Clark Whittall donated them to be used in regular performances in
the Coolidge Auditorium. She also established a foundation to maintain these
instruments and to fund a series of free concerts.
Broadcasts of many of the Library concerts are heard nationwide on radio,
and also on our Web site.