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MC Bulletin Spring 2019

|| Madison Council Activities  ||


  • April 4-5 - Spring Madison Council Meeting. Washington, DC.
  • April 11, 8PM - Louis Lortie and Hélène Mercier. Canadian pianists Louis Lortie and Hélène Mercier have developed a remarkable sensitivity to the four-hand and two-piano literature. Their program features staples of the Russian two-piano repertoire, with a few hidden gems included. This performance celebrates the Library’s acquisition of the manuscript of the two-piano version of Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, a work for which the Library now possesses all major source materials. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building.
  • April 19, 7PM - Poet Laureate Spring Lecture. 22nd U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith will celebrate the conclusion of her first term as laureate. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building.
  • April 19, 7PM - Not an Ostrich: And Other Images From America’s Library Opening Event. Join the Librarian of Congress to celebrate the opening of this unique installation featuring vivid portrayals of America across time. The exhibition will display hundreds of images selected from the Library of Congress’s collection of more than 14 million photographs. Visitors will have the chance to see nearly 500 rare photographs, each one handpicked from the vaults of the world’s largest library. Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA.
  • May 11, 8PM - Quartetto di Cremona. Michael Barrett, music director | The Library of Congress’s Music Division will partner with the Embassy of Italy to present the internationally recognized Quartetto di Cremona string quartet. The group serves as an ambassador for the international “Friends of Stradivari” project celebrating the masterly instruments made by Antonio Stradivari. The Library will also display some of its most fascinating and seldom-seen items from its collection of Paganiniana, including manuscripts, scores, and even the violinist’s personal pocket diary. Coolidge Auditorium and Whittall Pavillion, Thomas Jefferson Building.
  • May 18, 8PM - Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebratoin. Michael Barrett, music director | Julia Bullock, soprano | Amy Owens, soprano | Joshua Blue, tenor | Amanda Lynn Bottoms, mezzo soprano. The Library’s vast Leonard Bernstein Collection provides the world’s best vantage point to contemplate the career of this extraordinary man: composer, conductor, pianist, and humanitarian. We see Bernstein as social observer, revealed in three major stage works. His musical “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue” portrays sharp racial divides over 100 years of White House history. The operas “Trouble in Tahiti” and “A Quiet Place” paint a vision of a family’s struggles—and offer a glimpse of reconciliation. There will be moments of discovery, with a few extraordinarily rare, still-unknown songs you won’t hear anywhere else. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building.
  • May 19, 11AM-5PM - Leonard Bernstein’s America Symposium. Dive into our special, day-long program, an immersive experience anchored by an extensive display of manuscripts, letters, playbills, photographs and memorabilia, sketches, casting notes and designs. The day will include informal talks by Music Division curators, video clips from Bernstein’s lectures and educational shows, a #Declassified presentation on “Bernstein and Social Identity,” and plenty of interesting revelations: fascinating stories, notes and cut songs from “On the Town”, “West Side Story” and “Candide”, with pianist Jon Kalbfleisch and a team of singers on hand for musical vignettes. Multiple locations in the James Madison Building.
  • June 13, 12PM - A Conversation with Walter Isaacson. Walter Isaacson, prominent writer, journalist and professor, will speak with NIO Deputy Director Dr. Colleen Shogan about his study of a wide-range of historical innovators, including his recent work on Leonardo da Vinci, and his earlier works looking at Steve Jobs and Benjamin Franklin. Isaacson was the President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, and he has also served as the chairman and CEO of CNN and Managing Editor of Time. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building
  • July 12 - Baseball Americana Gala Reception and Program. The reception will mark the launch of the Library of Congress’s landmark exhibition on the enduring tradition of America’s favorite pastime. The exhibition is made possible by the Library of Congress Third Century Fund, the James Madison Council and Democracy Fund. Great Hall, Thomas Jefferson Building. Details to be announced.
  • August 31 - Library of Congress National Book Festival Evening Gala Reception. This program will feature presentations by award-winning authors participating in the National Book Festival, followed by a buffet reception. Coolidge Auditorium and Great Hall, Thomas Jefferson Building.
  • September 1 - Library of Congress National Book Festival. The Library of Congress and its highly popular celebration of authors and readers will feature more than 100 distinguished authors across many fields and in all genres of writing, with audiences ranging from young reader to adults. The National Book Festival is made possible in great part by Chairman David M. Rubenstein, as well as by key support from the James Madison Council and Council members. Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
  • September 12 - John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity: Award Ceremony and Dinner. Established with an endowment provided by Founding Chairman Emeritus of the James Madison Council, John W. Kluge, the Kluge Prize recognizes and celebrates work of the highest quality and greatest impact that advances understanding of the human experience. Thomas Jefferson Building. Details to be announced.
  • October 18 -19 - Fall 2018 Meeting of the James Madison Council Details to be announced.
  • October 10 - Pérez Cohen Potter and Friends Jazz Quintet. Panamanian-born pianist Danilo Pérez started his career playing with Dizzy Gillespie, and has been a longtime partner for jazz masters like Wayne Shorter, as well as fronting his own exceptional musical groups. For this special 2018 tour, Pérez will partner with Avishai Cohen on trumpet, Chris Potter on saxophone, Larry Grenadier on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums. This concert will be the first appearance for the group in Washington, D.C. Coolidge Auditorium and Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building.
  • November 15 - Latvian Radio Choir. Founded in 1940, the Latvian Radio Choir is a top-caliber international ensemble and serves as a prime example of the remarkable longstanding Eastern European choral tradition. This world-class group’s performances embrace a wide-ranging repertoire that takes on Renaissance and Baroque music as well as some of the most sophisticated scores created by modern composers. Coolidge Auditorium and Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building.
  • December 18 - Brentano Quartet with violist Hsin-Yun Huang. The Brentano Quartet and violist Hsin-Yun Huang will be featured in the Library’s annual Antonio Stradivari Memorial concert. Hailed by The Times (London) as “magnificent” and admired for its “luxuriously warm sound [and] yearning lyricism” (The New York Times), the ensemble is sought after by the world’s major concert halls. Hsin-Yun Huang will play the 1690 “Tuscan-Medici” viola, on loan to the Library of Congress from the Tuscan Corporation.Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building.

|| Exhibitions ||

  • Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I. April 4, 2017–January 2019. To commemorate the centennial of the United States’ entry into the Great War, this exhibition examines the upheaval of world war, as Americans experienced it—domestically and overseas. With the most comprehensive collection of multi-format World War I holdings in the nation, the Library of Congress is uniquely positioned to tell the extraordinary story of our country during this transformative period in history. Southwest Gallery, Thomas Jefferson Building.
  • Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustration. April 27, 2017 – October 28, 2017. A signature exhibition features highlights from the Library’s courtroom illustrations collection - the most comprehensive in any American institution. South Gallery, Thomas Jefferson Building.
  • Baseball Americana. June 2018 – July 2019. The Library of Congress will present a major exhibition in 2018 when Nationals Park and Washington, D.C., host major league baseball’s 89th All-Star Game showcasing America’s favorite pastime. It will feature baseball’s gritty roots as well as its contemporary character through interactive media and original artifacts, illuminating how the game has stayed true to its traditions and where it has diverged. The exhibition will also highlight the ongoing conversations and connections between baseball’s rugged past and its refined present. South Gallery, Thomas Jefferson Building.
  • Exploring the Early Americas. Ongoing exhibition, opened December 12, 2007. Features selections from the more than 3,000 rare maps, documents, paintings, prints, and artifacts that make up the Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress. It provides insight into indigenous cultures, the drama of the encounters between Native Americans and European explorers and settlers, and the pivotal changes caused by the meeting of the American and European worlds. The exhibition includes two extraordinary maps by Martin Waldseemüller created in 1507 and 1516, which depict a world enlarged by the presence of the Western Hemisphere. The Jay I. Kislak Collection and exhibition are made possible by Madison Council member Jay I. Kislak and the Jay and Jean Kislak Foundation. Northwest Gallery, Thomas Jefferson Building.
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