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2003 Schedule (Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2003-2004)
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    Unless otherwise indicated, all concerts are held in the Coolidge Auditorium at 8:00pm.
    All concerts are free but require tickets; Programs/dates are subject to change without notice.

September 2003

Image: A Liittle Bit of BluesA LITTLE BIT OF BLUES
Thursday, September 11 at Noon
Neptune Plaza (rain location Coolidge Auditorium)

Little Bit of Blues combines the warm vocals and piedmont guitar-picking of Warner Williams with Jay Summerour's soaring harmonica to produce some of the finest blues anywhere. The pair, both area natives, have played together for more than a decade. Their credits include the Smithsonian's Festival of American Folklife, the National Folk Festival, the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, and the nationally broadcast American Roots 4th of July Festival on the Mall. No tickets required.

Part of Capitol Roots Concert Series 2003. See Special Programs

ROBERTO and LORENZO MARTINEZ and Family
Wednesday, September 18 at Noon
Image: Roberto and Lorenzo Martinez Neptune Plaza (rain location Coolidge Auditorium)

Presenting Hispanic music from New Mexico, Roberto and Lorenzo -- father and son -- are receiving a National Heritage fellowship from the National Endowment for the arts this week for their contributions to preserving New Mexican culture. The Martinezes specialize in the Spanish Colonial music of Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado, while also playing the more familiar form of mariachi and composing new corridos. No tickets required.

Part of Homegrown: The Music of America. See Special Programs

Image: Christian McBrideImage: Members of the Brubeck SextetBRUBECK INSTITUTE WORKSHOP
Tuesday, September 30, at 7 pm
Coolidge Auditorium

No tickets required, see Special Programs


October 2003

Dave Brubeck QuartetDAVE BRUBECK and his Quartet
and the Brubeck Institute Sextet

Wednesday, October 1 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorium

Dave Brubeck "was and is unique and that's
what jazz is all about."

Legendary jazz pianist-composer whose work embodies "the optimism and spirit of this uniquely American music" leads his famed quartet and six gifted young musicians of the Brubeck Institute joined by the Institute's artistic director, bassist Christian McBride.

Image: Wylie and the Wild WestWYLIE and the WILD WEST
Wednesday, October 8 at Noon
Neptune Plaza (rain location Coolidge Auditorium)

One of the country's finest Cowboy and Western ensembles, led by Wylie Gustafson, rancher and champion yodeler from Dusty, Washington. Perennial favorites at the Cowboy Poetry gathering in Elko Nevada, Wylie & the Wild West have earned an international reputation through their recordings and concert appearances. Folklorist, Jens Lund will journey from Washington state to introduce the band.

Part of Homegrown: The Music of America. See Special Programs

Image: ETHELETHEL
Thursday, October 16 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorium

"...hippest bunch of vibrating strings, taking the new music world by storm."

A string quartet that transcends taste, genre, and style to embrace a music of our time and with irreverence and panache, takes the audience on an intense and muscular ride of arena-rock proportions.

Image: Ganzalo RubalcabaGONZALO RUBALCABA TRIO
Friday, October 17 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorium

" ...exquisite texture...thrilling and poignant..."

Winner of the 2002 Best Latin Jazz Grammy, Afro-Cuban jazz pianist-composer Gonzalo Rubalcaba--with Ignacio Berroa on drums and Armando Gola on bass--interweaves musical idioms from the rhythms of rumba and the batá to strongly classical components.


SPAELIMENNINIR
Tuesday, October 21 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorium

Image: Spaelimenninir"unadulterated good feeling...blue mystery...and pure beauty"

Based in the Faeroe Islands between Iceland and Norway, Spaelimenninir ("the folk musicians")--a native Faeroese, a Swede, two Americans, and two Danes--perform traditional and contemporary folk music and song from Scandinavia and America on fiddle, recorder, piano, guitar, mandolin, and acoustic bass.

JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET
with Christopher Oldfather, Piano

Image: Juilliard String QuartetWednesday, October 22 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorium

"...the overall style of the Juilliard remains large, generous, and aggressive..."

Bach: Contrapuncti I-IV from The Art of Fugue
Babbitt: Joy of More Sextets (McKim Commission)
Beethoven cycle (Part II): String Quartet in B-flat Major, op. 130/
Grosse Fuge, op. 133

Image of Tatiana SarbinskaTATIANA SARBINSKA
Thursday, October 23, 2003 at noon
Madison Hall, James Madison Building

World-renowned Balkan singer Tatiana Sarbinska will be joined by a group of outstanding musicians. Ms. Sarbinska, world-renowned Balkan singer, has had a long and illustrious career spanning East and West and is regarded as one of the preeminent soloists of her generation. Born in the village of Rila in Bulgaria, she was, for many years the featured soloist of the internationally acclaimed Pirin Ensemble. She toured and recorded extensively with Pirin, earning "national treasure" status and renown as "the voice of Bulgaria." Her extensive repertoire includes music form all of Bulgaria's folklore regions. A Boston Herald reviewer wrote, "Tatiana Sarbinska performs with a brilliant style, with a rich vocal technique, a wide vocal range, and a lively artistic presence." Sarbinska currently lives in New Market, Maryland. No tickets are required.

Part of Capital Roots Concert Series 2003

Image: Milton BabbitJUILLIARD STRING QUARTET
with Charles Neidich, Clarinet

Friday, October 24 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorium

"Babbitt is a superb musical craftsman...an authentically great composer...in some ways hard to take, but he's also zany, wild, and...more than a little bit mad."

Bartók: String Quartet no. 1, op. 7
Babbitt: Clarinet Quintet
Beethoven cycle (Part II): String Quartet in C-sharp
Minor, op. 131

CHILINGIRIAN STRING QUARTET
Image: Chilingirian String QuartetTuesday, October 28 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorium

"...known to provoke whoops and cheers out of ordinarily staid audiences."

Mozart: String Quartet in C Major, K. 465 ("Dissonance")
Bartók: String Quartet no. 5 (Coolidge Commission)
Dvorák: String Quartet in D Major, op. 106

Image: Music from ChinaMUSIC FROM CHINA
Annual Founder's Day Concert

Thursday, October 30 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorium

"...emotional language that cuts through any cultural barrier"

Founder's Day An extraordinary world-class ensemble offers the sights and sounds of "silk strings and bamboo winds" with fiddles and flutes; the ancient sounds of the pipa and erhu; and the percussive strength of gongs and woodblocks--in works by Zhou Long, Chen Yi, Zhou Qinru, and James Mobberley.


November 2003


Image: Kodaly String QuartetKODÁLY QUARTET

Friday, November 7 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorium

"Enchantingly warm...Olympian breadth and intensity..."

Haydn: String Quartet in E Major, op. 2, no. 2
Haydn: String Quartet in D Major, op. 20, no.4
Haydn: String Quartet in B Minor, op. 33, no.1
Mozart: String Quartet in G Major, K. 387 (Dedicated to Haydn)

Image: Chano DominguezCHANO DOMÍNGUEZ SEPTET
Saturday, November 8 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorium

"...a rapid-fire ninja...transferring the energy of flamenco guitar to the keyboard."

"Cádiz in the soul and Monk in the fingers," pianist Domínguez and his trio joined by three accompanying musicians (a player of the Afro-Peruvian cajon, a singer, and a dancer--all three clapping) create hybrid music that merges an ancient tradition with the leading edge of jazz.


Image: Chuna McIntyre CHUNA McINTYRE, Yup'ik song & dance
Wednesday, November 12, 2003 at noon
Coolidge Auditorium

Chuna McIntyre, who was featured at this year's National Book Festival, will bring 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. Folklorist Suzi Jones will present the group. No tickets are required.

Part of Homegrown: The Music of America.

ODETTA
Image of OdettaThursday, November 13 at 8 pm
75th Anniversary of the Archive of Folk Culture

Coolidge Auditorium (No tickets required)

Odetta, "Queen of American Folk Music" and "Mother Goddess of Folk/Blues" will receive a Living Legend Award from the Library and perform songs from the Archive of Folk Culture. No tickets are required.

Co-sponsored by the American Folklife Center

RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT
Friday, November 14 at 8:00pm
Image: Richard Rodney Bennett Coolidge Auditorium

"A remarkable aural imagination of an uncommonly rarefied kind."

Composer of symphonies, operas, and ballets, three-time Oscar nominee for his film scores, and jazz pianist, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, one of the most versatile composer-performers of today--in a cabaret featuring his own works and selections from the American Songbook.

JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET
with Masao Kawasaki, Viola

Wednesday, November 19 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorium

Beethoven: String Quintet in C Major, op. 29
Beethoven cycle (Part II): String Quartet in A Minor, op. 132

GANGA
Thursday, November 20, 2003 at 12:00 noon
Image of GangaMadison Hall, James Madison Building

The Roy family ensemble Ganga will present the music of their native Bengal, reflecting the history and continuity of the myriad traditions that form the regional folk traditions of the Indian sub-continent. Ganga's repertoire is drawn from the tea plantations of the lush countryside, from the foothills of the Himalayas, and particularly from the rivers of Bengal which have been especially fertile ground for the songs sung by peasants and boatman. Formed in 1984, Ganga, named for the holy river Ganges, has performed at festivals and concerts all over the United States, and in other parts of the world. No tickets are required.

Part of Capital Roots Concert Series 2003

Image: Lee HoibyJUILLIARD STRING QUARTET
with Brent McMunn, Piano

Friday, November 21 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorium

"Hoiby's music--permeated by an unashamedly gentle and vulnerable sensibility and ... a subtle sweetness."

Haydn: String Quartet in F Minor, op. 55, no. 2 ("The Razor")
Hoiby: Serenade for Violin and Piano (McKim Commission)
Beethoven cycle (Part II): String Quartet, op. 135

December 2003

Image: Vernon DukeNEW YORK FESTIVAL OF SONG
Michael Barrett and Steven Blier,
Artistic Directors

Friday, December 5 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorium

"...superb performances [and] terrific songs rescued from oblivion..."

Celebrating its fifteenth anniversary, the New York Festival of Song with Jennifer Aylmer, Judy Kaye, Joseph Kaiser, and pianist Steven Blier features music from the Vernon Duke and the Richard Rodgers collections in the Library of Congress.

SENSACIÓN VALLENATA con GUSTAVO NIETO
Thursday, December 11, 2003 at 12:00 noon
Image of Sensacion Vallenata con Gustavo NietoMadison Hall, James Madison Building

Sensación Vallenata con Gustavo Nieto will bring the lively regional dance music of Columbia's coastal region to the Library. Vallenata is a traditional, acoustic form of dance music, surrounded by local legend and enriched by multi-ethnic roots, that has become one of Columbia's most popular styles. Accordionist Gustavo Nieto, who grew up with the older traditional style of vallenato, moved to the United States some time ago and lived in New York and Chicago before settling in the Washington, D.C. area in the early 1990s and forming his group. They regularly play for "Columbian Night" at a club in Wheaton, Maryland, and always manage to pack the house. No tickets are required.

Part of Capital Roots Concert Series 2003

Image: Tina Chancey and Scott ReissHESPERUS and Friends
Friday, December 12 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorium

"... constantly lively, colorful, inventive...performed with energy..."

Hesperus members--co-directors Scott Reiss and Tina Chancey, Grant Herreid, Bruce Hutton, Rosa Lamoreaux--are joined by Peter Sutherland, Elke Baker, and a trio of cloggers in Winter Light--a heartwarming celebration of the winter season with music that crosses cultural and historical boundaries.

MENAHEM PRESSLER, Piano
Tuesday, December 16 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorium

"Phrase after phrase left you smiling with its sensitivity, its impudence, its joy."

On this day of Beethoven's birth, the quintessential chamber musician and founding pianist of the renowned Beaux Arts Trio celebrates his own 80th birthday with a solo recital on the Coolidge stage.

JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET
with Marcy Rosen, Cello

Stradivari Anniversary
Thursday, December 18 at 8:00pm

Schubert: Quintet in C Major, D. 956
Beethoven cycle (conclusion): String Quartet in B-flat Major, op. 13

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