TRIO with Luz Manríquez, Piano
Friday, February 13 at 8:00pm
"Impeccable interpretations, ...each
player is a distinctive virtuoso...bold [and] risk-taking..."
Ysaÿe: String Trio "Le Chimay"
Sierra: Kandinsky (World Premiere)
Commissioned by the McKim Fund in
Library of Congress.
Beethoven: String Trio in G Major, op. 9, no.
Roberto Sierra "is a master of rhythm and
Friday, February 20 at 8:00pm
"...lucid, raptly expressive,...eloquent,
rich toned, and full of color..."
Britten: String Quartet no. 1 in D Major, op.
25 (Coolidge Commission)
Schubert: String Quartet in A Minor, D. 804 ("Rosamunde")
Tchaikovsky: String Quartet no. 1 in D Major,
& JULIE MILLER
Friday, February 27 at 8:00pm
"...depths of heartache and loneliness... with
plenty of twang to ease the way."
Husband-and-wife singer-songwriter duo from Nashville offers
a broad brush of songs--country and folk ballads, hybrids and
out-and-out rock, pop and "gutbucket honky-tonk,"
and their own special brand of "non-urban art songs"--bridging
country's deepest roots in old-time mountain music with today's
more rockin' country.
Friday, March 5 at 8:00pm
"...never simply beautiful, but always rich
Haydn: String Quartet in C Major, op. 76, no.
Bolcom: String Quartet (Washington Premiere)
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E-flat Major,
op. 44, no.3
Saturday, March 6 at 8:00pm
"...a fest of musical praise, soul-searching,
From the highly acclaimed Festival of World Sacred Music held
in the Moroccan city of Fès, music, song, and dance from
the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim traditions featuring the Algerian-Jewish
singer Françoise Atlan; the Women's Hadra Ensemble
from the Taroudant region of southern Morocco, and the Anointed
Jackson Sisters gospel group from Goldsboro, North Carolina.
JIMMY SCOTT and the
Wednesday, March 10 at 8:00pm
the most unjustly ignored American singer of the 20th century."
One of the most original and exceptional voices in the history
of popular song, for more than fifty years admired by fellow singers
from jazz to pop including Billie Holiday, Nancy Wilson, Ray Charles,
and Madonna, the elder statesman of jazz vocalists is joined by
his trio--bassist "Hill" Greene, pianist Mike Kanan,
and drummer "Cook" Broadnax--for a glimpse of what an
evening in a mid-fifties show club must have been like.
KENNEDY CENTER CHAMBER
Friday, March 12 at 8:00pm
Beethoven: Trio in B-flat Major for Clarinet,
Cello, and Piano, op. 11
Poulenc: Sonata for Flute and Piano (Coolidge
Brahms: Piano Quartet in G Minor, op. 25
Elizabeth Patterson, Director
Friday, March 19 at 8:00pm
"Seamless ensemble, seductive phrasing...crisp,
rhythmically dancing performances."
Music of the Americas from songs sung aboard the ships of Columbus
to contemporary works, performed by a choir of men and women ranging
in age from eighteen to sixty from diverse occupations and musical
Winners of the Naumburg Competitions
Friday, March 26 at 8:00pm
Top winners of the Walter W. Naumburg International Competitions
in Chamber Music: Biava String Quartet; Violin: Frank Huang; and
Piano: Gilles Vonsattel---make their Library of Congress debut
in a concert honoring the founding primarius of the Juilliard
Wednesday, March 31 at 8:00pm
"To listen to d'Ambrosio is to abandon oneself
to her charm."
Jazz singer-pianist, calligrapher, watercolorist, creator of eggshell
mosaics, composer, lyricist, recording artist, and teacher--with
a distinctive "dusky, sensuous voice" and understated
style: performances of "quiet passion"and "meditative
of MEXICAN MUSIC
Thursday, April 1, 2004 at 7:30 pm
Masters of Mexican Music explores the musical traditions of
an important and growing segment of the U.S. population. Master
musicians from four distinct regional traditions - the mariachi
of Jalisco, the Veracruz harp tradition ensemble, the accordion-based
conjunto of the Texas-Mexican border area, and the marimba of
southern Mexico will be performing. Featured artists include
Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, José Gutiérrez,
Mingo Saldivar, and Marimba Chiapas. The national tour is produced
by the National Council for the Traditional Arts and the Mid
Atlantic Arts Foundation.
Tickets are required; no reserved seating.
Presented by the American Folklife Center at the Library of
LEIPZIG STRING QUARTET
with Ricardo Morales, Clarinet
Friday, April 2 at 8:00pm
"urbanity and...admirable unity of thought
Mendelssohn: String Quartet no. 6 in F Minor,
Ives: String Quartet no. 1 ("A Revival
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, op. 115
NORMAN and NANCY BLAKE
Old Time country music from Georgia
Thursday, April 15, 2004 at 8:00 pm
Norman Blake is one of the most respected musicians in the
field of country music. His career, spanning almost fifty years,
includes over thirty recordings, as well as hundreds of sessions
and appearances, with artists ranging from the Carter Family
and Johnny Cash to Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson,
and John Hartford. A virtuoso guitar and mandolin player, he
and his wife, Nancy, have received four Grammy nominations for
their traditional music recordings.
Christophe Rousset, Conductor/Harpsichord
Anna Maria Panzarella, Soprano
Wednesday, April 21 at 8:00pm
"...obviously enthusiastic... their
playing is a joy."
The critically-acclaimed period instrument ensemble specializing
in French and Italian repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries
performs instrumental and vocal works by Handel, A. Scarlatti,
Lully, Leclair, Lambert, and Montéclair.
Friday, April 23 at 8:00pm
"An excellent balance of vibrancy and elegance."
Works by Chambonnières, F. Couperin, Daquin, Handel, J.
C. Bach, Reinagle, and James Hewitt's Yankee Doodle Variations.
ENSEMBLE ARTS and
ALEXANDER STRING QUARTET
Saturday, April 24 at 8:00pm
"A brash bunch of brass wizards" shares
an evening with a "vibrant and thrillingly cogent" string
"Boundary-stretching" works by Richard Shemaria,
Kirk Nurock, Elliott Sharp, and Frank Zappa; followed by Beethoven
and Shostakovich string quartets.
Thursday, May 6 at 8:00pm
"...a wise, sweetly troubled voice...pure
Nashville-born, New York City-based, longtime DJ of the weekly
Radio Thrift Shop, and "neo-traditionalist country"
singer-songwriter whose music has resonated with critics and fans
on both sides of the Atlantic--in a program of vintage country
music and original country-pop gems.
Friday, May 7 at 8:00pm
"Energetic and fearsomely talented."
Haydn: String Quartet in D Major, op. 64, no.
Larsen: Schoenberg, Schenker, and Schillinger
Mozart: Adagio & Fugue in C Minor, K. 546
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in D Major, op. 44,
Saturday, May 8 at 8:00pm
"Songs are lucky when Shirley Horn chooses
A "romantic chanteuse without peer"and "straight-ahead
swinger" sings "heart-stopping" ballads with
"exquisitely unhurried pace--inviting listeners into an
elegant and sincere musical embrace."
Thursday, May 13 at Noon
"...steeped in pop culture and social-protest
Created and led by Kwikstep and Rokafella, New York City's
preeminent b-boy and b-girl, this street-wise crew of break dancers
celebrate the "full circle" of Hip-Hop culture--from
the issues to the trends, from the roots to the fashion--in a
flourish of Latin, African, and urban dance styles punctuated
by spoken word breaks.
Friday, May 14 at 8:00pm
"a vibrant...and swinging amalgam of individual
voices playing as one."
Unconventional contemporary jazz ensemble of saxophone, vibes,
trombone, bass, and drums led by the #1 Bass Players in the DownBeat
Critics Poll for three consecutive years.
Saturday, May 15 at 2:00pm
"Hazel Dickens' voice is the call of
the high lonesome."
"Helen is one of the few singers who can move [one] to silence."
Two uniquely individual singer-songwriters on the Coolidge stage:
Hazel Dickens--pioneer of bluegrass music and one of the greatest
mountain and old time singers of our time; and Helen Schneyer--one
of the most powerful contraltos and intensely emotional singers
in the folk song world, a frequent guest on the Prairie Home Companion.
Presented in cooperation with the American Folklife
Center, Library of Congress.
DON ROY TRIO and FLORENCE
Franco-American music from Maine
May 18, 2004 at noon
Don Roy is one of the finest Franco-American fiddlers in the
Northeast. Roy learned to play the fiddle from his uncle, Lucien
Mathieu, a master of the French Canadian style. He organized
and played with the Maine French Fiddlers for eleven years, during
which he played at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Wolf Trap,
and on A Prairie Home Companion. In 1990 he won the Maine State
Fiddle Championship. Also in the group are Don’s wife,
Cindy, a pianist and step dancer, and bassist Jay Young. Florence
Martin, from Lewiston, Maine, is an accomplished singer of Acadian
songs which she learned when growing up in the Saint John’s
Valley on the Maine-New Brunswick border.
Friday, May 21 at 8:00pm
"Bernstein's music in all its contemporary
irony and postmodern glory."
Works from the Leonard Bernstein Collection in the Library of
Congress, performed by mezzo-soprano Joyce Castle, baritone Kurt
Ollmann, and pianist Scott Dunn, with assisting pianist Lucy Mauro,
display the range of the charismatic composer's oeuvre that crossed
traditional boundaries between Broadway musicals and classical
The Army Blues Jazz Ensemble of the US Army Band (Pershing’s
Friday, June 4, 2004 at 12:00 Noon
Formed in 1972, The Army Blues carries on a tradition begun
by the Army Dance Band which entertained soldiers and civilians
in the battle zone during World War II. As the premier jazz
ensemble of the U.S. Army, and one of the few remaining professional
groups of its kind, the Blues' present-day mission is to promote
America's art form: jazz. The Blues pay tribute to the big
bands of yesterday by performing music by such greats as Ellington,
Basie, Miller and Herman. The Army Blues perform their own
versions of the latest and most innovative sounds of contemporary
composers, as well.
Free--no tickets required
Bernice Johnson Reagon and Toshi Reagon
Tuesday, June 8 at 12:00 Noon
Songs of the Freedom Singers and the music of the civil
rights movement will highlight this stirring concert.
Free--no tickets required.
African American gospel quartet from Virginia
Tuesday, June 15, 2004 at noon
The Paschall Brothers stand firmly in the great tradition
of unaccompanied religious singing in Tidewater Virginia.
The black gospel quartet tradition can be traced back to plantation
life in the South. The style blossomed in the region and by
the 1920s found a national following with groups such as the
Heavenly Gospel Singers and, notably, the Golden Gate Quartet
of Norfolk. Formed in 1981 by the late Rev. Frank Paschall
, Sr., the Paschall Brothers carry on this remarkable tradition
and bring new life and energy to this venerable style.
OINKARI BASQUE DANCERS from IDAHO
Wednesday, July 14, 2004 at noon
The Oinkari Basque Dancers, from Boise, Idaho, perform the
traditional dances brought from the Basque region of the Pyrenees
Mountains of France and Spain to the West by immigrants in
the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In 1960
a group of young Basque Americans traveled to the town of
Donosti in Basque country and became inspired to form a group
that preserved these dances. Now after forty years, the sons
and daughters of the founding members carry on the tradition.
The name "Oinkari" means "fast feet," an apt description of the acrobatic dance style.
PHONG NGUYEN ENSEMBLE
Vietnamese Music from Ohio
Wednesday, August 18, 2004 at noon
Phong Nguyen is one of the world’s foremost performers
and scholars of Vietnamese music, and has received a National
Heritage Fellowship Award from the National Endowment for
the Arts for his efforts to preserve and present this music
in the United States. Raised in the Mekong Delta region, he
comes from a family of prominent musicians, and was traditionally
trained to play numerous instruments in various regional styles.
He left his native land in 1974, received a doctorate in ethnomusicology
from the Sorbonne in Paris, and came to United States shortly
NEA NATIONAL HERITAGE FELLOW
Tuesday, September 28, 2004 at noon
Anjani Ambegaokar - 2004 National Endowment for the Arts
National Heritage Fellowship awardee, North Indian Kathak
Arabic music from Michigan
Wednesday, October 20, 2004 at noon
Nadim Dlaikan, maker and virtuoso player of the nay, a single-reed
wind instrument, is a highly respected member of the dynamic
music community of Arab Detroit, the largest Arab American
community in the United States. Nadim was born in the village
of Alai in Lebanon and began to play the nay at an early age.
He went on to study under master musicians at the Lebanese
Conservatory and moved to Beirut, where he became a member
of Lebanon’s best-known folk troupe, traveling throughout
the Middle East. He moved to the Detroit area in 1970 and
became a leader in the Arabic musical community, playing with
musicians from throughout the Middle East. His four-piece
ensemble will be playing with him in Washington. In 2002 Nadim
Dlaikan received a National Heritage Fellowship Award from
the National Endowment for the Arts.
AMERICAN INDIAN MUSIC and DANCE TROUPE
November 17, 2004 at noon
The American Indian Music and Dance Troupe is directed by
Tom Mauchahty - Ware, a Kiowa whose family has presented the
traditions of the Plains peoples since the 1930s. Tom’s
great uncle, noted artist Stephen Mopope, appeared at the
Second National Folk Festival in 1935, his father performed
at festivals during the 1940s, and Tom began performing at
National Festivals in the 1960s. Tom Ware, a noted flute player,
brings a troupe from the Kiowa and Comanche nations, who will
be performing the Eagle, Hoop, Fancy, and Grass dances, among
others. This program is cosponsored by the National Museum
of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institution.
JERRY GRCEVICH with
Tambura music from Pennsylvania
Wednesday, December 8, 2004 at Noon
Jerry Grcevich is a master player, composer, and arranger
of tambura music, the intricate and virtuosic string-ensemble
music of Eastern Europe, notably Croatia and Serbia. For over
thirty years he has been a mainstay of tamburitza music in
the United States, mastering all of the string instruments,
and recording over twenty records, tapes, and CDs. He frequently
travels to Croatia to play and gather new material. Grcevich,
like his father, from whom he learned, has been elected to
the Tamburitza Hall of Fame.
of 2004-2005 Season