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CONCERT SCHEDULE: February - May, 2005

All concerts are free but require tickets (see ticket information). All programs and dates are subject to change without notice.


Image of Danilo Perez TrioDANILO PÉREZ TRIO
Friday, February 4, 2005 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorium

“. . .Fresh and inventive version of Latin jazz. . . exciting, soothing, and engrossing.”

The young Panamanian pianist-composer and innovative exponent of Pan-American jazz leads drummer Adam Cruz and bassist Ben Street in an insightful and distinctive blend of standard jazz, Latin-Afro-Cuban rhythms, and folk and world music.

Image of the Aviv String QuartetAVIV STRING QUARTET
Thursday, February 10, 2005 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorium

“ . . .real freshness of expression, energy, and drive. . .”

Mentored by Isaac Stern, the Aviv has emerged as one of the most exciting ensembles of the younger generation whose performance this past winter at London’s Wigmore Hall was described as “an impressive evening that marked the Aviv Quartet out as a force to be reckoned with.”

McMillan: Sketches (Washington premiere)
Shostakovich: String Quartet no. 4
Brahms: String Quartet in B-flat Major, op. 67

Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Israel.

Image of Bill FrisellBILL FRISELL, Guitar
with Jenny Sheiman and Eyvind Kang, violins;
Ava King, viola; Hank Roberts, cello

Friday, February 11, 2005 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorum

“ Innovative, adventurous music that stretches the
boundaries of jazz”

“A country lament that ends up as a tango” is not surprising from the Baltimore-born guitarist and two-time DownBeat Guitarist of the Year, whose eclectic style has been called “Americana,” melding jazz, country, folk, blues, rock, world, and classical music.

with Kalle Randalu, Piano

Wednesday, February 23, 2005 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorum

“a seamless precision and an alluring dynamic flexibility”

A family trio formed by the “primadonna assoluta of the clarinet” with her brother Wolfgang and her husband Reiner Wehle offers a rare hearing of the sensuously dark-toned basset horn (Mozart’s favorite instrument), along with works for the more familiar modern clarinet.

Mozart (arr. Schottstädt): Divertimento F Major on Four Arias from
Così fan tutte for 3 Basset Horns
Poulenc: Sonata for Clarinet (1918)
Milhaud: Scaramouche for Clarinet and Piano
Mozart: Trio in E-flat Major, K. 498 (“Kegelstatt”) for Clarinet, Basset Horn, and Piano
Françaix: Quartet for Clarinet, Basset Horn, Bass Clarinet, and Piano (1994)

Image of the Rebel EnsembkeREBEL Ensemble for Baroque Music
Jörg-Michael Schwarz & Karen Marie Marmer, Directors

Friday, February 25 2005 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorum

“Their performance...ignited the music with blazing vitality.”

A program of Vivaldi concertos and sonatas including the popular La Follia, an early edition of which is in the Library’s special collections--performed on period instruments by flute/recorder player Matthias Maute, violinists Schwarz and Marmer, violist Risa Browder, cellist John Moran, bassist Anne Trout, and theorbo/lute/guitar player Daniel Swenberg.

MARCH 2005

Image of the Keller QuartetKELLER QUARTET
Tuesday, March 8, 2005 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorium

“ An experience to remember with awe and gratitude.”

The Budapest-based string quartet formed by students of the Franz Liszt Academy has gained international recognition for a broad range of repertoire extending from Haydn to Kurtág, who has written numerous works for the group.

Schubert: String Quartet in E-Flat Major, D. 87
Ligeti: String Quartet no. 1 (“Métamorphoses nocturnes”)
Debussy: String Quartet in G Minor, op. 10

Image of Alain Barker, Cary Boyce and Carmen Helena TellezAGUAVÁ NEW MUSIC STUDIO -- Alain Barker, Cary Boyce, and Carmen Helena Téllez, Artistic Directors
Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorium

“The spirit of our times, expressed to perfection by real virtuosi.”

Considered one of today’s most impressive new music ensembles in America, Aguavá New Music Studio, conducted by Carmen Helena Téllez, is a network of classically trained composers and performers which presents masterworks of the late twentieth century and recently composed works of the twenty-first in a variety of contexts for listeners and organizations worldwide.

Pre-concert Presentation -- 6:00pm in the Whittall Pavilion
(no tickets required)
Panel discussion on the evolution of Latin American Classical Music moderated by composer Aurelio de la Vega.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorium

Brahms’s late masterwork, String Quintet in G Major, op. 111, and Dvorák’s charming and unusual Terzetto, op. 74, highlight an evening with eminent violinist Miriam Fried, violinist/violist Paul Biss, and an international quintet from Ireland, Holland, France, Israel, and the United States--participants in the Ravinia Festival professional program for young artists.

APRIL 2005

Image of the Washington Bach ConsortBACH ALIVE IN THE NATION’S LIBRARY
Washington Bach Consort
J. Reilly Lewis, Founder and Music Director

Friday, April 15, 2005 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorium

First in a series of performances exploring connections between the Baroque master, whose autograph scores of Cantatas 9 and 10 reside in the Library, and other genres of choral music found in the Library’s vast archives. Choir and period instruments perform Cantata BWV 10, Meine Seel’ erhebt den Herren, along with Barber’s Agnus Dei, works by Amy Beach, and Eleanor Remick Warren’s arrangement of Bist du bei mir. This series and past performances of the Consort will be made available online at

A special collaborative project sponsored by the Washington Bach Consort, the Eleanor Remick Warren Society, and the Library of Congress.

Image of David CatesDAVID CATES, Harpsichord
Friday, April 22, 2005 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorium

“performances . . . of exceptional beauty, elegance, and understated virtuosity”

Praised for the “variety of playing style and interpretive surprise” in his performances of Johann Sebastian Bach, an outstanding talent among the new generation of American harpsichordists offers an evening of masterworks by the great composer including the Partita in D Major, BWV 828 and the English Suite in G Minor, BWV 808.

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Image of L'Ensemble Barouqes de LimogesL’ENSEMBLE BAROQUE DE LIMOGES
Christophe Coin, Director

Wednesday, April 27, 2005 at 8:00pm (cancelled)
Coolidge Auditorium

“phrases burst into sudden, surprising crystal formations.”

Led by a cellist of “imaginative high spirits,” members of a period instrument group praised for the “refined nuances” and “eloquently-spun” lines of its playing, in works by Leclair, Marin Marais, Rameau, Telemann, and excerpts from J.S. Bach’s Musical Offering.Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of France.

Image of Daivd Finkel and Wu HanDAVID FINCKEL, cello & WU HAN, piano
Friday, April 29, 2005 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorium

“...every phrase charged with the energy of communication between intimate partners.”

Recently-named artistic directors of the New York Chamber Music Society, the brilliant husband and wife duo presents an evening of Russian classics and the Washington premiere of a sonata by poet-pianist-composer Lera Auerbach dedicated to them.

Prokofiev: Sonata in C Major, op. 119
Auerbach: Sonata no. 1 (2003)
Rachmaninov: Sonata in G Minor, op. 19

MAY 2005

Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorium

“a vibrantly physical response to the music . . .communicates itself to the audience instantly.”

The famed group of musicians from the former East Berlin makes its first tour of the United States with performances with meticulous interpretations of Baroque music played on period instruments.

Veracini: Overture no. 6
Vivaldi: Concerto for Strings, RV 156
Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Violins, RV 533
Geminiani: Concerto Grosso no. 12 in D Minor
Bach: Orchestral Suite no. 1, BWV 1066
Bach: Concerto for Two Violins, BWV 1043

Image of Sheet Music coversLOST TRIBES OF VAUDEVILLE -- New York Festival of Song
Michael Barrett and Steven Blier, Artistic Directors

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorium

“A most felicitous blend of entertainment and enlightenment .”

Pianist-arranger Steven Blier leads vocalists and instrumentalists in “a light-hearted salute” to Black and Jewish vaudeville performers--legends Bert Williams, George Walker, Fanny Brice, Sophie Tucker, Ethel Waters, Cab Calloway, Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, and Molly Picon.

Image of Schulte, Winn, Grossman and LerdahlROLF SCHULTE, violin

Friday, May 20. 2005 at 8:00pm
Coolidge Auditorium

Three outstanding soloists come together to play a special evening of music featuring the first performance of a commission by the McKim Fund.

Ravel: Sonate postume
Lerdahl: Duo for Violin and Piano (World Premiere)
Brahms: Scherzo in C Minor, woo2 posth.
Schumann: Piano Trio in D Minor, op. 63.

Lerdahl--“the mind of a Classicist and the heart of a Romantic”

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