THE LIBRARY TAKES THE
JUILLIARD QUARTET ON TOUR
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington
congratulates the Juilliard String Quartet on its 40th
anniversary as the Library's
After forty years of residency at the Library of Congress,
the Juilliard Quartet assumes its new role as the Library’s
partner in an educational program with a runout tour to southern
California during the first week of October 2004.
In collaboration with the Library, three notable institutions--Idyllwild
Arts Academy, University of California at Santa Barbara (Arts
and Lectures Program), and Walt Disney Concert Hall at the
Los Angeles Music Center--are presenting the Juilliard
Quartet in a series of free concerts, master classes, and outreach
activities. The tour also includes exhibits of rare manuscripts
and instruments housed in the Library of Congress, the nation’s
oldest federal cultural institution.
Students, music lovers, and librarians in the three communities
will have the opportunity to hear a 17th-century Amati violin
and examine original manuscripts by Beethoven and Bártok,
whose Fifth String Quartet was commissioned by Elizabeth Sprague
Coolidge, founder and patroness of the concert series at the
Library of Congress.
More information about the 40th
Anniversary or the Juilliard
String Quartet in residence at the Library of Congress
is available through their Web site.
This special project was made possible through the generosity
of Jon and Lillian Lovelace.