Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2007-2008

The MacDowell Colony Centennial (1907-2007)

Edward MacDowell with wifeFounded by American composer Edward MacDowell and his wife Marian (pictured on the right) on their farm in Peterborough, New Hampshire, the MacDowell Colony has been fostering the careers of generations of artists, writers, and composers since 1907. Several MacDowell Colony fellows were featured in last season concerts—Richard Adams, Gena Branscombe, Elizabeth Brown, Elliott Schwartz, and Louise Talma.

Image on right: [Edward MacDowell and his wife, Marian, half-length portrait, seated, facing front], c1905. part of the MacDowell Colony Records, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.

Two concerts this fall wrap up the centennial celebration: one featuring composer-performer Fred Hersch (October 26) and an evening of choral works by Amy Beach, Aaron Copland, and Irving Fine (November 9).

An exhibition, “A Century of Creativity: The MacDowell Colony 1907-2007,” organized by the Interpretive Programs Office in conjunction with the Music Division may be viewed online at