Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2011-2012


The Library of Congress presents a season of special celebrations highlighting the riches of its extraordinary music archives—a Franz Liszt Bicentenary Project; a 6-part BachFest; and a sparkling, exuberant tribute to two American entertainment legends, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Concerts by Leon Fleisher and the Cygnus Ensemble, and a production of Samuel Beckett's Ohio Impromptu inaugurate a new Library of Congress endowment, the Dina Koston and Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music. The Talking about Music series shares the knowledge and insight of scholars, performers, composers, and others. And Thursday Noontime Lectures by expert staff curators produce intriguing snapshots from the Library's collections—spotlighting just a few of over 22 million individual items—more music per square foot than anywhere else in the world. Season Announcement (PDF, 160KB)

Event Date/Time Artist/Description Tickets Available
Saturday, Sept. 10 (12:00noon) American Musicological Society Lecture Demonstration: "What the Autograph Can Tell Us: Beethoven's Sonata in E Major, op. 109," William Meredith (Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies) with pianist, Shin Hwang. no tickets required
Saturday, Oct. 1 (1:00-4:30pm) Dvořák in the New World: Symposium and Lecture-Recital, Dr. Michael Beckerman, chair - In collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic no tickets required
Saturday, Oct. 15 (8:00pm) Babalu! – Celebrating the Library’s Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Collection September 7
Wednesday, Oct. 19 (8:00pm) Louis Lortie, piano – Franz Liszt Bicentenary Project September 14
Saturday, Oct. 22 (8:00pm) Martin Bruns, baritone & Christoph Hammer, fortepiano – Franz Liszt Bicentenary Project September 14
Tuesday, Oct. 25 (8:00pm) Bartók and the Liszt Legacy: Soloists from the Budapest Festival Orchestra, with Jenő Jandó, piano – Franz Liszt Bicentenary Project September 21
Friday, Oct. 28 (8:00pm) Daniel Hope – East Meets West September 21
Saturday, Oct. 29 (2:00pm) Tamás Zétényi, cello - "Gray Clouds: Late Chamber Music of Franz Liszt" no tickets required
Saturday, Oct. 29 (8:00pm) Genova & Dimitrov, piano duo – Founder's Day Concert September 21
Friday, Nov. 4 (8:00pm) Mozart Piano Quartet September 28
Saturday, Nov. 5 (2:00pm) Roberto Diaz, viola & Kwan Yi, piano – Franz Liszt Bicentenary Project September 28
Wednesday, Nov. 16 (8:00pm) Country Music Association Songwriter Series with Bob DiPiero October 5
Friday, Dec. 2 (8:00pm) Gretchen Parlato & Gerald Clayton Trio at the Atlas Performing Arts Center October 26
Saturday, Dec. 17 (8:00pm) Borromeo String Quartet with Seymour Lipkin, piano – Stradivari Memorial Concert November 9
Friday, Jan. 27 (3:00pm) MASTER CLASS with Paolo Pandolfo, viola da gamba – BachFest Event no tickets required
Saturday, Jan. 28 (2:00pm) Paolo Pandolfo, viola da gamba – BachFest Event December 21
Friday, Feb. 3 (8:00pm) Kreisleriana: Cygnus Ensemble December 28
Saturday, Feb. 4 (8:00pm) U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" - The Army Blues plays Big Band Classics at the Atlas Performing Arts Center no tickets required
Saturday, Feb. 18 (2:00pm) Carolina Chocolate Drops - performance/workshop January 11
Friday, Feb. 24 (8:00pm) The Saiyuki Trio at the Atlas Performing Arts Center January 18
Wednesday, Mar. 7 (8:00pm) Cygnus Ensemble & Samuel Beckett’s Ohio Impromptu, directed by Joy Zinoman February 1
Thursday, Mar. 8 (8:00pm) Leon Fleisher: Liebeslieder, Ligeti and Koston, with Katherine Jacobson Fleisher and musicians from the Peabody Institute

February 1

Friday, Mar. 9 (8:00pm) Con Gioia: Julianne Baird, soprano and Prithee de Silva, harpsichord and fortepiano February 1
Monday, Mar. 19 (8:00pm) L'Arpeggiata: Christina Pluhar “La Tarantella” February 8
Friday, Mar. 23 (8:00pm) Modigliani Quartet February 15
Wednesday, Mar. 28 (8:00pm) Elias Quartet with Jonathan Biss, piano February 22
Thursday, March 29 (Noon) Lecture | Louis Armstrong, Composer of King Oliver's "Dipper Mouth Blues," with Thomas Brothers, Professor of Music, Duke University
no tickets required
Tuesday, Apr. 10 (7:00pm) Arditti Quartet with Stephen Drury, piano March 7
Friday, Apr. 13 (8:00pm) Quatuor Diotima March 7
Saturday, Apr. 14 (8:00pm) Juilliard Baroque (special pre-concert performance at 6:15pm - Pius Cheung, marimba, Goldberg Variations) – BachFest Event March 7
Friday, Apr. 20 (8:00pm) Concerto Köln with Jan Freiheit, cello – BachFest Event March 14
Saturday, Apr. 21 (11:00am) Special master class with Concerto Köln orchestra members no tickets required
Saturday, Apr. 28 (Noon & 3:00pm) Tanya Tomkins, Baroque cello – BachFest Event March 21
Saturday, May 5 (2:00 pm) U.S. ARMY BAND "Pershing's Own" - American Mavericks (Charles Ives, Alan Hovhaness, Henry Cowell) no tickets required
Saturday, May 12 (8:00pm) José James at the Atlas Performing Arts Center April 4
Saturday, May 19 (2:00 pm) Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello April 18

Concerts are presented in the Library’s historic Coolidge Auditorium, located in the Thomas Jefferson Building, 1st and Independence, S.E., unless otherwise noted. All events are free of charge to the public, but tickets are required, available through TicketMaster for a nominal service charge, and from the Atlas Performing Arts Center box office for onLOCation at the Atlas events. For updated concert listings, and details about repertoire and preconcert presentations, please visit this Web site frequently and subscribe to the concert series mailing list. All programs are subject to change without notice.