Concerts from the Library of Congress

2013-2014 Season Preview: Extraodinary Artists. Extraordinary Audiences

View the Full 2013-2014 Concert Season Brochure [PDF, 14MB] | Read a News Release on the 2013-2014 Concert Season
The 10/9 (Cameristi della Scala) concert is cancelled and will not be rescheduled.
The following 2013-14 season concerts were affected by the government shut-down and will be rescheduled:
- 10/5 (Randy Newman)
- 10/8 (Lecture)
- 10/10 (Audra McDonald)
- 10/17 (Valentina Lisitsa)
- 10/19 (Declassified)

Offering a packed lineup of concerts, lectures, film screenings, master classes, workshops and special projects, plus world premieres of Library commissions by Einojuhani Rautavaara and Marc Neikrug. 2013-14 Highlights include the Songs of America project, the Oliver Knussen and Rosanne Cash residencies, Wagner+Verdi at 200, and the Library’s version of a Renaissance fair. Download a PDF version of this announcement [PDF, 3.09MB].

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GETTING TICKETS: Now Easier!
To make obtaining tickets easier for our patrons, we have changed the way concert tickets are released. On September 4, 2013 you can obtain tickets to any concert October through December and tickets for performances February through May will be released on January 8, 2014. Mark these dates on your calendar. As always, ticket supply is very limited and will sell out quickly.

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SONGS OF AMERICA

October heralds year two of the Songs of America project which this year launches our season with a spectacular two-night event featuring performances by 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Randy Newman and Broadway star Audra McDonald.  These intimate concerts, from two huge American talents, highlight the Library’s Musical Theater and Popular Music collections. Offered in conjunction with a new multi-media web presentation, our programs explore American history through its songs in the works of some of the country’s most eloquent musicians. Songs of America also features The Steep Canyon Rangers, Dailey & Vincent, Donna  Long, Jesse Smith, Gregory Porter Quartet, Graham Nash, Rosanne Cash, works by American composers Aaron Copland and Irving Berlin, and a starry lineup from the Country Music Association, creating a virtual snapshot of American song today.

OLIVER KNUSSEN Residency

One of the barons of contemporary music world-wide, composer and conductor Oliver Knussen comes to the Library for a celebration of his career as an advocate of new music. Presently Artist-in-Association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Knussen has curated a dynamic week’s worth of concerts and special programs.  The offerings include the regional debut of the U.K.’s Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, performances by soprano Lucy Schaufer, violinist Alexandra Wood, pianist Huw Watkins, the world premiere of a piano trio by Marc Neikrug, commissioned by the Dina Koston and Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music, and a special concert of wind ensemble music from “The Presidents Own” United States Marine Band.

ROSANNE CASH Residency

Singer, songwriter and author Rosanne Cash is one of the most compelling figures in popular music, with a remarkable body of work encompassing country, rock, folk and pop influences. Oldest daughter of country music icon Johnny Cash and stepdaughter of June Carter Cash of the legendary Carter Family, she holds a lineage grounded in the very beginnings of America’s roots music. Her December residency includes a concert, a round robin for songwriters, and a conversation with Natasha Trethewey, U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry.

WAGNER+VERDI at 200

Cameristi della Scala explores Giuseppe Verdi’s music in newly orchestrated adaptations of arrangements by his contemporaries, each featuring a string soloist performing with this excellent chamber orchestra from Milan. A truly unique evening of Verdi re-reimagined!

Preeminent Liszt scholar Alan Walker will speak about the art of arrangement as exemplified in the transcriptions and paraphrases of Richard Wagner and Verdi by Franz Liszt. Valerie Tryon will then perform a range of these works that draw on the Library’s substantial holdings. Our celebration of the Verdi and Wagner bicentenaries continues with an afternoon symposium on Wagner connections to American culture and African-American Wagnerism, featuring acclaimed author Alex Ross and internationally-renowned mezzo-soprano Margaret Lattimore performing Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder. Other events include screenings of films The Making of Der Ring Des Nibelungen and the U.S. premiere of Richard Wagner: Venetian Diary of the Rediscovered Symphony.

EARLY MUSIC

This year marks the 300th birthday of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, who helped make the Bach name famous in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This major anniversary provides an opportunity to reexamine his contributions to the development of keyboard and instrumental music in Germany— performances from harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani and the scintillating Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin of music by the entire bach family. A special panel discussion presented in association with the Harvard’s Packard Humanities Institute brings recent developments in C. P. E. Bach scholarship to Washington. The patriarch of the family, J.S. Bach, will be represented by the performance of the complete Brandenburg concerti by Freiburger Barockorchester.

Party Like It’s 1587! Experience the Library as you never have before: this year’s Founder’s Day celebration is an evening built on the unconventional and extraordinary presenting tradition founded by Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, who fostered the performance of Renaissance music in the United States. The party begins as brass choirs of the U.S. Navy Band perform music by Giovanni Gabrieli and Carlo Gesualdo, followed by performances from Piffaro, The Renaissance Band and Boston-based vocal ensemble Blue Heron. You’ll hear music by Dufay, Ockeghem, Clemens non Papa, Josquin and Sweelinck. This exciting evening will be the Library’s version of a Renaissance fair (turkey legs not included!).

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All events are presented free of charge in the Library’s historic 500-seat Coolidge Auditorium or (when noted) at The Atlas Performing Arts Center.

CALENDAR

FESTIVALS & RESIDENCIES
Date Range Artist/EVENT
October 09  through  Decemeber 07 WAGNER+VERDI AT 200
December 05  through  December 07 ROSANNE CASH Residency
January 10  through  January 31   Jazz Film Fridays MiniFest
April 04  through  April 05   C. P. E. Bach’s 300th
April 08  through  April 12 OLIVER KNUSSEN Residency
CONCERTS: 2013
Tickets available September 4, 2013
Day Date Time Artist/EVENT
Saturday
October 5    8pm RANDY NEWMAN
Wednesday     October 9 7pm CAMERISTI DELLA SCALA
Thursday October 10 8pm AUDRA MCDONALD
Thursday  October 17 7pm VALENTINA LISITSA
Thursday October 24 8pm CUARTETO CASALS with MANUEL BARRUECO
Friday October 25 8pm HENRY THREADGILL'S ZOOID
Wednesday October 30 7pm Party Like It's 1587 Founder’s Day
Saturday November 2 2pm THE DANISH STRING QUARTET
Saturday November 9 2pm ALAN WALKER and VALERIE TRYON
Saturday November 23 2pm ALEX ROSS and MARGARET LATTIMORE
Thursday December 5 8pm ROSANNE CASH BAND
Wednesday December 18 8pm PARKER QUARTET with IKEDA Stradivari Anniversary
CONCERTS: 2014
Tickets available January 8, 2014
Day Date Time Artist/EVENT
Tuesday February 4 8pm FREIBURGER BAROCKORCHESTER
Friday February 14 7pm JACK QUARTET with URSULA OPPENS
Thursday February 20 8pm QUATUOR EBÈNE
Saturday February 22 2pm MITZI MEYERSON
Friday March 7 8pm ELIAS STRING QUARTET
Saturday March 8 8pm GREGORY PORTER
Saturday March 15 2pm SCHAROUN ENSEMBLE
Friday March 21 8pm KWUON / SMIRNOFF / ROBINSON / BABAYAN
TO BE ANNOUNCED Library Late: LANSINÉ KOUYATÉ and DAVID NEERMAN*
Friday April 4 8pm MAHAN ESFAHANI
Saturday April 5 8pm AKADEMIE FÜR ALTE MUSIK BERLIN
Tuesday April 8 8pm BIRMINGHAM CONTEMPORARY MUSIC GROUP with LUCY SCHAUFER
Thursday April 10 8pm THE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER
Friday April 11 8pm BIRMINGHAM CONTEMPORARY MUSIC GROUP with HUW WATKINS
Saturday April 12 2pm “THE PRESIDENT’S OWN” UNITED STATES MARINE BAND
Thursday April 24 8pm DANIEL MÜLLER-SCHOTT and SIMON TRPČESKI
Friday May 2 8pm KOUSSEVITZKY LEGACY CELEBRATION
Saturday May 10 2pm BLUE NOTE at 75 PANEL
Friday May 30 8pm STEEP CANYON RANGERS / DAILEY & VINCENT / DONNA LONG and JESSE SMITH
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS & COLLABORATIONS
Day Date Time Artist/EVENT
Monday
September 16 7pm GRAHAM NASH Book Event
Tuesday October 23 12pm Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and the Poetry of Walt Whitman
Saturday October 26 2pm Music and Technology
Thursday July 3 TBA Poets and Patriotism with Thomas Hampson
TO BE ANNOUNCED Violin Day: Enjoy a Stradivari!

Programs and dates subject to change without notice
All events presented free of charge to the public. Tickets are required for admission, unless otherwise noted.

Tickets for the Coolidge Auditorium (10 First Street, SE) are available through www.ticketmaster.com External link or call (202) 397-7328. * Tickets for the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H Street, NE) are available through the Atlas www.atlasarts.org External link or call (202) 399-7993.  Various ticketing service charges apply.

Although the supply of tickets may be exhausted, there are often empty seats at concert time.  Interested patrons are encouraged to come to the Library two hours prior to obtain a space-available pass. For more information on Concerts from the Library of Congress, please visit www.loc.gov/concerts or call (202) 707-5502.