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].
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.
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.
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!).
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.
|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|
||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|
|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|
||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 or call (202) 397-7328. * Tickets for the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H Street, NE) are available through the Atlas www.atlasarts.org 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.