2003-2004 Season Schedule
All concerts started at 8:00 pm unless otherwise noted.
||Artist / Event
||Description / Program
September 11, 2003 at Noon
|A LITTLE BIT OF BLUES
Little Bit of Blues combines the warm vocals and piedmont guitar-picking
of Warner Williams with Jay Summerour's soaring harmonica to produce
some of the finest blues anywhere. The pair, both area natives,
have played together for more than a decade. Their credits include
the Smithsonian's Festival of American Folklife, the National Folk
Festival, the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, and the nationally
broadcast American Roots 4th of July Festival on the Mall.
Part of Capitol Roots Concert Series 2003.
|September 18, 2003 at Noon
ROBERTO and LORENZO MARTINEZ and Family
Presenting Hispanic music from New Mexico, Roberto and Lorenzo
-- father and son -- are receiving a National Heritage fellowship
from the National Endowment for the arts this week for their contributions
to preserving New Mexican culture. The Martinezes specialize in
the Spanish Colonial music of Northern New Mexico and Southern
Colorado, while also playing the more familiar form of mariachi
and composing new corridos.
Part of Homegrown: The Music of America.
|September 13, 2002
||SUZANNE VEGA & FRIENDS
A concert by New York songwriter Suzanne Vega
and fellow members of the Greenwich Village Songwriter's Exchange
featuring their songs from the Vigil Project, a collection honoring
the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Included is her own "It
Hit Home"--a song expressing "feelings, thoughts and observations
from someone trying to make sense out of something seemingly senseless."
|September 30, 2003 at
The Brubeck Institute was established in 2000
by Dave and Iola Brubeck, alumni of the University of the Pacific
in Stockton, California, where the Institute is based. The mission
of the Institute is to preserve, promote, and pass on Dave Brubeck’s
rich legacy to future generations through the study and performance
of jazz and contemporary classical music along within a humanities
curriculum. The university is also home to the Dave Brubeck Collection,
one of the largest personal jazz collections in the world. it contains
hundreds of published and unpublished compositions, original manuscripts,
recordings, photos, writings, press clippings, and memorabilia.
The Library of Congress will present the Living Legend Award to
Dave Brubeck, in conjunction with a concert featuring the Dave
Brubeck Quartet and Brubeck Institute fellows joined by the Institute’s
artistic director, bassist Christian McBride.
|October 1, 2003
BRUBECK AND HIS QUARTET AND THE BRUBECK INSTITUTE SEXTET
Dave Brubeck "was and
is unique and that's
what jazz is all about."
Legendary jazz pianist-composer whose work embodies "the
optimism and spirit of this uniquely American music" leads
his famed quartet and six gifted young musicians of the Brubeck
Institute joined by the Institute's artistic director, bassist
October 8, 2003 at Noon
WYLIE and the
One of the country's finest Cowboy and Western
ensembles, led by Wylie Gustafson, rancher and champion yodeler
from Dusty, Washington.
Perennial favorites at the Cowboy Poetry gathering in Elko Nevada,
Wylie & the Wild West have earned an international reputation
through their recordings and concert appearances. Folklorist,
Jens Lund will journey from Washington state to introduce the
Part of Homegrown: The Music of America.
|October 16, 2003
"...hippest bunch of vibrating
strings, taking the new music world by storm."
A string quartet that transcends taste, genre, and style to
embrace a music of our time and with irreverence and panache,
takes the audience on an intense and muscular ride of arena-rock
|October 17, 2003
" ...exquisite texture...thrilling
Winner of the 2002 Best Latin Jazz Grammy, Afro-Cuban jazz
pianist-composer Gonzalo Rubalcaba--with Ignacio Berroa
on drums and Armando Gola on bass--interweaves musical idioms
rhythms of rumba and the batá to strongly classical
|October 21, 2003
"unadulterated good feeling...blue
mystery...and pure beauty"
Based in the Faeroe Islands between Iceland and Norway, Spaelimenninir
("the folk musicians")--a native Faeroese, a Swede,
two Americans, and two Danes--perform traditional and contemporary
folk music and song from Scandinavia and America on fiddle, recorder,
piano, guitar, mandolin, and acoustic bass.
|October 22, 2003
with CHRISTOPHER OLDFATHER, Piano
"...the overall style
of the Juilliard remains large, generous, and aggressive..."
Bach: Contrapuncti I-IV from The Art of Fugue
Babbitt: Joy of More Sextets (McKim Commission)
Beethoven cycle (Part II): String Quartet
in B-flat Major, op. 130/
Grosse Fuge, op. 13
|October 23, 2003 at Noon
World-renowned Balkan singer Tatiana Sarbinska
will be joined by a group of outstanding musicians. Ms. Sarbinska,
world-renowned Balkan singer, has had a long and illustrious career
spanning East and West and is regarded as one of the preeminent
soloists of her generation. Born in the village of Rila in Bulgaria,
she was, for many years the featured soloist of the internationally
acclaimed Pirin Ensemble. She toured and recorded extensively with
Pirin, earning "national treasure" status and renown
as "the voice of Bulgaria." Her extensive repertoire
includes music form all of Bulgaria's folklore regions. A Boston
Herald reviewer wrote, "Tatiana Sarbinska performs with a
brilliant style, with a rich vocal technique, a wide vocal range,
and a lively artistic presence." Sarbinska currently lives
in New Market, Maryland.
|October 24, 2003
with Charles Neidich, Clarinet
"Babbitt is a superb musical
craftsman...an authentically great composer...in some ways hard
to take, but he's also zany, wild, and...more than a little bit
Bartók: String Quartet no. 1, op. 7
Babbitt: Clarinet Quintet
Beethoven cycle (Part II): String Quartet
Minor, op. 13
|October 28, 2003
"...known to provoke whoops
and cheers out of ordinarily staid audiences."
Mozart: String Quartet in C Major, K. 465
Bartók: String Quartet no. 5 (Coolidge
Dvorák: String Quartet in D Major,
|October 30, 2003
Annual Founder's Day Concert
that cuts through any cultural barrier"
Founder's Day An extraordinary world-class ensemble offers
the sights and sounds of "silk strings and bamboo winds" with
fiddles and flutes; the ancient sounds of the pipa and erhu;
and the percussive strength of gongs and woodblocks--in works
by Zhou Long, Chen Yi, Zhou Qinru, and James Mobberley.
|November 7, 2003
breadth and intensity..."
Haydn: String Quartet in E Major, op. 2, no.
Haydn: String Quartet in D Major, op. 20,
Haydn: String Quartet in B Minor, op.
Mozart: String Quartet in G Major, K.
387 (Dedicated to Haydn)
|November 8, 2003
"...a rapid-fire ninja...transferring the
energy of flamenco guitar to the keyboard."
"Cádiz in the soul and Monk in the fingers," pianist
Domínguez and his trio joined by three accompanying musicians
(a player of the Afro-Peruvian cajon, a singer, and a dancer--all
three clapping) create hybrid music that merges an ancient tradition
with the leading edge of jazz.
| November 12, 2003 at Noon
CHUNA McINTYRE, Yup'ik
song & dance
Chuna McIntyre, who was featured at this year's National Book
Festival, will bring the Nunumpta Yup'ik (eskimo) singers and dancers
to present a program of stories, songs and dances from native Alaska.
Born in the tiny village of Eek on the coast of the Bering Sea,
McIntyre uses traditional stories learned from his grandmother
to create contemporary stories, sounds, and images of Yup'ik culture.
Folklorist Suzi Jones will present the group. No tickets
Part of Homegrown: The Music of America.
|November 13, 2003
75th Anniversary of the Archive of Folk Culture
Odetta, "Queen of American Folk Music" and "Mother
Goddess of Folk/Blues" will receive a Living Legend Award
from the Library and perform songs from the Archive of Folk Culture.
Co-sponsored by the American Folklife Center
|November 14, 2003
RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT
"A remarkable aural imagination
of an uncommonly rarefied kind."
Composer of symphonies, operas, and ballets, three-time Oscar
nominee for his film scores, and jazz pianist, Sir Richard Rodney
Bennett, one of the most versatile composer-performers of today--in
a cabaret featuring his own works and selections from the American
|November 19, 2003
JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET with
Masao Kawasaki, Viola
Beethoven: String Quintet in C Major, op.
Beethoven cycle (Part II): String Quartet
in A Minor, op. 132
|November 20, 2003 at Noon
The Roy family ensemble Ganga will present the music of their
native Bengal, reflecting the history and continuity of the myriad
traditions that form the regional folk traditions of the Indian
sub-continent. Ganga's repertoire is drawn from the tea plantations
of the lush countryside, from the foothills of the Himalayas, and
particularly from the rivers of Bengal which have been especially
fertile ground for the songs sung by peasants and boatman. Formed
in 1984, Ganga, named for the holy river Ganges, has performed
at festivals and concerts all over the United States, and in other
parts of the world.
Part of Capital Roots Concert Series 2003.
|November 21, 2003
JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET
with Brent McMunn, Piano
"Hoiby's music--permeated by an unashamedly
gentle and vulnerable sensibility and ... a subtle sweetness."
Haydn: String Quartet in F Minor, op. 55,
no. 2 ("The Razor")
Hoiby: Serenade for Violin and Piano (McKim
Beethoven cycle (Part II): String Quartet,
| December 5, 2003
NEW YORK FESTIVAL OF SONG
Michael Barrett and Steven Blier,
[and] terrific songs rescued
Celebrating its fifteenth anniversary, the New York Festival
of Song with Jennifer Aylmer, Judy Kaye, Joseph Kaiser, and pianist
Steven Blier features music from the Vernon Duke and the Richard
Rodgers collections in the Library of Congress.
| December 11, 2003 at 12:00 Noon
con GUSTAVO NIETO
Sensación Vallenata con Gustavo Nieto will bring the lively
regional dance music of Columbia's coastal region to the Library.
Vallenata is a traditional, acoustic form of dance music, surrounded
by local legend and enriched by multi-ethnic roots, that has become
one of Columbia's most popular styles. Accordionist Gustavo Nieto,
who grew up with the older traditional style of vallenato, moved
to the United States some time ago and lived in New York and Chicago
before settling in the Washington, D.C. area in the early 1990s
and forming his group. They regularly play for "Columbian
Night" at a club in Wheaton, Maryland, and always manage to
pack the house. No tickets are required.
Part of Capital Roots Concert Series 2003.
|December 12, 2003
HESPERUS and Friends
"... constantly lively,
colorful, inventive...performed with energy..."
Hesperus members--co-directors Scott Reiss and Tina Chancey,
Grant Herreid, Bruce Hutton, Rosa Lamoreaux--are joined by Peter
Sutherland, Elke Baker, and a trio of cloggers in Winter Light--a
heartwarming celebration of the winter season with music that
crosses cultural and historical boundaries.
|December 16, 2003
MENAHEM PRESSLER, Piano
"Phrase after phrase
left you smiling with its sensitivity, its impudence, its joy."
On this day of Beethoven's birth, the quintessential chamber
musician and founding pianist of the renowned Beaux Arts Trio
celebrates his own 80th birthday with a solo recital on the Coolidge
|December 18, 2003
JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET
with Marcy Rosen, Cello
Schubert: Quintet in C Major,
Beethoven cycle (conclusion): String Quartet in
B-flat Major, op. 13
|February 13, 2004
DÍAZ TRIO with LUZ MANRIQUEZ,
Roberto Sierra "is a master of rhythm and atmosphere."
...each player is a distinctive virtuoso...bold [and] risk-taking..."
Ysaÿe: String Trio "Le Chimay"
Sierra: Kandinsky (World Premiere)
Commissioned by the McKim Fund
Library of Congress.
Beethoven: String Trio in G Major, op. 9, no. 1
|February 20, 2004
"...lucid, raptly expressive,...eloquent,
rich toned, and full of color..."
Britten: String Quartet no. 1 in D Major, op.
25 (Coolidge Commission)
Schubert: String Quartet in A Minor, D.
Tchaikovsky: String Quartet no. 1 in
D Major, op. 11
|February 27, 2004
BUDDY & JULIE MILLER
"...depths of heartache and
loneliness... with plenty of twang to ease the way."
Husband-and-wife singer-songwriter duo from Nashville offers
a broad brush of songs--country and folk ballads, hybrids and
out-and-out rock, pop and "gutbucket honky-tonk," and their own
special brand of "non-urban art songs"--bridging country's deepest
roots in old-time mountain music with today's more rockin' country.
|March 5, 2004
MENDELSSOHN STRING QUARTET
"...never simply beautiful,
but always rich with character."
Haydn: String Quartet in C Major, op. 76,
no. 3 ("Emperor")
Bolcom: String Quartet (Washington Premiere)
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E-flat Major,
op. 44, no.3
|March 6, 2004
SPIRIT OF FÈS
"...a fest of musical praise, soul-searching,
From the highly acclaimed Festival of World Sacred Music held
in the Moroccan city of Fès, music, song, and dance from
the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim traditions featuring the Algerian-Jewish
singer Françoise Atlan; the Women's Hadra Ensemble from
the Taroudant region of southern Morocco, and the Anointed Jackson
Sisters gospel group from Goldsboro, North Carolina.
|March 10, 2004
JIMMY SCOTT and the JAZZ EXPRESSIONS
"...perhaps the most unjustly ignored American
singer of the 20th century."
One of the most original and exceptional voices in the history
of popular song, for more than fifty years admired by fellow
singers from jazz to pop including Billie Holiday, Nancy Wilson,
Ray Charles, and Madonna, the elder statesman of jazz vocalists
is joined by his trio--bassist "Hill" Greene, pianist
Mike Kanan, and drummer "Cook" Broadnax--for a glimpse
of what an evening in a mid-fifties show club must have been
|March 12, 2004
KENNEDY CENTER CHAMBER PLAYERS
|Beethoven: Trio in B-flat Major for Clarinet,
Cello, and Piano, op. 11
Poulenc: Sonata for Flute and Piano (Coolidge
Brahms: Piano Quartet in G Minor, op. 25
|March 19, 2004
GLORIAE DEI CANTORES
Elizabeth Patterson, Director
"Seamless ensemble, seductive
phrasing...crisp, rhythmically dancing performances."
Music of the Americas from songs sung aboard the ships of Columbus
to contemporary works, performed by a choir of men and women
ranging in age from eighteen to sixty from diverse occupations
and musical backgrounds.
|March 26, 2003
ROBERT MANN TRIBUTE
Winners of the Naumburg Competitions
|Top winners of the Walter W. Naumburg International Competitions
in Chamber Music: Biava String Quartet; Violin: Frank Huang; and
Piano: Gilles Vonsattel---make their Library of Congress debut in
a concert honoring the founding primarius of the Juilliard String
|March 31, 2003
"To listen to d'Ambrosio
is to abandon oneself to her charm."
Jazz singer-pianist, calligrapher, watercolorist, creator of eggshell
mosaics, composer, lyricist, recording artist, and teacher--with
a distinctive "dusky, sensuous voice" and understated style: performances
of "quiet passion"and "meditative intimacy."
|April 1, 2004 at Noon
MASTERS of MEXICAN MUSIC
Masters of Mexican Music explores the musical
traditions of an important and growing segment of the U.S. population.
from four distinct regional traditions - the mariachi of Jalisco,
the Veracruz harp tradition ensemble, the accordion-based conjunto
of the Texas-Mexican border area, and the marimba of southern Mexico
will be performing. Featured artists include Mariachi Los Camperos
de Nati Cano, José Gutiérrez, Mingo Saldivar, and
Marimba Chiapas. The national tour is produced by the National
Council for the Traditional Arts and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.
Presented by the American Folklife Center at the Library of
|April 2, 2003
LEIPZIG STRING QUARTET
with RICARDO MORALES, Clarinet
"urbanity and...admirable unity
of thought and utterance."
Mendelssohn: String Quartet no. 6 in F Minor,
Ives: String Quartet no. 1 ("A Revival Service")
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, op.
| April 15, 2004
NORMAN and NANCY BLAKE
Old Time country music from Georgia
|Norman Blake is one of the most respected musicians
in the field of country music. His career, spanning almost fifty
years, includes over thirty recordings, as well as hundreds of sessions
and appearances, with artists ranging from the Carter Family and
Johnny Cash to Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, and John
Hartford. A virtuoso guitar and mandolin player, he and his wife,
Nancy, have received four Grammy nominations for their traditional
|April 21, 2004
LES TALENS LYRIQUE
Christophe Rousset, Conductor/Harpsichord
Anna Maria Panzarella, Soprano
their playing is a joy."
The critically-acclaimed period instrument ensemble specializing
in French and Italian repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries
performs instrumental and vocal works by Handel, A. Scarlatti,
Lully, Leclair, Lambert, and Montéclair.
|April 23, 2004
OLIVIER BAUMONT, Harpsichord
"An excellent balance of vibrancy and elegance."
Works by Chambonnières, F. Couperin, Daquin, Handel,
J. C. Bach, Reinagle, and James Hewitt's Yankee Doodle Variations.
|April 24, 2004
MERIDIAN ENSEMBLE ARTS and
ALEXANDER STRING QUARTET
"A brash bunch of brass wizards" shares
an evening with a "vibrant and thrillingly cogent" string quartet.
"Boundary-stretching" works by Richard Shemaria, Kirk Nurock,
Elliott Sharp, and Frank Zappa; followed by Beethoven and Shostakovich
|May 6, 2004
"...a wise, sweetly troubled voice...pure and
Nashville-born, New York City-based, longtime DJ of the weekly
Radio Thrift Shop, and "neo-traditionalist country" singer-songwriter
whose music has resonated with critics and fans on both sides
of the Atlantic--in a program of vintage country music and original
|May 7, 2004
"Energetic and fearsomely talented."
Haydn: String Quartet in D Major, op. 64, no.
Larsen: Schoenberg, Schenker, and Schillinger
Mozart: Adagio & Fugue in C Minor, K.
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in D Major,
op. 44, no. 1
|May 8, 2004
"Songs are lucky when Shirley
Horn chooses them."
A "romantic chanteuse without peer"and "straight-ahead swinger" sings "heart-stopping" ballads
with "exquisitely unhurried pace--inviting listeners into an
elegant and sincere musical embrace.
|May 13, 2004
FULL CIRCLE SOULJAHS
"...steeped in pop culture and
Created and led by Kwikstep and Rokafella, New York City's preeminent
b-boy and b-girl, this street-wise crew of break dancers celebrate
the "full circle" of Hip-Hop culture--from the issues to the
trends, from the roots to the fashion--in a flourish of Latin,
African, and urban dance styles punctuated by spoken word breaks.
|May 14, 2004
DAVE HOLLAND QUINTET
"a vibrant...and swinging amalgam
of individual voices playing as one."
Unconventional contemporary jazz ensemble of saxophone, vibes,
trombone, bass, and drums led by the #1 Bass Players in the DownBeat
Critics Poll for three consecutive years.
|May 15, 2004
HAZEL DICKENS and
"Hazel Dickens' voice is the call of the high
"Helen is one of the few singers who can move [one] to silence."
Two uniquely individual singer-songwriters on the Coolidge
stage: Hazel Dickens--pioneer of bluegrass music and one of the
greatest mountain and old time singers of our time; and Helen
Schneyer--one of the most powerful contraltos and intensely emotional
singers in the folk song world, a frequent guest on the Prairie
Presented in cooperation with the American Folklife
Center, Library of Congress.
|May 18, 2004 at Noon
DON ROY TRIO and FLORENCE
Franco-American music from Maine
|Don Roy is one of the finest Franco-American fiddlers in the Northeast.
Roy learned to play the fiddle from his uncle, Lucien Mathieu, a
master of the French Canadian style. He organized and played with
the Maine French Fiddlers for eleven years, during which he played
at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Wolf Trap, and on A Prairie Home
Companion. In 1990 he won the Maine State Fiddle Championship. Also
in the group are Don’s wife, Cindy, a pianist and step dancer,
and bassist Jay Young. Florence Martin, from Lewiston, Maine, is
an accomplished singer of Acadian songs which she learned when growing
up in the Saint John’s Valley on the Maine-New Brunswick border.
|May 21, 2004
MAN ABOUT TOWN
"Bernstein's music in all its contemporary
irony and postmodern glory."
Works from the Leonard Bernstein Collection in the Library of
Congress, performed by mezzo-soprano Joyce Castle, baritone Kurt
Ollmann, and pianist Scott Dunn, with assisting pianist Lucy
Mauro, display the range of the charismatic composer's oeuvre
that crossed traditional boundaries between Broadway musicals
and classical song.
|June 4, 2004 at
AMERICAN MUSICAL CELEBRATIONS!
The Army Blues Jazz Ensemble of the US Army Band (Pershing’s
|Formed in 1972, The Army Blues carries on a tradition
begun by the Army Dance Band which entertained soldiers and civilians
in the battle zone during World War II. As the premier jazz ensemble
of the U.S. Army, and one of the few remaining professional groups
of its kind, the Blues' present-day mission is to promote America's
art form: jazz. The Blues pay tribute to the big bands of yesterday
by performing music by such greats as Ellington, Basie, Miller and
Herman. The Army Blues perform their own versions of the latest and
most innovative sounds of contemporary composers, as well.
|June 8, 2004 at Noon
Bernice Johnson Reagon and Toshi Reagon
|Songs of the Freedom Singers and the music of
the civil rights movement will highlight this stirring concert.
|June 15, 2004 at
African American gospel quartet from Virginia
|The Paschall Brothers stand firmly in the great
tradition of unaccompanied religious singing in Tidewater Virginia.
The black gospel quartet tradition can be traced back to plantation
life in the South. The style blossomed in the region and by the 1920s
found a national following with groups such as the Heavenly Gospel
Singers and, notably, the Golden Gate Quartet of Norfolk. Formed
in 1981 by the late Rev. Frank Paschall , Sr., the Paschall Brothers
carry on this remarkable tradition and bring new life and energy
to this venerable style.
|July 14, 2004
OINKARI BASQUE DANCERS
|The Oinkari Basque Dancers, from Boise, Idaho,
perform the traditional dances brought from the Basque region of
the Pyrenees Mountains of France and Spain to the West by immigrants
in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In 1960 a group
of young Basque Americans traveled to the town of Donosti in Basque
country and became inspired to form a group that preserved these
dances. Now after forty years, the sons and daughters of the founding
members carry on the tradition. The name "Oinkari" means "fast
feet," an apt description of the acrobatic dance style.
2004 at Noon
PHONG NGUYEN ENSEMBLE
Vietnamese Music from Ohio
|Phong Nguyen is one of the world’s foremost
performers and scholars of Vietnamese music, and has received a National
Heritage Fellowship Award from the National Endowment for the Arts
for his efforts to preserve and present this music in the United
States. Raised in the Mekong Delta region, he comes from a family
of prominent musicians, and was traditionally trained to play numerous
instruments in various regional styles. He left his native land in
1974, received a doctorate in ethnomusicology from the Sorbonne in
Paris, and came to United States shortly thereafter.