Collection Items

  • Film, Video
    New World Symphony: Program II Founded in 1987 by the legendary conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, the New World Symphony, America's Orchestral Academy, prepares graduates of music programs for leadership roles in professional orchestras and ensembles. In their second program for the Library, these young musicians present a performance of works by William Walton, Frederick Tillis and Antonín Dvořák. Program: [02:19] William Walton: Piano Quartet in D minor [37:11] Frederick...
    • Contributor: New World Symphony
    • Date: 2021-04-16
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    Conversation with Michael Tilson Thomas The Library's Kazem Abdullah leads a conversation with New World Symphony artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas. They discuss the symphony's concert program, the work of the fellows of the New World Symphony and the future of classical music post-pandemic.
    • Contributor: Tilson Thomas, Michael - Abdullah, Kazem
    • Date: 2021-04-16
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    How Political Institutions Shape Outcomes and How We Might Reform Them In the U.S., political institutions reflect choices and compromises about how we balance between majority and minority interests. Kluge Prize winner Danielle Allen moderates an expert panel to look at the way different systems of electoral decision-making in a democracy can, by themselves, lead to very different outcomes, and what can be done to reform them in ways that result in more responsive and...
    • Contributor: Haskell, John - Fahey, Katie - Allen, Danielle - Hayden, Carla - McCormick, Cara - Drutman, Lee
    • Date: 2021-04-15
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    Recent Additions to the Law Library of Congress Rare Books Collection Nathan Dorn displays a selection of new additions to the rare book collection of the Law Library of Congress.
    • Contributor: Dorn, Nathan
    • Date: 2021-04-12
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    Conversation with MET Orchestra Musicians The Library's Kazem Abdullah talks with the MET Orchestra musicians about the founding of their organization during the pandemic, their work as members of an opera orchestra and their chamber music program entitled "Quartet at the Opera."
    • Contributor: Bruskin, Julia - Abdullah, Kazem - Hammann, Mary - Grossman, Jerry - Volpe, Sylvia - Mumford, Tamara
    • Date: 2021-04-09
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    MET Orchestra Musicians The MET Orchestra is one of the world's great performing ensembles, both on stage and in the opera pit. Since its founding in 1883, the MET Orchestra has given performances encompassing not only the entire opera repertoire, but also symphonic and chamber programs at Carnegie Hall, international tours, and countless musician activities outside of the Metropolitan Opera House. In the first of two concerts...
    • Contributor: Met Orchestra Musicians
    • Date: 2021-04-09
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    Lupita Nyong'o and Carla Hayden A fascinating conversation for young people with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and Lupita Nyong'o, Oscar-winning actor and author of the number one best-selling children's book "Sulwe."
    • Contributor: Nyong'o, Lupita - Hayden, Carla
    • Date: 2021-04-08
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    The U.S.-China Relationship and North Korea A panel of experts moderated by most recent Library of Congress Chair in U.S.-China Relations Carla Freeman discussed the likely outcomes of recent missile tests, the impact of increased competition between the U.S. and China, as well as prospects for the Biden Administration to reduce tensions in the region.
    • Contributor: Park, John - Sun, Yun - Revere, Evans - Freeman, Carla
    • Date: 2021-04-08
  • Film, Video
    Ánnámáret For her Homegrown concert, Ánnámáret is joined by two members of her Nieguid duovdagat project: Ilkka Heinonen (who specializes in folk music on the jouhikko, G-violone and contrabass) and Turkka Inkilä (who plays flutes and electronic instruments).
    • Contributor: Ánnámáret
    • Date: 2021-04-07
  • Film, Video
    Kardemimmit Kardemimmit is a quartet consisting of Maija Pokela, Jutta Rahmel, Anna Wegelius and Leeni Wegelius, four women who sing and play kantele. The kantele is a zither or plucked psaltery which is the national instrument of Finland, and comes in several sizes. They mostly play 15-stringed and 38-stringed versions of the instrument.
    • Contributor: Kardemimmit
    • Date: 2021-04-07
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    Pop Life: Literature and Culture The Prize for American Fiction spring event features longtime friends Colson Whitehead and Kevin Young, a poet and the new director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, in a lively conversation on how pop culture influences art. Moderated by best-selling author and pop culture expert Isaac Fitzgerald.
    • Contributor: Fitzgerald, Isaac - Young, Kevin - Whitehead, Colson
    • Date: 2021-04-01
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    Colson Whitehead's New York Colson Whitehead, 2020 recipient of the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, talks with Rocco Staino, director of New York's Empire Center for the Book. The two-time Pulitzer winner talks about growing up in New York, where he continues to live, and how it has influenced his writing.
    • Contributor: Staino, Rocco - Whitehead, Colson
    • Date: 2021-03-29
  • Film, Video
    Conversation with Dudok Quartet Amsterdam Members of the Dudok Quartet Amsterdam speak with the Library's David Plylar about their virtual performance at the Library of Congress. The discussion is focused on the music from the quartet's program, which includes works by Webern, Ligeti and Brahms.
    • Contributor: De Jong, Marie-Louise - Dudok Quartet Amsterdam - Wester, Marleen - Van Driel, Judith - Plylar, David - Faber, David
    • Date: 2021-03-26
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    Veteran Grown: Farming The Library of Congress Veterans History Project hosts a discussion panel to highlight farming as one of many unique career paths veterans take after transitioning to civilian life, and to introduce programs that exist to assist veterans who farm. This panel features military veterans who chose to farm in more traditional settings, some of whom benefited from veteran farming training programs, while others received...
    • Contributor: Helton, Damon - Creech, Sara - Butts, Justin - Boozman, Sen. John - Grandon, Eric - Lloyd, Karen
    • Date: 2021-03-26
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    Dudok Quartet Amsterdam Concert Dudok Quartet Amsterdam comes to the virtual stage with a program connecting Brahms with Webern and Ligeti. With its recordings garnering enthusiastic praise from publications like Gramophone, The Guardian and The Strad, the quartet is establishing a reputation as a dynamic ensemble with thoughtful programs that include their own transcriptions. Program: [0:09] Introduction [4:06] Webern: String Quartet, op. 28 [12:22] Ligeti: String Quartet no....
    • Contributor: Faber, David - De Jong, Marie-Louise - Wester, Marleen - Van Driel, Judith
    • Date: 2021-03-26
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    War, Combat and the American Soldier Two of the most prominent historians of war, Margaret MacMillan ("War: How Conflict Shaped Us") and Rick Atkinson ("The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777"), spoke with philanthropist David M. Rubenstein about their work.
    • Contributor: Macmillan, Margaret - Rubenstein, David - Atkinson, Rick
    • Date: 2021-03-25
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    Removal of Head of State Based on Incapacity or Criminal Activities: Case Study Israel Join foreign Law specialist Ruth Levush in a review of legal issues regarding the removal of head of state based on incapacity or criminal activities: case study Israel. The foreign and comparative law webinar series is designed to shed light on some of the foreign, comparative and international law issues researched by the foreign law experts at the Law Library of Congress.
    • Contributor: Levush, Ruth
    • Date: 2021-03-25
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    When Was This Photograph Taken? What clues can you use to determine when a picture was made or a photo was taken? In this session, reference specialist Kristi Finefield walks through the process of determining the date range of an aerial photograph of Washington, D.C.
    • Contributor: Black, Kaleena - Finefield, Kristi
    • Date: 2021-03-25
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    Kermit the Frog Joins the National Recording Registry With his 1979 song "The Rainbow Connection," Kermit the Frog has a place in music history as the recording joins the National Recording Registry. The song has appealed to generations of Muppets fans. Kermit discusses his music and skill with the banjo with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. The latest selections to the National Recording Registry were announced March 24, 2021.
    • Contributor: Hayden, Carla D. - The Frog, Kermit
    • Date: 2021-03-24
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    Announcing New National Recording Registry Selections for 2020 Recording artists and songwriters join in announcing the 2020 selections to the National Recording Registry on March 24, 2021. The 25 recordings selected for the registry span from 1878 to 2008 and include a wide range of musical genres, as well as sounds of history and culture.
    • Contributor: Glass, Ira - The Frog, Kermit - Lewis, Terry - Jam, Jimmy - Nas - Bell, Robert - Browne, Jackson - Labelle, Patti - Thomas, Marlo - Hayden, Carla D. - Dash, Sarah - Hendryx, Nona
    • Date: 2021-03-24
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    Ranina Quartet The Ranina quartet is a new music ensemble from the Republic of Georgia, created out of a love for Georgian traditional music, including urban songs, folk songs and chants. The current members include Tornike Kandelaki (first voice), Soso Kopaleishvili (second voice), Saba Peikrishvili (baritone) and Beka Kemularia (bass). They have been singing since they were little children, and individual members have performed in many...
    • Contributor: Ranina Quartet
    • Date: 2021-03-24
  • Film, Video
    Ialoni Women's ensemble Ialoni was formed in 2009 in Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia. Their repertoire draws from all three branches of traditional Georgian vocal polyphony: ecclesiastical, folk and city music. The group selects its repertoire from archival records and manuscripts, field recordings, and published transcriptions, with a special emphasis on reviving relatively unusual, original and complex songs.
    • Contributor: Ialoni
    • Date: 2021-03-24
  • Film, Video
    Cherry Blossoms in Japanese Culture This video explores Japan's centuries-old blossom viewing traditions. It is one in a series for the 2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival that highlights both historic and contemporary traditions of springtime flower viewing. The "Cherry Blossom Viewing Over the Centuries" series features three short films that showcase a stunning variety of artifacts from Library collections, including watercolor drawings, colorful woodblock prints, vintage photos and beautifully...
    • Contributor: Narrator
    • Date: 2021-03-20
  • Film, Video
    Fleeting Beauty, Enduring Traditions This video highlights the Library of Congress National Cherry Blossom Festival collection, which include posters from 1987 to the present and Princess programs from 1949 to the present. It is one in a series for the 2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival that highlights both historic and contemporary traditions of springtime flower viewing. The "Cherry Blossom Viewing Over the Centuries" series features three short films...
    • Contributor: Narrator
    • Date: 2021-03-20
  • Film, Video
    Tokyo's Gift of Friendship This video recounts the origins and events surrounding the 1912 gift of 3,020 cherry trees to the city of Washington. It is one in a series for the 2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival that highlights both historic and contemporary traditions of springtime flower viewing. The "Cherry Blossom Viewing Over the Centuries" series features three short films that showcase a stunning variety of artifacts from...
    • Contributor: Narrator
    • Date: 2021-03-20