Collection Items

  • Film, Video
    Conversation with Ritz Chamber Players Watch a conversation with the musical group, The Ritz Chamber Players. Kelly Hall Tompkins and James Lee talk about the world premiere of James Lee's work for violin and piano entitled, "Lament. Sing. Arise." Ann Hobson-Pilot talks about her life and career as a harpist and member of the Boston Symphony.
    • Contributor: Lee III, James - Hall Tompkins, Kelly - Hobson Pilot, Ann - Abdullah, Kazem
    • Date: 2022-08-04
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    Ritz Chamber Players Concert The Ritz Chamber Players are hailed by The Baltimore Sun as "one of the most interesting and dynamic ensembles to emerge in recent years," boasting some of the world's preeminent musicians spanning the African diaspora. Its members perform with prestigious organizations including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, and Philadelphia Orchestra. Interesting, often newly-rediscovered repertoire is a feature of the group's concerts,...
    • Contributor: Ritz Chamber Players
    • Date: 2022-08-04
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    Johnny Gandelsman: This is America Johnny Gandelsman's "This is America" captures the sense of a broad vista for new music in our country: 24 commissions for solo violin from a richly diverse group of composers. In this recital, presented by the Library of Congress in cooperation with Washington Performing Arts, he performs five works drawn from the project, written by Clarice Assad, Olivia Davis, Anjna Swaminathan, Rhiannon Giddens and...
    • Contributor: Bilfield, Jenny - Swaminathan, Anjna - Gandelsman, Johnny - McLean, Anne - Assad, Clarice - Davis, Olivia - Giddens, Rhiannon - Hughes, Marika
    • Date: 2022-08-03
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    Ranky Tanky Grammy Award-winning quintet Ranky Tanky came to the Library of Congress to rock the Coolidge Auditorium with its upbeat and contagious energy. The South Carolina-based band is known for its jazz, blues, gospel, and R&B fusion arrangements of traditional Gullah music from America's Southeast.
    • Contributor: Ranky Tanky
    • Date: 2022-07-28
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    Ranky Tanky Educational Video #1: Rhythmic Patterns in Gullah Music Quentin Baxter, the percussionist of the Grammy-winning South Carolina band Ranky Tanky discusses rhythmic patterns in Gullah music.
    • Contributor: Baxter, Quentin
    • Date: 2022-07-28
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    Ranky Tanky Educational Video #4: Gullah Tradition: Raising Up a Song Quiana Parler, the lead vocalist of the Grammy-winning South Carolina band Ranky Tanky discusses and demonstrates the Gullah tradition of raising up a song.
    • Contributor: Parler, Quiana
    • Date: 2022-07-28
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    Ranky Tanky Educational Video #3: What is Gullah Culture? Charlton Singleton, the trumpeter of the Grammy-winning South Carolina band Ranky Tanky discusses Gullah culture.
    • Contributor: Singleton, Charlton
    • Date: 2022-07-28
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    Ranky Tanky Educational Video #2: Ranky Tanky's Musical Influences Clay Ross, the guitarist of the Grammy-winning South Carolina band Ranky Tanky discusses the musical influences present in Ranky Tanky.
    • Contributor: Ross, Clay
    • Date: 2022-07-28
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    Ranky Tanky Educational Video #5: From Traditional to Contemporary Gullah Songs Charlton Singleton, trumpeter and vocalist of the Grammy-winning South Carolina band Ranky Tanky, discusses and demonstrates the process of taking a traditional Gullah rhythmic game for children and transforming it into a contemporary Gullah song.
    • Contributor: Singleton, Charlton
    • Date: 2022-07-28
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    Conversation with Johnny Gandelsman Johnny Gandelsman talks with Anne McLean of the Library's Music Division following his solo violin recital May 13, 2022, presented by the Library in cooperation with Washington Performing Arts. Their conversation centers on his This is America project: 24 works for solo violin, commissioned from a richly diverse group of composers, that offer a broad vista for new music in our country. Gandelsman discusses...
    • Contributor: McLean, Anne - Gandelsman, Johnny
    • Date: 2022-07-25
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    Cuban and Puerto Rican Roots in Latin Jazz Roberto Fonseca joins a panel of experts, including educator, percussionist and bandleader Fran Vielma; Puerto Rican trombonist and bandleader William Cepeda; trombonist, author, and ethnomusicologist Chris Washburne; and Claudia Morales from the Library's Music Division, in a discussion of the influences and roots of Latin jazz.
    • Contributor: Morales, Claudia - Cepeda, William - Washburne, Chris - Fonseca, Roberto - Vielma, Fran
    • Date: 2022-07-14
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    Conversation with Pablo Ziegler Buenos Aires-born, Grammy-winning pianist, composer, and arranger Pablo Ziegler speaks with the Music Division about his concert presented in the Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress. In addition, he shares memories of his time working with nuevo tango maestro Astor Piazzolla and his journey as a musician.
    • Contributor: Ziegler, Pablo - Morales, Claudia
    • Date: 2022-07-14
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    Pablo Ziegler Educational Video #5: Tips for Playing Nuevo Tango for Beginners Buenos Aires-born and Grammy-winning pianist, composer, and arranger Pablo Ziegler discusses tips for playing nuevo tango for beginners.
    • Contributor: Ziegler, Pablo
    • Date: 2022-07-14
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    Pablo Ziegler Educational Video #4: Inspiration Buenos Aires-born and Grammy-winning pianist, composer, and arranger Pablo Ziegler discusses how he finds inspiration for his compositions.
    • Contributor: Ziegler, Pablo
    • Date: 2022-07-14
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    Pablo Ziegler Educational Video #3: Nuevo Tango Phrasing Buenos Aires-born and Grammy-winning pianist, composer, and arranger Pablo Ziegler discusses nuevo tango phrasing.
    • Contributor: Ziegler, Pablo
    • Date: 2022-07-14
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    Pablo Ziegler Educational Video #2: Structure and History of Milonga Campera Buenos Aires-born and Grammy-winning pianist, composer, and arranger Pablo Ziegler discusses the structure and history of the music genre milonga campera.
    • Contributor: Ziegler, Pablo
    • Date: 2022-07-14
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    Pablo Ziegler Educational Video #1: Differences between Traditional Tango and Nuevo Tango Buenos Aires-born and Grammy-winning pianist, composer, and arranger Pablo Ziegler discusses rhythmic differences between traditional tango and nuevo tango.
    • Contributor: Ziegler, Pablo
    • Date: 2022-07-14
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    Conversation with Alkis Zopoglou of Rodopi Ensemble Watch a conversation with Alkis Zopoglou of Rodopi Ensemble. Rodopi Ensemble has been presenting the sounds, rhythms and melodies of Thrace for almost three decades. The group started its musical journey in the 1990s, and took the name Rodopi Ensemble to indicate its border-crossing musical style. The mountains of Rodopi, the largest mountains in Thrace, act as a musical unifying link that connects people...
    • Contributor: Zopoglou, Alkis - Stefano, Michelle
    • Date: 2022-07-06
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    New Findings in the Wanda Landowska and Denise Restout Papers Wanda Landowska waited until the bombs were in close range before she fled her home outside of Paris on June 10, 1940, leaving behind her rare musical instruments and most of her vast music library, all of which were confiscated by the Nazi Sonderstab Musik. A Pleyel harpsichord was recovered in Bavaria by the U.S. Army after the war and is today preserved in...
    • Contributor: Sheehan, Thomas - Werb, Bret - Wolf, Thomas - Hartten, Chris - Wolf, Barbara - Shapreau, Carla - Ward-Bamford, Carol Lynn
    • Date: 2022-06-29
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    Steve Swayne: Three Objects, Three Composers Steve Swayne, the 2022 John W. Kluge Chair in Modern Culture, considers three objects from three composers and how they have directed his research at the Library of Congress for nearly a quarter century.
    • Contributor: Swayne, Steve - Yacobucci, Brent
    • Date: 2022-06-09
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    Conversation with Simon Wynberg of ARC Ensemble Join us for a conversation with the ARC Ensemble's Artistic Director, Simon Wynberg. They discuss the mission of the ensemble and Jewish composers suppressed by the Holocaust.
    • Contributor: Wynberg, Simon - Abdullah, Kazem
    • Date: 2022-05-24
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    Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices Tune in for a conversation with conductor James Conlon, Artistic Director of The Colburn School's Ziering-Conlon Initiative for Recovered Voices; Adam Millstein, curator and producer for this virtual concert by Colburn musicians.
    • Contributor: McLean, Anne - Conlon, James - Plylar, David - Millstein, Adam
    • Date: 2022-05-23
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    Castor and Patience: Panel and Performance Watch a sneak-peek concert preview performance of excerpts from the opera Castor and Patience by composer Gregory Spears and Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy K. Smith that was commissioned by and will premiere with the Cincinnati Opera this summer. Set during the mortgage crisis of 2008, Castor and Patience tells the story of African American cousins who find themselves at odds over the fate of land...
    • Contributor: Taylor, Benjamin - K. Smith, Tracy - Johnson Cano, Jennifer - Monroe, Amber - Abdullah, Kazem - Smith, Jr., Reginald - Spears, Gregory
    • Date: 2022-05-12
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    Mary Lou Williams: Jazz, Race, Gender, and Iconography Reporter, "Down Beat" columnist, author of "The Golden Age of Jazz" (1979), and photographer William P. Gottlieb (1917-2006) pioneered jazz iconography and shaped the American public's view of jazz. With access to Black jazz musicians in their work environments of nightclubs and concert halls and, in some cases, the private realms of these musicians' homes, Gottlieb documented New York's jazz scene during a ten-year...
    • Contributor: Murchison, Gayle
    • Date: 2022-04-28
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    Introduction to the Neil Simon Collection The Library of Congress is thrilled to announce the acquisition of the Neil Simon Collection--the papers and other materials from the most successful American playwright in history. A playwright, screenwriter, librettist, and television writer, among Simon's many classic works are: "Barefoot in the Park", "Sweet Charity", "The Odd Couple", "The Sunshine Boys", "The Heartbreak Kid", "The Goodbye Girl", "Brighton Beach Memoirs", and his Pulitzer...
    • Contributor: Horowitz, Mark
    • Date: 2022-04-26