Announcing the 2021-22 Season of Concerts from the Library of Congress

Audiences, Artists and Art—these are our watchwords as we continue to navigate the challenges of our times. Our fall 2021 season will be presented virtually, through our experience-rich event portals that gather together concerts, conversations, lectures, electronic resources and programs in one easy-to-access location. Starting in the spring we invite you to join us for in-person events when it is safe to do so, and to continue enjoying additional presentations being offered virtually.

Our fall lineup includes a huge range of music both familiar and new. We will open with a blockbuster performance of Wynton Marsalis’ A Fiddler’s Tale, followed by an exploration of Tchaikovsky songs performed by Alice Coote and Christian Blackshaw, with narration by Ralph Fiennes. The vocal phenomenon that is Daymé Arocena follows, and later in the fall we will hear Leif Ove Andsnes, Augustin Hadelich, Zuill Bailey and other luminaries, including the Netherlands Chamber Choir and the Calidore Quartet for our annual Stradivari Anniversary concert.

The Imani Winds join forces with the Catalyst Quartet in the first of two concerts bringing new music by under-represented composers to life. Third Coast Percussion has collaborated with Movement Art Is for a dance and percussion spectacle, while Hub New Music will perform the premiere of a major new work by composer Carlos Simon, Requiem for the Enslaved.

Please join us for these events and more, and be on the lookout for additional opportunities to communicate with artists and Library staff in real time as we go forward. Thank you for your continued support of Concerts from the Library of Congress!

We seek to empower audiences with options. We aim to support artists with opportunities to perform safely. And we strive to give the world artistic experiences that elevate us all.

Looking for additional events?
You can check out last season’s Season-At-A-Glance here for access to existing content. You can also check out these special hubs that offer additional exciting material for you to view and read:

How to Watch Virtual Events

Starting at 8pm on the scheduled premiere date, each video will be available on the following platforms:

Missed the premiere? No problem—watch any time on each event page.

Not all videos will be available on all platforms, and some will be available only for a limited time; check each page for options as the event nears.

Pick of the Week

Concerts from the Library of Congress has a new online platform that brings together the best of pre-existing videos of lectures, concerts, conversations and collection items on a variety of musical topics. Audiences can now enjoy from the comfort and safety of home a weekly playlist of recorded programs from across the Library curated by Music Division specialists. Originally conceived as a temporary service for our 39,000 listeners at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pick of the Week is now a permanent feature. We will continue creating curated weekly playlists that revisit fascinating conversations, immortalize unforgettable performances in the Coolidge, pay tribute to world-class artists and composers, and feature treasures from all over the Library. Add this to your favorites and join us on the digital stage.