Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2013-2014

All films will be shown in the Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd floor of the Library of Congress James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E. Doors open 30 minutes before screening. No tickets required. For information: call (202) 707-5502.

Wagner Films

Wagner 200

Richard Wagner: Venetian Diary of the Rediscovered Symphony (2013)


Directed by Gianni Di Capua | A Kublai Film production in association with Tuna Studio. As part of the ongoing Wagner and Verdi birthday celebrations, we are pleased to screen the U.S. premiere of a beautiful new Italian documentary. This film explores Wagner’s rediscovery of his only completed symphony (in C major, WWV 29), composed before he turned twenty. Set in Venice, the film draws on written accounts by Wagner and his wife Cosima to bring to life this nocturnal reflection on juvenilia by one of the cultural titans of the 19th century (53 min).

Der Ring des NibelungenFeatured are excerpts from the piano version of Wagner’s symphony; the composer’s manuscript is held at the Library of Congress. Introduction by two members of the film’s team, Gianni Di Capua and Dr. Valeria Bolgan, as well as Library of Congress Music Reference Specialist Robin Rausch.

The Making of Der Ring Des Nibelungen (2005)


A fascinating documentary of the famous Patrice Chereau production of Der Ring Des Nibelungen that marked the Bayreuth Festival’s centenary in 1976. The film features interviews with Wolfgang Wagner, Pierre Boulez, Donald McIntyre and Gwyneth Jones, as well as performance excerpts from the production’s 1980 revival (56 minutes). Introduction by Nicholas Alexander Brown and David H. Plylar, Music Division, Library of Congress.

Part of Wagner 200, presented in association with The Wagner Society of Washington, DC

Jazz Film Fridays with Larry Appelbaum

Arrows into InfinityJANUARY 10 at 7 PM

Arrows Into Infinity (2012) - Directed by Dorothy Darr and Jeffery Morse

A perceptive new documentary on the adventurous musical spirit Charles Lloyd, with rarely seen historical footage and insights shared by Ornette Coleman, Herbie Hancock, Zakir Hussein, and Jason Moran (120 min). Introduction by Miyuki Williams, WPFW-FM

Mickey OneJANUARY 17 at 7 PM

Mickey One (1965) - Directed by Arthur Penn

Hollywood’s version of a French new wave film stars Warren Beatty as a paranoid comic on the run from the mob. Superb soundtrack features Eddie Sauter’s imaginative score with featured soloist Stan Getz (93 min). Introduction by Tim Masters, WPFW-FM

Black FebruaryJANUARY 24 at 7PM

Black February (2010) - Directed by Vipal Monga

Trumpeter, composer, conductor Lawrence “Butch” Morris created a revolutionary approach to music making. We invoke his spirit and mark the one-year anniversary of his passing with this insightful documentary on his work and vision (59 min). Introduction by Rusty Hassan, WPFW-FM

The Breath Courses Through UsInside Out in the OpenJANUARY 31 at 7PM - DOUBLE FEATURE

Inside Out in the Open (2001) - Directed by Alan Roth

Documentary on free jazz includes interviews and concert footage, some of it shot in Washington DC, with Alan Silva, Joseph Jarman, Roswell Rudd, Other Dimensions In Music and William Parker’s In Order To Survive (60 min).

The Breath Courses Through Us (2013) - Directed by Alan Roth

A portrait of the pioneering mid-1960s free jazz group The New York Art Quartet, featuring John Tchicai (saxophone), Roswell Rudd (trombone), Milford Graves (drums), Reggie Workman (bass), joined by poet Amiri Baraka (75 min). Introduction by Luke Stewart, WPFW-FM