Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2013-2014

APRIL 7 - 12, 2014

Oliver KnussenComposer-Conductor Oliver Knussen

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group


Presented in association with:
The British Council

“No figure in British contemporary music is more respected than composer-conductor Oliver Knussen.The Guardian

One of the barons of contemporary music world-wide, composer and conductor Oliver Knussen comes to the Library of Congress for a celebration of his music and career as an advocate of new music. Presently Artist-in-Association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Knussen curates an eclectic week’s worth of concerts and special programs.

The offerings include the Washington, DC and regional debuts for Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, as well as performances by soprano Lucy Schaufer, baritone Andrew Sauvageau, violinist Alexandra Wood, pianist Huw Watkins, cellist Ulrich Heinen and the world premiere of a piano trio by Marc Neikrug, commissioned by the Dina Koston and Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music. Photo credit: Mark Allen

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group Student Composition Workshop

April 7 from 2:30 - 5:30 PM
Mark O’Brien, Malcolm Wilson, Laurence Jackson and Ulrich Heinen of BCMG will work with local student composers to workshop and record their compositions. Student composers from the Peabody Conservatory and University of Maryland will be featured. Free & open to the public, no tickets required. Learn more

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

April 8 at 8 PM
Knussen's Ophelia Dances, Stravinsky's Septet, Schoenberg's Serenade, and more. Learn more

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

April 11 at 8 PM
Premieres of Carter's Epigrams, Neikrug's Piano Trio, Knussen's Cantata (Triptych, part 3), and more. Learn more

“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band

April 12 at 2 PM
Music by some of the great composers for winds, such as Stravinsky and Mozart, with music by Oliver Knussen’s colleagues Carter, Lieberson and Schuller. Colonel Michael J. Colburn, director. Learn more