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Date Artist / Event Scheduled Program
October 10, 1996 THE MUHAL RICHARD ABRAMS ORCHESTRA Composer and pianist extraordinaire Muhal Richard Abrams will bring his eclectic musical style to the Terrace Theater with an evening of his works. Guest artists Regina Carter and Anthony Davis will premiere Mr. Abrams's new Sonata for Violin and Piano commissioned by the Library's McKim Fund.
October 16 and 17, 1996 JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET The renowned quartet, Musical America's 1996 Musicians of the Year, is the first chamber ensemble to be so honored. This group, which celebrates its golden anniversary this year, performs Mendelssohn's Andante and Scherzo, Op. 81, Nos. 1 and 2, Schoenberg's Quartet No. 1 in D minor, Op. 7, and the Quartet in D major, K. 499, by Mozart.

October 17 -
December 19, 1996

JAZZ FILM SERIES Curated by jazz radio host Larry Appelbaum, the third annual Library of Congress Jazz Film Series will take place in the Library's Pickford Theater from October 17 through December 19, 1996. Films include presentations devoted to Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Bossa Nova, and the Washington premiere of a documentary film on the life of saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, commissioned by the Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin Fund in the Library of Congress.
December 3, 1996 CHRISTOPHE ROUSSET The French harpsichordist is one of the most sought-after interpreters of his generation. He has appeared with such acclaimed ensembles as Les Arts Florissants, La Petite Bande, the Academy of Ancient Music, and his own Les Talens Lyriques. Mr. Rousset's recital will include the Suite from Les Indes Galantes by Rameau and works by L. Couperin, Froberger, and A. Forqueray.
December 4, 1996 DANCE BY LESTER HORTON! The powerful, dramatic, and technically innovative choreography of the internationally acclaimed modern dance pioneer Lester Horton--mentor for Alvin Ailey, Carmen de Lavallade, and Bella Lewitsky--filled 1950s stages with bravura sweeps. To celebrate its acquisition of the Lester Horton Collection, the Library of Congress collaborates with the Dance Program of American University in presenting Horton's The Beloved, Dedication to José Clemente Orozco, and A Touch of Klee, reconstructed by Horton company member Don Martin. There will be a post-performance symposium on the process of creative collaboration between choreographer and composer with Kenneth Klauss, who will play his own music for the concert.
December 5, 1996 LA HARPE DE MÉLODIE Cheryl Ann Fulton is one of today's foremost performers on historical harps. Fresh from their superb performances at the 1996 Berkeley Festival, Ms. Fulton, soprano Susan Rode Morris, percussionist Peter Maund, and gambist Roy Whelden will perform music from the thirteenth through the seventeenth centuries, from the Italian and the Iberian peninsulas and from France.
December 11, 1996 BEAUX ARTS TRIO with RICHARD STOLTZMAN Pianist Menahem Pressler, violinist Ida Kavafian, and cellist Peter Wiley will perform Haydn's Trio in C major, H. XV, No. 27, and the Trio in B major, Op. 8, by Brahms. Famed clarinetist Richard Stoltzman will join the group for the world premiere of William Bolcom's Second Piano Quartet, commissioned by the Isenbergh Clarinet Fund in the Library of Congress.
March 13, 1997 BANG ON A CAN ALLSTARS / STRING TRIO OF NEW YORK An inventive synthesis of jazz and contemporary classical music, these New York mainstays, in their first Washington joint appearance will perform works by Hermeto Pascoal, David Lang, Regina Carter, Michael Gordon, James Emery, John Lindberg, and others. Violinist Regina Carter and pianist Lisa Moore will give the world premiere of a new work by Julia Wolfe commissioned by the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress.
March 26, 1997 FESTETICS QUARTET with MARIA ROSE Known for its "drive, muscular sound, and fantastic elan," (Le Monde de la Musique) the acclaimed period-instrument quartet from Hungary makes its first Washington appearance on our series. The Festetics Quartet will perform Haydn's Quartet in D major, O p. 64, No. 5, the Quartet in A minor, Op. 29 "Rosamunde" by Schubert, and it will join fortepianist Maria Rose--also making her Library of Congress debut--in the chamber version of the Piano Concerto in A major, K. 414, by Mozart.
April 1, 1997 AMERICAN CHAMBER PLAYERS The talented musicians led by violinist and "Performance Today" commentator Miles Hoffman return to the Library of Concert concert series with a world premiere of a work for clarinet and string trio by composer Ma Raimi, commissioned by the Carolyn Royall Just Fund in the Library of Congress. The group will also perform Mr. Raimi's arrangement of Mozart's Variations in C major on Ah vous dirai-je Maman, K. 265, and the Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44, by Schumann.
April 2, 1997 CAPRICCIO STRAVAGANTE with GUILLEMETTE LAURENS The period-instrument ensemble from Paris led by harpsichordist Skip Sempé makes its Library of Congress debut with this performance, which also includes the sensational French mezzo-soprano Guillemette Laurens. Ms. Laurens and Capriccio Stravagante will perform works by Monteverdi (including his Lamento d'Arianna), Rosenmüller, and Legrenzi.
April 7, 1997 JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET
Robert Mann, violins
Joel Smirnoff, violins
Samuel Rhodes, viola
Joel Krosnick, cello
A special concert honoring Robert Mann on the occasion of his retirement from the Juilliard String Quartet and his fifty years as founder and first violinist
* Franz Joseph Haydn:
Quartet in D major, Op. 76, No. 5
* Ralph Shapey: Quartet No. 8
* Johannes Brahms: Quartet in A minor, Op. 51, No. 2
May 7, 1997 JAZZDANCE BY DANNY BURACZESKI! The Library of Congress--with co-commissioners Penn State University and the Duncan Theater in Palm Beach, Florida--presents the electrifying JAZZDANCE BY DANNY BURACZESKI. The company will premiere a new work choreographed by Mr. Buraczeski with music by the master jazz pianist and composer Sir Roland Hanna.