Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2013-2014


Alex Ross

LECTURE: Alex Ross on “Black Wagner”: African-American Wagnerism and the Question of Race Revisited

Margaret Lattimore

Part of WAGNER + VERDI AT 200

Coolidge Auditorium

“Ross is a supremely gifted writer.” —Time

Alex Ross, the acclaimed author of The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century—winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award and the Guardian First Book Award, returns to his native Washington, DC in this afternoon symposium on Wagner connections to American culture. Internationally-renowned mezzo-soprano Margaret Lattimore, recognized for her “rare intensity, gleaming pure tone and strong dramatic instincts,” (Houston Chronicle) performs Wagner’s song cycle Wesendonck Lieder. Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2004, Lattimore has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera, Washington Opera and the Spoleto Festival USA. Alex Ross will sign books immediately following the recital in the Whittall Pavilion.

“Her mezzo soprano is a glorious instrument…a voice of bewitching amber color.” —The Boston Globe


Ch’io mi scordi di te?, recitative and rondo for soprano, K. 505


Ständchen, from Fünf Lieder, op. 106, no. 1
Botschaft, from Fünf Lieder, op. 47, no. 1
Von ewiger Liebe, from Vier Gesänge, op. 43, no. 1
Vergebliches Ständchen, from Romanzen und Lieder, op. 84, no. 4


Wesendonck Lieder, WWV 91

Presented in cooperation with The Wagner Society of Washington, DC