Writing About Music in a Time of Change
Tim Page, Pulitzer Prize winner and chief classical music critic for The Washington Post, delivered the 2006 Louis C. Elson Memorial Lecture on "Writing About Music in a Time of Change" in a program sponsored by the Library's Music Division and John W. Kluge Center. The Louis C. Elson Memorial Fund was established at the Library of Congress by Elson's widow, Bertha, to provide...
The Cellos of Stradivari
Cellists Richard Belcher, Enso String Quartet, and Steven Honigberg, along with sculptor/instrument collector Alfredo Halegua, luthier John Montgomery and Carol Lynn Ward-Bamford of the Library's Music Division presented a lecture on Stradivari's cellos preceding the Enso String Quartet Concert.
Camerata Ireland, with found and pianist Barry Douglas, performed works by Carter, Mozart and Beethoven as part of the Rediscover Northern Ireland Program cosponsored by the Library's Music Division and American Folklife Center along with the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure/Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Men, Let's Sing: Choral Music For Men's Voices
Preceding the Cantus concert was a panel discussion titled "Men, Let's Sing: Choral Music for Men's Voices" in a program sponsored by the Music Division. Panelists for the preconcert presentation were Frank Albinder, director of the Washington Men's Camerata; Ann Meier Baker, president of Chorus America; and Gunilla Marcus-Luboff and the Library's Robert Saladini, co-developers of the Library of Congress Series of Choral Music,...
Gershwin Prize Gala Dinner
Paul Simon receives the first annual Gershwin Prize for Popular Song during a gala dinner sponsored by the Library's Music Division.
The Icelandic Edda: Myth and the Mind
Part of the Music and the Brain series, "The Icelandic Edda: Myth and the Mind -- Wagner, Tolkien, and Beyond" is presented by Hjalmar W. Hannesson, Ambassador of Iceland; Alexander Stein, psychoanalyst; and Taru Spiegel, European Division, Library of Congress.
Concert: Pamela Frank & Friends
A concert with Pamela Frank and Alexander Simionescu, violin; Dmitri Murrath and Nokuthula Ngwenyama, viola; Peter Wiley and Edward Arron, cello. Works performed included Dvorak Miniatures, Op. 75a, Schoenberg "Verklaerte Nacht" and Brahms String Sextet No. 1, Op. 18.
The La Risonanza ensemble -- made up of Fabio Bonizzoni, Yetzabel Arias Fern&aactue;ndez, Matthew Jennejohn, Carlo Lazzaroni, Rossella Croce, Claudia Combs, Gianni de Rosa, Caterina Dell'Agnello and Davide Nava -- perform works of Vivaldi and Handel.
Kwuon, Smirnoff, Robinson, Babayan Concert
Violinist Joan Kwuon leads a quartet of distinguished world-class players from the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music. The program featured Mozart's Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478 and Brahms' Piano Quartet no. 1 in G minor, op. 25.
Pacifica Quartet & Jörg Widmann
The exuberant Pacifica Quartet joins forces with German composer and clarinetist Jörg Widmann for a program featuring Haydn's Quartet in G major, op. 76, no. 1; Widmann's String Quartet no. 3 ("Jagdquartett"); and Weber's Clarinet Quintet in B-flat major, op. 34.
Interview with Richard Egarr
Harpsichordist Richard Egarr discusses Baroque harpsichord repertoire and performance, as well as his work as a conductor, with the Library's Anne McLean. This interview was presented in conjunction with a performance by Egarr at the Library featuring works by Blow, Byrd, Purcell and Sweelinck.
Randy Newman Concert Excerpt & Conversation
Singer-songwriter Randy Newman performs his song "Sail Away," the title song of his album that was released in 1972. This performance is excerpted from a concert Newman gave at the Library on November 16, 2013. Included is an on-stage conversation between Newman and the Library's Mark Horowitz.
Discovering Creative Connections: The Collaboration of Erick Hawkins & Lucia Dlugoszewski
Libby Smigel and Kate Doyle discuss the collaborations of modern dance choreographer Erick Hawkins and experimental music composer Lucia Dlugoszewski. Now accessible in the artists' papers in the Library, correspondence, choreographic notation and music charts and scores shed light on the note-taking system Hawkins developed that show his creative process as well as create movement scores for his dances. The papers of Dlugoszewski include...
Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival: Orion String Quartet
This concert highlights the music of Australian composer and violist Brett Dean, who premieres a new work for viola and piano--a Library co-commission-with Juho Pohjonen. His arresting monodrama, "And once I played Ophelia," features the remarkable soprano Tony Arnold as protagonist. Striking, imaginative effects in both vocal and string writing sketch a passionate figure the composer calls a "feistier" Ophelia. The manuscript for Schoenberg's...