Event Concerts and Performances Celebrating Hazel Scott: Pianist, Singer, Actress and Activist

Date and Location

  • When: Wednesday, September 28, 2022

    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

  • Where: Thomas Jefferson Building - Coolidge Auditorium & Whittall Pavilion

    10 1st Street SE, Washington, DC 20540

Part of Concerts from the Library of Congress

Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov.

This special evening salutes a pathbreaking Black artist whose legacy continues to resonate today. Brilliant and glamorous, fluent in seven languages, Hazel Scott was a prodigiously talented jazz and classical pianist, a true media star who enjoyed fame on the concert stage, in film and in television in the 1940s and ‘50s. Defying segregation and breaking racial barriers as a performer, she would become an influential Civil Rights activist whose courageous testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Activities damaged a remarkable career. 

Join us to view an excerpt from a new work created to honor her artistry and her extraordinary life, Dance Theatre of Harlem’s soon-to-be-premiered "Sounds of Hazel," co-commissioned by Washington Performing Arts. The artist’s biographer Karen Chilton moderates a panel discussion bringing together Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Artistic Director Virginia Johnson, choreographer Tiffany Rea-Fisher, Hazel Scott’s son, Adam Clayton Powell III, and Janet McKinney, an archivist at the Library of Congress. The Janelle Gill Trio performs to cap off the evening.

On view from 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm, Whittall Pavilion: Treasures from the Library’s Hazel Scott Collection

Presented in cooperation with Washington Performing Arts and Dance Theatre of Harlem

There will be no preconcert talk for this event.