August 17, 2001 Library of Congress Announces 2001-2002 Concert Season

Premieres of Operas by Libby Larsen and Roger Reynolds Are centerpieces

Contact: Helen Dalrymple (202) 707-1940

The 2001-2002 season of "Concerts from the Library of Congress" presents a rich array of free public programs offering classical music, jazz, folk and popular music, musical theater, dance and film events.


As part of the Library's multiyear celebration of America's rich musical creativity called "I Hear America Singing," the Music Division will be producing a series of broadcasts on the Library's Web site in 2002. This project will provide free Internet access to the Library's unsurpassed musical treasures through a database of recordings, reproductions of manuscripts and printed music, moving and still images, and discussions by scholars and performers. "I Hear America Singing" will include lectures, master classes, symposia and other educational programs that will examine a national musical legacy embracing the range of American musical expression.


Premieres of six Library of Congress commissions are slated for the coming season, including operas by Roger Reynolds and Libby Larsen and chamber works by Paquito D'Rivera, Donna Long, Ralph Shapey and Augusta Read Thomas.

Justice, a multimedia opera by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Roger Reynolds, is the tale of Agamemnon's conflict with Clytemnestra. Soprano Carmen Pelton, actress Donnah Welby, and percussionist Steve Schick perform November 30 and December 1 in a striking production directed by Henry Fonte for the Library's Great Hall, using multichannel computer sound design by Peter Otto.

Co-commissioned by the Library of Congress and the Odyssey Commissioning Program of the Plymouth Music Series, Libby Larsen's cabaret opera Barnum's Bird dramatizes the artistic and commercial partnership between Swedish soprano Jenny Lind and the American promoter P.T. Barnum, to be presented in the Coolidge Auditorium on February 1-2. "The opera is an extraordinary vehicle to gain insight into ourselves as lovers of art and consumers of entertainment," Ms. Larsen writes. "Mostly, though, it is the story of art, artists, and the human soul." A generous grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation supports the productions of both operas.

On October 3, Augusta Read Thomas introduces the premiere performance of her new work Blizzard in Paradise, commissioned by the Library's Hans Kindler Fund and written for members of the cello section of the National Symphony Orchestra. New additions to the Library's roster of McKim Fund commissions for violin and piano are Paquito D'Rivera's jazz fantasy for violinist Regina Carter; Ralph Shapey's Millennium Designs; and Before the Snow Flies/Pandora's Box by Donna Long for Cherish the Ladies, an all female Irish band.

Tickets are required for all Library of Congress concerts. Tickets will be distributed by TicketMaster at (301) 808-6900, (410) 752-1200 or, for out-of-state residents, (800) 551-7328. Each ticket will carry a nominal service charge of $2, with additional charges for phone orders and handling. Tickets are also available at TicketMaster outlets; for a complete list, visit the TicketMaster site Although the supply of tickets may be exhausted, there are often empty seats at concert time. Interested patrons are encouraged to come to the Library by 6:30 p.m. on concert night to wait in the standby line for no-show tickets.

All concerts will be held in the Coolidge Auditorium, located on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., at 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

(Programs subject to change without notice)

September 21: Class Act: Book-signing with dancer, choreographer and director Cholly Atkins, 7 p.m.
No tickets required

September 28: David Krakauer, clarinet, with Brian Zeger, piano, and Klezmer Madness!
Presented in memory of Max Isenbergh
Janácek: Allegro movement from the Concertino
Brahms: F Minor Sonata, op. 120, no. 1
Messiaen: Abyss of the Birds from Quartet for the End of Time
Reich: New York Counterpoint for clarinet and tape
Debussy: Premiere Rhapsody
Krakauer: Rothko on Broadway
Klezmer set, with the band
Tickets available August 29

October 3: National Symphony Orchestra Cello Ensemble with Leonard Slatkin, conductor, and Linda Hohenfeld, soprano
Bach-Shulman: Pastorale-Aria
Richard Klemm: Concert Waltz
Alexandr Abramovich: Lyrical Fragments
Augusta Read Thomas: Blizzard in Paradise (Meet Augusta Read Thomas at 6 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion for an introduction of her new work; no tickets required)
Boulez: Messagequisse
Stravinsky: Suite Italienne
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5
Tickets available August 29

October 11-12: The Juilliard String Quartet with Gilbert Kalish, piano
Beethoven: Piano Quartet TBA
Ralph Shapey: Violin and Piano Duo (McKim commission) Sibelius: Quartet in D Minor, op. 56 ("Voces intimae")
Tickets available August 29

October 19: New York Festival of Song
Music of the Harlem Renaissance, the dynamic arts movement of the 1920s and the 1930s led by African American artists and intellectuals, is celebrated in music and lyrics by Eubie Blake, Zora Neale Hurston, Duke Ellington and Langston Hughes
Tickets available September 5

October 20: Phyllis Bryn-Julson, soprano with Southwest Chamber Music Washington premiere of An American Decameron (Koussetvitzky Foundation commission) by Richard Felciano, with texts based on Studs Terkel's Working and Coming of Age
Tickets available September 5

October 26: Andrew Manze, Baroque violin, and Richard Eggar, harpsichord
Corelli: Sonata from op. 5 and Follia, op. 5, no. 1
Fontana: Sonata VI
Uccellini: Toccata sopra Sonata V, op. VI
Rossi: Toccata for solo harpsichord
Bonporti: Invention from op. 10
Pandolfi: Sonatas from Op. 3
Tickets available September 12

October 30: Eighth Blackbird
Founder's Day Concert, honoring Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge
Minimum Security Composers: Minimum Security Trailer
Daniel Kellogg: Divinum Mysterium
Aaron Jay Kernis: The Four Seasons of Futurist Cuisine
Frederic Rzewski: Pocket Symphony
Randy Coleman: Portals...where birds fly still
Tickets available September 19

November 9: Petersen String Quartet with John Ferrari, percussion
Haydn: Quartet in B-flat Major, op. 76/4 ("Sunrise")
Schulhoff: Five Pieces for String Quartet
Thomas Oboe Lee: Morango Almost a Tango
Pavel Haas: Quartet no. 2 (with percussion)
Tickets available September 26

November 15: Cherish the Ladies, an all female Irish band: Mary Rafferty, Mary Coogan, Dierdre Connolly, Donna Long and Liz Knowles Donna Long: Before the Snow Flies/Pandora's Box (McKim commission)
Tickets available October 3

November 16: Albert Schweitzer Wind Quintet
Haydn: Divertimento ("Chorale St. Antoni")
Johann Sobeck: Quintet, op. 9
Carter: Quintet
Reicha: Quintet in B-flat Major, op. 100, no. 6
Ibert: Trois pi�ces br�ves
Tickets available October 3

November 30 - December 1: Justice by Roger Reynolds (Library of Congress commission) - World premiere
The tale of Agamemnon's conflict with Clytemnestra enacted from Clytemnestra's perspective by Carmen Pelton, soprano; Donnah Welby, actress; Steve Schick, percussion, Henry Fonte, director, and sound design by Peter Otto.
Tickets available October 17

December 5: Oxalys
Presented in cooperation with the Flemish Community at the Embassy of Belgium
Jacqueline Fontyn: Sul cuor della terra, for quintet
Mozart: Flute Quartet in A Major, K. 298
Stravinsky: Elegy for viola solo
Carter: Enchanted Preludes for flute and cello
Debussy: Sonata for flute, viola and harp
Sofia Gubaidulina: Garten van Frauden und traurigkeiten for flute, viola and harp
Dane Rudhyar: Dark Passage
Tickets available October 24

December 7: Zehetmair String Quartet
Beethoven: String Quartet in D Major, op. 18, no. 3
Beress: String Quartet no. 1
Brahms: String Quartet in A Minor, op. 51, no. 2
Tickets available October 24

December 8: Ensemble Aurora with Gloria Banditelli, mezzo-soprano
Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute
Corelli: Sonata a tre, op. 2, no. 23 ("Ciacona")
Scarlatti: Cantata Bella ("Madre de' fiori")
Bononcini: Cantata ("Il Lamento d'Olimpia")
Vivaldi: Sonata a tre, op. 1, no. 12 ("La Follia")
Bononcini: Cantata ("Care luci del mio bene")
Tickets available October 24

December 18-19: The Juilliard String Quartet
Stradivarius Anniversary Concert
Bach: The Art of Fugue
Tickets available November 17

February 1-2: Barnum's Bird by Libby Larsen (Library of Congress commission) - World premiere
Show business meets great art in this compelling cabaret opera about the American tour of the most beloved opera star of her time - the Swedish Nightingale, Jenny Lind - and the impresario who arranged it, the world-class showman P.T. Barnum. Cast includes Esther Heideman as Jenny Lind and Gary Briggle as P.T. Barnum, with musical direction by Philip Brunelle and stage direction by Jon Cranney.
Tickets available December 19

February 8: Li-Wei Qin, cello, with Jeremy Young, piano
Boccherini: Sonata in A Major - Adagio and Allegro
Ligeti: Solo Sonata
Barber: Cello Sonatas
Kodaly: Solo Sonata
Paganini: Moses Variations on the theme of Rossini
Tickets available December 26

February 9: Osiris Trio
Program TBA
Tickets available December 26

March 1: Elaine Funaro, harpsichord
Howells: Lambert's Clavichord, op. 41
Strorace: Ballo della Battaglia
Kent Holliday: Dances from Colca Canyon
de Seixas: Sonata
Timothy Brown: Suite Espanola
Thome: Rigodon
Cervo: Pequena Suite Brasileira
Platti: Sonata in F Major
Tickets available January 16, 2002

March 5: Apollo's Fire, Cleveland Baroque Orchestra
Telemann: Concerto Polonaise in G; Don Quixote Suite; Flute and Recorder Concerto; Grillen-Symphonie ("Cricket Symphony") and Water Music
James Hewitt: The Battle of Trenton
Vivaldi-Sorrell: Summer Concerto transcribed for solo harpsichord
Handel: Water Music
Tickets available January 23, 2002

March 8: Rubio String Quartet
Haydn: String Quartet in C Major, op. 33, no. 3 ("The Bird")
Stephen Paulus: Quartessence
Beth Anderson: March Swale
Shostakovich: String Quartet no. 4 in D Major, op. 83
Tickets available January 23, 2002

March 13: We Gotta Get Out of this Place, Gerri Hershey, 7 p.m., Mumford Room In conjunction with Women's History Month, Gerri Hershey, one of rock's best known journalists, will discuss and autograph copies of her book which relates the "true tough story of women in rock," among them: Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, the Ronettes, Madonna, Cher and Lauryn Hill.
No tickets required

March 14-15: Beaux Arts Trio
Schumann: Trio no. 1 in D Minor, op. 63
Beethoven: Piano Trio in B Major, op. 97
Other works TBA
Tickets available January 30, 2002

March 16: Kocian String Quartet
Haydn: Quartet in G Major, op.77, no. 1
Hindemith: Quartet No. 3, op. 22
Dvorak: Quartet in G Major, op. 106
Tickets available January 30, 2002

March 22: The John Pizzarelli Trio
An evening of classics from the Great American Songbook by the "First Family of Cool" (New York Times). Jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli appears with his father, guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli; his wife, Broadway star Jessica Molaskey; younger brother Martin on bass; and pianist Ray Kennedy. (Tickets available February 6, 2002.)

April 5: American Baroque
Marc Mellits: Eleven Miniatures
Marin Marais: La Sonnerie de St. Genevieve du Monde
Roy Whelden: She's So Heavy
Belinda Reynolds: Solace
Louis-Antoine Dornel: Quartet in B Minor
New work by Carolyn Yarnell
Tickets available February 20, 2002

April 9: Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble directed by Marc Minkowski Works by Rameau and Handel
Tickets available February 27, 2002

April 16: Rossetti String Quartet with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Ellen Taffe Zwilich: Romance (McKim commission)
Ravel: Quartet in F Major
Franck: Piano Quintet in F Minor
Tickets available March 6, 2002

April 18-19: The Juilliard String Quartet with piano
Mozart: Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 589
Ralph Shapey: Quartet no. 10
Schubert: Quartet in G Major, D. 887
Other works TBA
Tickets available March 6, 2002

May 10: Stefon Harris Quartet
At the forefront of the current jazz scene, vibraphonist and composer Stefon Harris leads drummer Terreon Gully, bassist Reid Anderson, and pianist Orrin Evans in an evening of post-bop, "booty-shaking" soul funk. Tickets available March 27, 2002

May 15: Blind Boys of Alabama, Neptune Plaza, Jefferson Building, Noon These legendary singers perform a special program of spirituals and gospel music that includes foot-stomping, hand-clapping versions of old favorites and rare gems that are sure to move the spirit.
No tickets required

May 18: Avalon String Quartet with Philip Setzer, viola, 2 p.m. Schubert: Quartet no. 12 in C Minor, D. 603
Wynton Marsalis: At the Octoroon Balls
Brahms: Quintet in G Major for Strings
Tickets available April 3, 2002

May 31: Paquito D'Rivera and His Band with Regina Carter, violin
Cuban-American clarinetist, saxophonist, and composer Paquito D'Rivera has created a multinational style that moves from bebop to Bach and Mozart, from Afro-Cuban ritual melodies to the music of the dance halls, giving a new meaning to what is known today as Latin jazz.
Tickets available April 17, 2002


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