April 17, 2007 Library of Congress To Receive Original Manuscript of Composition by Teen Prodigy Jay Greenberg
Librarian of Congress to Accept Donation During Gala Concert for Project Harmony
Press Contact: Erin Allen (202) 707-7302
The original manuscript of “Quintet for Strings,” written by 15-year-old composer Jay Greenberg, will be given to the Library of Congress at an April 27 concert benefiting the Project Harmony Child Protection Center in Omaha, Neb. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington will accept the gift from Greenberg at the conclusion of its performance the night of the concert. “As a young composer, Jay Greenberg represents one of the core missions of the Library of Congress: to spark imagination in this and future generations. His masterwork is a celebration of creativity and ingenuity, which are both intrinsic to the Library’s pursuit of bringing knowledge into life. It will make a welcome addition to our pre-eminent musical collections,” said Billington. Project Harmony’s 10-year anniversary celebration gets under way at 6 p.m. CDT on Friday, April 27, with “The Light Within” gala dinner, followed by the concert, “Tomorrow’s Stars.” Performing “Quintet for Strings” will be the Chiara String Quartet. Other performers for the benefit concert are 13-year-old pianist-composer-violinist Conrad Tao and 14-year-old soprano Holly Stell. Both events will be held at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 13th and Douglas Streets, Omaha, Neb. Concert tickets may be purchased by calling (402) 345-0606 or visiting www.omahaperformingarts.org. Project Harmony Child Protection Center has served more than 6,000 children since its inception in 1996. The organization offers much-needed investigative and medical services in collaboration with the Omaha Police Department’s Youth Services Division and Nebraska Health and Human Services’ child protection agencies. For more information, including tickets to the gala dinner, visit www.projectharmony.com. Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, with more than 134 million items in various languages, disciplines and formats. Thomas Jefferson’s private library provided the seed for what is now the world’s largest repository of knowledge and creativity, including the world’s largest musical archive, with unparalleled collections numbering approximately 20 million items. As the largest repository of the world’s knowledge and American creativity, the Library is a symbol of democracy and the principles on which the United States was founded. The Library serves the U.S. Congress and the nation, both on-site in its 21 public reading rooms on Capitol Hill and in localities through online digital services, reachable at www.loc.gov, which receives more than 5 billion hits annually.