June 26, 2012 Library of Congress Announces Free Summer Concert Series
Press Contact: Gayle Osterberg, (202) 707-0020
Traditional music and dance drawn from communities across the United States will be showcased on the historic Coolidge Auditorium stage at the Library of Congress throughout the summer.
The popular “Homegrown: The Music of America” concert series is presented by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in cooperation with the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. The series brings the multicultural richness of American folk arts from around the country to the nation’s capital.
All concerts are at noon in the Coolidge Auditorium on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Concerts are free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
Performances are recorded and most are later made available on the Library of Congress web site. Previous years’ concerts can be viewed here.
Homegrown 2012: The Music of America Concert Series
Tuesday, June 26
Hālau Hula (Hula School) of Hawaii Community College, Hilo, Hawaii.
UNUKUPUKUPU is the traditional Hālau Hula (Hula School) of Hawaii Community College, Hilo, Hawaii. Here ancient dances and songs, rooted in the sacred `Aiha`a Pele (Ritual Dance of Volcanic Phenomena) intermingle with the rigor of academic inquiry.
Wednesday, July 18
Traditional Croatian Singing from Washington State
Deep passion and intense devotion to Croatian musical heritage have kept Ruže Dalmatinke active since 1981, and have inspired the group's lead vocalists, sisters Binki Franulovic Spahi and Alma Franulovic Plancich, since childhood.
Wednesday, August 8
Les Bon Hommes Du Nord: Patrick Ross and Jean Theroux, with Dalton Binette and Bow Thayer
French-Canadian Fiddle Music & Songs from New Hampshire
Patrick Ross and Jean Theroux will present a program of fiddle tunes and songs drawn from their French-Canadian heritage. Ross, a frequent winner at fiddle contests throughout Northern New England, is a fifth-generation fiddler. Theroux is a well-respected community-based fiddler and vocalist.
Thursday, August 16
Robert Shafer, Robin Kessinger and Bobby Taylor
Flatpick Guitar and Fiddle Music from Kanawha County, West Virginia
Bobby Taylor, Robert Shafer, and Robin Kessinger, three of the Kanawha Valley’s best traditional musicians, have played together over many years at various musical events in the valley and throughout West Virginia.
Thursday, August 23
The Singing and Praying Band
African American A Cappella Sacred Music from Delaware and Maryland
The Singing & Praying Bands of Delaware and Maryland (Eastern and Western Shore) belong to an African American devotional/musical tradition that is unique to the Delmarva region, probably the oldest living African American musical tradition in Delaware and Maryland.
Thursday, September 13
Los Tres Reyes
Mexican Trío Romántico from Texas
The Mexican trío romántico consists of three suave male voices backed by two, and sometimes three, guitars, singing romance-drenched lyrics in lush harmony.
Wednesday, September 26
Mariano Gonzalez y sus Invitados Especiales (Mariano Gonzalez and his Special Guests)
Paraguayan Folk Harp Ensemble from Nevada
The Paraguayan folk harp is one of the most recognizable folk-music traditions in South America. Las Vegas resident Mariano Gonzales mesmerizes audiences with his delightful and sometimes surprising repertoire on this handcrafted traditional instrument.
For more information, please visit www.loc.gov/rr/perform/concert/.
The American Folklife Center was created by Congress in 1976 and placed at the Library of Congress to “preserve and present American Folklife” through programs of research, documentation, archival preservation, reference service, live performance, exhibition, public programs and training. The center includes the American Folklife Center Archive of folk culture, which was established in 1928 and is now one of the largest collections of ethnographic material from the United States and around the world. For more information, visit www.loc.gov/folklife/.
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