September 27, 2012 World Premiere of Nico Muhly's Library of Congress Commission, "Compare Notes

Press Contact: Erin Allen (202) 707-7302
Public Contact: Nicholas A. Brown (202) 707-8437

Nico Muhly’s “Compare Notes,” an intriguing work for violin and piano commissioned by the Library of Congress’ McKim Fund, will receive its world premiere at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12 in the Library’s historic Coolidge Auditorium, located on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. Violinist Daniel Hope and pianist Jeffrey Kahane will perform Muhly’s piece as part of a concert program featuring violin sonatas by Maurice Ravel, Johannes Brahms and Felix Mendelssohn.

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets are available from, or by calling (202) 397-7328.

Audience members are invited to join Muhly and Hope for a pre-concert conversation at 6:15 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion.

Born in Vermont in 1981, Muhly is a graduate of Columbia University and the Juilliard School, where he studied under Christopher Rouse and John Corigliano. He served as a MIDI programmer and editor for Philip Glass for six years. Muhly’s music has been performed by artists including the New York Philharmonic, American Ballet Theater, Paris Opéra Ballet and percussionist Colin Currie. His 2011 opera, “Two Boys,” was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center Theater and the English National Opera. Muhly’s recent chamber opera “Dark Sisters” was a co-commission from Opera Company of Philadelphia, Music Theatre Group and the Gotham Chamber Opera.

The Concerts from the Library of Congress series is made possible through the generous support of endowments given to the Library by private donors. The McKim Fund at the Library of Congress was established by American violinist Leonora Jackson McKim (1880-1969) and has commissioned more than 60 works for violin and piano by composers such as Pulitzer Prize winners Elliott Carter, William Bolcom and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. Recent commissions were awarded to John Zorn, Cecil Taylor, Harold Meltzer and Sebastian Currier.

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