News from the Library of Congress

October 2019

September 2019

  • September 27, 2019  (19-094)
    Library's Koussevitzky Foundation Awards 2019 Music Commissions The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress has awarded commissions for new musical works to four composers. The commissions are granted jointly by the foundation and the performing organizations that will present the world premiere performances of the newly composed works. Award winners and the groups co-sponsoring their commissions are Erin Gee and JACK Quartet; George E. Lewis and PUBLIQuartet; David...
    • Date: 2019-09-27

March 2019

  • March 13, 2019  (19-029)
    Global Superstars Emilio and Gloria Estefan Honored in Star-Studded Gershwin Prize Tribute Celebrated international superstars Emilio and Gloria Estefan, the 2019 recipients of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, will be applauded and serenaded by some of the nation’s top artists at an all-star celebration in the nation’s capital Wednesday evening, March 13. The extraordinary roster of performers will honor the Estefens and their Cuban-infused sound at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.The...
    • Date: 2019-03-13
  • March 13, 2019  (19-029s)
    Emilio y Gloria Estefan hacen historia en concierto homenaje del Premio Gershwin Los magnates de la música, Emilio y Gloria Estefan, serán reconocidos con el Premio Gershwin a la Canción Popular de la Biblioteca del Congreso de Estados Unidos en un concierto homenaje por los mejores artistas de la nación en la capital el miércoles, 13 de marzo en la noche. Otorgado en reconocimiento del legendario equipo de composición, George e Ira Gershwin, el Premio Gershwin...
    • Date: 2019-03-13

October 2018

  • October 11, 2018  (18-131)
    Library's Koussevitzky Foundation Announces 2018 Commission Winners The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress has awarded commissions for new musical works to five composers. The commissions are granted jointly by the foundation and the performing organizations that will present the world premiere performances of the newly composed works. Award winners and the groups co-sponsoring their commissions are Stefano Gervasoni and the Divertimento Ensemble of Milan, Huck Hodge and...
    • Date: 2018-10-11

September 2018

  • September 24, 2018  (18-124)
    International Superstars Emilio and Gloria Estefan Named Recipients of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced that husband-and-wife team Emilio and Gloria Estefan are the next recipients of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The honorees represent two historic firsts for the prize – the first time it has been awarded to a married couple or to musicians-songwriters of Hispanic descent.The Estefans symbolize the rich cultural diversity of the American...
    • Date: 2018-09-24
  • September 24, 2018  (18-124S)
    Superestrellas internacionales Emilio y Gloria Estefan galardonados con el Premio Gershwin La Bibliotecaria del Congreso, Carla Hayden, anunció hoy que la pareja de artistas, Emilio y Gloria Estefan, será la próxima en recibir el Premio Gershwin a la canción popular de la Biblioteca del Congreso.La cadena de televisión pública, PBS (sigla en inglés), transmitirá por sus estaciones la serie de conciertos del Premio Gershwin, ganadora de un premio Emmy.El dúo Estefan simboliza la diversidad cultural...
    • Date: 2018-09-24

November 2017

  • November 15, 2017  (17-172)
    Tony Bennett Honored in Star-Studded Gershwin Prize Tribute Celebrated performer Tony Bennett, the 2017 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, will be applauded and serenaded by some of the nation’s top artists at an all-star celebration in the nation’s capital Wednesday evening, Nov. 15. The diverse group of performers will pay homage to Bennett’s extraordinary gift as an interpreter of America’s songbook—showcasing some his most memorable songs—at...
    • Date: 2017-11-15

October 2017

  • October 18, 2017  (17-147)
    Library's Koussevitzky Foundation Announces Commission Winners The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress has awarded commissions for new musical works to six composers. The commissions are granted jointly by the foundation and the performing organizations that will present performances of the newly composed works.Award winners and the groups co-sponsoring their commissions are Jérôme Combier and Argento New Music Project, Georg Friedrich Haas and Third Coast Percussion, Yotam...
    • Date: 2017-10-18

June 2017

January 2017

  • January 12, 2017  (17-002)
    New Scholars Working on American Film, History and Library Studies Arrive at Kluge Center Four distinguished scholars—David Bordwell, Timothy Breen, Jose Casanova and Wayne Wiegand—began residencies at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress on Jan. 9.  They will conduct research at the Library for four months.David Bordwell, the Jacques Ledoux Professor of Film Studies Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is a film theorist and historian. He has written more than 15 volumes...
    • Date: 2017-01-12

December 2016

  • December 14, 2016  (16-209)
    With "20,000 Leagues," the National Film Registry Reaches 700 Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today the annual selection of 25 motion pictures that have been inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural, historic or aesthetic importance.  This year’s titles range from the Disney animated blockbuster “The Lion King” and the seminal coming-of-age drama “The Breakfast Club” to the 1990 documentary “Paris Is Burning,” chronicling...
    • Date: 2016-12-14

November 2016

  • November 16, 2016  (16-204)
    Smokey Robinson Honored as the King of Song at Star-Studded Gershwin Prize Tribute The two-day celebration of Smokey Robinson’s 50-year career—and his selection as the 2016 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song—began in the nation’s capital with a touching trip down the keyboard of George Gershwin’s piano and ended with a rollicking concert.
    • Date: 2016-11-16

September 2016

  • September 30, 2016  (16-168)
    Koussevitzky Foundation Announces Commission Winners The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress has awarded commissions for new musical works to five composers. The commissions are granted jointly by the foundation and the organizations that will present performances of the newly composed works.
    • Date: 2016-09-30

July 2016

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December 2014

  • December 10, 2014  (14-208)
    Koussevitzky Foundation Announces Commission Winners The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress has awarded commissions for new musical works to four composers. The commissions are granted jointly by the foundation and the performing organizations that will present performances of the newly composed works.
    • Date: 2014-12-10

July 2014

December 2012

May 2012

January 2012

  • January 6, 2012  (12-010)
    Koussevitzky Foundations Announces Commission Winners The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress and the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Inc. have awarded commissions for new musical works to eight composers. Jointly granting the commissions are the foundations and the performing organizations that will present the newly composed
    • Date: 2012-01-06

September 2011

October 2010

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December 2009

November 2009

July 2009

  • July 28, 2009  (09-145)
    Koussevitzky Foundation Announces Commission Winners for 2009 The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress and the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Inc., have awarded commissions for new musical works to seven composers. Jointly granting the commissions are the foundations and the performing organizations that will present the newly composed works.
    • Date: 2009-07-28

June 2009

February 2009

  • February 16, 2009  (09-031)
    President Obama Gives Gershwin Prize for Popular Song to Stevie Wonder Feb. 25 President Barack Obama will give the Second Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song to Stevie Wonder on Feb. 25 at a special concert in the East Room of the White House in celebration of African American History Month. The program, to be taped by WETA Washington, D.C., as part of the In Performance at the White House series, will air on PBS...
    • Date: 2009-02-16

September 2008

  • September 2, 2008  (08-144)
    Singer/Songwriter Stevie Wonder Named Recipient of Library of Congress Gershwin Prize Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today named singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder—who burst on the scene in the early 1960s as a musical prodigy, and whose dance hits and love songs segued over the years into thoughtful commentaries on the joy and injustice in our world—as the recipient of the Second Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The award presentation will take place...
    • Date: 2008-09-02

April 2008

  • April 21, 2008  (08-077)
    Eight "Living Legends" Receive Library's Highest Honor For achievements that Librarian of Congress James H. Billington described as “distinguished, sustained and remarkable,” several exceptional Americans have been designated “Living Legends” by the Library of Congress.
    • Date: 2008-04-21
  • April 8, 2008  (08-072)
    Seven New "Living Legends" Honored on April 12 To Commemorate Launch of "Library of Congress Experience" The Library of Congress will honor seven new “Living Legends” as part of its public celebration on April 12. The ceremony will help mark the opening of the “Library of Congress Experience,” which offers visitors the opportunity to explore rare historical and cultural treasures through interactive technology and a companion Web site.
    • Date: 2008-04-08

March 2008

  • March 18, 2008  (08-052)
    Koussevitzky Foundation Awards Seven Music Commissions The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress and the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Inc., have awarded commissions for new musical works to seven composers. The foundations and the performing organizations that will present the newly composed works are jointly granting the commissions.
    • Date: 2008-03-18

July 2007

May 2007

  • May 15, 2007  (07-107)
    Koussevitzky Foundation Announces Commission Winners The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress and the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Inc., have awarded commissions for new musical works to five composers. The commissions are being granted jointly by the foundations and the performing organizations that will present the newly composed works.
    • Date: 2007-05-15

March 2007

February 2006

December 2005

  • December 13, 2005  (05-254)
    Library of Congress Koussevitzky Foundation Announces 2005 Commission Winners The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress and the Koussevitzky Music Foundation Inc. have awarded commissions for new musical works to nine composers. The commissions are granted jointly by the foundations and the performing organizations that will present the newly composed works.
    • Date: 2005-12-13

November 2005

  • November 28, 2005  (05-249)
    Composer Gunther Schuller Honored with Living Legend Award Distinguished American composer Gunther Schuller will receive the Library of Congress Living Legend Award during the Jupiter String Quartet Concert on Friday, Dec. 16, at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C.
    • Date: 2005-11-28

September 2005

March 2005

  • March 1, 2005  (05-029)
    Library of Congress Announces Koussevitzky Commissions for 2004 The Serge Koussevitzky Foundation in the Library of Congress and the Koussevitzky Music Foundation Inc. have awarded commissions for new musical works to seven composers. The commissions are granted jointly by the foundations and the performing organizations that will present the newly composed works.
    • Date: 2005-03-01

December 2004

  • December 28, 2004  (04-215)
    Librarian of Congress Adds 25 Films to National Film Registry Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced his annual selection of 25 motion pictures to be added to the National Film Registry. This group of titles brings the total number of films placed on the Registry to 400.
    • Date: 2004-12-28

July 2004

April 2004

  • April 15, 2004  (04-076)
    Library of Congress Honors Dolly Parton with Living Legend Award The Library of Congress honored country singer and musician Dolly Parton with its Living Legend medal at a special evening presentation on April 14. Photo at right of Librarian of Congress James Billington and Dolly Parton by John Harrington.
    • Date: 2004-04-15

February 2004

  • February 10, 2004  (04-020)
    Koussevitzky Foundation Announces 2003 Commission Winners The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress and the Koussevitzky Music Foundation Inc. have awarded commissions for new musical works to six composers. The commissions are granted jointly by the foundations and the performing organizations that will present the newly composed works.
    • Date: 2004-02-10

October 2003

  • October 16, 2003  (03-178)
    Folk Icon Odetta to Perform on Nov. 13 The American Folklife Center will present the legendary singer Odetta in a special concert at the Library of Congress, at 8 p.m., Nov. 13, in the Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C.
    • Date: 2003-10-16

January 2003

  • January 15, 2003  (03-001)
    Koussevitzky Foundation Announces 2002 Commission Winners The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress and the Koussevitzky Music Foundation Inc., have awarded commissions for new musical works to seven composers. The commissions are granted jointly by the foundations and the performing organizations that will present the newly composed works.
    • Date: 2003-01-15