Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2009-2010

On LOCation

Atlas Performing Arts Center

Concerts from the Library of Congress go on location at the new Atlas Performing Arts Center at the heart of the H Street Corridor, which runs from 12th to 15th Streets, NE, now known as the Atlas District—Washington’s newest arts and entertainment neighborhood. For ticket information, directions, parking, free shuttle service, restaurants, and other information, go to External link:

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1333 H Street, NE - Washington, DC 20002
Administrative Office: 202-399-7993
Box Office: 202-399-7993            

SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 2010 at 8:00pm
Dafnis Prieto
with guest artist, Christian Howes, violin
“Prieto’s music explodes with energy… original compositions with a singular passion and intensity.”

Cuban-born composer and drummer Dafnis Prieto is unquestionably one of the important leaders of the New Latin Jazz movement.  He has wonderfully blurred the line between traditional Latin-jazz and twenty-first-century postbop, fusing Afro-Cuban rhythms and modern jazz harmonies.

6:15 pm – Atlas Center for the Performing Arts (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: Host of WPFW's "Sound of Surprise" Larry Appelbaum, Music Division, interviews Dafnis Prieto.

SATURDAY, MAY 8, 2010 at 8:00pm
Simon Shaheen
SIMON SHAHEEN & members of QANTARA    
“eminently cosmopolitan. . . a new benchmark in Arab-Western fusion”

Recipient of the prestigious NEA National Heritage Award, this violin and oud virtuoso and celebrated genre-exploring composer appears with members of Qantara, his all-star group that fuses Arab, jazz, Western classical, and Latin American music. Featured in this program is the world premiere of a work by Shaheen commissioned by the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress.


SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2010 at 8:00pm
Uri Caine
“spontaneous, surprising forays into adventurous improvising”

Admired for original compositions and reinventions, jazz pianist and composer Uri Caine brings an eclectic array of disciplines and influences to his music. His classical and jazz training and his poetic sense combine in ambitious hybrids that are often challenging but always inventive.

6:15 pm – Atlas Center for the Performing Arts (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: Pianist composer Uri Caine talks with Larry Appelbaum before appearing with his Trio.