Martha Graham at the Library, March 24 - April 2, 2016

Martha Graham DanceA Weeklong Festival of Dance Performances, Lectures, Panels, and Film Screenings

In addition to three performances of Graham's Appalachian Spring (premiered at the Library of Congress in 1944), you can sample a mini-series of educational events to enhance your experience. Dancers, scholars and curators will explore the works presented in this series of lectures, panel discussions, and film screenings. Graham’s relationships with her collaborators will be examined using the fascinating exchanges documented in our archives: negotiations, artistic consultations, banter and musings among the principals.

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Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats.

Our spectacular 2015-2016 season celebrates 90 years of historic concerts, extraordinary music, and legendary performers at the Nation’s Library. In our splendid concert hall, nestled in the stunning architectural environment of the Thomas Jefferson Building, you can encounter an impressive range of musical experiences, free of charge. Learn more about getting tickets through Eventbrite

90 yearsWith nine world premieres for Library of Congress commissions and a week-long festival showcasing the Martha Graham Dance Company in works created for the Library, it’s a terrific year. We invite you to take a seat and sample our packed calendar of lectures, films, conversations and workshops, events to entice, intrigue and impassion. Over the 9-month season, we offer an exhilarating total of over 90 events to mark our nine decades as a distinguished presenter on the world stage. CELEBRATE WITH US!

2015-2016 Commissions and Premieres

Photos of composers Michael Hersch, Paul Lansky, Hannah Lash, Mattias Pintscher, Gabriela Lena Frank, Brian Ferneyhough, Pontus Lidberg, Maria Schneider, and Frederic Rzewski

Continuing the Library’s great tradition of supporting the creation of new music, this season Concerts from the Library of Congress will present nine new works commissioned or co-commissioned by the Library. Representing a wide range of compositional voices, these commissions of new works by Michael Hersch, Paul Lansky, Hannah Lash, Matthias Pintscher, Gabriela Lena Frank, Brian Ferneyhough, Pontus Lidberg, Maria Schneider, and Frederic Rzewski will be performed by a stunning array of artists who share our belief in music’s bright future.

Radio Series

Thirteen one-hour programs, hosted by Bill McGlaughlin with special guest hosts Chloe Veltman, David Plylar, Nicholas Alexander Brown, Carol Lynn Ward-Bamford, and Sidney Wolfe; produced by the Library of Congress Music Division and CD Syndications. The Concerts from the Library of Congress radio series continues a distinguished broadcast tradition of nearly nine decades.  Launched with the first concert in the Library’s historic Coolidge Auditorium—October 28, 1925—ours is the oldest classical music broadcast series in America.

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Chamber Music Exhibition

The Life and Legacy of Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge: August 13, 2015 - January 23, 2016 | Performing Arts Reading Room, James Madison Building.

Featuring selections from her personal papers and original music manuscripts commissioned by the Coolidge Foundation, this exhibit pays tribute to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge’s remarkable life and legacy.

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