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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, Dav id 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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Jazz Singers ExhibitionJazz Singers

February 11 - July 23, 2016  |  Performing Arts Reading Room, James Madison Building.

This exhibit offers perspectives on the art of vocal jazz from the 1920s to the present. Rare video clips, photographic portraits, candid snapshots, musical scores, personal notes, correspondence, drawings, and watercolors reveal the sometimes exuberant, sometimes painful, but always vibrant art and life of jazz singers.

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