May 21 at 12PM
Traditional Chinese guzheng music in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Light and Matter
May 22 at 8PM
A special collection of artists presents a new piano trio by the masterful Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho
Ara Dinkjian & Zulal
May 28 at 12PM
Traditional Armenian music and song with Dinkjian and the New York-based a cappella trio, Zulal
May 29 at 8PM
Charles' Creole Soul explores the connections between Afro-Caribbean, Creole, New Orleans and American traditions
Music of Machito
June 1 at 12PM
Larry Appelbaum interviews Mario Grillo on the legacy of his father, Afro-Cuban bandleader Frank Grillo (Machito)
June 29/30 at 12 PM
Film screening of Marinera, testimonio de diversidad y tradición and live Peruvian marinera dance
July 13 at 7 PM
Sharp’s Appalachian Harvest with Jeff Davis and Brian Peters
July 29 at 12 PM
African American Creole music from Louisiana
Sones de México Ensemble
Sept. 15 at 12 PM
Mexican American Music and Dance from Chicago
Sept. 16 at 1:30PM
Tragic Ballad Songwriting Workshop / Taller de composición de baladas trágicas mexicanas
An exclusive experience for everyone. All are welcome!
Labels are boring. Music should bring us together and open our minds to discovery, innovation and reflection— it resists categorization. We find the labels put on music to be boring, restrictive and tiresome... don’t you? For an audience without inhibitions, this year brings a stellar roster of performers, ensembles and scholars directly to you. You will be treated to musical experiences that you can’t get anywhere else—100% free and all donor-supported. Join us, activate your mind, learn something new and be inspired.
Celebrating the 150th Birthday of Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge
Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge’s generous endowment to fund the Library of Congress concert series required an Act of Congress, signed into law on January 23, 1925. The 2014-2015 season honors the 150th birthday of Mrs. Coolidge, celebrating the vision, passionate commitment and long-lasting artistic legacy of a brilliant woman recognized today as one of the 20th century’s most influential music patrons. Learn more about Mrs. Coolidge
A serious pianist and composer, Mrs. Coolidge funded and supervised the building of the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium, wiring it for the then-new medium of radio. A champion of contemporary music, she commissioned many significant composers, among them Stravinsky, Ravel, Copland, Bartók, Schoenberg, Britten and many others, establishing a groundbreaking concert series that would quickly earn respect and recognition from the international music world.
She advanced the cause of music both new and old in many ways, providing funds for lectureships and public programs at major institutions and subsidizing musicological studies. Perhaps the most visible single benefactor of chamber music even today, she created chamber festivals both in Europe and in the U.S., offered long-term support for individual artists and ensembles, introduced American radio audiences to chamber music in partnerships with major networks, and underwrote thousands of free concerts for a vast audience of music lovers, still growing today.
Pictured above: Concerts from the Library of Congress founder, Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, Charcoal Portrait by artist John Singer Sargent, 1923
2014-2015 Commissions and Premieres
Continuing the Library’s great tradition of supporting the creation of new music, this season Concerts from the Library of Congress will present five new works commissioned or co-commissioned by the Library. Representing a wide range of compositional voices, these commissions of new works by George Lewis, Jefferson Friedman, John Adams, Jennifer Higdon and Kaija Saariaho will be performed by a stunning array of artists who share our belief in music’s bright future.
- October 30, 2014, 8PM - George Lewis / Ensemble Dal Niente
- December 5, 2014, 8PM - Jefferson Friedman / Chiara Quartet with Simone Dinnerstein
- January 23, 2015, 8PM - John Adams / St. Lawrence String Quartet
- March 7, 2015, 8PM - Jennifer Higdon / Roberto Díaz and the Curtis Chamber Orchestra
- May 22, 8PM - Kaija Saariaho / Jennifer Koh,
Anssi Karttunen & Benjamin Hochman
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 2014-2015 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.