The 91st season of Concerts from the Library of Congress builds on our continuing mission: to give the music on the shelves of the Library a living voice. Bringing the Library’s phenomenally rich music collections to life in performance and conversation, we present concerts, lectures, and encounters with remarkable artists, composers and scholars, plus film screenings and book talks: experiences to invigorate and inspire. Curious about music? You can immerse yourself in our Declassified presentations and curator talks, and investigate a range of musical topics, from heavy metal to Rachmaninoff. Take an evening for a transformative experience at the Library of Congress, all absolutely free of charge to everyone.
LOC Summer Movies on the Lawn
Thursdays, July 13-August 17, 2017 at 8:00 PM
The Library of Congress is presenting an outdoor film festival this summer to showcase several modern classics that have been added to the Library’s National Film Registry. The six-film series will be presented on Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. from July 13 through August 17 on the north lawn of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, across the street from the U.S. Capitol. Starting with “The Princess Bride,” which was added to the National Film Registry last year, and ending with the 2015 registry selection “Ghostbusters,” the scheduled films also include "Raiders of the Lost Ark," “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Back to the Future,” and “Top Gun.”
The Library of Congress and WETA Classical 90.9 launched a new radio series on April 1, 2016, presenting 13 one-hour programs produced from the Library's 2015-2016 concert season. Produced by Classic Digital Syndications, the series is offered free of charge to public radio stations nationwide. The series is hosted by Bill McGlaughlin with special guest hosts David Plylar, Nicholas Alexander Brown, James Wintle, Nicholas Kitchen, and WETA's Dan DeVany.
Library of Congress on Q2 Music
The Library of Congress and Q2 Music, the online stream of contemporary classical music presented by New York-based public broadcaster WQXR Radio, partners to release live recordings of recent Library of Congress commissions and U.S. and world premiere performances of contemporary works.
Full 2016-2017 Season
New Baseball Exhibition
This exhibition features baseball sheet music from the Library's collections. Most of these works are original copyright deposits and represent only a small fraction of the more than 400 published songs about baseball in the Music Division’s custody. They illustrate the remarkable congruence between the evolution of the sport from before the Civil War to the present, and the musical counterparts that have chronicled in song baseball’s greatest moments.