Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2014-2015: Beyond Labels

Our popular #DECLASSIFIED series returns, offering up close and personal adventures with rarities from the Library’s vaults— for a limited and fortunate audience. Find your inner curator.


Recovering and Preserving Sound Images: An Encounter with IRENE

November 12, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Location to be revealed

Peter Alyea, Digital Conservation Specialist, Preservation Reformatting Division
Developed in collaboration with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the IRENE System images historical recordings and reconstructs the sound from those images. Peter Alyea demonstrates how this new technology has given voice to previously inaccessible sound recordings.

Mano a mano y mano a mano: Exploring the Library’s Treasures for Piano Duet
JANUARY 31, 2015 at 11 AM

Jefferson Studio, Thomas Jefferson Building (LJ-G32)

Stephen Yusko and David Plylar, Music Division
Before there were audio recordings, the easiest way to get to know the latest orchestral music was to play it in an arrangement for piano duet. Looking at collection treasures from Brahms to Mahler, Yusko and Plylar will examine some of the different approaches composers took to create these important marketing tools, of great artistic significance in their own right.

Musical Lobbyists

MAY 9, 2015 at 11 AM

Jefferson Studio, Thomas Jefferson Building (LJ-G32)

Nicholas Alexander Brown, Music Division
Throughout the Music Division’s collections are examples of musicians developing strong relationships with politicians, from small town America to the White House. Brown takes you into the world of the glitterati through telegrams, birthday cards and secret personal notes. You’ll get to see personal correspondence between the likes of Leonard Bernstein, Frank Sinatra, and the Kennedys.

Fly Space: Inside the Minds of Theatrical Directors & Designers

MAY 16, 2015 at 11 AM

Jefferson Studio, Thomas Jefferson Building (LJ-G32)

Solomon HaileSelassie, Music Division
The Library of Congress is home to some of the richest theatrical collections in the world. Our production manager Solomon HaileSelassie leads an adventure through the scripts, director’s notes, costume designs, and set designs of the likes of Bob Fosse, Oliver Smith, Peggy Clark, Florence Klotz, and Tony Walton.