February 24 at 12PM
A lecture entitled "Chameleon as Composer: The Colorful Life and Works of Lukas Foss"
Curtis Chamber Orchestra
March 7 at 8PM
Conductor Robert Spano is joined by violist Roberto Díaz with a new commission by Jennifer Higdon
Kim Kashkashian, viola
Peter Nagy, piano
March 13 at 8PM
A recital offering a new work written for them by László Tihanyi, playing the 1690 “Tuscan-Medici” viola
March 17 at 12PM
A lecture on Geraldine Farrar, American Diva
The Royal Harmonizers
March 18 at 12PM
Gospel singing presented as part of the Homegrown Concert Series
Leipzig String Quartet
March 21 at 2PM
A program featuring a Romantic era classic by Borodin and favorites by Debussy and Stravinsky
Lubana Al Quntar & Kenan Adnawi
March 25 at 12PM
Traditional Music and Song from Syria
David H. Plylar
April 7 at 12PM
A lecture on Liszt's "Historical Hungarian Portraits"
Mahler, Schumann and Brahms
April 10 at 8PM
An evening with violinist Daniel Hope, violist Paul Neubauer, cellist David Finkel, and pianist Wu Han
April 14 at 12PM
An AMS lecture on "The Genesis of Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms as seen in the Library's Leonard Bernstein Collection"
April 24 at 8PM
Pianists Katherine Chi and Aleksandar Madžar perform the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen and Elliott Carter
April 25 at 2PM
Harpsichordist and conductor Vinikour plays and all-baroque program of J.S. Bach and Handel
Two Thousand Flutes
May 2 at 2PM
A special event from the vaults of the Library's Dayton C. Miller Collection
May 9 at 11AM
Nicholas Alexander Brown explores the world of the glitterati through telegrams, birthday cards and secret personal notes
May 16 at 11AM
Solomon HaileSelassie explores the theater world through scripts, director’s notes, costume designs, and set designs
May 19 at 12PM
A lecture entitled "Breakin’ Around the Bloc: Hip-Hop in East Germany during the Cold War"
Light and Matter
May 22 at 8PM
A special collection of artists presents a new piano trio by the masterful Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho
May 29 at 8PM
Charles' Creole Soul explores the connections between Afro-Caribbean, Creole, New Orleans and American traditions
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.