Elias String Quartet
March 7 at 8 PM
This U.K.-based string quartet plays music of Beethoven, Haydn, and György Kurtág
March 8 at 8 PM
A fast-rising star with a captivating baritone voice sings jazz, blues and Southern soul
High Noon Lecture
March 11 at 12 PM
"Remembering Argos: Life and Loss in the Funeral Odes of Franz Liszt," with David H. Plylar, Ph.D.
Scharoun Ensemble Berlin
March 15 at 2 PM
The ensemble will present Franz Schubert's great—and seldom-heard—Octet in F major and Dvořák's Czech Suite
March 21 at 8 PM
Joan Kwoun, violin / Joel Smirnoff, viola / Sharon Robinson, cello / Sergei Babayan, piano
March 26 at 12 PM
Amadou Kouyate: Traditional Music of Senegal and Mali
April 4 at 8 PM
"The leading harpsichordist of his generation," part of the C.P.E. Bach at 300 celebration
Akademie für alte Musik Berlin
April 5 at 8 PM
Works by the Bach family and George Frideric Handel, part of the C.P.E. Bach at 300 celebration
April 7, 2:30-5:50 PM
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group Student will work with local student composers.
High Noon Lecture
April 8 at 12 PM
"Jazz as a Cold War Weapon," with Larry Appelbaum
Birmingham Contem-porary Music Group
April 8 at 8 PM
Showcases the Library’s rich commissioning and presenting legacies, part of Oliver Knussen Residency
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
April 10 at 8 PM
World premiere of Variations for Five: String Quintet no. 2 by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Extraordinary Artists. Extraordinary Audiences.
“Presenting the world's best artists” —The Washington Post
Memorable concerts in one of the world's best venues, inside one of the country's most beautiful public buildings, with the world's largest music collection as a guide. 2013-2014 offers an exciting year of stellar concerts—classical, pop, country, jazz, Americana, rock bluegrass and musical theater. A multichannel experience unavailable anywhere else—and it's free. Join us for an extraordinary season of great music at the Nation's Library.
Season 88 Highlights
Our two-year Songs of America project presents masters of the form, featuring intimate concerts and conversations, insights into the soungwriter's craft, and a look at the arts of the American song today—composer, singer, and pianist Randy Newman, Broadway legend Audra McDonald, rising jazz star Gregory Porter, rock great Graham Nash, bluegrass favorites Steep Canyon Rangers and Dailey & Vincent. And a 3-day Rosanne Cash Residency featuring concerts with her band, a conversation with Natasha Trethewey, the Library's Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, and the premiere of Cash's new album, The River and the Thread.
Sample a wonderful lineup of superb chamber and keyboard artists: the Casals, Elias, Ebene, and Danish quartets... notable partnerships like the Parker Quartet with violist Kikuei Ikeda... the JACK Quartet and pianist Ursula Oppens... cellist Daniel Müller-Schott and pianist Simon Trpčeski... solo pianist Valentina Lisitsa... and the admirable Scharoun Ensemble Berlin performing the great Schubert Octet in F major.
We celebrate the legacy of conductor Serge Koussevitzky with a special concert including notable commissions from the Koussevitzky Foundation. Distinguished composer and conductor Oliver Knussen curates a brilliant week-long minifestival featuring the formidable Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. The Library premieres two new commissions: a new piano trio from Marc Neikrug and a string quintet from Einojuhani Rautavaara.
To mark the 300th birthday of C.P.E. Bach, the "staggeringly good players" (Los Angeles Times) of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin perform his harmonically inventive concerti against a backdrop of works by J.S. Bach and Handel. Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani plays sonatas from the Library's manuscript sources.
Several of the world's most distinguished period instrument orchestras and ensembles appear with us this year. Don't miss a marathon performance of all six Bach Brandenburg concerti by the splendid Freiburger Barockorchester—and a unique Founder's Day event offering Gabrieli and Gesualdo from antiphonal brass choirs, followed by the excellent vocal ensemble Blue Heron and Piffaro, the Renaissance Band.
Check out some new ventures that enliven the concert experience: A new mini-series tracks technology at the edge of science and sound, with guides like Stanford University faculty Mark Applebaum and Ge Wang. Our newly-expanded Counterpoints series highlights the riches of the Library's collections—lectures and conversations, interviews and panels, and noontime talks by scholars and Music Division curators; Nightcap post-concert chats; and #Declassified, an intriguing series of close encounters with artifacts and ideas, offered in small-format Saturday morning sessions in our studio. Learn more about Counterpoints
Oliver Knussen Residency
April 7 - 12, 2014
One of the barons of contemporary music world-wide, composer and conductor Oliver Knussen comes to the Library of Congress for a celebration of his music and career as an advocate of new music. Presently Artist-in-Association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Knussen curates an eclectic week's worth of concerts and special programs. Learn more
- April 7 from 2:30-5:30 PM
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group Student Composition Workshop.
- April 8 at 8 PM
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group: Knussen's Ophelia Dances, Stravinsky's Septet, Schoenberg's Serenade, and more.
- April 11 at 8 PM
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group: Premieres of Carter's Epigrams, Neikrug's Piano Trio, Knussen's Cantata (Triptych, part 3), and more.
- April 12 at 2 PM
“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, Colonel Michael J. Colburn, director.