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MC Bulletin Spring 2019

|| Madison Council Activities  ||


  • April 4-5 - Spring Madison Council Meeting. Washington, DC.
  • April 11, 8PM - Louis Lortie and Hélène Mercier. Canadian pianists Louis Lortie and Hélène Mercier have developed a remarkable sensitivity to the four-hand and two-piano literature. Their program features staples of the Russian two-piano repertoire, with a few hidden gems included. This performance celebrates the Library’s acquisition of the manuscript of the two-piano version of Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, a work for which the Library now possesses all major source materials. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building.
  • April 19, 7PM - Poet Laureate Spring Lecture. 22nd U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith will celebrate the conclusion of her first term as laureate. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building.
  • April 19, 7PM - Not an Ostrich: And Other Images From America’s Library Opening Event. Join the Librarian of Congress to celebrate the opening of this unique installation featuring vivid portrayals of America across time. The exhibition will display hundreds of images selected from the Library of Congress’s collection of more than 14 million photographs. Visitors will have the chance to see nearly 500 rare photographs, each one handpicked from the vaults of the world’s largest library. Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA.
  • May 11, 8PM - Quartetto di Cremona. Michael Barrett, music director | The Library of Congress’s Music Division will partner with the Embassy of Italy to present the internationally recognized Quartetto di Cremona string quartet. The group serves as an ambassador for the international “Friends of Stradivari” project celebrating the masterly instruments made by Antonio Stradivari. The Library will also display some of its most fascinating and seldom-seen items from its collection of Paganiniana, including manuscripts, scores, and even the violinist’s personal pocket diary. Coolidge Auditorium and Whittall Pavillion, Thomas Jefferson Building.
  • May 18, 8PM - Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebratoin. Michael Barrett, music director | Julia Bullock, soprano | Amy Owens, soprano | Joshua Blue, tenor | Amanda Lynn Bottoms, mezzo soprano. The Library’s vast Leonard Bernstein Collection provides the world’s best vantage point to contemplate the career of this extraordinary man: composer, conductor, pianist, and humanitarian. We see Bernstein as social observer, revealed in three major stage works. His musical “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue” portrays sharp racial divides over 100 years of White House history. The operas “Trouble in Tahiti” and “A Quiet Place” paint a vision of a family’s struggles—and offer a glimpse of reconciliation. There will be moments of discovery, with a few extraordinarily rare, still-unknown songs you won’t hear anywhere else. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building.
  • May 19, 11AM-5PM - Leonard Bernstein’s America Symposium. Dive into our special, day-long program, an immersive experience anchored by an extensive display of manuscripts, letters, playbills, photographs and memorabilia, sketches, casting notes and designs. The day will include informal talks by Music Division curators, video clips from Bernstein’s lectures and educational shows, a #Declassified presentation on “Bernstein and Social Identity,” and plenty of interesting revelations: fascinating stories, notes and cut songs from “On the Town”, “West Side Story” and “Candide”, with pianist Jon Kalbfleisch and a team of singers on hand for musical vignettes. Multiple locations in the James Madison Building.
  • June 13, 12PM - A Conversation with Walter Isaacson. Walter Isaacson, prominent writer, journalist and professor, will speak with NIO Deputy Director Dr. Colleen Shogan about his study of a wide-range of historical innovators, including his recent work on Leonardo da Vinci, and his earlier works looking at Steve Jobs and Benjamin Franklin. Isaacson was the President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, and he has also served as the chairman and CEO of CNN and Managing Editor of Time. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building
  • July 12 - Baseball Americana Gala Reception and Program. The reception will mark the launch of the Library of Congress’s landmark exhibition on the enduring tradition of America’s favorite pastime. The exhibition is made possible by the Library of Congress Third Century Fund, the James Madison Council and Democracy Fund. Great Hall, Thomas Jefferson Building. Details to be announced.
  • August 31 - Library of Congress National Book Festival Evening Gala Reception. This program will feature presentations by award-winning authors participating in the National Book Festival, followed by a buffet reception. Coolidge Auditorium and Great Hall, Thomas Jefferson Building.
  • September 1 - Library of Congress National Book Festival. The Library of Congress and its highly popular celebration of authors and readers will feature more than 100 distinguished authors across many fields and in all genres of writing, with audiences ranging from young reader to adults. The National Book Festival is made possible in great part by Chairman David M. Rubenstein, as well as by key support from the James Madison Council and Council members. Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
  • September 12 - John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity: Award Ceremony and Dinner. Established with an endowment provided by Founding Chairman Emeritus of the James Madison Council, John W. Kluge, the Kluge Prize recognizes and celebrates work of the highest quality and greatest impact that advances understanding of the human experience. Thomas Jefferson Building. Details to be announced.
  • October 18 -19 - Fall 2018 Meeting of the James Madison Council Details to be announced.
  • October 10 - Pérez Cohen Potter and Friends Jazz Quintet. Panamanian-born pianist Danilo Pérez started his career playing with Dizzy Gillespie, and has been a longtime partner for jazz masters like Wayne Shorter, as well as fronting his own exceptional musical groups. For this special 2018 tour, Pérez will partner with Avishai Cohen on trumpet, Chris Potter on saxophone, Larry Grenadier on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums. This concert will be the first appearance for the group in Washington, D.C. Coolidge Auditorium and Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building.
  • November 15 - Latvian Radio Choir. Founded in 1940, the Latvian Radio Choir is a top-caliber international ensemble and serves as a prime example of the remarkable longstanding Eastern European choral tradition. This world-class group’s performances embrace a wide-ranging repertoire that takes on Renaissance and Baroque music as well as some of the most sophisticated scores created by modern composers. Coolidge Auditorium and Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building.
  • December 18 - Brentano Quartet with violist Hsin-Yun Huang. The Brentano Quartet and violist Hsin-Yun Huang will be featured in the Library’s annual Antonio Stradivari Memorial concert. Hailed by The Times (London) as “magnificent” and admired for its “luxuriously warm sound [and] yearning lyricism” (The New York Times), the ensemble is sought after by the world’s major concert halls. Hsin-Yun Huang will play the 1690 “Tuscan-Medici” viola, on loan to the Library of Congress from the Tuscan Corporation.Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building.

|| Exhibitions ||

  • Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight For the Vote. June 4, 2019–September 2020.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal. . . . In entering upon the great work before us, we anticipate no small amount of misconception, misrepresentation, and ridicule; but we shall use every instrumentality within our power to effect our object.

    —Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Declaration of Sentiments, 1848

    In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the Library of Congress has launched a landmark exhibition on the women’s suffrage movement.  This exhibition tells the compelling story of the largest reform movement in American history – establishing not just women’s voting rights but also a legacy of defending the exercise of free speech, free assembly and the right to dissent for all Americans.  The exhibition features the Library’s unsurpassed documentary record of the suffrage campaign from its early roots in the abolition and temperance campaigns through its final victory. Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote is made possible by The Library of Congress James Madison Council with additional support from 1st Financial Bank USA, Democracy Fund, AARP, Council member Thomas V. Girardi, HISTORY®, Barbara Lee Family Foundation Fund at the Boston Foundation, and Council members Roger and Julie Baskes. Southwest Gallery, Thomas Jefferson Building.
  • Baseball Americana. June 2018 – July 2019.

    “[Baseball] breaks your heart. It’s designed to break your heart.” —Bart Giamatti, Commissioner of Major League Baseball, 1989.

    Baseball Americana features items from the Library of Congress collections and those of its lending partners to consider the game then and now—as it relates to players, teams, and the communities it creates. It features baseball’s gritty roots as well as its contemporary character through interactive media and original artifacts, illuminating how the game has stayed true to its traditions and where it has diverged. The exhibition highlights the ongoing conversations and connections between baseball’s rugged past and its refined present. Baseball Americana was made possible by the generous support of the Library of Congress Third Century Fund, the James Madison Council, and Democracy Fund. South Gallery, Thomas Jefferson Building.
  • Art in Action: Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times. Through August 27, 2019.

    This exhibition was inspired by original drawings created for distribution in newspapers by Herbert L. Block (1909–2001), who won three Pulitzer Prizes and became known simply as "Herblock." During Herblock's seventy-two-year career, he created incisive editorial cartoons about life-changing events, controversial issues, and public figures. Art in Action thematically pairs Herblock's political cartoons with artists' prints, drawings, and posters. These juxtapositions underscore how various artists across time and place can be kindred spirits in expressing concerns about the world they inhabit.

    All works in this exhibition are from the Prints and Photographs Division collections at the Library of Congress. The generous support of the Herb Block Foundation has made possible an ongoing series of triennial exhibitions based on the Library's extensive archive of Herblock's work. Graphic Arts Galleries, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building.
  • Exploring the Early Americas. Ongoing exhibition, opened December 12, 2007. Features selections from the more than 3,000 rare maps, documents, paintings, prints, and artifacts that make up the Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress. It provides insight into indigenous cultures, the drama of the encounters between Native Americans and European explorers and settlers, and the pivotal changes caused by the meeting of the American and European worlds. The exhibition includes two extraordinary maps by Martin Waldseemüller created in 1507 and 1516, which depict a world enlarged by the presence of the Western Hemisphere. The Jay I. Kislak Collection and exhibition were made possible by Madison Council member Jay I. Kislak (1922-2018) and the Jay and Jean Kislak Foundation. Northwest Gallery, Thomas Jefferson Building.
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