1998-1999 Season Schedule
All concerts started at 8:00 pm unless otherwise noted.
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|October 1 and 2, 1998
JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET
Now well into its second half-century, the Juilliard won rave reviews
at home and abroad for its 1997-98 season, which introduced the
group's new second violinist, Ronald Copes. "Juilliard String
Quartet lives up to legendary status," wrote the Cincinnati
Enquirer; "...incredible virtuosity and artistic skill,"
was Die Welt's verdict.
The Juilliard will play the Library's Stradivari
instruments in Felix Mendelssohn's Quartet in A major, Op. 13; Dmitri
Shostakovich's Quartet No. 3 in F major, Op. 73, and Maurice Ravel's
Quartet in F major.
|October 16, 1998
AL AYRE ESPAÑOL
The recipient of awards from Gramophone and Diapason D'Or, Al Ayre
Español appears regularly at important early music festivals
across Europe, in Utrecht, Stuttgart, Madrid, Barcelona, and the
Festival of Flanders.
Marta Almajano, soprano; Carlos Mena, countertenor:
Lluís Vilamajó, tenor; Jordi Ricart,
baritone; Barry Sargent, violin; Tjamke Roelofs,
violin; Richte van der Meer, violoncello; Juan Carlos
Rivera, archlute/guitar; Luz Martín León-Tello,
A stellar vocal quartet paired with a quintet
of period instrumentalists, Al Ayre Español makes its official
U.S. debut at the Library of Congress with "Flores de Música:
Music of 18th-century Spain." Goldberg magazine notes that
conductor Eduardo López Banzo is turning a revealing spotlight
on Spanish 17th-century masters; you'll hear villancicos, passacalles,
and cantadas by Joseph de Torres, Francisco Pascual, Juan Manuel
de la Puente, Antonio de Literes, and Joseph de San Juan.
|October 22, 1998
DAVID & SOLOMON
A spectacular double bill presented in collaboration
with the Embassy of Israel, David and Solomon brings together one
of Israel's most famous performers, singer David De'or, with Habrera
Hativit (The Gathering) and another Israeli star vocalist, Schlomo
Bar. Using hand drums, Persian sentur, accordion, electric guitar,
jambush, classical Indian drums, flutes, and violins, this eclectic
and original ensemble's performances provide a unique perspective
on the richness of Israel's ethnic music.
Sponsored by the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce, the concert
is part of Zion's Call, a special series of Library of Congress
events celebrating Israel at 50, the fiftieth anniversary of the
state of Israel.
|October 23, 1998
An impressive foursome makes its formal debut at the Library: violinist
Ida Kavafian, violist Steven Tenenbom, cellist
Peter Wiley, and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott.
These much-admired artists are veterans or present members of some
of the world's most prestigious chamber groups-the Chamber Music
Society of Lincoln Center, Tashi, the Beaux Arts Trio and the Orion
Opus One is the result of a mutual joy of musicmaking
among four extraordinary instrumentalists and friends. Join them
for Ned Rorem's Autumn Music; Stephen Hartke's "King
of the Sun" Quartet for Piano and Strings, and the Quartet
in E-flat major, Op. 87 by Antonín Dvorák.
|October 24, 1998
MASTER CLASS WITH IDA KAVAFIAN
Ms. Kavafian will work with students from
the school's honors program and young artists from the community.
The two-hour class will be open to the public, and students and
music lovers at all levels are welcome.
Presented in cooperation with the Levine School of Music as
part of the Lillian R. Spracker Master Class Series.
November 6, 1998
AXEL STRAUSS, violin and
ROHAN DESILVA, piano
The 1998 Walter W. Naumburg Violin Award tops the list of prizes
won by the twenty-four year old German violinist Axel Strauss, in
a travelogue of competitions -- Stresa (Italy), Kocian (Czechoslovakia),
Wieniawski (Poland), Varga (Switzerland) and Germany's Bach Festival.
With pianist Rohan deSilva, Axel Strauss makes
his Washington debut in the Coolidge Auditorium, performing works
by J. S. Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Arnold Schoenberg, Erich Korngold,
and Henryk Wieniawski.
6:30 p.m., Pre-concert Lecture -- Mr. Strauss's recital will be
introduced with an informal guest lecture by a familiar figure,
Robert Mann, the former first violinist of the Juilliard String
Quartet. Mr. Mann is president of the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation.
| November 18, 1998
ARDITTI STRING QUARTET with URSULA
"...virtuosic mastery of nearly unplayable repertoire..."
- The Globe and Mail
"To each work...Oppens brings both a formidable technique
and an unerring ear for seductive sonority." - Time
"Magnificent" is The London Times judgement on the Arditti
Quartet's performances of the music of Elliott Carter, considered
America's most distinguished living composer. The Arditti's partner
for this rare Washington visit is Ursula Oppens, who has won equal
renown as a sterling interpreter of the established repertoire and
as a champion of contemporary composers.
These superb new music advocates join their
considerable forces to premiere Mr. Carter's 1998 Quintet for Piano
and String Quartet, a Library of Congress commission, in a concert
honoring his 90th birthday. The new Carter work shares the program
with Ludwig van Beethoven's Sonata in A-flat major, Op. 110, and
the Grosse Fuge, Op. 133, from his Quartet in B-flat major, Op.
|November 19, 1998
KRISTALLNACHT REMEMBRANCE CONCERT
Paul Traver conducts, with Rosa Lamoureaux, soprano;
Patricia Green, alto; Robert Petillo, tenor; and
bass-baritone Donald Boothman.
"A time to weep-a time to build"
is the motto for a special concert marking the 60th anniversary
of the Kristallnacht destruction in Germany. The distinguished Dresden
String Quartet, members of the Dresden Staatskapelle, will
perform Felix Mendelssohn's Quartet in A major, Op. 13; Erwin Schulhoff's
Five Pieces for String Quartet; and premiere a work by the young
German composer Karsten Gundermann, Weihe des Hauses (Dedication
of the House). The evening centers on the world premiere of a Library
of Congress commission: Herman Berlinski's cantata Maskir Neshamoth
(In Remembrance of the Soul), for flute, vocal quartet, string quartet,
and percussion. Texts are drawn from a wealth of sources: the Psalms,
Hebrew and Spanish medieval poems, and poetry by modern authors
including Nelly Sachs, Arnold Schoenberg, and Paul Celan.
Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of the Federal
Republic of Germany.
|November 20, 1998
THE MOTOWN SOUND: A SYMPOSIUM
|A scholarly focus on the American vernacular brings
The Motown Sound to the Library of Congress, in a symposium featuring
a group of notables from its golden years. Claudette Robinson and
Bobby Rogers of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, songwriter and producer
William "Mickey" Stevenson, choreographer Cholly Atkins,
and a former Motown Vice President and Director of the Motown Historical
Museum, Esther Edwards, take a look at the history of the company's
artistic development and its seminal influence on American popular
|December 18, 1998
Antonio Stradivari Anniversary
Concert - JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET
For more than six decades, the resident string
quartet of the Library of Congress has presented a concert honoring
master Italian instrument maker Antonio Stradivari on the anniversary
of his death. Continuing a tradition established by its predecessor,
the Budapest String Quartet, the Juilliard plays the Whittall Stradivari
instruments in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Quartet in D minor, K.
421; Elliott Carter's Quartet No. 5; and Ludwig van Beethoven's
Quartet in F major, Op. 59, No. 1.
6:30 p.m., Pre-concert Lecture: The Stradivari Society presents
a pre-concert lecture-demonstration with special guest violinist,
Janice Martin. The Society's President, Geoffrey Fushi, will discuss
the characteristics of Antonio Stradivari's instruments, often investigated,
but never quite identifiable.
|February 12, 1999
CECIL TAYLOR, piano
Cecil Taylor's name seems to evoke nature
imagery from many critics; his playing has been said to resemble
Niagara Falls, a volcano, a great river, thunderheads, a high wind,
and a stampede. A brilliant improviser, composer and pianist, Taylor
was voted the number one pianist in the DownBeat critics' poll for
nine consecutive years. A giant figure in the jazz avant-garde,
he shared with Ornette Coleman the charge of freeing jazz from the
restraints of convention, creating a complex vocabulary that produces
a rich tapestry of texture and rhythmic accent.
|February 19, 1999
THE METAMORPHOSEN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
- Scott Yoo, conductor ; Karol Bennett, soprano
"Metamorphosen is a marvel...intonation is flawless, ensemble
is silky smooth; Yoo steers his colleagues with superior interpretive
ideas." - The San Francisco Examiner
"Bennett was altogether extraordinary. She has...an ability
to shape a musical line through dynamics and rhythm that is at once
instinctive and profound." - The Boston Globe
The five-year-old Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra is one of the
finest chamber orchestras performing today, admired for "the
poise and sound of a virtuoso string ensemble...[with] plenty of
those ineffable qualities of musicianship, such as vitality, conviction
and excitement." (The Boston Globe)
Deriving its name and inspiration from Richard
Strauss's Metamorphosen for 23 Solo Strings, the orchestra
programs new and unfamiliar works side-by-side with masterpieces;
Felix Mendelssohn's String Symphony No. 11 in F major shares the
program with Earl Kim's Three Songs for soprano and string orchestra,
Anthony Brandt's Breathing Room (1998), and the world premiere
performance of a Library of Congress commission by Donald Sur.
|February 25 and 26, 1999
JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET
"...irresistible power, nuance, and vision...detail and architecture
at a level that defines the best of chamber music." - The
The Juilliard will play the Library's Stradivari
instruments in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Quartet in A major, K.
464; Arnold Schoenberg's Quartet No. 3, Op. 30; and Bedrich Smetana:
Quartet No. 1 in E minor ("From My Life").
|February 27, 1999
KIM KASHKASHIAN, viola and PETER
Virtuosic violist Kim Kashkashian is hailed internationally as
an artist of formidable talent. Impeccable technique, a profound
musical intelligence, and an intense personal conviction produce
what The New York Times has described as "an almost
human quality and emotional force from her instrument."
*Robert Schumann: Fantasiestücke,
* Dmitri Shostakovich: Sonata, Op. 147
* Claude Debussy: Rhapsody No. 1 for viola and piano
* Johannes Brahms: Sonata in F minor, Op. 120, No. 1
|March 19, 1999
||MUSIC FROM THE GREAT LAKES CHAMBER
MUSIC FESTIVAL - James Tocco, piano ; Miriam Fried, violin
; St. Lawrence String Quartet
Pianist and Artistic Director James Tocco
and a group of colleagues from the youthful Great Lakes Chamber
Music Festival perform two strikingly colorful and seldom-heard
chamber works: Darius Milhaud's jazzy La Création du
monde, from 1923, arranged for piano quintet; and Ernest Chausson's
opulent Concerto for violin, piano, and string quartet, Op. 21.
Plus a violin and piano duo, Night Music, by the Festival's
composer-in-residence for 1999, Ned Rorem.
Saturday, March 20, 11:00 a.m.- James Tocco Master Class, presented
in collaboration with the Levine School of Music.
|April 6, 1999
GERRY MULLIGAN CELEBRATION
The Library of Congress celebrates the birthday
of composer, saxophonist and bandleader Gerry Mulligan, and the
acquisition of his personal music collection, with an all-Mulligan
concert. Come for an evening of chamber-sized Mulligan pieces played
by a septet headlined by his friend and colleague, trombonist Bob
Brookmeyer. Trumpeter Randy Brecker, saxophonists
Scott Robinson and Dick Oatts join longtime Mulligan
quartet players Ted Rosenthal, bassist Dean Johnson,
and drummer Ron Vincent in a retrospective of milestone
|April 8, 1999
RINALDO ALESSANDRINI, harpsichord
New to American audiences, harpsichordist and conductor Rinaldo
Alessandrini has earned tremendous acclaim in Europe for thoughtful
and revealing performances and recordings of Baroque masterpieces
with his Concerto Italiano.
|Traveling from Rome to open a year-long Library
of Congress festival celebrating Italian music and musicians, Alessandrini
offers a solo recital of works by Girolamo Frescobaldi, Giovanni Picchi,
Tarquinio Merula, Andrea Gabrieli, Bernardo Storace, Alessandro Scarlatti,
and Michelangelo Rossi. Presented under the auspices of the Mae and
Irving Jurow Fund.
|April 9, 1999
MASADA STRING TRIO
Dark, passionate and evocative music from a trio of major avante-garde
players: violinist Mark Feldman, bassist Greg Cohen,
and cellist Eric Friedlander.
Inspired by the creative genius of John Zorn,
the Masada ensembles are an ongoing voyage of exploration. Zorn's
original compositions excavate and expand elements of traditional
Jewish music and philosophy, putting aside intellectual barriers
to forge a synthesis of stylistic influences as wide-ranging as
jazz, popular and art music, the cinema of the Far East, and the
French New Wave. The artists unwrap a new Masada commission from
the Library of Congress.
|April 15 and 16, 1999
BEAUX ARTS TRIO
"Among the world's piano trios, there is none better..."
- The New York Times
Pianist Menahem Pressler has two new partners
in the trio he founded in 1955; violinist Young Uck Kim and cellist
Antonio Meneses are newcomers to the trio but well-established stars
in the international music world. This is their first appearance
at the Library of Congress, where the Beaux Arts Trio has been in
residence since 1982. Beethoven's Trio WoO39, Rorem's Night
Music, Shostakovich's Trio, Op. 67, and the Trio in F minor,
Op. 65 by Dvorak will be heard.
|April 21 and 22, 1999
JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET
Ludwig van Beethoven's Quartet in C-sharp
minor, Op. 131, is the centerpiece of the Juilliard's spring concerts.
With pianist Alan Feinberg, the quartet's two violinists shine in
performances of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Quartet in E-flat
major, K. 493 (Joel Smirnoff) and Ernst Bacon's Sonata for violin
and piano (Ronald Copes).
|April 29, 1999
ROMAIN GUYOT, clarinet and EMMANUEL
"His sonority is a dream; his phrasing is sustained by immense
breath control, and his articulation is that of a bel canto singer."
- Le Monde
Elegance, musicality and the ability to create "a real air
of magic" are hallmarks of clarinetist Romain Guyot's expressive
performing style. A winner of the 1996 Young Concert Artists International
Auditions, Mr. Guyot was named principal clarinetist of the Paris
Opera Orchestra at age 22; he is also a member of the Paris Bastille
Wind Octet and the Claude Debussy Wind Quintet, prizewinners at
recent competitions in Munich and Tokyo.
Music by Johannes Brahms, Francis Poulenc, and Alban Berg,
presented under the auspices of the Library's Isenbergh Clarinet
|April 30, 1999
Clarity, radiance, and an expert command of classic period style
characterize the brilliant Paris-based Quatuor Mosaïques. Specialists
in the music of the Viennese masters, the ensemble is perhaps the
finest period instrument quartet performing today.
Appearing to tremendous acclaim in Europe,
the artists come to the U.S. for the first time this season, with
a program that centers on Franz Joseph Haydn's Quartet in B-flat
major, Op. 76, No. 4, and closes with Franz Schubert's "Rosamunde,"
|May 10, 1999
GEORGE RUSSELL AND THE LIVING TIME ORCHESTRA
At 75, composer, theorist, and bandleader
George Russell has been a provocative and intriguing figure for
more than five decades. Winner of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship
prize and the recipient of commissions from many prestigious international
presenters, Russell is renowned for his innovative Lydian Chromatic
Concept of Tonal Organization, influential well beyond the boundaries
of jazz. Don't miss the chance to hear a new Library of Congress
commission from Russell, on tour from England with his Living Time
Orchestra for a few stops in the U.S. this spring.
|May 14, 1999
BRENTANO STRING QUARTET with MITSUKO
"Mitsuko Uchida...sublime." - The Cleveland Plain
"...superbly blended, seamlessly phrased, interpretively
insightful playing." - The Toronto Star
The extraordinary pianist Mitsuko Uchida
makes a rare chamber appearance with the Brentano String
Quartet, in a program to be presented only at the Library of
Congress, the Louvre, the Sydney Opera House, and London's Wigmore
Hall. Henry Purcell: Four Fantasias for String Quartet; Franz Joseph
Haydn: Quartet in E-flat, Op. 71, No. 3; Johannes Brahms: Quintet
for piano and strings, Op. 34.