All concerts started at 8:00 pm unless otherwise noted.
||Artist / Event
| October 11, 2000
CARTER BREY, Cello and CHRISTOPHER O'RILEY, Piano
Two of today's most engaging and gifted artists, in a musical partnership
that has been unanimously acclaimed as one of the most creative
collaborations, marked by "elegance, refinement, and the highest
standards of musicianship." (The Milwaukee Sentinel)
* Beethoven: Variations on Ein Madchen
oder Weibchen, op. 66
* Beethoven: Sonata no. 4 in C Major, op. 102, no. 1
* Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano
* Poulenc: Cello Sonata
|October 12 and 13, 2000
JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET
In the third season of its current formation, the Library's distinguished
quartet-in-residence returns to play with an "aerobic generosity
of approach...in a style that is large, generous, and aggressive."
(The Boston Globe)
* Mendelssohn: Four Pieces for String
Quartet, op. 81
* Ruth Crawford-Seeger: Quartet for Strings
* Beethoven: Quartet in E-flat Major, op. 127
|October 14, 2000
||MUSIC OF DAVE DOUGLAS
JazzTimes Magazine 1999 Artist of the Year,
trumpeter-composer Dave Douglas, whose "defiantly uncategorizable
music" has been described as a meeting of "European folk
and classical ideas in a downtown NY jazz/free improv classroom"
(Downbeat) makes his Library of Congress debut with two of his groups,
Charms of the Night Sky and The Tiny Bell Trio.
( World premiere commissioned by the McKim Fund in the Library
of Congress )
|October 14, 2000 at 3:00p.m.
||SONGFEST - WORKSHOP
Augmented 8: The First 50 Years
(Part of "I Hear America Singing")
|As part of its fiftieth anniversary celebration,
the Washington, D.C. chapter of Spring Sing will hold a Songfest-Workshop
on a cappella close-harmony arrangements of American popular songs,
spirituals, rock and roll, do-wop, Broadway musicals, and contemporary
|October 30, 2000
Founder's Day Concert with FLUX QUARTET
Composed of four young virtuosos -- trained in the classics but
grew up with MTV -- with "lots of ideas and clearly enjoy making
music together" (New York Times), this exciting string quartet
pays tribute to the legacy of the visionary Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge.
* Webern: String Quartet, op. 28
* Weill: String Quartet no. 1, op. 8
* Cornelius Dufallo: Afterimage
* John Zorn: Cat O’Nine Tails
November 10, 2000
ACCENTUS CHAMBER CHOIR directed
by Laurence Equilbey
"Magical, poetic, subtle, and elegant are the epithets that
come spontaneously to mind" (Classica) in describing this outstanding
French a cappella choir--among the elite of vocal ensembles-- bringing
its technical precision and the richness and clarity of its sound
to its first appearance in the United States.
* Poulenc: Un soir de neige; Figure
* Mahler-Gottwald: Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen
* Mahler-Pesson: Kein deutscher Himmel
*Schoenberg: Friede auf Erden
* Barber: Agnus Dei
(Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of France)
|November 14, 2000 at 2:00p.m.
ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Playing orchestral works without a conductor but with the "intense
concentration and hair-trigger mutual responsiveness"(New York
Times) of a chamber ensemble, Orpheus performs music of Aaron Copland
for a special worldwide live NPR broadcast in the opening concert
of the Library's Copland Centenary celebrations.
* Roberto Sierra: Fanfarria, Aria
y Movimiento Perpetuo for Violin and Piano (Guillermo Figueroa,
Violin; Margaret Kampmeier, Piano) (Commissioned by the McKim
Fund in the Library of Congress)
* Aaron Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man ; Ceremonial
Fanfare (U. S. Marine Band conducted by Capt. Michael Colbume)
* Aaron Copland: Cat and Mouse ; Midday Thoughts ; "Jazzy"
from Three Moods ; Down a Country Lane (Michael Boriskin, Piano)
* Aaron Copland:"Simple Gifts" and "At the
River" from Old American Songs (N'kege Simpson, Soprano; Michael
* Aaron Copland: Quiet City (Solos: Carl Albach, Trumpet;
Matthew Dine, English Horn)
* Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring; Midday Thoughts (orchestrated
by David Del Tredici) (Commissioned for the Orpheus Chamber
Orchestra by National Public Radio and the Aaron Copland Fund for
Music in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Copland's birth)
* Aaron Copland: Three Latin American Sketches - "Estribillo"
~ "Paisaje mexicano" ~ "Danza de Jalisco" ;
"Hoe Down" from Rodeo (Orpheus Chamber Orchestra)
This broadcast was made in part by public funds from the National
Endowment for the Arts
|November 16, 2000
LE CONCERT DES NATIONS directed
by Jordi Savall
Composed of international artists, this period instrument chamber
orchestra forms the triumvirate of music groups -- along with Hesperion
XX and La Capella Reial de Catalunya -- founded by the universally-acclaimed
performer, scholar, and teacher Jordi Savall, who has been at the
vanguard of a revitalizing approach to early music within the last
* Lully: Suite d’orchestre d’Alceste
* Marais: Alcione Suite des Airs a jouer
* J. S. Bach: Overture-Suite IV in D Major, BWV 1069
* Cabanilles: Suite Imperial
* Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks
|November 18, 2000 at 2:00p.m.
"COPLAND AT THE MILLENNIUM"
A reflection on Aaron Copland's role in American
music history, this symposium will review current research and new
discoveries in celebration his centenary and his centrality in twentieth-century
American music and culture.
(Part of the Library's Copland Centennial Celebration)
|November 18, 2000 at 6:00p.m.
MUSIC FROM THE COPLAND HOUSE
directed by Michael Boriskin and Paul Lustig Dunkel
Derek Bermel, Clarinet ; Michael Boriskin, Piano ;
Paul Lustig Dunkel, Flute ; Nicholas Kitchen, Violin ; Wilhelmina
Smith, Cello / Guest Artists: Jennifer Frautschi, Violin ; Hsin-Yun
Inspired by Copland's fervent lifelong advocacy of American music,
the resident chamber ensemble of the composer's residence during
the last thirty years of his life gives the closing concert of the
Library's Copland Centennial Celebration: an all-Copland program.
* Aaron Copland: Duo for Flute and
Piano (1967-71) (Flowing; Poetic, somewhat mournful; Lively, with
* Aaron Copland: Quartet for Piano and Strings (1950)
(Adagio serio; Allegro giusto; Non troppo lento)
* Aaron Copland: Two Threnodies for Flute, Violin, Viola,
and Cello (I: In Memoriam Igor Stravinsky (1971); II: In Memoriam
Beatrice Cunningham (1973))
* Aaron Copland: Sextet for string quartet, clarinet and
piano (1931-33, arranged 1937) (Allegro vivace; Lento; Precise and
|December 1, 2000
Among the illustrious string quartets in the world today, the Wihan
Quartet typifies the best traditions of the Czech quartet school
-- sound that is "beautifully balanced, centered in warm, dark
regions of tone color, and musical in every part." (New York
* Beethoven: Quartet op. 18, no.
* Janacek: Quartet no. 1
* Dvorák: Quartet in F Major, op. 96 “American”
|December 8, 2000
MIRÓ STRING QUARTET
"An American group with technical wizardry and spunk"
(Toronto Globe and Mail) -- this group of young American musicians
has rapidly established itself as one of the most sought-after ensembles
in the country, whose performances are "always poised, judicious,
and balanced, avoiding the pitfalls of easy sentiment and gratuitous
emotion." (Calgary Herald)
* Barber: Quartet, op. 11
* Maurice Gardner: Quartet no. 4
* Schubert: Quartet “Death and the Maiden”
|December 18 and 19, 2000
JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET with Yefim
Joining the Library's quartet-in-residence for the Shostakovich
Piano Quintet, Bronfman -- celebrated for his muscular performances
of the concerto repertoire -- conveys most felicitously a "mature
and reflective musicianship" (New York Times) in his chamber
* Mendelssohn: Quartet in E-flat
Major, op. 44, no. 3
* Otto Luening: Opera Fantasia (McKim Fund commission)
* Shostakovich: Piano Quintet
|Mondays and Tuesdays, January 8-25, 2001 at 7:00p.m.
||LOUIS ARMSTRONG ON FILM AND TELEVISION
||The Jazz Film Series is a presentation of the
Music Division and the Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded
Sound Division in the Library of Congress.
|February 1, 2001
Playing of "exceptional freshness and distinction ... vital
and consummate musicianship" (Daily Telegraph) has been the
hallmark of the Prazak Quartet, acclaimed throughout Europe, North
America, Japan, and Australia -- musicmaking that "touched
the heart constantly." (De Telegraaf)
* Zemlinsky: Quartet no. 1
* Janacek: Quartet no. 2
* Dvorak: Quartet op. 105
|February 17, 2001 at 2:00p.m.
ISRAEL CAMERATA JERUSALEM directed by Avner Biron
with Ilya Itin, Piano
The ensemble's "effortless virtuosity, tight instrumental
balances, and broad dynamic palette" (Los Angeles Times) is
complemented by Ilya Itin's "wonderful range of color ... imaginative
texture and phrasing, and supreme technical command." (The
* Elgar: Introduction and Allegro,
* Mozart: Piano Concerto no. 27 in B-flat Major
* Sierra: Fanfarria, Aria y Movimento Perpetuo (McKim commission)
* Haydn: Symphony no. 78 in C Minor
|February 24, 2001 at 2:00p.m.
A truly "excellent group, full of musical life, sonorous and
well-balanced" (The New York Times), the Lark Quartet boasts
of an extensive string repertoire ranging from Schumann to Schnittke,
and has gained critical praise for its collaborations with artists
of diverse genres such as Peter Schickele, Bill T. Jones, and the
San Francisco Ballet.
* Jay Aaron Kernis: Quartet no. 2
* Amy Beach: String Quartet
* William Bolcom: Rags
* Gershwin: Lullaby
|March 2, 2001
ANDREAS STAIER, Harpsichord
"Virtuosic vigor...delicate whimsy...and dramatic impulse"
(Boston Globe) are qualities found in Andreas Staier's impeccable
taste and technically flawless playing -- indeed one of the very
few great specialists of both harpsichord and fortepiano.
* Maximo Lopez: Varianiones del Fandango
* Sebastián de Albero: Recercata; Fuga; Sonata in
* Josep Galales: selections from sonatas 9, 17 and 16
* D. Scarlatti: selections from sonatas K. 490, K. 491,
K. 492, K. 394, K. 215 and K. 216
* José Ferrer: Adagio in G Minor; Sonata Andantino
in G Minor
* Antonio Soler: Fandango
|March 6, 2001
CONCERTO PALATINO (period brass ensemble)
With "consummate technique, intonation, and ensemble"(
Early Music), this period-instrument group based in Bologna, Italy
has raised the benchmark for the revival of seventeenth-century
music for cornetti and trombones, especially in its innovative and
incisive performance of Venetian music.
* Wind Music for the Doge: Venetian
Instrumental Music, 1580-1660
* Francesco Usper: Sinfonia à 6 Vulnerasti cor meum
* G. Gabrieli: selections
* Merulo: Canzon 23 à 5
* Ascanio Trombetti detto “Ascanio del Cornetto”:
Da Pacem Domine
* Cavalli: Sonata à 6; Priuli: Sonata à 6
(da Sacrorium Concentuum)
* Benedetto Rè: Canzon à 4 in risposta
* Cesare: Ecco à 3 G.
* Gabrieli: Canzon à 6
|March 9, 2001
ENSEMBLE WIEN-BERLIN with Elena Bashkirova, Piano
Combining the best of the Viennese and German schools of woodwind
artistry, Ensemble Wien-Berlin performs with a tonal and musical
homogeneity that blends each soloist's personality and ideas into
a vibrant whole -- joined in its Washington, D.C. debut by a frequent
guest pianist of the world's leading orchestras.
* Mozart: Quintet in E-flat Major
for Piano and Winds, K. 452
* Ligeti: Ten Pieces for Wind Quintet
* Nielsen: Quintet for Winds, F. 100, op. 43
* Poulenc: Sextet for Piano and Winds
|March 16, 2001
||"FROM THE DIARY OF SALLY HEMINGS"
In the world premiere of a new song cycle by William Bolcom
with text by playwright Sandra Seaton, mezzo-soprano Florence Quivar's
"burnished, seductive voice" (Houston Voice) brings to
life this imaginative recreation of a complex, vital Sally Hemings
who refuses to be identified merely as Jefferson's mistress.
|March 23, 2001
CONCERTANTE CHAMBER PLAYERS with John Manasse, Clarinet
and Randall Scarlata, Baritone
"An awesome display of energy, intensity, and musical ability"
(Harrisburg Patriot-News) marks the performances of these musicians,
one of ten young ensembles which Chamber Music America described
as "plugged in, self-confident, and savvy" members of
Generation X and beyond who are on the cutting edge of chamber music.
* Clarke: Prelude, Allegro, and Pastorale
for Viola and Clarinet
* Barber: Dover Beach
* Steven Gerber: Spirituals for Clarinet and String Quartet
* Brahms: Sextet no. 2 in G Major, op. 36
|April 6, 2001
Three young artists possessing a "near-telepathic musical
sensibility and...an impressive display of ensemble, line, and dynamic"
(The Strad), the members of this Parisian trio are brillliant musicians
in their own right, whose collective performances are a "marvelous
surprise" (Buenos Aires Herald).
* Haydn: Trio in C Major, Hob. XV
* Mendelssohn: Trio in C Minor, op. 66
* LeBaron: Devil in the Belfry (McKim commission)
* Chausson: Trio in G Minor. op. 3
|April 19 and 20, 2001
JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET with Seymour Lipkin, Piano
For its final performance of the season, the Juilliard is joined
by a pianist praised for his "wise, subtle, and assured playing"
(Boston Globe) in the world premiere of a work by American composer
Ralph Shapey, commissioned by the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress.
* Mendelssohn: String Quartet in
F minor, Op. 80
* George Rochberg: Sonata for Violin and Piano (Joel Smirnoff,
* Dvorak: Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81
|April 26 and 27, 2001
BEAUX ARTS TRIO
With a tradition of ensemble virtuosity that has remained unbroken
since the group's original founding, the Library's trio-in-residence
-- renowned for its "sensitive musicianship and enthusiastic
drive" (Berkshire Eagle) -- returns with founding member Menahem
Pressler, joined by his new partners, violinist Young Uck Kim and
cellist Antonio Meneses.
* Haydn: Trio in A Major, H.XV, no.
* Luening: Opera Fantasia (McKim Commission)
* Beethoven: Trio in G Major, op. 1, no. 2
* Schubert: Trio in E Major, D. 929, op. 100
|May 4, 2001
||Virtuoso clarinetist, jazz scholar and curator of BAM's Next Wave
Festival, Don Byron is "one of modern music's most challenging
tricksters," (Jazziz) eluding categorization in a quest for what
he calls "a sound without genre." His Library of Congress
commission will explore music from Robert Schumann and Leonard Bernstein
to Ornette Coleman, Stevie Wonder and Roy Orbison.
|May 11, 2001
MUSIC OF IRVING FINE
An American composer "whose revival is long overdue"
(New York Times), Irving Fine -- whose music struck Virgil Thomson
with its "unusual melodic grace -- is paid tribute in this
special concert by exceptionally talented violinist Ida Kavafian,
the exciting Zéphyros Wind Quintet, and a chamber choir directed
by Norman Scribner.
* Sonata for Violin - Ida Kavafian
* Violin Partita - Zephyros Wind Quintet
* Choral Selections - Chamber Choir, directed by Norman
|May 19, 2001 at 2:00p.m.
FREDERICK FENNELL CONDUCTS MUSIC FOR WIND ENSEMBLE
For his special appearance at the Library of Congress, where he
has recorded a landmark series of nineteenth-century band music
using period instruments, Frederick Fennell -- founder of the famed
Eastman Wind Ensemble -- will conduct music written for winds and
brass in the intimate setting of Coolidge Auditorium.
* Grainger: Duke of Marlborough Fanfare
* Blackwood: Symphony no. 1 for Winds
* Wilder: Suite of selected wind works
* Hartley: Concerto for 23 Winds Music for Fife and Drums
(F. Fennel, drums)
* Favorite Sousa Marches
|May 26, 2001
SAN FRANCISCO CONTEMPORARY MUSIC PLAYERS
For thirty years a champion of new music, this West Coast ensemble
has provided "nourishment for the mind and balm to the soul"
(San Francisco Examiner) with vibrant performances that echo Paris
in the early part of the twentieth century, including commissions
from John Adams, John Cage, Oliver Lake, Mel Powell, Chen Yi and
* Kui Dong: The Blue Melody
* Steven Mackey: Micro-concerto
* Andrew Imbrie: Chicago Bells (McKim Fund commission/premiere)
* George Edwards: The Isle is Full of Noises
|June 6, 2001
NEW YORK FESTIVAL OF SONG directed by Michael Barrett
and Steven Blier
"Wonderful singers always seem just that much more wonderful
when they join up with NYFOS" (New York Times)
|"The Unknown Bernstein": The highly-acclaimed
Grammy Award winning ensemble, which combines musical expertise and
impeccable vocalism in two different programs of American song, bringing
to a close the second year of "I Hear America Singing" --
the musical celebration of the Library's Bicentennial.
|June 20, 2001
||NEW YORK FESTIVAL OF SONG directed by Michael Barrett
and Steven Blier
||"P.G. Wodehouse, Lyricist": Before his career
as a peerless comic novelist, P.G. Wodehouse had another brilliant
career as a lyricist for the songwriters whose shows lit up Broadway
and London's West End -- Jerome Kern, Ivor Novello, and the Gershwin
brothers -- and collaborated with Cole Porter, adapting shows like
Anything Goes for audiences in England. Steven Blier and The New York
Festival of Song explore this fascinating avenue of song history with
vocalists Sylvia McNair and Hal Cazalet, Wodehouse's own great-grandson.