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February 16, 1993

Library of Congress Opens 1993 Series of Winter, Spring Chamber Concerts

The Beaux Arts Trio makes its first 1993 appearances in the Library of Congress Chamber series when it performs identical programs Thursday and Friday, February 25 and 26, in the National Academy of Sciences Auditorium, 2100 C St. NW, Washington, DC. The group will play Beethoven's Trio in D major, Op. 70, No. 1; Roots II, a new work written for the Beaux Arts Trio by David Baker; and the Trio in E minor, Op. 90, by Dvorak.

The Coolidge Auditorium, in the Library of Congress's Jefferson Building, which has been the home of the Library's chamber music concerts since their inception in 1925, remains under renovation. The concerts are free (no tickets are required) and seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. All performances will begin at 8 p.m. The Academy's auditorium seats 670 persons and is barrier- free. On concert nights, the building opens at 7 and the auditorium at 7:30.

Concerts offered this spring will feature -- in addition to the Library's longtime resident ensembles, the Beaux Arts Trio and the Juilliard String Quartet -- The Theater of Voices, the instrumental ensemble Newband, the Borromeo String Quartet, harpsichordist Yoko Mori with flutist Rebecca Troxler, pianist Awadagin Pratt with the Mendelssohn String Quartet, and the Mingus Big Band.

The series began February 4 and 5, with the Juilliard String Quartet and violist Michael Tree. On Friday evening, March 5, the Library of Congress welcomes The Theater of Voices to its concert series in a program that will feature works of acclaimed Estonian composer Arvo Part. This recently created vocal ensemble consists of soprano Judith Nelson, countertenor Drew Minter, tenor Paul Elliott, baritone Paul Hillier, and organist John Butt.

The innovative contemporary music ensemble Newband will perform on Friday evening, March 19. The group -- which performs on several instruments from the famous collection of composer Harry Partch as well those of its own design -- will present works of Partch, John Cage, Elizabeth Brown, Dean Drummond, and Anne LeBaron. The Borromeo String Quartet will appear on Friday evening, March 26. The winner of the 1991 Young Concert Artists Auditions, the talented ensemble will perform the Quartet No. 1, Op.7, by Bela Bartok, the seldom heard Quartet in E minor by Giuseppe Verdi, and Beethoven's Quartet in C major, Op. 59, No.3.

Harpsichordist Yoko Mori will make her first appearance in the Library's concert series on Friday evening, April 1. Ms. Mori is the 1991 first prize winner of the Southeastern Historical Society Competition and will present a program of works by J.C. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, J.S. Bach, Telemann, and Handel. Appearing with Ms. Mori will be baroque flutist Rebecca Troxler and Baroque bassoonist James Bolyard.

The Juilliard String Quartet with pianist Gilbert Kalish will perform on Thursday and Friday evenings, April 8 and 9. The concert will feature the Quartet in C major, Op. 74, No. 1, by Haydn, and the premier performance of the Duo for Violin and Piano by Robert Stern, played by Joel Smirnoff and Mr. Kalish. The concert will end with the Quintet in F minor, Op. 34, by Brahms.

The spring series will continue on May 14 with a concert by pianist Awadagin Pratt and the Mendelssohn String Quartet. This concert inaugurates the Carolyn Royall Just Fund, an endowment in the Music Division of the Library of Congress. Mr. Pratt is the first prize winner of the 1992 Walter W. Naumburg Award and a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, and he will make his first Washington appearance in this concert.

The Mingus Big Band will perform on June 4, celebrating the acquisition of the Charles Mingus Collection by the Library of Congress. Sue Mingus, widow of the composer, and jazz scholar Andrew Homzy have programmed works from the early years of Charles Mingus's career and have unearthed compositions that will be performed for the first time since the late 1940s.

Besides the Just Fund, these concerts are also supported by the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation, the William and Adeline Croft Fund, the Da Capo Fund, the Mae and Irving Jurow Fund, the Boris and Sonya Kroyt Fund, the McKim Fund, the Norman P. Scala Fund, and the Gertrude Clarke Whittall Foundation. The National Academy of Sciences offers its own 12th season of free concerts this year. The Academy's concert series is produced by Arts in the Academy and features performances by its resident chamber ensemble, National Musical Arts.

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PR 93-015
ISSN 0731-3527

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