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August 14, 1998

1998-99 Concerts from the Library Series Announced

The 1998-99 Concerts from the Library of Congress series will officially open in the Coolidge Auditorium on October 1-2, with performances by the Library's resident chamber ensemble, the Juilliard String Quartet. Tickets for a 35-event season of concerts, exhibits, films, lectures, master classes, and symposia will be available once again through TicketMaster, for a nominal handling charge.

Tickets will be available from TicketMaster approximately six weeks before each concert, with the exception of the opening Juilliard String Quartet concerts, which will be available August 31.

"Distributing tickets through TicketMaster has allowed us to eliminate many of the inconveniences experienced by our concertgoers in the past--including long, pre-concert lines and the uncertainty of getting into popular events," said Jon Newsom, chief of the Library's Music Division. "This system also allows the Library of Congress to comply with current security regulations for all federal buildings. Since many events sell out quickly, we definitely encourage patrons to try for no-show tickets at the door; we have found that frequently there are empty seats at curtain time."

Tickets will be required for all events in the series, with the exception of noontime concerts and the Library of Congress Jazz Film Series, scheduled for September 9, 16, 23, and 28 in the Library's Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building. To view the Music Division's Season-at-a-Glance schedule of events, please visit the "Concerts from the Library of Congress" Website at:, beginning August 24.

The TicketMaster ticketing system is designed to distribute tickets on the "best available seat" basis. Therefore, the sooner patrons order tickets, the better the seat and the wider the selection. In past seasons, many patrons waiting in line for tickets were turned away for popular concerts. Under the new system, when a concert becomes "sold out," that information will be immediately available when patrons call TicketMaster. Patrons will also be able to choose specific seat locations for events in the Coolidge Auditorium; a seating chart for the Coolidge Auditorium will be printed in the season brochure, which will also include the sale dates for all ticketed events. Patrons are advised to use TicketMaster's Maryland number, (301) 808-6900, for the best response time for Library of Congress events.

Tickets for the Concerts from the Library of Congress series may also be obtained at all TicketMaster outlets, including Hecht's department stores, Tower Records, and Kemp Mill Music, for a $2 service charge per ticket (four-ticket maximum per patron).

For a complete list of outlets, please call TicketMaster at (202) 432-7328, or visit TicketMaster Washington/Baltimore on the World Wide Web at this address: (external link).

TicketMaster phone-charge tickets may be obtained for a $2.75 service charge per ticket plus a $1.25 handling fee per order (four-ticket maximum per patron).

To charge tickets by phone, for the best response time, patrons are advised to call the TicketMaster performing arts operators at (301) 808-6900. Other TicketMaster numbers are (202) 432-7328, (703) 432-7328, (410) 752-1200, or, for toll-free calls outside the Washington, Maryland, and Northern Virginia area, (800)-551-7328.

Offering performances by distinguished ensembles from around the world, the Library's 1998-99 series presents the American debut of Spain's Al Ayre Espaol, a period- instrument ensemble directed by Eduard Lpez Banzo that specializes in Iberian music of the 17th and 18th centuries. "David and Solomon," a spectacular double-bill concert presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Israel, brings together one of Israel's most famous performers, singer David De'or and Habrera Hativit (The Gathering), with Shlomo 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. The program is part of "Zion's Call," a special series of Library of Congress events and an exhibition celebrating Israel at 50.

Superb chamber music performers on the season roster include the award-winning, Paris-based Quatuor Mosaques, the Beaux Arts Trio, the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, directed by Scott Yoo, violist Kim Kashkashian with pianist Robert Levin, and the debut of a new chamber group, Opus One, with familiar and much-admired members: Ida Kavafian, violin; Steven Tenenbom, viola; Peter Wiley, cello; and Anne-Marie McDermott, piano. Young artists new to Washington audiences are the French clarinetist Romain Guyot and a recent Naumburg Award winner, the German violinist Axel Strauss, giving duo recitals this season. And a not-to-be missed trio of performances pairs stellar pianists with chamber forces of varying size: James Tocco with the St. Lawrence Quartet and Miriam Fried; Mitsuko Uchida with the Brentano Quartet, and Ursula Oppens with the Arditti String Quartet, premiering a piano quintet by Elliott Carter, a 1998 Library of Congress commission. The Juilliard String Quartet will be in residence for four pairs of concerts, October 1-2, December 17-18, February 25-26, and April 22- 23.

A collaboration between the Library of Congress and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany marks the 60th anniversary of Kristallnacht with a concert presenting the Dresden String Quartet, composed of four members of the Dresden Staatskapelle; concertgoers will hear music by Mendelssohn and Schulhoff as well as two premieres: a work by a young German composer, Carsten Gundermann, and a memorial cantata by Herman Berlinski, Maskir Neshamoth (In Remembrance of the Soul), for narrator, flute, vocal quartet, and string orchestra. An exhibit accompanying the concert will display manuscripts by Holocaust composers as well as photographs and drawings documenting the rebuilding of synagogues in Dresden and Berlin.

Jazz and new-music concerts will showcase Library of Congress commissions by John Zorn, writing for the Masada Trio, and Cecil Taylor. Bob Brookmeyer and Art Farmer headline a concert that's "Mostly Mulligan," honoring the Library's recent acquisition of the Gerry Mulligan Collection. A scholarly focus on the American vernacular brings the "Motown Sound" to the Library of Congress, in a symposium featuring some of the company's notables from its golden years. Panelists including Claudette Robinson and Bobby Rogers of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and songwriter and producer William "Mickey" Stevenson examine the history of the company's artistic development and its seminal influence on American popular music.

In the Library of Congress Jazz Film Series on September 9, Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog; September 16, Women in Jazz; September 23, Jazz 625; and September 28, the 1997 Vision Festival.

Programs and repertoire are subject to change. For further information about these and other events, please call the Library of Congress Concert Information Line at (202)-707-5502.

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PR 98-126
ISSN 0731-3527

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