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August 15, 2006

Library of Congress Announces 2006-07 Concert Season

Metamorphosis Is the Theme for 35-event Series of Classical to Jazz and Pop, Beowulf to Beethoven and Beyond

The Library of Congress opens a stellar 81st season of free concerts on Oct. 5, adding special theater and dance events to its traditional emphasis on superb chamber music. A tribute to composer Jonathan Larson, creator of “Rent”; Benjamin Bagby’s one man show “Beowulf”; and spoken-word performance artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s “The Living Word” will transform the Library’s historic Coolidge Auditorium into an intimate performance space.

Woven throughout the 35-event season is the theme of metamorphosis—transformation in music and society and the potent music mix that is the 21st century soundscape. “American Creativity: The Composer,” another thematic thread, looks at the intersections of classical music with jazz, pop, rock and roll, folk and world music.

Composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain, described as a “classical experimentalist” whose works reference jazz, rock and roll and hip hop, premieres his Library of Congress McKim Fund commission in March 2007. He appears with The Mission, an electro-acoustic ensemble whose forces include a string quartet, turntables and laptop.

Musical group Opus 21 offers “New Works Inspired by Motown,” a collection of works from composers Fred Hersch, Michael Daugherty, Richard Adams, Eve Beglarian, Tom Knific and Motown pianist Joe Hunter.

Launching a major collaboration with the “Rediscover Northern Ireland Programme” are weeklong residencies for two major Irish performing arts forces: Camerata Ireland, with pianist-conductor Barry Douglas, and the 15-player Brian Irvine Ensemble, an avant-garde orchestra whose members include a sound artist and a rapper.

A Seeger Family Tribute, jointly sponsored by the Library’s Music Division and the American Folklife Center, will honor the remarkable legacy of composers and performers who have shaped America’s music for three generations. Pete, Mike and Peggy Seeger will perform on March 16 preceded by a symposium and screenings of films by Pete and Toshi Seeger.

Continuing the Library’s musical journey begun with baritone Thomas Hampson’s 11-city “Song of America” tour, several performances will spotlight choral singing in the United States. Concerts by the all-male choruses Chanticleer and Cantus showcase American composers from Stephen Foster, Leonard Bernstein and Henry Cowell to Carlos Sánchez Gutiérrez, Steven Stucky, Gordon Lightfoot and Smokey Robinson. A co-ed group, Canada’s Nathaniel Dett Chorale, performs classical compositions, spirituals and jazz and pop compositions by distinguished African American composers.

A few of the season’s other highlights include:

  • Yuri Bashmet and the Moscow Soloists perform music by Tan Dun, Toru Takemitsu and Hikaru Hayashi with Wu Man performing as soloist in Tan Dun’s Concerto for “pipa,” a plucked Chinese stringed instrument
  • The Luciana Souza Quartet, appearing with guitarist Romero Lubambo in Brazilian Duos
  • A spectacular group of string quartets that includes the Mandelring, Euclid, Cassatt, Enso, Aron, Jerusalem and Borromeo, plus a special Robert Mann and Friends quartet evening
  • Music from the Bard Festival, a symposium and concert from the 2006 Bard Festival of Music, “Franz Liszt and His World”
  • Sangam: jazz meets world music in saxophonist Charles Lloyd’s trio with percussionist partners tabla player Zakir Hussain and Eric Harland on piano and drums
  • Bill Charlap Trio with Sandy Stewart performing jazz and the Great American Songbook are the fare in this rare mother-and-son double bill
  • The Venice Baroque Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

The Library becomes a salon this season with a newly expanded series of pre-concert presentations exploring the theme of metamorphosis, and examining the connections between the concert series and the rich Library of Congress archives. Sample topics include Schoenberg and Kandinsky and a discussion about Stradivari’s cellos. Two lectures by distinguished critics punctuate the season: The Washington Post’s Tim Page and Joseph Horowitz (“Classical Music in America”) give their perspectives on the state of classical music today.

All Library of Congress concerts and other public programs are presented free to the public but require tickets for admission. Tickets are distributed by TicketMaster at (301) 808-6900, (410) 752-1200 or, for out-of-state residents, (800) 551-7328. Each ticket will carry a nominal service charge of $2.75, with additional charges for phone orders and handling. Tickets are also available at TicketMaster outlets and online at www.ticketmaster.com. Although the supply of tickets may be exhausted, there are often empty seats at concert time. Interested patrons are encouraged to come to the Library by 6:30 p.m. on concert nights to wait in the standby line for no-show tickets.

Unless otherwise noted, all concerts will be at 8 p.m. and held in the Coolidge Auditorium, located on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E. For further information on Concerts from the Library of Congress, please call the Concert Information Line at (202) 707-5502. The concert calendar follows.

CONCERTS FROM THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS 2006-2007
Season Calendar (Programs subject to change)

October 2006

Thursday, Oct. 5
LUCIANA SOUZA QUARTET and BRAZILIAN DUOS
with Romero Lubambo, guitar

A composer-performer of remarkable stylistic versatility, Luciana Souza has gained
renown as a singer of jazz as well as of contemporary classical works, such as Golijov’s “St. Matthew Passion,” and for her settings of Neruda’s poems. She is joined by three of her colleagues and by special guest Romero Lubambo in selections from their Grammy-nominated albums of “luscious, sophisticated Brazilian classics.”
Ticket Sale Date: Sept. 6

Wednesday, Oct. 11
BEAUX ARTS TRIO

Schubert: Notturno in E-flat major, D. 897
Shostakovich: Trio no. 2 in E minor, op. 67
Turnage: “A Slow Pavane”
Schubert: Trio no. 1 in B-flat major, D. 898
Ticket Sale Date: Sept. 6
6:15 p.m. - Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: Dr. Rachel Franklin, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Friday, Oct. 13
MANDELRING STRING QUARTET

Haydn: String Quartet in G minor, op. 20, no. 3
Ligeti: String Quartet no. 2
Brahms: String Quartet in C minor, op. 51, no. 1
Ticket Sale Date: Sept. 6
6:15 p.m. - Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: “Dangerous Music: Anathema to Society?” Jessica Krash, composer-pianist, George Washington University; and Norman Middleton, Music Division, Library of Congress

Wednesday, Oct. 18
MONTAGE

Sarita Uranovsky, violin
Marc Moskovitz, cello
Debra Ayers, piano
with Janna Baty, mezzo-soprano
Schoenberg and Zemlinsky: Dehmel Songs
Zemlinsky: Cello Sonata (North American premiere)
Schoenberg “Verklärte Nacht” (transcribed for piano trio by Eduard Steuermann)
Ticket Sale Date: Sept. 6
6:15 p.m. – Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Pre-Concert presentation: Schoenberg and Zemlinsky panel
Cellist Marc Moskovitz; Gerald Perman, artistic director, Vocal Arts Society; and Susan Clermont, Music Division, Library of Congress

Monday, Oct. 23
THE MUSIC OF JONATHAN LARSON
Tim Weil, Music Director

Rent -- "the first original breakthrough rock musical since Hair."

Larson’s phenomenally successful musical “Rent” (a rock opera inspired by Puccini's La Bohème), which blends pop, dance, salsa, rhythm and blues, gospel, and rock music, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and four Tony Awards. Larson died prematurely before realizing fully his desire to "infuse musical theater with a contemporary, joyful, urban vitality." In celebration of his creative spirit, the Library of Congress brings together Anthony Rapp, who starred in the original production of Rent with Broadway stars Natascia Diaz, Randy Graff, Jeremy Kushnier, Michael McElroy and Gwen Stewart. The concert will be under the musical direction of Tim Weil, the original musical director of Rent. In addition to selections from Rent and other Larson works, the evening includes songs written and performed by three of the songwriters who have received grants from the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation -- Cynthia Hopkins, Joe Iconis, and Steven Lutvak -- established by family and friends to honor his memory
Ticket Sale Date: Sept.13
6:15 p.m. - Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: Mark Horowitz, Music Division, Library of Congress

Founder’s Day Concert
Monday, Oct. 30
CHANTICLEER

The East Coast premiere of Ezequiel Viñao’s “The Wanderer,” a composition set to an ancient Anglo-Saxon poem. Works by American composers Paul Schoenfeld, Carlos Sánchez Gutiérrez, Arthur Jarvinen and Steven Stucky round out the concert.
Ticket Sale Date: Sept. 20
6:15 p.m. - Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: “Music & Poetry”
Composers Ezequiel Viñao and Libby Larsen, and poet Elizabeth Arnold, University of Maryland College Park

November 2006

Friday, Nov. 3
CHAMBER MUSIC OF ELLIOTT SCHWARTZ
Cassatt Quartet
Peter Sheppard-Skaerved, violin
Aaron Schorr, piano

Schwartz: "Bellagio" Variations for string quartet
Schubert: Fantasy in C major, D. 934, for violin and piano
Schwartz: "Tapestry" for piano trio
Schwartz: "Memorial" for violin and piano (McKim Commission)
Ravel: String Quartet in F major
Ticket Sale Date: Sept. 20
6:15 p.m. - Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: A Conversation with Elliott Schwartz and Stephen Soderberg, Music Division, Library of Congress

Saturday, Nov. 4
QUATUOR ÉBÈNE
PEIRANI-LÊ QUANG DUO

Co-sponsored by the French-American Cultural Foundation and the Embassy of France

Two prize-winning young ensembles from France, a classical string quartet and a jazz duo of accordion and saxophone, join forces in an evening of original compositions that cross musical genres.
Ticket Sale Date: Sept. 20
6:15 p.m. - Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: “A Conversation with the Artists,” with P.J. Mondin, publisher, “Le monde du jazz.”

Wednesday, Nov. 8
SANGAM
Charles Lloyd, flute, sax, piano, percussion
Zakir Hussain, tabla, vocals, percussion
Eric Harland, drums, piano, percussion

Sangam means "confluence and coming together." Three virtuosos come together and share their talents in an evening that blurs the boundaries of blues, sufi music and jazz, demonstrating that "sometimes jazz works wonders when it is mixed with music that wasn’t bred in the U.S."
Ticket Sale Date: Sept. 27

Saturday, Nov. 18
MUSIC FROM THE BARD FESTIVAL
Melvin Chen, piano
Jeremy Denk, piano
Robert Martin, cello
with performers from Bard College Conservatory

Bard Music Festival players bring a movable feast from the Hudson Valley to the Library of Congress, with a concert and afternoon symposium celebrating "Franz Liszt and His World: The War of the Romantics," this year’s festival theme. The program includes Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B minor, Brahms’s String Quintet no. 2 in G major, op. 111, and songs by Liszt, Peter Cornelius, Robert Franz and Eduard Lassen.
Ticket Sale Date: Oct. 4
Materials relating to Liszt from the Library’s extensive collections will be on display.
3 p.m. - Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Symposium with Robert Martin, Bard College vice president and director of the Bard College Conservatory of Music; musicologist Christopher H. Gibbs; and Dana Gooley, Liszt scholar, Brown University.

Thursday, Nov. 30
LOUIS C. ELSON MEMORIAL LECTURE
TIM PAGE

Co-sponsored by the Office of Scholarly Programs, Library of Congress

“Writing About Music in a Changing Time”
7 p.m. Coolidge Auditorium (No tickets required)
Chief classical music critic for The Washington Post, Tim Page won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1997. He is the author and editor of several books, including “Dawn Powell: A Biography,” “The Glenn Gould Reader” and “Tim Page on Music.”

December 2006

Friday, Dec. 1
BILL CHARLAP TRIO
with special guest SANDY STEWART

The impassioned swing of jazz pianist Bill Charlap, joined by bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, is heard in the first half of this rare double bill. Charlap’s mother, veteran songstress Sandy Stewart, joins the group in the second half of the program.
Ticket Sale Date: Oct. 18
6:15 p.m. – Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: “What Is the American Songbook?” Elizabeth Auman, Ray White and Mark Horowitz, Music Division, Library of Congress

Thursday, Dec. 7
ORCHESTRA OF THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT

Mozart: Serenade in E-flat major, K. 375 for wind octet
Stadler: Trios for 3 Basset Horns
Mozart: Serenade in B-flat major, K. 361 "Gran Partitta"
Ticket Sale Date: Oct. 25
6:15 p.m. - Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: Daniel L. Leeson, scholar and author of “The Mozart Forgeries”

Friday, Dec. 15
STEVEN ISSERLIS & FRIENDS
Joshua Bell, violin
Paul Neubauer, viola
Steven Isserlis, cello
Pianist to be announced

Schumann: Five Pieces in Folk Style, op. 102 for cello and piano
Schumann: Piano Trio no. 1 in D minor, op. 63
Schumann: Three Romances, op. 94 for violin and piano
Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-flat major, op. 47
Ticket Sale Date: Nov. 1
6:15 p.m. - Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: “The Late Schumann,” cellist Steven Isserlis talks about one of his music enthusiasms.

Stradivari Anniversary Concert
Monday, Dec. 18
ENSÖ STRING QUARTET

Mozart: String Quartet in D minor, K. 421
Ginastera: String Quartet no. 2, op. 26 (Coolidge commission)
Beethoven: String Quartet in F major, op. 59, no. 1 "Razumovsky"
Ticket Sale Date: Nov. 8
6:15 p.m. - Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: “Stradivari’s Cellos,” cellists Richard Belcher (Ensö) and Steven Honigberg; sculptor and instrument collector Alfredo Halegua; John Montgomery, luthier; and Carol Lynn Ward-Bamford, Music Division, Library of Congress

January 2007

Wednesday, Jan. 24
YURI BASHMET & THE MOSCOW SOLOISTS
with Wu Man, Chinese pipa

Takemitsu: "Nostalgia" for violin and string orchestra (1997)
Tan Dun: Concerto for pipa and strings
Hikaru Hayashi: Concerto "Elegie" for viola and strings (1995)
Takemitsu: "Three Film Scores" for strings
Ticket Sale Date: Dec. 13
6:15 p.m. - Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: Dr. Nora Yeh, musicologist, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

February 2007

Friday, Feb. 9
DBR & THE MISSION

Dubbed a "classical experimentalist," composer/violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain, recently-featured on “CBS Evening News,” premieres his Library of Congress McKim Fund commission. For the remainder of the program he is joined by nine young, multicultural musicians all well-versed in modern classical, jazz, rock, and hip hop performance practices in music that covers the gamut of styles, "from slow, introspective Neo-Classical ruminations to rhythmically complicated, riffy pieces that would not be out of place in a dance club."
Ticket Sale Date: Dec. 27

Thursday, Feb. 15
BENJAMIN BAGBY’S “BEOWULF”

A solo performance of the monumental sixth century Anglo-Saxon epic “Beowulf,” by the co-founder of the early music ensemble Sequentia. Accompanying himself on a copy of an ancient lyre in the manner of the medieval bard, Bagby portrays dozens of characters in the original Old English with a modern translation using surtitles. "A thrilling event of an almost shamanistic power," the performance, encompassing roughly the first quarter of the entire epic, recounts the timeless tale of monsters and heroes that has held an astonishingly varied audience of all ages spellbound.
Ticket Sale Date: Jan. 3

Friday, Feb. 16
ROBERT MANN & FRIENDS
Robert Mann, violin
Geoff Nuttall, violin
Nicholas Mann, viola
Bonnie Hampton, cello

Mann: Four Bagatelles; Bartók: String Quartet no. 6
Beethoven: String Quartet in B-flat major /Grosse Fuge, opp. 130/133
Ticket Sale Date: Jan. 3
6:15 p.m. - Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: “Beethoven: Bach to the Future,” Denise Gallo, Music Division, Library of Congress

Wednesday, Feb. 21
VENICE BAROQUE ORCHESTRA
Andrea Marcon, Director
with guest violinist Giuliano Carmignola
Co-sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute and the Embassy of Italy

Vivaldi: Concerto in G major for Strings and Continuo, RV 146
Vivaldi: Concerto in C minor for Strings and Continuo, RV 119
Vivaldi: Concerto in G minor for Strings and Continuo, RV 156
Vivaldi: Concerto in C major for Strings and Continuo, RV 114
Ticket Sale Date: Jan. 10
6:15 p.m. - Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: “Vivaldi’s Venice,” Walter Zvonchenko, Music Division, and James Flatness, Geography & Map Division, Library of Congress

Friday, Feb. 23
HANTAÏ BROTHERS & FRIENDS
Marc Hantaï, flute
Alessandro Moccia, violin
Alix Verzier, cello
Jérôme Hantaï, fortepiano
Co-sponsored by the French-American Cultural Foundation and the Embassy of France

Works by Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, Haydn and Mozart
Ticket Sale Date: Jan. 10
6:15 p.m. - Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: “Flutes and Oboes in the Dayton Miller Collection,” Carol Lynn Ward-Bamford and Karen Moses, Music Division, Library of Congress

Wednesday, Feb. 28
ARTIS-QUARTETT WIEN

Mendelssohn: Fugue in E-flat major, op. 81, no. 4
Mendelssohn: Capriccio in E minor, op. 81, no. 3
Tania Gabrielle French: String Quartet no. 3 (East Coast premiere)
Beethoven: String Quartet in E-flat major, op. 127
Ticket Sale Date: Jan. 10
6:15 p.m. - Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: “Composing as a Career,” composers Tania Gabrielle French, Tania León and Frances McKay

March 2007

Friday, March 2
ARON QUARTETT

Haydn: String Quartet in D minor, op. 76, no. 2 "The Fifths"
Schoenberg: String Quartet no. 3, op. 30 (Coolidge Commission)
Korngold: String Quartet no. 3 in D major, op. 34
Ticket Sale Date: Jan. 17
6:15 p.m. - Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: “Schoenberg and Kandinsky,” Fred Wasserman, curator, The Jewish Museum, co-editor of “Schoenberg, Kandinsky and the Blue Rider”

Wednesday, March 7
LOUIS C. ELSON MEMORIAL LECTURE
JOSEPH HOROWITZ

Co-sponsored by the Office of Scholarly Programs

“The Classical Music ‘Crisis’ and What To Do About It”
7 p.m. Coolidge Auditorium (No tickets required)
Author of “Classical Music in America: A History of Its Rise and Fall” (2005) and artistic director of Washington’s Post-Classical Ensemble, Joseph Horowitz traces the decline of classical music in the U.S. and suggests ways to revitalize it. The talk will be followed by a discussion and Q & A with musicologist Karen Ahlquist, George Washington University.

Friday, March 9
MARC BAMUTHI JOSEPH
Spoken-word performance artist

The National Poetry Slam champion and Broadway veteran performer presents new material as well as excerpts from two earlier works, “Word Becomes Flesh” and “Scourge.” Bamuthi’s work illustrates the intersections of politics, theology, poetry, photography, and various genres of black dance, including tap, modern, hip hop and West African.
Ticket Sale Date: Jan. 24

Friday, March 16
SEEGER FAMILY TRIBUTE
with Pete, Mike and Peggy Seeger
Co-sponsored by the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

The Library of Congress pays tribute to several generations of the Seeger family, renowned for its great achievements in American music. Pete, Mike and Peggy Seeger appear at a special concert, preceded by a symposium focusing on the family’s legacy and its many collections, held in the Library’s Music Division and American Folklife Center.
Ticket Sale Date: Jan. 31
In addition to the symposium there will be screenings of films by Pete and Toshi Seeger. For updated information, log onto www.loc.gov/folklife.

Friday, March 23
BARRY DOUGLAS & CAMERATA IRELAND
Co-sponsored by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure/Arts Council of Northern Ireland, as part of the Rediscover Northern Ireland Programme 2007

Carter: Elegy for Strings
Mozart: Symphony no. 25 in A major, K. 183
Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 2 in B-flat major, op. 19
Ticket Sale Date: Feb. 7
6:15 p.m. - Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: “A Northern Ireland Perspective” (Part One) Barry Douglas talks to Philip Hammond, creative director of the Rediscover Northern Ireland Programme series of cultural events in Washington, March to July 2007.

Friday, March 30
CANTUS

The members of this a cappella men’s chamber choir from Minneapolis have been described as "down-to-earth types who present their music with the eagerness of hometown guys singing for the pleasure of friends and neighbors.” Works by Leonard Bernstein, Henry Cowell, Lee Hoiby, Veljo Tormis, Smokey Robinson, Edie Hill and others, with a set of “Songs from Four Religions” complete the program.
Ticket Sale Date: Feb. 14
6:15 p.m. - Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: “Men, Let’s Sing: Choral Music for Men’s Voices” Gunilla Marcus-Luboff, co-developer of the Library of Congress Choral Series; Frank Albinder, director, Washington Men’s Camerata; Ann Meier Baker, president and CEO, Chorus America; and Robert Saladini, Office of Scholarly Programs, Library of Congress and co-developer of the Library of Congress Choral Series.

Friday, March 31
INSTANT COMPOSERS POOL ORCHESTRA

An offshoot of the Dutch avant-garde movement called the Instant Composers Pool,
this 10-piece nonprofit collective of Dutch composer-improviser-instrumentalists was formed in the early 1980s by pianist Misha Mengelberg and drummer Han Bennink. The music, though improvised, has coordinated ensemble gestures and a "fondness for bygone jazz styles." The first half of the program is a tribute to Duke Ellington.
Ticket Sale Date: Feb. 14
6:15 p.m. - Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: “A Conversation with the Artists,” Larry Appelbaum, radio host of WPFW’s Sunday evening program “Sound of Surprise” and senior audio engineer, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, Library of Congress

April 2007

Wednesday, April 11
JERUSALEM STRING QUARTET
Co-sponsored by the Embassy of Israel

Beethoven: String Quartet in F major, op. 18, no. 1
Work by Israeli composer
Tchaikovsky: String Quartet no. 1, op. 11
Ticket Sale Date: Feb. 28
6:15 p.m. - Whittall Pavilion
Pre-concert presentation: Sorab Modi, music journalist

Friday, April 13
NATHANIEL DETT CHORALE
Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, Founding Artistic Director

This distinguished choral group from Canada is dedicated to Afrocentric music of all styles, including classical, spiritual, gospel, jazz, folk and blues. Comprising 21 classically trained musicians, the group is named for the internationally renowned composer and director of the Hampton Institute Choir, who dedicated himself to the cause of black music in America.
Ticket Sale Date: Feb. 28
6:15 p.m. Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: “The Legacy of Nathaniel Dett,” Lorraine Faxio, Howard University, Anne McLean and Sam Perryman, Music Division, Library of Congress

Wednesday, April 18
MIKLÓS PERENYI, cello and ANDRÁS SCHIFF, piano

Beethoven: Sonata in F major, op. 5, no. 1
Beethoven: Sonata in C major, op. 102, no. 1
Beethoven: Twelve Variations in F major on the theme "Ein Mädchen oder
Weibchen" from “Die Zauberflöte,” op. 66
Beethoven: Sonata in A major, op. 69
Ticket Sale Date: March 7
6:15 p.m. - Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: “Chamber Music in Beethoven’s Vienna,” Denise Gallo, Music Division, and David Morris, European Division, Library of Congress

Friday, April 20
EUCLID QUARTET & DEGAS QUARTET

Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, op. 10
Mendelssohn: String Quartet in E-flat major, op. 12
Armando Bayolo: “Ludi” string octet (East Coast premiere)
Ticket Sale Date: March 7
6:15 p.m. - Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: “Premiering a New Work,” composer Armando Bayolo and members of the Degas and Euclid string quartets

Friday, April 27
BRIAN IRVINE ENSEMBLE
Co-sponsored by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure/Arts Council of Northern Ireland as part of the Rediscover Northern Ireland Programme 2007

Irvine’s music is reminiscent of Frank Zappa or Emir Kusturica: "The same piece of music may start as a tango then turns into a salsa while converting for a bit into a sumptuous classical piece accompanied by incredible sound effects before finally ending as a rap.
Ticket Sale Date: March 14
6:15 p.m. - Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: “A Northern Ireland Perspective” (Part Two), Brian Irvine talks to Philip Hammond, creative director of the Rediscover Northern Ireland Programme, a series of cultural events in Washington, March to July 2007.

May 2007

Friday, May 4
AMERICAN CHAMBER PLAYERS
Part of a year-long celebration of the MacDowell Colony Centennial

Originally formed in 1985, this much-admired Washington-based ensemble’s core group includes piano, violin, viola, cello, flute and clarinet. The centerpiece of the program is the rarely heard Septet in E-flat, op. 20, by Beethoven. Also in the program is Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Romance for Violin and Piano, a McKim commission.
Ticket Sale Date: March 21
6:15 p.m. - Whittall Pavilion (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: “Catching a Fly Ball, or. . . What Goes On in a Performer’s Mind During a Performance,” Miles Hoffman, founder and artistic director, American Chamber Players

Friday, May 11
OPUS 21
Richard Adams, Founding Artistic Director
with legendary Motown pianist Joe Hunter

A multi-genre program of new contemporary works influenced by the Motown sound of 1960s Detroit, featuring seven new compositions commissioned by Opus 21, recipient of the 2005-06 First Prize for Adventurous Programming awarded by Chamber Music America & ASCAP. The new works are by Motown Records’ original bandleader Joe Hunter and jazz musicians Fred Hersch, Michael Daugherty, Richard Adams, Eve Beglarian, Tom Knific and Danie Bernard Roumain.
Ticket Sale Date: March 28
Post-performance Discussion/Q & A: Members of Opus 21 and Norman Middleton, Music Division, Library of Congress

Friday, May 18
BORROMEO STRING QUARTET
with Wu Han, guest pianist

Stravinsky: Concertino for string quartet
Bartók: String Quartet no. 5 (Coolidge commission)
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G minor, op. 57
Ticket Sale Date: April 4
6:15 p.m. - Coolidge Auditorium (no tickets required)
Pre-concert presentation: “Twin Guarneris Reunited,” a demonstration of two Guarneris by Nicholas Kitchen assisted by Wu Han.

ROCK N’ ROLL FILMS IN THE FALL AT THE NATION’S LIBRARY
Curated by Norman Middleton, Music Division

Monday at 7 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd floor, James Madison Building. No tickets required but seating is limited. Reservations may be made by phone, beginning one week before any given screening. Call (202) 707-5677 during business hours. Reserved seats must be claimed at least 10 minutes before show time, after which standbys will be admitted. Programs subject to change without notice.

Nov. 6: “American Hot Wax” (1978) directed by Floyd Mutrux
The story of famed Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed, who introduced the music genre called "rock ‘n’ roll" to teenage American radio audiences in the 1950s. Freed was a source of great controversy, criticized by conservatives for corrupting youth with the "devil’s music." (90 minutes)

Nov. 13: “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964) directed by Richard Lester
Fresh from their historic debut on the Ed Sullivan Show, the Beatles in this Academy Award-nominated film offer fans a peek into "a day in the life" of the Fab Four. Songs include the title song, "I'll Cry Instead," "Can't Buy Me Love," "All My Lovin’," and "She Loves You." (87 minutes)

Nov. 20: “The T.A.M.I. Show” (1965) directed by Steve Binder
Hosted by Jan and Dean, this rollicking film (the acronym stands for "Teenage Music International") features Chuck Berry, the Rolling Stones, the Supremes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Marvin Gaye with the Blossoms and a teenage Teri Garr as a go-go dancer! (120 minutes)

Nov. 27: “Monterey Pop” (1968) directed by D.A. Pennebaker
From San Francisco’s "Summer of Love" comes Eric Burdon and the Animals, Canned Heat, Country Joe and the Fish, Simon & Garfunkel, the Jefferson Airplane, the Mamas & the Papas, the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding and Ravi Shankar. (78 minutes)

Dec. 4: “Gimme Shelter” (1970) directed by Albert Maysles, David Maysles, and Charlotte Zwerin
This film examines the controversial, free December 1969 concert by the Rolling Stones and the Jefferson Airplane in Northern California, where the Hell’s Angels acted as "security guards." Havoc ensues as the Angels lose control of themselves and the spectators. (90 minutes)

JAZZ IN THE SPRING AT THE NATION’S LIBRARY
Curated by Larry Appelbaum, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division

Five jazz films to be shown April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 from the Library’s collections in the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. Check the concert Web site, www.loc.gov/concerts, for up-to-date information.

HOMEGROWN 2006

A free noon concert series co-presented by the American Folklife Center and the Music Division in the Library of Congress, in cooperation with the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. All concerts are in the Coolidge Auditorium. For updated information, log onto www.loc.gov/rr/perform/concert/0607-folklife.html.

Wednesday, Sept. 13: NEA National Heritage Fellow: Doyle Lawson with his bluegrass gospel band, Quicksilver
From the forefront of the bluegrass scene, acclaimed veteran Lawson brings a blend of traditional bluegrass and gospel elements with progressive material and superb execution.

Wednesday, Oct. 18: Sonny Burgess and the Pacers
Rockabilly music from Arkansas—a blend of the blues, country and gospel— was an important building block of 1950s rock ’n’ roll.

Wednesday, Nov. 15: The Gannon Family
Traditional Irish music, song and dance from Missouri performed by three generations of an accomplished musical family.

REDISCOVER NORTHERN IRELAND PROGRAMME 2007
at the Library of Congress
Co-sponsored by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure/Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the American Folklife Center and the Music Division, Library of Congress

Except as noted, all events are at noon. Lectures and symposium in the Mumford Room, 6th floor, Madison Building. Concerts in the Coolidge Auditorium.

Wednesday, May 2 Lecture: John Moulden, Ulster singer/author
Wednesday, May 9 Concert: Davy Hammond, folksinger/filmmaker
Wednesday, May 16 Concert: Francis McPeake, uilleann piper/whistle player
3 p.m. Symposium on Northern Irish place names and geography
Wednesday, May 23 Concert: Robert Watt, Highland bagpiper
Wednesday, May 29 Concert & Talk: Gary Hastings, Belfast flute player and Brian Mullen, Derry singer

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PR 06-156
08/15/06
ISSN 0731-3527

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