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August 14, 2009

MEDIA ADVISORY

Public Events at the Library of Congress, September - December 2009

(Events subject to change; all telephone numbers are 202 area code) ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Thursday
Sept. 10
LECTURE
Jane Goodall discusses and signs her new book "Hope for Animals and Their World: How Endangered Species are Being Rescued from the Brink" in a program cosponsored by the Center for the Book and the Science, Technology and Business Division at 11:30 a.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707-5664.

Thursday
Sept. 10
SYMPOSIUM
"Legends and Legacies: An American Folklife Center Celebration of Public Folklore" kicks off with an afternoon of speakers and musical performances celebrating the life and achievements of Archie Green at 1 p.m., followed by a concert at 8 p.m. featuring performances by blues harmonica master Phil Wiggins; Irish-American accordion and fiddle musicians Billy McComiskey and Brendan Mulvihill; Kiowa and Comanche music and dancers; the New Ballard Branch Bogtrotters; the Sweet Heaven Kings and more. Both events are in the Coolidge Auditorium, and registration is required at www.loc.gov/folklife/. Contact: 707-5510.

Friday
Sept. 11
SYMPOSIUM
"Legends and Legacies: An American Folklife Center Celebration of Public Folklore" continues with presentations on the Library’s recent acquisition of the National Council for the Traditional Arts Collection at 9 a.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Registration is required at www.loc.gov/folklife/. Contact: 707-5510.

Tuesday
Sept. 15
LECTURE
Dickran Kouymjian, professor emeritus at California State University at Fresno, discusses "The Unknown Saroyan" in the 14th annual Vardanants Day Armenian Lecture sponsored by the African and Middle Eastern Division at 12:30 p.m. in the Mumford Room. Also included in the presentation will be a screening of Saroyan’s short film "The Good Job" along with a production of the 1950s television show "Omnibus." Contact: 707-5680.

Wednesday
Sept. 16
LECTURE
Scott Braun, hurricane computer modeler and research meteorologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, presents "Tracking Severe Storms" in a program sponsored by the Science, Technology and Business Division at 11:30 a.m. in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5664.

Wednesday
Sept. 16
HOMEGROWN CONCERT
Wayne Newell and Blanche Sockabasin perform traditional Passamaquoddy music from Maine, another in the 2009 Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center, at noon in the Coolidge Auditorium. No tickets are required. Contact: 707-5510.

Thursday
Sept. 17
KLUGE CENTER LECTURE
Kluge Fellow Jungchang Yang discusses presents a talk on his research titled "Gold and Its Application from 2700 B.C. to 260 B.C. in Ancient China" at noon in LJ 119. Contact: 717-2692.

Wednesday
Sept. 23
BENJAMIN BOTKIN LECTURE SERIES
Joseph Sciorra of Queens University discusses "Built With Faith: Place Making and the Religious Imagination in Italian New York" in a program sponsored by the American Folklife Center at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5510.

Thursday
Sept. 24
KLUGE CENTER LECTURE
Kluge Staff Fellow Linda Morenus gives a lecture on her research project "Color Printing in the Italian 16th-17th Century Chiaroscuro Woodcuts of the Library of Congress’ Pembroke Album: the Relationship Between the Artist’s Technique and Style" at 4 p.m. in LJ 119. Contact: 707-2692.

Saturday
Sept. 26
NATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL
Now in its ninth year, this popular event celebrating the joys of reading and lifelong literacy will be held from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (rain or shine) on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., between 7th and 14th Streets. Contact: 707-1550.

Wednesday
Sept. 30
BOOK TALK
Adolf Burger discusses his book "The Devil’s Workshop: A Memoir of the Nazi Counterfeiting Operation" in a program cosponsored by the European Division and the Embassy of the Czech Republic at 11:30 a.m. in the West Dining Room. Contact: 707-9897.

***End September 2009 ***

OCTOBER 2009

Wednesday
Oct. 7
HOMEGROWN CONCERT
Paul Zarzyski and Wylie Gustafson perform rodeo poetry and music from Montana, another in the 2009 Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center, at noon in the Coolidge Auditorium. No tickets are required. Contact: 707-5510.

Friday
Oct. 9
PRE-CONCERT PRESENTATION
Pianist Ron Regev compares Mendelssohn’s two versions for op. 49 at 6:15 p.m. in the Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707-2329. No tickets required

Friday
Oct. 9
REGEV-HUANG-WEILERSTEIN TRIO
A trio of virtuoso soloists—violinist Frank Huang, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, and pianist Ron Regev—come together for a concert with a Mendelssohn focus: the first public performance of the composer’s original version of his D minor Trio at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707-2329. Tickets available Sept. 9

Tuesday
Oct. 13
EXHIBITION OPENING
"Herblock!" celebrates the birth of political cartoonist Herbert Block with an exhibition featuring 82 original cartoon drawings selected from the Library’s Herb Block collection. The exhibition will be on view in the South Gallery of the Thomas Jefferson Building from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Saturday, through May 1, 2010. Contact: 707-4604.

Tuesday
Oct. 13
LECTURE
Richard Mushotzky, astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics, gives a presentation on dark matter, using the Uniview astrological visualization platform, in a program sponsored by the Science, Technology and Business Division at 11:30 a.m. in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5664.

Wednesday
Oct. 14
BENJAMIN BOTKIN LECTURE SERIES
Henry Sapoznik of the University of Wisconsin presents a talk titled "The Stations of the Nation: Yiddish-American Radio 1925-1955" in a program sponsored by the American Folkife Center at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5510.

Thursday
Oct. 15
LECTURE
Mar Ozer discusses his book "The Litvak Legacy" at noon in the African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room. Contact: 707-3779.

Friday
Oct. 16
INSIGHTS: EXPLORING THE COLLECTIONS
Country rock pioneer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Chris Hillman talks about his four-decade career and takes a look at his songs covered by such artists as Sheryl Crow, Tom Petty, Emmylou Harris and KD Lang at noon in the Mumford Room. The program is being cosponsored by the Music Division and the American Folklife Division. Contact: 707-2329.

Friday
Oct. 16
CARDUCCI QUARTET
Winner of the Concert Artists Guild and the Kuhmo, London, and Bordeaux International chamber competitions, the Carducci Quartet performs works by Haydn, Moeran and Beethoven at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707-2329. Tickets available Sept. 16

Saturday
Oct. 17
CEREMONY
Yuyi Morales and Margarita Engle receive the Americas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature at 10 a.m. in the Mumford Room. The event is being co-sponsored by the Library’s Center for the Book and the Hispanic Division and the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs. Contact: 707-5221.

Monday
Oct. 19
PRE-CONCERT PRESENTATION
Clive Brown, Leeds University, United Kingdom, discusses the composers Spohr and Mendelssohn at 6:15 p.m. in the Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707-2329. No tickets required

Monday
Oct. 19
EROICA QUARTET and FRIENDS
Britain’s Eroica Quartet brings along four colleagues from Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique to offer first period-instrument performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s masterly Octet, informed by the Library’s original score for the work. There will also be lecture by musicologist Clive Brown. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707-2329. Tickets available Sept. 16

Tuesday
Oct. 20
LECTURE
Samuel Pinto presents an illustrated lecture on the "Jews of Brazil" at noon in the African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room. Contact: 707-3779.

Tuesday
Oct. 20
BOOKS & BEYOND
Leonard Marcus discusses and signs his new book "Funny Business: Conversations with Writers of Comedy" with National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jon Scieszka as special guest, in a program sponsored by the Library’s Center for the Book at noon in the Mumford Room. Contact: 707-5221.

Wednesday
Oct. 21
POETRY READING
Poet Laureate Kay Ryan opens the literary season with a reading at 7 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707-5394.

Thursday
Oct. 22
KLUGE CENTER LECTURE
Kluge Fellow Agnes Kefeli discusses her research project "The contest over education and civic identity: Islam, Christianity, and Secularism in Post-Soviet Tatarstan" at noon in the Whittall Pavilion. Contact: 707-2692.

Thursday
Oct. 22
BOOKS & BEYOND
Phyllis Ross discusses and signs her new book "Modern Design for Modern Living" in a program cosponsored by the Library’s Center for the Book and the Center for Architecture, Design and Engineering at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5221.

Wednesday
Oct. 28
LECTURE
Walter Frisch of Columbia University discusses "Arnold Schoenberg: The Early Years, Through Verklärte Nacht and Pierrot Lunaire" in a program cosponsored by the Music Division and the American Musicological Society at noon in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707-2329.

Thursday
Oct. 29
BOOKS & BEYOND
Patricia Fanning discusses and signs her book "Through an Uncommon Lens: The Life and Photography of F. Holland Day" at noon in Dining Room A. Contact: 707-5221.

Thursday
Oct. 29
KLUGE CENTER LECTURE
Dick Smyser discusses his book "Kennedy and the Berlin Wall: ‘A Hell of a lot Better Than a War’" in a program cosponsored by the German Historical Institute at 4 p.m. in LJ 119. Contact: 707-2692.

Friday
Oct. 30
COOLIDGE AUDITORIUM FOUNDER’S DAY

Pianist Guy Livingston presents "Don’t Panic," his multimedia production featuring 60 composers and 60 films at 60 seconds each at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Livingston will discuss his work following the concert. Contact: 707-2329. Tickets available Sept. 23

***End October 2009 ***

NOVEMBER 2009

Tuesday
Nov. 3
ZEMLINSKY QUARTET
Steeped in the Czech quartet tradition, the Zemlinsky performs an original work and pieces by Mozart and Viktor Kalabis at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707-2329. Tickets available Sept. 23

Thursday
Nov. 5
BOOKS & BEYOND
Toby Lester discusses and signs his new book "The Fourth Part of the World: the Race to the ends of the Earth, and the Epic Story of the Map That Gave America its Name" in a program cosponsored by the Center for the Book and the Geography and Map Division at noon in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5221.

Friday
Nov. 6
SZYMANOWSKI QUARTET
This Warsaw foursome presents an original composition and works by Haydn and Mendelssohn at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707-2329. Tickets available Sept. 23

Saturday
Nov. 14
KAYHAN KALHOR & BROOKLYN RIDER
Collaborators in Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Project, the master kamancheh (spike fiddle) player/composer Kayhan Kalhor tours with an adventurous young quartet playing an original work and selections from Jacobsen and Giovanni Sollima at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707-2329. Tickets available Sept. 30

Tuesday
Nov. 17
LECTURE
A scientist from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center gives an update on polar ice conditions in a program sponsored by the Science, Technology and Business Division at 11:30 a.m. in the Mary Pickford Theater. Contact: 707-5664.

Tuesday
Nov. 17
LECTURE
Ronit Seter presents an illustrated lecture on modern Israeli music at noon in the African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room. Contact: 707-3779.

Tuesday
Nov. 17
BOOKS & BEYOND
Noralee Frankel discusses and signs her new book "Stripping Gypsy: The Life of Gypsy Rose Lee" in a program sponsored by the Center for the Book at noon in Dining Room A. Contact: 707-5221.

Wednesday
Nov. 18
HOMEGROWN CONCERT
Barbara Lynn and friends present an afternoon of Texas rhythm and blues, another in the 2009 Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center, at noon in the Coolidge Auditorium. No tickets are required. Contact: 707-5510.

Thursday
Nov. 19
LECTURE
Dennis McCullough, associate professor of community and family medicine at Dartmouth Medical School, discusses "Slow Medicine for Elders: An Important Ingredient of Healthcare Reform" in a program sponsored by the Science, Technology and Business Division at noon in Dining Room A. Contact: 707-5664.

Friday
Nov. 20
PRE-CONCERT PRESENTATION
Norman Middleton of the Library’s Music Division presents "‘Rattling Roaring Willy!’: the Scottish Songs of Joseph Haydn" at 6:15 p.m. in the Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707-2329. No tickets required

Friday
Nov. 20
HAYDN TRIO EISENSTADT with Lorna Anderson, soprano, and Jamie MacDougall, tenor
Wrapping up the Library’s celebration of the Haydn bicentenary, this trio appears with two Scottish singers, its partners in a project to record the composer’s complete piano chamber music—and all 429 Scottish songs—at the Esterházy Castle at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707-2329. Tickets available Oct. 7

***End November 2009 ***

DECEMBER 2009

Thursday
Dec. 3
HOMEGROWN CONCERT
The Berntsons perform traditional Norwegian-American dance music from Virginia, another in the 2009 Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center, at noon in the Coolidge Auditorium. No tickets are required. Contact: 707-5510.

Friday
Dec. 4
ST. LAWRENCE STRING QUARTET
The St. Lawrence String Quartet performs the world premiere of Ezequiel Viñao’s String Quartet, co-commissioned by the Library of Congress and Stanford Lively Arts, at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707-2329. Tickets available Oct. 21.

Thursday
Dec. 10
PRE-CONCERT PRESENTATION
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Ernest Bloch’s death, Roberto Diaz gives a pre-concert performance of Ernest Bloch’s Suite for Viola and Piano (Coolidge commission) at 6:15 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707-2329. No tickets required

Thursday
Dec. 10
DIAZ TRIO with Rodrigo Ojeda, piano
The Diaz Trio presents pieces by Dohnányi, Rochberg and Beethoven at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707-2329. Tickets available Oct. 28.

Friday
Dec. 18
PRE-CONCERT PRESENTATION
Bowmaker Yung Chin talks about the endangered Pernambuco tree, traditionally used to create the finest string bows, at 6:16 p.m. in the Thomas Jefferson Building. Contact: 707-2329. No tickets required

Friday
Dec. 18
STRADIVARIUS ANNIVERSARY
Winners of the Concert Artists Guild and Bordeaux competitions, The Parker String Quartet from Boston plays a program inspired by the natural world, including selections from Haydn, Dvořák and Piazzolla at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. Contact: 707-2329. Tickets available Nov. 4

The Library of Congress occupies three buildings on Capitol Hill. The Thomas Jefferson Building is the original Library of Congress building; it is located at 10 First St. S.E., across from the U.S. Capitol. The John Adams Building is directly behind the Jefferson Building to the east on Second St. S.E. The James Madison Memorial Building, at 101 Independence Ave. S.E., is just south of the Jefferson Building.

Room locations:
JEFFERSON BUILDING: Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor; Whittall Pavilion, ground floor; LJ 119, first floor; Great Hall, first floor; Southwest Gallery, second floor; South Gallery, second floor; Northwest Gallery, second floor.

MADISON BUILDING: Madison Hall, first floor; LM 139, first floor; Pickford Theater, third floor; Mumford Room, sixth floor; Montpelier Room, sixth floor; West Dining Room, sixth floor; Dining Room A, sixth floor.

When attending events at the Library, allow extra time to pass through Library security.

Request ADA accommodations five days in advance at 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov.

CONCERTS: Tickets are required for all Library of Congress Music Division concerts. They are available five weeks ahead of the event for a nominal charge of $2.75 per ticket (maximum of two tickets per person), with additional charges for phone orders and handling, from Ticketmaster by calling (301) 808-6900, (410) 752-1200, (800) 551-7328, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by visiting Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets for popular events are claimed quickly, but there are often empty seats at concert time. Interested patrons are encouraged to request standby seats by appearing at the will-call desk by 6:30 p.m. on concert evenings. All concerts are held in the Coolidge Auditorium, located on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., at 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

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PR 09-154
08/14/09
ISSN 0731-3527

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