Concerts from the Library of Congress
Concerts from the Library of Congress will present an exciting spring season, offering both virtual and in-person events—performances, lectures, panels and much more. We are pleased to announce our upcoming events below.
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Elikeh Afropop Band
July 7 at 7 PM
CONCERTS ON THE LAWN: Elikeh Afropop gives it a fresh, electrified spin drawing from Togolese, Nigerian, American, and Latin traditions.
Kadencia Puerto Rican Band
July 21 at 7 PM
CONCERTS ON THE LAWN: Afro-Puerto Rican sounds of bomba and plena come to the Library of Congress to make your summer even hotter.
Sudden M Pac
August 4 at 7 PM
CONCERTS ON THE LAWN: The Summer Concert Series closes on an evening filled with funk, RR&B, and soul classics.
Audiences, Artists and Art—these are our watchwords as we continue to navigate the challenges of our times.
A spectacular series of spring events celebrates our return to concerts in the Library’s intimate Coolidge Auditorium. We invite you to experience memorable encounters in this extraordinary acoustic space. Join us for a wonderfully rich mix: chamber music concerts with out-of-the-ordinary repertoire; performances by two Latin jazz masters; and a diverse and panoramic outlook on new music in America ranging across genres, styles and traditions.
Nuevo tango pianist and composer Pablo Ziegler’s Jazz Tango Trio launched our return, followed by a sneak preview of Castor and Patience, a new opera by Gregory Spears and former Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy K. Smith. Violinist Johnny Gandelsman played adventurous pieces from This is America: 24 commissions capturing composers’ eloquent reflections on the “times we find ourselves in.” And an exuberant evening with Roberto Fonseca and his trio made dancing in place irresistible.
Flutronix creates an unmissable evening on May 21: composer-performers Allison Loggins-Hull and Nathalie Joachim unwrap new works for flute, anchored by deep connections to issues of culture, community and social justice: music to open the mind and lift the spirit.
A three-part project honors rediscovered composers suppressed under the Nazi regime in Europe, presented with The Colburn School’s Ziering-Conlon Initiative on Recovered Voices and Canada’s ARC Ensemble as partners. The Library’s Wanda Landowska Collection is the subject of a live May 25 panel and performance focussing on Landowska’s Pleyel harpsichord, a program featuring several of her own compositions.
June sees the world premieres of two Library of Congress commissions. Performing on the Library’s Stradivari instruments, the Mivos Quartet introduces Jeffrey Mumford’s …amid still and floating depths. The Ritz Chamber Players premiere James Lee III’s Lament. Sing. Arise, alongside classic chamber works featuring the harp. Wrapping up our season is a special Juneteenth concert by the chart-topping, GRAMMY-winning Ranky Tanky ensemble, presented in cooperation with the American Folklife Center.
Webcasts of spring 2022 events are forthcoming—for information, please check back on the webpage for each event. And we invite you to browse our ongoing offerings of virtual events, including short, engaging educational videos from artists on our roster.
To learn about how to attend our in-person events, sign up for updates hereor be on the lookout in this space for news and updates. Thank you for your continued support of Concerts from the Library of Congress!
We seek to empower audiences with options. We aim to support artists with opportunities to perform safely. And we strive to give the world artistic experiences that elevate us all.
You can register online on this site easily to attend any in-person event: just click on the link on our webpage for that event.
How to Watch Virtual Events
Starting at 12pm or 8pm on the scheduled premiere date, each video will be available on the following platforms:
- On this site (each premiere will be embedded in the individual concert page)
Missed the premiere? No problem—watch any time on each event page.
Not all videos will be available on all platforms, and some will be available only for a limited time; check each page for options as the event nears.
Pick of the Week
Concerts from the Library of Congress has a new online platform that brings together the best of pre-existing videos of lectures, concerts, conversations and collection items on a variety of musical topics. Audiences can now enjoy from the comfort and safety of home a weekly playlist of recorded programs from across the Library curated by Music Division specialists. Originally conceived as a temporary service for our 39,000 listeners at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pick of the Week is now a permanent feature. We will continue creating curated weekly playlists that revisit fascinating conversations, immortalize unforgettable performances in the Coolidge, pay tribute to world-class artists and composers, and feature treasures from all over the Library. Add this to your favorites and join us on the digital stage.