Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2019-2020

SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2020 at 5:00 PM - POSTPONED

Billy Strayhorn

Whittall Pavilion

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(registrations available 12/11/2019, beginning at 10 AM)

Keynote Lecture: 5:00 pm 

David Hajdu, author of Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn

Panel: 6:00 pm

David Hajdu, moderator
Robert G. O’Meally, Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English, Columbia University
Lisa Barg, Associate Professor, Schuller School of Music of McGill University
A.Alyce Claerbaut, President, Strayhorn Songs, Inc. 
Walter van de Leur, Professor of Jazz and Improvised Music, University of Amsterdam

This three-day minifestival presents two remarkable concerts, lectures, a panel and film screenings: a unique offering curated from the riches of the Billy Strayhorn Collection—nearly 8,000 documents, including manuscripts, sketches, photographs and business papers. Come hear biographer David Hajdu speak about Strayhorn's life, and then hear expert Strayhorn scholars examine the composer’s career, from his earliest years in Pittsburgh through his 28-year collaboration with Duke Ellington.

Presented through the generous support of the Revada Foundation of the Logan Family

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