The 2020-2021 season of Concerts from the Library of Congress: Virtually the best!

Our 2020-2021 season will be presented entirely virtually, through a freshly-conceived portal to our concerts, conversations, lectures and much more, available free of charge to everyone. In our 96th season, encountering unprecedented times and unpredictable challenges, we embark on an exciting venture: to share our concerts, and the Library’s magnificent music collections, with the greatest possible audience worldwide. New music and new media come together in a year that sees a mini-fest of Latinx composers and the world premieres of three new Library of Congress commissions. Two virtual residencies feature the JACK Quartet and violinist Jennifer Koh, visionary artists fired by a passion to reflect the rich diversity in our society and our music. (Re)Hearing Beethoven is a festive 250th birthday celebration you absolutely can’t miss: performances of revelatory transcriptions of the composer’s nine symphonies introduced by artists and scholars in programs.

Check out our Season-At-A-Glance for more information about each event.

Past Virtual Events

Our events from March through June include dazzling performances from a roster of exciting artists and ensembles. To open the series on March 12, we present young musicians from the New World Symphony, introduced by its founder Michael Tilson Thomas. Pianist Steven Osborne performs Rachmaninoff and Debussy, and the excellent French period orchestra Ensemble Correspondances evokes the pleasures of the Louvre palace. The Met Orchestra Musicians create two intimate chamber programs featuring music of Verdi, Barber and Mozart. Library of Congress Jazz Scholar Terri Lyne Carrington, recently named an NEA Jazz Master, appears with pianist Kris Davis and bassist Linda May Han Oh; watch our website for some interesting short vignettes from her residency with us. Later this spring, a newcomer for American audiences, pianist Boris Giltburg, will join the Pavel Haas Quartet; accordionist Ksenija Sidorova and harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani give solo recitals, and Wynton Marsalis’s A Fiddler’s Tale will be the centerpiece of a concert by distinguished African-American players from major American orchestras. For Concerts from the Library of Congress, this is a season of glorious performances and memorable experiences to kindle hope and recapture a sense of joy.

Right now it may not be possible for us to come together and enjoy live music in the same familiar space, but as soon as we are able, we will resume programming in the beloved Coolidge Auditorium. Until that time, Concerts from the Library of Congress is embracing the virtual—presenting concerts, talks, conversations, essays, interactive experiences and extra goodies online in order to keep the music going for our audiences.

How to Watch 2020 Events

Starting at 8pm on the scheduled premiere date, each video will be available on the following platforms:

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.