Events at the Library of Congress

  • Event | concerts and performances

    Live! at the Library: Bachata Class and Social with Orlando Machuca and Estefany

    Thursday
    July 11, 2024
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm EDT
    Great Hall - 2nd Floor (LJ-200-E)
    Join us for a bachata class on the mezzanine of the Thomas Jefferson Building. Learn fun moves of this captivating Latin dance with instructors Orlando Machuca and Estefany. No partner? No problem! This beginner-friendly class is perfect for anyone who wants to move and groove to the rhythm of bachata.
  • Event | concerts and performances

    Live! at the Library: Juneteenth Celebration Concert: Cha Wa

    Thursday
    June 20, 2024
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
    Coolidge Auditorium (LJ-G45A)
    Cha Wa’s concert promises an unforgettable fusion of New Orleans brass band traditions, Mardi Gras Indian culture, and contemporary funk.
  • Event | film and video screenings

    Screening of "Take Me to the River: New Orleans"

    Thursday
    June 20, 2024
    5:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT
    Pickford Theater (LM-302)
    "Take Me to the River New Orleans" celebrates the rich musical history, heritage, legacy, and influence of New Orleans and Louisiana. The film pairs legacy musicians with present-day stars, demonstrating the enduring legacy of New Orleans' music scene.
  • Event | concerts and performances

    Zephyros Winds with Audrey Andrist, Piano

    Saturday
    June 15, 2024
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
    Coolidge Auditorium (LJ-G45A)
    The Zephyros Winds are joined by pianist Audrey Andrist in this special program that includes a newly commissioned wind quintet transcription of an Irving Fine work, written by Jeff Scott. The program also includes Ruth Crawford Seeger’s Suite for wind Quintet and a transcription of Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to “Candide.”
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    Integration without Identification: NBC TV, Leontyne Price and Opera Casting in the Civil Rights Era

    Wednesday
    May 29, 2024
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
    Montpelier Room (LM-619)
    In a lecture co-presented with the American Musicological Society, scholar Danielle Ward-Griffin examines television’s influence on opera casting practices during the early civil rights movement, focusing on Leontyne Price’s NBC Opera appearances.
  • Event | concerts and performances

    Octets by Loeffler and Schubert

    Wednesday
    May 22, 2024
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
    Coolidge Auditorium (LJ-G45A)
    Until it was recently revived, the octet of Charles Loeffler is not known to have been played or recorded since the year it was composed: 1897. Graeme Steele Johnson assembled the score from the manuscript held in the Library’s Music Division and convened a host of top-tier players to bring about a series of live performances and a new recording. Loeffler’s octet is paired...
  • Event | concerts and performances

    Takt Trio, Program II

    Saturday
    May 18, 2024
    2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
    Coolidge Auditorium (LJ-G45A)
    The Takt Trio will perform the Brahms horn trio alongside the classic 20th-century work it inspired: Ligeti’s horn trio, itself an homage to Brahms.
  • Event | concerts and performances

    Takt Trio, Program I

    Friday
    May 17, 2024
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
    Coolidge Auditorium (LJ-G45A)
    The Takt Trio will perform two horn trios by Hilda Paredes and Marcos Balter commissioned by the Library alongside György Ligeti’s classic contribution to the genre.
  • Event | concerts and performances

    Live! at the Library: PUBLIQuartet with Vijay Iyer, piano

    Thursday
    May 9, 2024
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
    Coolidge Auditorium (LJ-G45A)
    Embark on a sonic adventure as the groundbreaking PUBLIQuartet and Vijay Iyer converge in a concert experience that defies convention, including the premiere of a new Library of Congress commission by Iyer. Join for a pre-concert conversation with the artists at 6:30 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion.
  • Event | concerts and performances

    Les Violons du Roy with MILOŠ, classical guitar

    Tuesday
    April 30, 2024
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
    Coolidge Auditorium (LJ-G45A)
    Québec’s Les Violons du Roy ensemble joins forces in this concert with phenomenal classical guitarist MILOŠ to perform Baroque gems by Marcello, Locatelli, Purcell and others, including selections from Vivaldi’s “L’estro Armonico.” Join for a pre-concert conversation with the artists at 6:30 pm in the Whittall Pavilion.
  • Event | concerts and performances

    Marc-André Hamelin, piano

    Friday
    April 26, 2024
    8:00 pm - 10:30 pm EDT
    Coolidge Auditorium (LJ-G45A)
    Canadian super-virtuoso Marc-André Hamelin performs masterworks of the piano literature by Ives and Ravel, alongside Schumann and a new work of his own, commissioned by the Library. Join for a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion, and a post-concert Nightcap conversation with the artist onstage.
  • Event | concerts and performances

    Live! at the Library: Kronos Quartet

    Thursday
    April 18, 2024
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
    Coolidge Auditorium (LJ-G45A)
    Celebrating 50 years of extraordinary performances, the Kronos Quartet will offer a program by a huge range of composers, from Sun Ra and Terry Riley to Steve Reich, Charlton Singleton and Laurie Anderson. Join for a post-concert NightCap conversation with the artists following the concert.
  • Event | concerts and performances

    POSTPONED Live! at the Library: Regina Carter, violin and Xavier Davis, piano

    Thursday
    April 11, 2024
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
    Coolidge Auditorium (LJ-G45A)
    2023 NEA Jazz Master and winner of the MacArthur Award and a Doris Duke Artist Award, violin virtuosa Regina Carter is joined by her longtime collaborator Xavier Davis. The artists premiere a Library of Congress McKim Fund commission by pianist, composer, and arranger Patrice Rushen. Join for a pre-concert conversation with the artists at 6:30 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion.
  • Event | concerts and performances

    Christian Tetzlaff, violin and Kirill Gerstein, piano

    Friday
    April 5, 2024
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
    Coolidge Auditorium (LJ-G45A)
    Christian Tetzlaff and Kirill Gerstein join forces to perform sonatas by Janáček, Brahms and Bartók, with Kurtag’s “3 pezzi,” op. 14e, and a suite from Thomas Adès’s “The Tempest,” written for the duo.
  • Event | concerts and performances

    Jordi Savall & Hespèrion XXI

    Tuesday
    April 2, 2024
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
    Coolidge Auditorium (LJ-G45A)
    World-renowned Spaniard Jordi Savall is a viol player, conductor, and musical scholar who has devoted his career to reviving and interpreting the vast repertoire of early music. He directs an intimate group of virtuosic colleagues from Hespèrion XXI in music by Emilio de’ Cavalieri, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Bartolomé de Selma y Salaverde, Tobias Hume and others.
  • Event | concerts and performances

    Live! at the Library: Sō Percussion with Dominic "Shodekeh" Talifero

    Thursday
    March 14, 2024
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
    Coolidge Auditorium (LJ-G45A)
    Sō Percussion partners with breath artist and composer Dominic “Shodekeh” Talifero for a performance of his piece “Vodalities: Paradigms of Consciousness for the Human Voice!” and music by Angelica Negrón, Nathalie Joachim, Eric Cha-Beach, Pauline Oliveros, and Jason Treuting.
  • Event | concerts and performances

    The Baylor Project

    Friday
    March 8, 2024
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
    Coolidge Auditorium (LJ-G45A)
    Step into a world of unparalleled soulful melodies and captivating rhythms. Six-time Grammy nominee, the Baylor Project, led by Jean Baylor and Marcus Baylor, effortlessly weaves blues, jazz, soul, and gospel influences, creating a rich and evocative musical tapestry.
  • Event | concerts and performances

    Arturo O'Farrill Octet

    Friday
    March 1, 2024
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
    Coolidge Auditorium (LJ-G45A)
    Multi-Grammy Award winner, pianist, composer, bandleader, and founder and artistic director of the Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance, Arturo O'Farrill performs with his octet in a captivating exploration that pushes the boundaries of jazz and Latin rhythms.
  • Event | film and video screenings

    Screening of "Fandango at the Wall"

    Friday
    March 1, 2024
    5:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST
    Pickford Theater (LM-302)
    In this documentary, Arturo O’Farrill and his Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra travel to Veracruz, Mexico, to jam with masters of “son jarocho,” a 300-year-old Mexican folk music with roots in African, Indigenous, and Spanish traditions. Presented through the generous support of the Revada Foundation of the Logan Family.
  • Event | concerts and performances

    Live! at the Library: Le Consort

    Thursday
    February 29, 2024
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
    Coolidge Auditorium (LJ-G45A)
    This brilliant foursome of young French musicians makes a whirlwind tour through Italy, England, Germany and France, performing works by Baroque masters alongside recently rediscovered gems from composers less well known today.
  • Event | lectures and symposia

    The Luiz Heitor Corrêa de Azevedo Collection: Brazil-U.S. Musical Exchange and the Good Neighbor Policy

    Tuesday
    February 20, 2024
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
    Montpelier Room (LM-619)
    In a lecture co-presented with the American Musicological Society, Miranda Sousa engages with the Luiz Corrêa de Azevedo Collection in the Music Division of the Library of Congress, bringing to light the collection’s role in the establishment of interdisciplinary studies for Latin American music at the Library of Congress.
  • Event | concerts and performances

    Melnikov-Faust-Queyras Trio

    Friday
    February 16, 2024
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
    Coolidge Auditorium (LJ-G45A)
    A superstar trio of musicians—pianist Alexander Melnikov, violinist Isabelle Faust and cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras—performs music by Schumann, Brahms and Carter.
  • Event | concerts and performances

    "Rhapsody in Blue" at 100 with Simone Dinnerstein and the U.S. Air Force Band

    Monday
    February 12, 2024
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
    Coolidge Auditorium (LJ-G45A)
    Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Rhapsody in Blue with a performance of the original version of the piece by pianist Simone Dinnerstein and The U.S. Air Force Band. Treasures from the Library’s George and Ira Gershwin Collection will be on display.
  • Event | film and video screenings

    Screening of "Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzes"

    Wednesday
    February 7, 2024
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
    Pickford Theater (LM-302)
    Enjoy an exclusive screening of "Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzes", part of the PBS American Masters series. The film paints an intimate portrait of the legendary drummer, composer, bandleader and social activist from the heady days of postwar modern jazz to his years as a bebop pioneer and a master experimentalist in hip-hop and the avant-garde.
  • Event | concerts and performances

    Live! at the Library: Seth Parker Woods, Cello

    Thursday
    February 1, 2024
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST
    Coolidge Auditorium (LJ-G45A)
    Cellist Seth Parker Woods offers a special program for Black History Month; his riveting solo recital at the Library will bring together new compositions from Nathalie Joachim, Monty Adkins and others, an excerpt from Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson’s Lamentations Black/Folk Song Suite and movements from cello suites by J.S. Bach.