The Music Division continues to observe the classical music traditions that have long been associated with its world-renowned concert series. In cooperation with the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress, the Music Division also presents an eclectic mix of artists from the jazz, folk, world music, and other traditions, making its concert series the most widely diverse in its history.
While concerts frequently have become the first step inside the door of the Music Division, public access to the many wonders of the Division's collections continues to be explored in new ways. Under the Music Division's sponsorship, legendary jazz performers join talented young musicians in workshops and jam sessions, both in the Coolidge Auditorium and in classrooms from coast to coast. Broadway singers explore the depths of music from collections such as the Leonard Bernstein Collection, offering their findings in concerts both in and beyond the Library. The Library of Congress Presents: Music, Theater, Dance Web site, lectures, master classes, symposia and other outreach projects for all ages extend the reach of the Library's concert and research facilities, introducing treasures from the collections and sometimes igniting the enthusiasm of what could become a whole new audience.
Following the standards set by earlier foundations such as those established by Mrs. Coolidge and Mrs. Whittall, other benefactors continue to show their devotion to concerts at the Library. By providing funds that encourage the composition and performance of new music, as well as supporting lectures, publications, seminars, recordings, films, and acquisitions, these benefactors and the continuing enthusiasm of the public help to keep concerts at the Library of Congress alive.