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A girl watches from the aisle while Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic in a Young People's Concert, 1960.

K-12 Music Education Resources
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Legendary jazz pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim plays the piano at the Library of Congress
Abdullah Ibrahim Mukashi Trio concert
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Legendary jazz pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim in concert,
April 21, 2016.

Weekdays and Saturday
8:30am to 5:00 pm
No materials pulled after 4:15pm
Closed Federal holidays

101 Independence Ave., SE
Room LM 113
James Madison Memorial Bldg
Washington, D.C. 20540-4710
Phone: 202-707-5507
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Before Visiting the Performing Arts Reading Room:
All researchers are advised to write or telephone the Performing Arts Reading Room prior to visiting. Many collections are stored off-site, and advance notice is needed to retrieve these items for research use.

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The Performing Arts Reading Room is the access point for the collections in the custody of the Music Division at the Library of Congress. Numbering approximately 20.5 million items and spanning more than 1000 years of Western music history and practice, these holdings include the classified music and book collections, music and literary manuscripts, iconography, microforms, periodicals, musical instruments, published and unpublished copyright deposits, and close to 500 special collections in music, theater, and dance.
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  October 27, 2020
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