Only Place To See Historic Stevie Wonder Concert

We had a few delays, but we were finally able to post all 55 minutes of the historic Feb. 23 performance by Stevie Wonder at the Library.

VIEW THE WEBCAST HERE

As I previously wrote (prematurely heralding what turned out to be only highlights of the evening), Wonder premiered the piece “Sketches of a Life,” which was commissioned by the Library. It’s worth watching if only to see Stevie Wonder artfully alternating between three different instruments, surrounded by a chamber orchestra of 21 nattily dressed musicians—something you don’t exactly see every day.

Also included are two roof-raising encores: a “Wonder”ful version of “Overjoyed” and a sing-along of “My Cherie Amour.”

Wonder performed at the Library in celebration of his being awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.  A Feb. 25 tribute concert at the White House was broadcast Feb. 26 on PBS.

LOC.gov is the only place where you will be able to view the Feb. 23 concert. (Mad props to Stevie Wonder and to EMI for giving us rights and permissions!)

So what do you think of the piece?

5 Comments

  1. Rochelle Lesser
    March 18, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    That was so incredible, and a blessing that permission was given so that all the world could enjoy this.

    I cannot imagine how anyone will be able to follow Stevie, as his talents are so multifaceted.

  2. vaidb
    March 19, 2009 at 7:48 am

    Amazing piece of work. Glad to see it made it online in its entirety.
    Thanks to the LoC for their honouring of such a great talent.
    Maybe a Stevie Wonder Classical album would be the icing on the top of such an illustrious career!

  3. Milestill
    March 20, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Thanks to all at the Library of Congress for their kind attention to making this very interesting project available to the public. Bravo!

  4. Jay Wells
    March 24, 2009 at 6:35 am

    Please post the concert in a format other than Real Media.

  5. Katy
    March 25, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    I absolutely love Stevie Wonder. Lovin the Library of Congress for doing this!
    kind regards
    Katy

Add a Comment

This blog is governed by the general rules of respectful civil discourse. You are fully responsible for everything that you post. The content of all comments is released into the public domain unless clearly stated otherwise. The Library of Congress does not control the content posted. Nevertheless, the Library of Congress may monitor any user-generated content as it chooses and reserves the right to remove content for any reason whatever, without consent. Gratuitous links to sites are viewed as spam and may result in removed comments. We further reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to remove a user's privilege to post content on the Library site. Read our Comment and Posting Policy.

Required fields are indicated with an * asterisk.