The 2014-2015 Concerts from the Library of Congress season announcement is now available! Music should bring us together and open our minds to discovery, innovation and reflection—it resists categorization. We find the labels put on music to be boring, restrictive and tiresome… don’t you? In honor of the 150th birthday of our founding patron Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, a woman known to push boundaries and expectations, we present the 2014-2015 season of Concerts from the Library of Congress. For an audience without inhibitions, this year brings a stellar roster of performers, ensembles and scholars directly to you. You will be treated to musical experiences that you can’t get anywhere else—100% free and all donor-supported. Join us, activate your mind, learn something new and be inspired.
PLEASE NOTE: Our website is in the process of being updated for the 2014-2015 season. Digital and print versions of the 2014-2015 season brochure will be released in the coming weeks. In the meantime the full calendar of events is available via the season announcement. Thanks for your patience!
TICKET RELEASE DATES:
September 3, 2014 (10:00 am ET) – Tickets Released for Fall Events (September-December)
January 7, 2015 (10:00 am ET) – Tickets Released for Winter/Spring Events (January-May)
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The following is a guest post from retired cataloger Sharon McKinley. With summer and picnic season in full swing, The Library of Congress celebrates this treasured national institution in song, photos, and motion pictures. There are entire books, plays and poems centered around picnics, and the Music Division offers a wealth of musical delights. A […]
James Wolf of the Library of Congress has created a fantastic video compilation of some of our audio and visual treasures related to “The Star-Spangled Banner.” View the video below and peruse more recordings, sheet music and memorabilia via the Songs of America portal. Join the #SSB200 conversation on twitter by tagging @librarycongress, or visit […]
Throughout 2014 the Library of Congress’ Music Division is celebrating the 200th birthday of our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” On July 3 Concerts from the Library of Congress will present a symposium and concert, “Poets and Patriotism,” in commemoration of the anthem’s anniversary. We will be joined by internationally-renowned baritone Thomas Hampson for a […]
The following is a guest post from Concert Office intern Rachael Sanguinetti As a young singer, Samuel Barber’s vocal works are a prominent part of my musical life. Barber’s English songs have been a part of my repertoire from my earliest years of voice lessons around age 15 and have remained with me through my […]
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Michael Feinstein on Musicals & Songs at the Library of Congress Series 1 – Rodgers & Hammerstein Episode 4 – Cinderella In the fourth episode of a series of videos that explore the Rodgers and Hammerstein collections at the Library of Congress, Michael Feinstein discusses the impact of their show Cinderella on television, as well […]
Michael Feinstein on Musicals & Songs at the Library of Congress Series 1 – Rodgers & Hammerstein Episode 3 – “It Might as Well Be Spring” Revised @ 2:25pm EST on May 21, 2014 to include links to previous episodes In the third episode of a series of videos that explore the Rodgers and Hammerstein […]
Last week on May 7, Brahms and Tchaikovsky shared a birthday—an annual event since Tchaikovsky waltzed into the world in1840, seven years after Brahms. While the composers may not have cared much for one another, at this great historical remove we can appreciate the music of both men without worrying about offending the other camp—there […]