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Pacifica Quartet by Lisa Marie Mazzucco

Monday, January 23, 2017 – 8:00 pm [Concert]
Pacifica Quartet with Jörg Widmann, clarinet

The exuberant, Grammy-winning Pacifica joins forces with German composer and clarinetist Jörg Widmann, well-matched partners for the striking works you’ll hear in this concert. Widmann’s dramatic, sinister Jagdquartett is a grimly ironic scherzo channeling the intensity and chaos of the hunt, and the pyrotechnical brilliance of the Weber Clarinet Quintet is breathtaking.

HAYDN String Quartet in G major, op. 76, no. 1
WIDMANN Jagdquartett [String Quartet no. 3]
WEBER Clarinet Quintet in B-flat major, op. 34

Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building
Free, tickets required

If advance tickets are no longer available via Eventbrite, RUSH passes will be distributed at the door beginning at 6:00 pm.

Program booklet

Pre-concert conversation with the artists (6:30 pm – Whittall Pavilion)
Free, no tickets required


Courtesy of the Marlboro Music Festival

Courtesy of the Marlboro Music Festival

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 – 8:00 pm [Concert]
Musicians from Marlboro
Nicholas Phan, tenor; Michelle Ross, violin; Carmit Zori, violin;
Rebecca Albers, viola; Alice Yoo, cello; Lydia Brown, piano

Musicians from Marlboro return to the Library for a mixed vocal and instrumental chamber evening that highlights the musical and cultural connections between Austria, Germany, Ireland and Great Britain.

HAYDN String Quartet in D major, op. 76, no. 5
BEETHOVEN Selections from Irische Lieder, WoO 152
BEETHOVEN String Quartet in C major, op. 59, no. 3 (“Razumovsky”)

Presented in association with the Bill and Mary Meyer Concert Series of the Smithsonian Freer and Sackler Galleries.

Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building
Free, tickets required

Advance tickets are no longer available. RUSH passes will be distributed at the door beginning at 6:00 pm.

Program booklet

Nightcap conversation with the artists (immediately following the concert, onstage)
Free, no tickets required


Thursday, January 26, 2017 – 7:00 pm [Lecture]
“The Rhythmic Imagination in African Music”
Kofi Agawu, PhD, Professor of Music, Princeton University

Courtesy of Kofi Agawu

Courtesy of Kofi Agawu

Distinguished musicologist Kofi Agawu discusses the rhythmic imagination in African music, based on his recent book The African Imagination in Music. Agawu has taught at King’s College London, Cornell, Yale and Harvard, and held visiting positions at Indiana University, University of Oregon, Hong Kong University, and Oxford. He is a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received the Eva Judd O’Meara Award from the Music Library Association and Harrison Medal from the Society for Musicology in Ireland. His books include Communication in Eighteenth-Century Music (2008), Music as Discourse: Semiotic Adventures in Romantic Music (2008), and Representing African Music: Postcolonial Notes, Queries, Positions (2003). He holds a PhD from Stanford University, an M.M from King’s College London, and a B.A. from Reading University.

Montpelier Room, 6th Floor, James Madison Memorial Building
Free, tickets required


Inauguration Music of Yesteryear

On Friday, January 20, 2017, the Presidential Inauguration will take place and the President-elect will officially begin his duties as the 45th President of the United States. As we prepare for this political ritual, I thought it might be interesting to share some examples of music composed for and about specific presidential inaugurations from long […]

In Memoriam: 2016

With 2016 drawing to a close, anxious music fans may worry that a year that has taken away so many legends may yet give us one more reason to mourn. Starting with the death of Natalie Cole on New Year’s Day, dozens of artists who have provided the soundtracks of our lives died this year. […]

Winter/Spring Ticket Release for Concerts from the Library of Congress

This post has been modified from an article originally written by Nicholas A. Brown. Tickets for winter and spring Concerts from the Library of Congress events, presented by the Music Division, will be released to the public on Jan. 4 at 10 a.m. via Eventbrite. All concerts, films and lectures are free but require advance […]

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”: An Illustrated History

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” is one of the most popular Christmas carols we hear during the holidays, and one with an especially interesting history involving four creative minds over the span of two centuries. While the history is well documented, source materials in the Library of Congress’s collections provide engaging illustrations detailing the evolution […]

Buried in Valhalla: Performing Arts Figures at Kensico Cemetery

A guest blog post by retired cataloger Sharon McKinley. While researching Geraldine Farrar a few years ago, I noticed that she is buried at Kensico Cemetery, located in Valhalla, New York. Coincidentally, my grandparents are there as well. Beyond the fact that having a cemetery in a place called Valhalla is a grand idea, Kensico […]

Music and the Law, Part 1

In the Muse is happy to cross post the following piece by Betty Lupinacci, Processing Section Head in the Law Library. Her blog post was originally published on the Law Library’s blog, In Custodia Legis: Law Librarians of Congress.   As much as I love Christmas carols, I’m usually tired of them by mid-December as […]

Andrew White: “Petey, Me and the Library of Congress”

The following is a guest blog by Andrew N. White III, a participant in the Library’s DC Jazz Project, a component of the 2016-2017 Library of Congress Jazz Scholars program. This program is made possible by the Reva and David Logan Foundation. White delivered a lecture-recital at the Library on November 3, 2016 (a video […]