Pic of the Week: Gone Fishing Edition

From the Federal Theater Project Collection.

Last night I watched the host of Animal Planet’s River Monsters spend three hours trying to land a giant freshwater stingray. And I wondered, what might we have in the Music Divisions coffers that conveys such adventure and derring-do? I had to look no further than the Federal Theater Project collection, subject of the exhibit currently in the lobby of the Performing Arts Reading Room.  This week’s featured picture is from Swordfish Isle, a hand puppet play that was offered as an added attraction to the marionette show The Dragon Snee Zee.  (Yes, we have pictures of that too, which you will see in a future edition of Pic of the Week.)  If you head for the shore this weekend and fancy yourself a world-class angler,  consider this picture  a cautionary tale of what happens when your slippery prey hooks you. Peruse more images from the fascinating Federal Theater Project collection online.

Memorial Day  marks the unofficial beginning of summer, when outdoor pools open and vacationers make for the beach.  But it is also a day when we remember the soldiers who died in American wars.  Last year In the Muse remembered the fallen with songs from Patriotic Melodies in the Performing Arts Encyclopedia, including “The Army Goes Rolling Along,” “The Marines’ Hymn,” and ”The U.S. Air Force Song” (aka “Off we go into the wild blue yonder”).  Read more about the history of Memorial Day in Today in History: May 30, and have a safe and happy long weekend!

Sheet Music of the Week: Great Mustaches Edition

The results of last week’s World Beard and Mustache Championship provides a  hirsute backdrop to this week’s featured sheet music. Our esteemed colleagues at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art occasionally blog the praises of historical facial hair, and In the Muse has previously noted the Flickr meme,  Great Mustaches of the Library of Congress . […]

Library of Congress Chorale Performs Russian Masterpieces Tomorrow!

The following is a guest post from Senior Cataloging Specialist Sharon McKinley, with thanks to fellow staff members Irina Kirchik, Leslie Long, and Jurij Dobczansky.   The Library of Congress Chorale will present a free concert of Russian choral masterpieces at noon on Thursday, May 26 in the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium. Conductor Chad Becker and […]

eighth blackbird in the News!

As I opened up the Style section of The Washington Post today, I was excited to see a story by the Post’s music critic Anne Midgette on eighth blackbird, who will be performing here in Coolidge Auditorium tonight! Thought I’d share the story with our In the Muse readers to highlight the quality of performers […]

Pic of the Week: Passing the Baton Edition

Thanks to Acquisitions Specialist Loras Schissel, whom In the Muse interviewed last month, for contributing to this post. Our Pic of the Week depicts  two legendary figures whom you might be surprised to know had an occasional working relationship. The Sousa Band enjoyed its longest single engagement as a headlining feature for Charles Dillingham’s New York […]

Oliver Smith Collection…On Display!

The following is a guest post from Theater Specialist Walter Zvonchenko. Among the most significant collections acquired by the Library of Congress in very recent time is the Oliver Smith Collection of theatrical design, now in the custody of the Music Division. One of the most highly regarded and sought after stage designers of the […]

Maryland, my Maryland! Remembering the Pratt Street Riot

The following is a guest post from Head of Acquisitions & Processing Dr. Denise Gallo. Although the Mason-Dixon Line originated in the 1760s to resolve a border conflict between the colonies of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware, the role it assumed in the Civil War was deeply cultural and philosophical. To its north lay the states […]

Meet the Composer: Olli Kortekangas on his “Seven Songs for Planet Earth”

In her list of “not to miss” DC performances this year, The Washington Post music critic Anne Midgette included the premiere of Finnish composer Olli Kortekangas’s Seven Songs for Planet Earth, which will be performed in a concert called “Northern Lights: Choral Illuminations from Scandinavia and Beyond” by The Choral Arts Society of Washington and […]

Pic(s) of the Week: They Write the Songs Edition

Along with some great music, I heard a lot of great stories at Tuesday night’s ASCAP concert, from distinguished Congressmen and legendary songwriters alike. But one of the best stories came from a Library co-worker, who was thoroughly excited that I took her picture with Hal David after the concert ended.  Galina Teverovsky, a technician […]