The following is a guest post from House Manager of the Concert Office, Solomon HaileSelassie.
It’s August in Washington and there is record heat, high humidity, Congress is in recess and children everywhere are creating havoc as their school year draws near. But cultural institutions are strapping in — press releases are flying in from theatres, concert halls, and galleries as they prepare to offer their best and brightest to the impeccable audiences of DC, one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. We’re all pretty excited to produce in such an artistic town. Can you tell?
Having just celebrated our landmark 85th Anniversary Season, the Library of Congress continues to dig even deeper to bring you stellar performances! The 2011-12 season of the Concerts from the Library of Congress is one of special celebrations highlighting the riches of the Library’s extraordinary music archives—a Franz Liszt Bicentenary Project; a 6-part BachFest; and a sparkling, exuberant tribute to two American entertainment legends, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Concerts by Leon Fleisher and the Cygnus Ensemble and a production of Samuel Beckett’s Ohio Impromptu both inaugurate a new Library of Congress endowment, the Dina Koston and Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music. The Talking about Music series shares the knowledge and insight of scholars, performers, composers, and others. And Thursday Noontime Lectures by expert staff curators provide intriguing snapshots from the Library’s collections—spotlighting just a few of the over 22 million individual items held in our collections—more music per square foot than anywhere else in the world. And did we mention these programs are FREE and open to the public?
Stay sharp; check the Concerts from the Library of Congress page for updates and sign up for the mailing list HERE for special news on the concerts including ticket release dates and other news from the concert production team.