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 tickets. Click to view a chronological listing of events and for more information visit www.loc.gov/concerts.
From early music and jazz to Japanese Kyogen theater and animated films that feature superb scores, the coming months are filled with a diverse array of programs that showcase the Library’s collections. Highlights include Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI (Feb. 4); new music group Either/Or (Feb. 18); concerts featuring the Pacifica Quartet (Jan. 23), Hagen Quartet (March 3) and the Arditti Quartet with Eliot Fisk (March 24); an appearance by performers from the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival with soprano Tony Arnold, violist and composer Brett Dean and pianist Juho Pohjonen (April 8); a performance by cellist Steven Isserlis and pianist Connie Shih (April 21); the world premiere of a Library commission by jazz saxophonist and composer Steve Coleman (April 22); and an appearance by trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and his quartet (May 20). Featured speakers include Kofi Agawu on “The Rhythmic Imagination in African Music” (Jan. 26) and Jean E. Snyder on Harry T. Burleigh.
This season boasts special performance collaborations with the Freer/Sackler Galleries, the Embassy of Japan and Opera America. Several events have been added to the winter and spring lineup, including a concert commemorating Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial that features Dianne Reeves (March 31), appearances by Library of Congress jazz scholars Ingrid Monson (March 1, 9) and John Szwed (April 22), as well as the world premiere of “Fierce Grace – Jeannette Rankin” (April 7), a song cycle about the first woman elected to Congress, by Kitty Brazelton, Laura Kaminsky, Laura Karpman and Ellen Reid.
Solomon HaileSelassie of the Music Division hosts a “Toon Tunes” film series in February that will feature evening showings and daytime family-friendly showings on Saturdays. The lineup includes “Princess Mononoke” (1997), “Beauty and the Beast” (1991), “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm” (1993). The Young Reader’s Center will host special activities for families and children in conjunction with the Saturday film screenings.
To book tickets via Eventbrite, visit loc.gov/concerts and click on the “Free tickets via Eventbrite” link on the left side of the page. Eventbrite also offers a free mobile app for iOS and Android devices that may be used for booking tickets. Request ADA accommodations at least five business days in advance by contacting 202-707-6362 or [email protected]
Advance tickets for concerts are expected to be booked to capacity shortly after their initial release. Patrons unable to secure tickets are encouraged to register for individual events’ TicketAlert List to receive notifications of when returned tickets become available. The TicketAlert List registration option appears on Eventbrite pages after all advance ticket orders are fully processed.
Admission is also possible for concerts through the RUSH program. RUSH passes are distributed two hours prior to concerts and provide space-available seating. Visit loc.gov/concerts for complete ticketing and program information.
If you have any questions about obtaining tickets, write to [email protected] or call 202-707-5502 for more information.