This Week: Collecting, Women’s Day & Jazz Legends

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This Week at the Library:

Tuesday, 3/7, 12:00 pm – Obsession, Collection, Donation: Dayton C. Miller (Lecture)
Wednesday, 3/8, 2:00 pm – The Sounds of Feminist Revolution (Lecture)
Thursday, 3/9, 7:00 pm – Miles and Trane as Living Ancestors (Lecture)

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Flutes in the Dayton C. Miller Collection, 1928, as displayed in the home of Dr. Miller (Dayton C. Miller Collection)

Flutes in the Dayton C. Miller Collection, 1928, as displayed in the home of Dr. Miller (Dayton C. Miller Collection)

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – 12:00 pm [Lecture]
Obsession, Collection, Donation:
Dayton C. Miller, An American Collector

Carol Lynn Ward-Bamford, Curator of Musical Instruments, Music Division
with special guest Paul Runci

It may be fair to say that Dayton C. Miller (1866-1941), a scientist by profession, a flutist and a collector above all), gradually developed the largest private collection ever assembled pertaining to one subject in the musical arts, with thousands of objects. Dayton Clarence Miller was born in Strongsville, Ohio, lived in nearby Cleveland, Ohio for his entire life, and served as professor in charge of physics at Case Western Reserve for 45 years. Dr. Miller described his collection as consisting of five separate collections:

I. Flutes
II. Books and literary materials relating to the flute
III. Music for the flute
IV. Works of art relating to the flute
V. Portraits of flutists and composers for the flute

Dr. Miller’s bequest typifies the relationship between collectors and museums where the donations of a private collector can educate and inspire the public in perpetuity. Who was this American collector who so strongly believed that the history of music was an essential part of the history of civilization that his flutes should be housed forever in a library?

Whittall Pavilion, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Free, tickets available

Wanted ad placed in the December 1924 issue of "The Flutist" by Dayton C. Miller (Dayton C. Miller Collection)

Wanted ad placed in the December 1924 issue of “The Flutist” by Dayton C. Miller (Dayton C. Miller Collection)

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – 2:00 pm [Lecture]
The Sounds of Feminist Revolution

Bonnie Morris, Historian

On International Women’s Day (March 8th) women’s history professor Bonnie Morris will present a lecture on the women’s music movement, and will explore rare materials and cultural changes introduced onstage by feminist and lesbian artists. This lecture complements the exhibit “Women’s Music: Feminist Sounds and Spaces,” now on display off the Great Hall North Agile Cases. Dr. Morris has taught women’s studies on the faculty of both Georgetown and George Washington universities for over twenty years and is the author of fifteen books, including three Lambda Literary Award finalists (Eden Built by Eves, Girl Reel, Revenge of the Women’s Studies Professor). She is the recipient of a 2016 D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities fellowship.

Pickford Theater, Third Floor, James Madison Memorial Building
Free, no tickets required
Presented by the Humanities and Social Sciences Division
Contact: Meg Metcalf, [email protected]

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Miles Davis, ca. Aug. 1947, by William P. Gottlieb (Music Division)

Miles Davis, ca. Aug. 1947, by William P. Gottlieb (Music Division)

Thursday, March 9, 2017 – 7:00 pm [Lecture]
Miles and Trane as Living Ancestors

Ingrid Monson, Library of Congress Jazz Scholar

Monson discusses the music and legacies of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. The Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music and interim Dean of Arts and Humanities at Harvard University, Monson is an award-winning author and scholar of jazz, African American music and the music of the African diaspora. Made possible by the Reva and David Logan Foundation.

Montpelier Room, Sixth Floor, James Madison Memorial Building
Free, tickets available

Smokey Robinson at Gershwin’s Piano

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New Video Roundup

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Tony Award Winner Don Sebesky’s Papers at the Library

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Upcoming Concerts: Pavel Haas Quartet & Paul Lansky Premiere

  Concerts from the Library of Congress Upcoming Events Friday, October 23, 2015 – 8:00pm (Coolidge Auditorium) PAVEL HAAS QUARTET Throughout its history, the Library has been a destination for the world’s great string quartets. Leading off this season’s lineup is the Pavel Haas Quartet, known for bold, compelling performances with a vivid sense of […]

Two Worlds Collide: Erich Leinsdorf Meets Janis Joplin

The following post has been written by Kevin McBrien, one of 36 college students participating in the Library of Congress 2015 Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program. The post was originally published on the Library of Congress blog. McBrien graduated in May from California State University at Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in music history […]

Pride Month at the Nation’s Library

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This Weekend @ Concerts from the Library of Congress

This Weekend @ Concerts from the Library of Congress Friday, May 22, 2015 – 8:00 pm (Coolidge Auditorium) LIGHT AND MATTER Jennifer Koh, violin | Anssi Karttunen, cello | Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano A special collection of artists combines forces to present a new piano trio by the masterful Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, commissioned in part […]

This Week @ Concerts from the Library of Congress: FLUTES!

This Week @ Concerts from the Library of Congress Saturday, May 2, 2015 – 2:00pm (Coolidge Auditorium) TWO THOUSAND FLUTES Lorna McGhee, flute Ryo Yanagitani, piano Carol Lynn Ward-Bamford, Curator of Musical Instruments, Library of Congress An introduction to the Library’s remarkable Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection: meet a few of the Library’s nearly 2,000 […]