The Library of Congress, including the Performing Arts Reading Room, will close at 12:00pm on Friday, January 22, 2016 due to inclement weather. We will remain closed through Saturday, January 23, 2016. Our digital resources are available for use throughout the closures. Please watch our facebook page for an operating status update for Monday, January 25, 2016.
The January 22, 2016 (7pm) screening of Chappaqua has been postponed due to the inclement weather forecast in the Washington, DC area. The film has been rescheduled to Friday, February 12, 2016 (7pm). Tickets for the original date will be honored. If you would like to cancel your tickets, please email us at concerts [at] loc.gov.
Below is a taste of some snow-themed materials in our digital collections. If you happen to create a clever meme or gif using any of our snow-related public domain materials, feel free to share it with us on facebook or via email (concerts [at] loc.gov).
Snow, Washington, DC, by Harris & Ewing (1922) – Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress
“Blizzard Galop” for piano by Carl Hoffman (Cincinnati: John Church Co., 1885) – Music Division, Library of Congress
Tomorrow, August 25, marks American composer, conductor, and educator Leonard Bernstein’s birthday (he would be 94 years old!). Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) was without a doubt one of the most significant and influential musical figures in American history. The Music Division is incredibly fortunate to hold the Leonard Bernstein Collection. One of the most heavily used […]
The following post is by Music Cataloging intern Ruth Bright. While cataloging as an intern in the Music Division, I ran across this beautifully illustrated lithograph title page for a song tucked away inside an anonymous volume, one of approximately 290 volumes found at LC classification number M1.A15. This volume of miscellaneous melodies contains many […]
The following is a guest post by Dance Heritage Coalition Fellow Nicole Topich. Processing the Marge Champion Collection in the Music Division has been one of the most exciting archives jobs I have held. The collection is not very large, but almost every item I found was interesting or historically significant. Because the collection has […]
When I prepared the Martha Graham Collection for digitization some years ago, I looked at hundreds of clippings that the legendary choreography kept in her detailed scrapbooks. Something struck me about the dance reviews. Regular columns by certain music critics were accompanied by a thumbnail photo of the author. In the scrapbook pages of the Graham […]
The following is a guest post by Stephen Winick, American Folklife Center. Staff members from the Library of Congress’s American Folklife Center (AFC) have identified a one-minute-long segment of silent color footage as film of David “Honeyboy” Edwards, shot by Alan Lomax for the Music Division in 1942. Although the meeting between Edwards and Lomax […]
People sometimes ask if Library of Congress programs are available to view online. Copyright and other issues prevent us from making everything available online, but highlights from the Music Division’s great concert and lecture season are available on the Library’s webcasts page, including the lecture “Bernstein meets Broadway,” the late Jack Gottlieb’s revealing talk “Working […]
The following is a guest post by Stephen Winick, Writer and Editor, American Folklife Center. On Saturday, February 18, 2012, the Library’s Coolidge auditorium hosted a relaxed and thoroughly enjoyable concert by Grammy-Award-winning old-time folk music group The Carolina Chocolate Drops. The two-hour concert featured old-fashioned music on guitar, banjo, steel-resonator mandolin, and fiddle, with […]
One of the most memorable images from Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film adaptation of the Stephen King novel The Shining is a shot of a framed group photo from the heyday of the fictional Overlook Hotel. It has become an iconic image, and its resonance in the film can lend almost any vintage group photo an air of […]
Iconic tenor Enrico Caruso was born on February 25, 1873 in Naples, Italy. Over a career spanning 25 years, he performed at the world’s great opera houses, including nearly 900 appearances at New York’s Metropolitan Opera alone. In this age of the mp3 we take recorded music for granted, but Caruso was one of […]