This Week at the Library: WWI Sheet Music, Jeannette Rankin, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

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This Week at the Library:

Tuesday, 4/4, 12:00 pm – “WWI Sheet Music at the Library of Congress” (Lecture)

Friday, 4/7, 6:30 pm – “Fierce Grace: Jeannette Rankin” (Concert + Panel)

Saturday, 4/8, 6:30 pm – Conversation with Brett Dean (Panel)

Saturday, 4/8, 8:00 pm – Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival (Concert)

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WWI Sheet music

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 – 12:00 pm [Lecture]
“WWI Sheet Music at the Library of Congress: America’s War, as Viewed by Publishers and the Public”

Paul Fraunfelter, Music Division, Library of Congress

American sheet music from the period of the First World War reflects the confidence and challenges of a new economic and industrial giant, suddenly thrust into a war it had previously resisted and eager to assert itself on the world stage. This discussion explores the historical and sociological perspectives of WWI classified (M1646) commercially and privately published, vanity press and manuscript songs, which are available online through the Library of Congress website.

Whittall Pavilion, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Free,  no tickets required (limited seating)

Presented in association with the Library of Congress exhibition “World War I: American Artists View the Great War” and “Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I”

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Jeannette Rankin. Photo by C.T. Chapman, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.

Jeannette Rankin. Photo by C.T. Chapman, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.

Friday, April 7, 2017 – 6:30 pm [Concert + Panel]
“Fierce Grace: Jeannette Rankin”
World premiere

Heather Johnson, mezzo-soprano
Mila Henry, piano

The Library of Congress and Opera America co-present the world premiere of  Fierce Grace—Jeannette Rankin, a song cycle about the first woman elected to Congress. It was composed by Kitty Brazelton, Laura Kaminsky, Laura Karpman and Ellen Reid; Kimberly Reed, librettist. A discussion with the creators follows the performance.

Co-presented by the Library of Congress and Opera America

Coolidge Auditorium, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Free, tickets requiredIf the event is listed as sold out, returned tickets may become available until 4:30 pm on Friday, April 7. Keep checking the ticketing page to see if returns are available. If you are unable to secure an advance ticket, use our RUSH program to gain admission at the door. RUSH passes will be distributed beginning at 4:300 pm.

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Pictured (from left to right): Tony Arnold, Juho Pohjohnen (credit: Marco Borggreve), and Brett Dean (credit: Claudia Hansen)

Pictured (from left to right): Tony Arnold, Juho Pohjohnen (credit: Marco Borggreve), and Brett Dean (credit: Claudia Hansen)

Saturday, April 8, 2017 – 6:30 pm [Panel]
Conversation with Brett Dean 

Composer and violist Brett Dean is joined by members of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival for a pre-concert conversation.

Whittall Pavilion, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Free, no tickets required (limited seating)

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Saturday, April 8, 2017 – 8:00 pm [Concert]
Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

Tony Arnold, soprano  |  Brett Dean, viola  |  Juho Pohjonen, piano
Orion String Quartet

This concert highlights the music of Australian composer and violist Brett Dean, who premieres a new work for viola and piano—a Library co-commission—with Juho Pohjonen.  His arresting monodrama “And once I played Ophelia” features the remarkable soprano Tony Arnold as protagonist. Striking, imaginative effects in both vocal and string writing sketch a passionate figure the composer calls a “feistier” Ophelia. The manuscript for Schoenberg’s second quartet was given to the Library of Congress by Gertrude Clarke Whittall.

PROGRAM
Schumann | Märchenbilder, op. 113
Dean | String Quartet no. 2 (“And once I played Ophelia)
Dean | Rooms of Elsinore for viola and piano
Schoenberg | String Quartet no. 2, op. 10

Presented in association with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

Coolidge Auditorium, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Free, tickets requiredIf the event is listed as sold out, returned tickets may become available until 6:00 pm on Saturday, April 8. Keep checking the ticketing page to see if returns are available. If you are unable to secure an advance ticket, use our RUSH program to gain admission at the door. RUSH passes are distributed beginning at 6:00 pm.

Courtesy of the Orion String Quartet

      Courtesy of the Orion String Quartet

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