This Week: Rachmaninoff, Baseball, Tim Burton + Either/Or

This Week at the Library: 2/14, 12 pm – Plylar on Rachmaninoff (Lecture) 2/15, 12 pm – Baseball’s Greatest Hits (Gallery Talk) 2/17, 7 pm – The Nightmare Before Christmas (Film) 2/18, 12 pm – The Nightmare Before Christmas (Film) 2/18, 8 pm – Either/Or (Concert) ***** Tuesday, February 14, 2017 – 12:00 pm [Lecture] […]

Smokey Robinson at Gershwin’s Piano

(The following is a guest post by Director of Communications Gayle Osterberg. It was originally published on the Library of Congress Blog.) This Friday (Feb. 10) PBS stations nationwide (9 pm Eastern – check your local listings) will share with America the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song tribute concert honoring Motown legend […]

This Week: Beauty and the Beast + YRC

Friday, February 10, 2017 – 7:00 pm Saturday, February 11, 2017 – 12:00 pm [Family-Friendly] Beauty and the Beast (1991) [Film] Toon Tunes with Solomon HaileSelassie The world of film animation displays great variety in the techniques used to produce the images and in how those images interact with the sound environment. We will explore […]

This Week: Jordi Savall, Gershwin & Toon Tunes

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 – 12:00 pm [Gallery Talk] Here to Stay: The Legacy of George and Ira Gershwin Senior music specialist and exhibit curator Raymond White introduces treasures of the George and Ira Gershwin Collection. He will discuss the types of items on exhibit, including music manuscripts, lyric sheets, letters, photographs, and the new […]

Happy Birthday to “Little Mozart”

The Music Division is home to some magnificent Mozart manuscripts, from his Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219, to a handwritten letter from 14 year-old Wolfgang to his sister Nannerl, to his revered Gran Partita. In addition to these (fully digitized!) Mozart manuscripts, our collections also feature reflections and commentary on the […]

Next Week: Musical Goodness Galore

Monday, January 23, 2017 – 8:00 pm [Concert] Pacifica Quartet with Jörg Widmann, clarinet The exuberant, Grammy-winning Pacifica joins forces with German composer and clarinetist Jörg Widmann, well-matched partners for the striking works you’ll hear in this concert. Widmann’s dramatic, sinister Jagdquartett is a grimly ironic scherzo channeling the intensity and chaos of the hunt, […]

Inauguration Music of Yesteryear

On Friday, January 20, 2017, the Presidential Inauguration will take place and the President-elect will officially begin his duties as the 45th President of the United States. As we prepare for this political ritual, I thought it might be interesting to share some examples of music composed for and about specific presidential inaugurations from long […]

In Memoriam: 2016

With 2016 drawing to a close, anxious music fans may worry that a year that has taken away so many legends may yet give us one more reason to mourn. Starting with the death of Natalie Cole on New Year’s Day, dozens of artists who have provided the soundtracks of our lives died this year. […]