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Same old songs on your iPod? Couldn’t get tickets for Lady Gaga? The Music Division has the solution for you. Tickets are now available for the first concerts in the 2010-2011 season at the Coolidge Auditorium. All concerts are free but require tickets available from Ticketmaster. Click on the artist’s name below to reserve tickets. There is a limit of 2 tickets per person. Patrons who are unable to obtain tickets are encouraged to try for stand-by tickets on the evening of the concert starting at 6:30 pm.

Ensemble 415

Friday, October 8, 2010 @8:00 pm
Ensemble 415

Chiara Banchini, Artistic Director with Eva Borhi, violin / Peter Barczi, violin and viola / Patricia Gagnon, viola/ Gaetano Nasillo, cello / Michele Barchi, harpsichord.

Banchini’s stellar ensemble, which has nurtured a generation of preeminent early music performers, offers music of the Italian and German Baroque on period instruments.

ALBINONI: Sinfonia a 5 in C Major, op. 2, no. 2
MUFFAT: Sonata no. 2 in G minor, from Armonico Tributo
BACH: Violin Concerto in G minor, BWV 1056r
VIVALDI: Trio Sonata in D minor, op. 1, no. 12 (“La Follia”)
ALBICASTRO: Concerto a 4, op. 7, no. 2
SAMMARTINI: Quintet no. 3 in G Major

6:15 pm – Whittall Pavilion: Pre-concert presentation (no tickets required):
“Priest, Freedom Fighter, Dilettante: Three Composers (and the Agent Who Made Them Stars)” – John Moran, Peabody Institute.

This concert is co-sponsored by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and organized in cooperation with the Maison Francaise of the Embassy of France.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 @8:00 pm
Arcanto Quartet

In its first North American tour, this quartet of notable soloists makes its Washington, DC, debut highlighted by Bartók’s Fifth Quartet, commissioned by Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge.

MOZART: String Quartet in D minor, K. 421
RAVEL: String Quartet in F Major
BARTÓK: String Quartet no. 5 (Coolidge commission)

Thursday, October 14, 2010 @8:00 pm
The English Concert
Harry Bicket, Artistic Director and harpsichord with Alice Coote, mezzo-soprano / Nadja Zwiener, violin/ Jonathan Manson, cello.

One of the world’s finest period instrument orchestras comes to the Library with a singer praised for her “commanding, sensual, leonine presence” and “a voice of copper silk” in vocal and instrumental works by Dowland, Handel, Monteverdi, and Vivaldi.

6:15 pm – Whittall Pavilion: Pre-concert presentation (no tickets required):
“Early Music at the Library: 85 Years of Performance Practice History” – Harry Bicket with Anne McLean (moderator), Norman Middleton, and James Wintle, Music Division.

Thursday, October 21, 2010 @8:00 pm
Talich Quartet
Masterworks performed by the second incarnation of one of the world’s finest quartets – the epitome of the illustrious Czech tradition of string playing.

BEETHOVEN: String Quartet in B-flat Major, op. 18, no. 6 (“La Malinconia”)
JANÁCEK: String Quartet no. 1 (“Kreutzer Sonata”)
DVORÁK: String Quartet in G Major, op. 106

6:15 pm – Whittall Pavilion: Pre-concert presentation (no tickets required):
“Sam McGee’s Railroad Blues and Other Versions of the Republic” – Greil Marcus, cultural critic and popular music scholar Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress American Folklife Center

Correction: Tickets for the Talich Quartet go on sale Wednesday, September 15 at 10:00 am.

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