Every year at Concerts from the Library of Congress we pay homage to our founding patron, Mrs. Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge. A mover and shaker, Mrs. Coolidge convinced Congress in 1925 to allow her to build a concert hall (the Coolidge Auditorium) within the Library of Congress. She also established the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation, administered by the Music Division to commission new music, present concerts and advance scholarly activities. The Library of Congress has been very fortunate to receive financial support from major donors and foundations, which in turn facilitates our being able to present “the world’s best artists” (The Washington Post) to the American public and global community.
Mrs. Coolidge was very fond of new music, the standard chamber music canon and also early music. The 2013 Founder’s Day concert offers a smorgasbord of Renaissance music, with some of the finest American performers of early music at the helm. The triple bill explores arrangements of works by Gabrieli and Gesualdo, and music from the Central European Low Countries, with works by Clemens non Papa, Isaac, Obrecht, Willaert, Du Fay, Ockeghem and Sweelinck.
The United States Navy Band Brass Choir, under the direction of Captain Brian O. Walden, kicks off the program with Renaissance music arranged for brass choir, including the world premiere of two Gesualdo arrangements by MU1 David J. Miller of the Navy Band. Piffaro and Blue Heron will perform separately and join forces for a jubilant finale.
The Founder’s Day concert is one of this season’s must-hear concerts. Best of all, it is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required. Given that Halloween is just around the corner, feel free to sport your Renaissance Fair garb for the concert! And don’t forget, turkey legs are not included.
Party Like It’s 1587 – Founder’s Day Concert
Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 7:00 p.m.–JeffersonBuilding, Coolidge Auditorium
The United States Navy Band Brass Ensemble, Captain Brian O. Walden, Commanding Officer/Leader
Blue Heron, Scott Metcalfe, Director
Piffaro, The Renaissance Band, Joan Kimball & Robert Wiemken, Artistic Directors
Free & open to the public, no tickets required.