Concerts from the Library of Congress
Founder’s Day Weekend
Friday, October 30, 2015 – 6:30pm (Whittall Pavilion)
A LEADING ROLE: WOMEN IN THE MUSIC WORLD
Jane Chu, Chairman, NEA
Margaret Lioi, CEO, Chamber Music America
Astrid Schween, Cellist, Juilliard String Quartet
Anne E. McLean, Senior Producer, Library of Congress Music Division
Three arts leaders convene for a conversation about the leading role of women in the music world. This conversation marks the beginning of Concerts from the Library of Congress‘ Founder’s Day Weekend, a series of events that honor music philanthropist Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge on her birthday. Coolidge was the founding patron of Concerts from the Library of Congress and supported the building of the historic Coolidge Auditorium, which opened in 1925. FREE, registration suggested (does not guarantee a seat).
The visionary artist Meredith Monk has been deemed “a magician of the voice” (The New York Times), and “one of America’s coolest composers” (Time Out New York). Celebrated internationally, her work has been presented by Lincoln Center, Houston Grand Opera, London’s Barbican Centre, and at major venues in countries from Brazil to Syria. Monk’s groundbreaking exploration of the voice as an instrument expands the boundaries of musical composition, creating landscapes of sound that unearth feelings, energies, and memories for which there are no words. In this program she and her acclaimed vocal ensemble illustrate her range as a composer and her engagement with performance as a vehicle for spiritual transformation. Free, tickets required.
Advance tickets for this event are currently sold out. RUSH passes will be distributed for space available admission beginning at 6:00pm.
Nightcap Coversation (Coolidge Auditorium)
Join Meredith Monk for a conversation about her music and distinguished career. This discussion will take place in the Coolidge Auditorium, immediately following the conclusion of the concert. Free with ticket to the 8pm concert.
Saturday, October 31, 2015 – 2:00pm (Coolidge Auditorium)
Pomerium takes its inspiration from the renowned chapel choirs of the Renaissance, reviving the golden age of a cappella singing. “Marvels of blend, interplay, clarity and enunciation” (The Plain Dealer) characterize the concerts of this esteemed 15-voice ensemble, whose medieval Latin name means “sacred space” or “garden.” The ensemble’s four-decade history unites the pursuit of serious scholarship and the highest performance standards, commanding attention for its interpretations of Josquin, Ockeghem, Lassus and Palestrina. This afternoon you will hear a few early blooms from this repertoire, drawn from the Library’s impressive holdings of rare imprints by these masters. FREE tickets required.
Advance tickets for this event are currently sold out. RUSH passes will be distributed for space available admission beginning at 12:00pm.
Pre-Concert Conversation (12:30pm, Whittall Pavilion)
Coolidge Uncut: A Conversation with the Coolidge Exhibit Curators and Filmmaker Marjorie Short
Robin Rausch, Senior Music Reference Specialist, Library of Congress
Caitlin Miller, Music Reference Specialist, Library of Congress
Marjorie Short, Creator, The Great Lady of Music: Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge
FREE, no tickets required