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This Week: Hagen Quartet, Hindemith, Monson & Hutchins

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This Week at the Library:

Tuesday, 2/28, 12:00 pm – Hindemith’s Musical Responses to WWI (Lecture)
Wednesday, 3/1, 12:00 pm – Ingrid Monson (Interview)
Friday, 3/3, 6:30 pm – American Luthier: Carleen Hutchins (Lecture)
Friday, 3/3, 8:00 pm – Hagen Quartet (Concert)


Hindemith in uniform with his viola during WWI, ca. 1917-1918 (Fondation Hindemith)
Paul Hindemith in uniform with his viola during WWI, 1918 (Fondation Hindemith)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 – 12:00 pm [Lecture]
Hindemith’s Musical Responses to WWI

Nicholas Alexander Brown, Music Division

German composer Paul Hindemith was deeply affected by the devastating experience of WWI in European society. He came of age during the war and translated his reflections into poignant musical compositions that address many of the themes that pervade all types of global conflict, including death and loss of innocence. The Library of Congress Music Division holds several Hindemith manuscripts, as well as archival documents that relate to his career. Presented in association with “World War I: American Artists View the Great War” and “Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I,” Library of Congress special exhibitions.

Visit the Library’s new WWI topic page

Whittall Pavilion, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Free, tickets available


Courtesy of Ingrid Monson
Courtesy of Ingrid Monson

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – 12:00 pm [Interview]

Ingrid Monson, Library of Congress Jazz Scholar

Jazz curator Larry Appelbaum interviews Library of Congress Jazz Scholar Ingrid Monson. The Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music at Harvard University and interim Dean of Arts and Humanities at Harvard University, Monson is an award-winning author and scholar whose work in jazz, African American music and the music of the African diaspora is greatly respected. Made possible by the Reva and David Logan Foundation.

Whittall Pavilion, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Free, tickets available


Friday, March 3, 2017 – 6:30 pm [Lecture]
American Luthier: Carleen Hutchins – The Art & Science of the Violin

Quincy Whitney, Author

Quincy Whitney discusses her new book, which examines the life and work of Carleen Hutchins, an elementary school science teacher turned luthier, and the violin octets that she created. The violins reside at museums in Europe and the United States. Book signing to follow.

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


Hagen Quartet by Harald Hoffmann
Hagen Quartet by Harald Hoffmann

Friday, March 3, 2017 – 8:00 pm [Concert]
Hagen Quartet

The distinguished Hagen Quartet has held a place in the top tier of the chamber music world for over 35 years, praised for impeccable technique and a beautifully blended, charismatic sound. And its instruments are equally distinguished: a set of Strads with a pedigree from their previous owners, the Cleveland, Tokyo and Paganini quartets.

SCHUBERT | Quartet in E-flat major, D. 87
SHOSTAKOVICH | String Quartet no. 12 in D-flat major, op. 133
BRAHMS | String Quartet in A minor, op. 51, no. 2

Coolidge Auditorium, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Free, tickets required. If the event is listed as sold out, returned tickets may become available until 6:00 pm on Friday, March 3. 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.


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Around the Library


Baseball’s Greatest Hits: The Music of Our National Game
A Library of Congress Exhibition
February 9-July 22, 2017, 8:30 am-5:00 pm
Performing Arts Reading Room Gallery, LM-113, James Madison Memorial Building

This exhibition features baseball sheet music from the collections of the Music Division at the Library of Congress. Most of these works are original copyright deposits and represent only a small fraction of the more than 400 published songs about baseball in the Music Division’s custody. They illustrate the remarkable congruence between the evolution of the sport from before the Civil War to the present, and the musical counterparts that have chronicled in song baseball’s greatest moments.

Explore the digital exhibit


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