The following is a guest post from Anne McLean of the Music Division.
On Wednesday, December 12 tickets for the spectacular spring season of Concerts from the Library of Congress will be available via Eventbrite. Tickets will be released at 10:00 am (ET), for all events for the second half of the season: January 10 through June 1, 2019.
All concerts are free but require tickets available through Eventbrite, with a limit of 2 tickets per household. Please note: Tickets are required for concerts, but all films, talks and preconcert events in the series are general admission with no ticket required, unless otherwise indicated. Patrons can still register for reminders and updates about those events, but seating will be first-come, first-served.
Coming up in this superlative spring lineup is a wonderful mix of chamber music, jazz and dance, with lectures, film screenings, talks, and world premieres of Library commissions. Take a look at our website, www.loc.gov/concerts, for our roster of events, highlighting special, unique programs like the U.S. premiere of Franz Liszt’s opera Sardanapalo and a dance evening that spotlights the legacy of a 1930’s artists’ collective, the New Dance Group, and showcases the Library’s extensive dance collections. Library of Congress Jazz Scholar Aaron Diehl also delves into our collections, performing music from James P. Johnson, Jelly Roll Morton and W.C. Handy to Louis Moreau Gottschalk and George Gershwin. You’ll want to mark your calendars for concerts by ensembles who very rarely appear in Washington: Austria’s Mnozil Brass and the Tetzlaff-Tetzlaff-Vogt Trio—and an intimate, informal conversation with Jessye Norman.
Our Video Game Music Mini-Fest, Augmented Realities, includes a commission from composer Austin Wintory, panel discussions, and displays. Don’t miss the chance to hear the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and pianist Jan Lisiecki performing a Mendelssohn concerto, plus the world premiere of a Library of Congress commission from Valerie Coleman. Two other significant Library commissions will be heard for the first time this spring; Ensemble Signal unveils a new work from Luca Francesconi, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center brings a new percussion quintet, Kronos-Kryptos, by George Crumb.
To start off the year, forget the wintry blasts of January and February! Join us for film screenings in the cozy Mary Pickford Theater. First up is a Fraudway Films series on January 10,17, 24 and 31 (All That Jazz, Gold Diggers of 1933, Staying Alive and Stepping Out. Following in February, we will be screening a swashbuckling series focusing on The Film Music of Erich Korngold on February 7, 14, 23 and 28 (The Sea Hawk, Kings Row, Captain Blood—with a side order of The Goonies—and The Sea Wolf).
For more information about the many events available to you this season, please check out our 2018-2019 Concerts from the Library of Congress Season BROCHURE, Didn’t get a ticket? If the event you wish to attend is listed as “Sold Out” on Eventbrite, don’t worry! RUSH passes are available free of charge at the door, beginning 2 hours prior to each performance. Patrons are strongly encouraged to try for a RUSH pass, as most patrons are able to be seated. We rarely turn anyone away; due to no-shows and returned tickets, some seats are always available at the door for sold-out events. RUSH passes are offered on a space-available basis and seats are not guaranteed.