Happy Birthday, Maria!

To mark the 59th birthday of Grammy Award-winning composer, arranger and bandleader Maria Schneider on Wednesday, we revisit four webcast videos of her time at the Library. The first is a performance by her orchestra: the world premiere of her Library-commissioned work “Data Lords.”

The second was a pre-concert interview I did with Ms. Schneider that night in which the audience had the opportunity to gain deeper insights into the context of her work and discuss her new work “Data Lords.”

The third was an intimate private discussion about her personal creative process. We also discussed some of the treasures she examined in the Music Division earlier that day and ongoing aspirations and dreams in her musical world.

 

The fourth is a panel discussion on artists’ rights in the digital marketplace hosted by Jennifer Cutting featuring Ms. Schneider, John L. Simson, and artist Spree Wilson.

Thanks to the Reva and David Logan Foundation which helped support Ms. Schneider’s residency at the Library in April of 2016.

Gilbert Miller and His World

The following is a guest post by Senior Theater Specialist Walter Zvonchenko. Gilbert Miller (1884-1969) was one of the most active and successful theatrical producers of the 20th century.  He had offices in New York and London, had many connections with theatrical offices across Europe, and was responsible for presenting some of the finest in […]

Leopold’s Turn: Leopold Mozart Turns 300

The following is a guest post from Music Reference Specialist Robert Lipartito. November 14 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Johann Georg Leopold Mozart, composer, violinist, teacher, theorist, and one of music’s most famous stage parents.  He is best known, of course, as father, teacher, manager, archivist, and personal secretary of Wolfgang Amadeus […]

Imagining the U.S. Immigrant Musical Theater

The following is a guest post from Dr. John Koegel, Professor of Musicology at California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Koegel will be presenting the Fall 2019 American Musicological Society/Library of Congress Lecture, “Recovering the History of the U.S. Immigrant Musical Theater at the Library of Congress” tonight (November 12, 2019) at 7pm in the Montpelier […]

This Week: José André Montaño in Coolidge Auditorium

The following post was written by Music Reader Services Librarian Katie Rodda and published on October 24, 2019 on NLS Music Notes, a Library of Congress blog for and about those who want, need or provide the special format music of braille, audio, and large print offered by the NLS Music Section.    This week, on Thursday, November […]