The Bride’s Dilemma: Wedding Music

With my own wedding approaching later this month, I join the ranks of summer brides with visions of flower arrangements dancing in my head. If there’s one aspect of the occasion that I took most seriously when I began planning the ceremony, it was definitely the music (naturally!). There are the traditional selections, of course: […]

Summer Concerts on the Lawn

The following is a guest post by Claudia Morales, Music Division THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS and WASHINGTON PERFORMING ARTS PRESENT FREE SUMMER CONCERTS ON THE LAWN Thursday evenings at 7pm, July 11 through August 15 Bring your dancing moves because our Concert Series is going to make you swing! The Library of Congress and Washington […]

Finding Strayhorn: Reflections from Chris Potter

The following is a guest post from saxophonist Chris Potter, who participated in the Music Division’s Finding Strayhorn discussion panel on June 12, 2019. My visit to the Library of Congress fortunately coincided with the announcement that the Billy Strayhorn Music Manuscripts and Estate Papers are now available for the public to study. I was […]

Thinking About Eric Dolphy On His Birthday

He was only 36 when he died in Berlin in 1964, but the gifted, avant-garde innovator Eric Dolphy (June 20, 1928-June 29, 1964) helped change the landscape for jazz improvisers through his collaborations with John Coltrane, Gunther Schuller, Charles Mingus and his own projects. He was a multi-instrumentalist who found his distinctive voice on alto […]