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A group of men in formal attire on a raised platform, singing while accompanied on piano and under the direction of a conductor

Music for Men’s Chorus at the Library of Congress

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As someone may have once said, a men’s chorus concert camer-oughta have happened by now, and we agree! After three years of rescheduling, we are pleased to finally present the Washington Men’s Camerata in a performance that features some unique offerings. The Library of Congress holds the manuscripts for a number of the pieces they performed in its collections, and you will be able to see some of those images in the concert video for this virtual event. A wide range of music is featured, with works from composers ranging from Felix Mendelssohn and Johannes Brahms to Irving Fine and Samuel Barber. You can watch the video here:

In addition, James Wintle, Head of Reader Services in the Music Division, will be giving a talk about some of the music featured in the video. Spots are limited, but you can still register for his webinar that will take place at 1pm ET on Feb. 21, 2023. You can find out more and register here.

We plan to make Wintle’s talk available online if you miss it, so keep an eye out for it. In the meantime, be sure to check out the video, the program and the related resources available. Enjoy the performance with some friends to boost your camerata-rie!

We would also like to thank everyone involved for their patience and determination in making these events happen despite the adverse circumstances, and we would also like to recognize the generous support of the Verna and Irving Fine Endowment in the Library of Congress.


Comments (4)

  1. Wonderful. Thank you!

  2. It’s really a shame there are no captions, song title indicators or anything indicated for this. My mother who is 77 is hard of hearing and needs this aid. Quite frankly, I, who am 56, can’t make out a word they’re singing in this first piece, but maybe it’s in a different language. My mother, who shared this with me, won’t be able to listen. This lack of subtitles/captions indicates no care was put into preparing this recording. Why do it?

  3. My mistake in saying there were no song titles – I noticed them after a bit.

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