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Experiencing the World Premiere of Vijay Iyer’s McKim Fund Commission at the Library of Congress

Posted by: Claudia Morales

On May 9, 2024, composer/pianist Vijay Iyer and violinist Curtis Stewart of PUBLIQuartet performed the world premiere of Iyer’s What Isn’t Hard to See at the Library of Congress. The work was commissioned by the McKim Fund at the Library of Congress, which supports the performance and commissioning of works for violin and piano by …

Celebrating International Jazz Day

Posted by: Claudia Morales

This season, Concerts from the Library of Congress has showcased the Library’s jazz collections for the esteemed performing artists who have appeared on the series. We are dedicated to fostering reflection and perspective by connecting these artists with our varied collection, ensuring that the work of major artists from the past century remains available to …

Lakecia Benjamin: 2023 Library of Congress Jazz Scholar

Posted by: Claudia Morales

The following is a guest post by 2023 Library of Congress Jazz Scholar and 2024 Grammy Nominee Lakecia Benjamin. In many ways, 2023 was a breakout year for me. I was blessed to be able to perform the music I love, meet new people and experience different countries, languages, and cultures. Most people don’t know …

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Concerts from the Library of Congress Announces Fall Concerts

Posted by: Claudia Morales

The following is a guest post from Senior Concert Producer, Anne McLean.  A packed and exciting fall lineup kicks off the 2021–22 Concerts from the Library of Congress season, presenting master musicians and a wide-ranging, diverse roster of virtual events in classical music, jazz and dance. On offer are concerts, lectures, conversations with artists and …

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Igor Santos’confined. speak. –McKim Commission, world premiere

Posted by: Claudia Morales

The following is a guest post by composer Igor Santos. confined. speak. is a 15-minute work for violin and piano commissioned by the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress. It was written for Ensemble Dal Niente members MingHuan Xu and Winston Choi and was recorded in Chicago on October 27, 2020, for a virtual …

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Chucho Valdés in Conversation

Posted by: Claudia Morales

On Saturday, October 16, 2019, Concerts from the Library of Congress hosted Afro-Cuban jazz master, Chucho Valdés. Founder and director of the legendary Cuban jazz band Irakere, winner of six GRAMMYs and four Latin GRAMMYs, Chucho Valdés is not just an authority in the jazz world, he is a living legend. As part of his engagement at …