Concerts from the Library of Congress is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 season, filled with an astonishing roster of artists and speakers. Building on the world-class chamber music you love to hear in the Coolidge Auditorium—which this year includes the Emerson Quartet with David Finckel, the Brentano Quartet with Hsin-Yun Huang and the Tetzlaff-Tetzlaff-Vogt Trio, and many more—a number of special projects offer unique experiences supported by the vast cultural resources of the Nation’s Library. You can hear the U.S. premiere of a Liszt opera, spend a weekend learning about video game music, and get to know our special collections related to The Wiz and Artur Schnabel, or Howard Ashman and Alan Menken—who will be performing—among many others. Our jazz offerings are especially exciting, with performances by the Pérez, Cohen, Potter Quintet; Charles Lloyd and the Marvels with Lucinda Williams; Aaron Diehl; and Jazzmeia Horn. With six new Library commissions, there will be a host of new sounds in which to immerse yourself, led by groups like Alarm Will Sound, the Quince Ensemble, the TAK Ensemble, Ensemble Signal and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Celebrate the 350th birthday of François Couperin with Les Talens Lyriques, and hear the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra perform major works by Mendelssohn alongside a new piece by Valerie Coleman. A host of films and talks are also available to you, as always, free of charge—come and listen!
Tickets for 2018 events will be available starting on Wednesday, September 5 at 10 am ET. This year all films, lectures and preconcert events will be general admission, with no tickets needed. Seating will be first-come, first-served. We will still offer registration for films and lectures, so that we can send a reminder and notify you of any schedule changes.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Click here to read our press release.
Click here to see the Season-at-a-Glance, where you can click on each event to learn more.
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