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Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin performing on an alto saxophone in the Coolidge Auditorium. Wearing a gold jacket and white top.

Now Streaming: January 2024 Edition

Posted by: Nicholas A. Brown-Cáceres

The Library of Congress is proud to offer free digital programming from its collections for the enjoyment of audiences that are not able to attend our live events in Washington, D.C. The Music Division works with colleagues throughout the Library to ensure that past events in the Concerts from the Library of Congress series, educational …

Photograph of three members of the band Cha Wa

Concerts from the Library of Congress: Announcing the Winter/Spring 2024 Season

Posted by: David Plylar

It is a great pleasure to announce the winter/spring 2024 events of Concerts from the Library of Congress—we have prepared a broad array of concerts, conversations, lectures and films that we are excited to share with you. With 27 events and more to come, there is something for everyone. On February 12 we will begin …

Chief Adjuah, a Journey to New Orleans

Posted by: Claudia Morales

This December Chief  Adjuah takes the stage at the Coolidge Auditorium (Friday, December 1 at 8 p.m.). Known for his dynamic and genre-defying music, Chief Adjuah will perform his latest studio-recorded album, “Bark Out Thunder Roar Out Lighting.” Chief Adjuah’s upcoming performance marks the first of two scheduled artists this season, both contributing to a …

Engraving depicting a scene from Verdi's opera adaptation of Macbeth

Shakespeare Everywhere: From the Stacks to the Coolidge Stage

Posted by: Nicholas A. Brown-Cáceres

This autumn, many of Washington, D.C.’s arts and culture venues are collaborating to present the Shakespeare Everywhere Festival. The Library of Congress is pleased to participate in this gathering of theatrical productions, concerts, lectures, and educational events on offer through December 31, 2023. Bibliophiles and music lovers can experience two special events as part of …

Image of four musicians onstage performing with a city backdrop

Founder’s Day 2023: Piece Offerings—Focused Encounters with Recent Works by Roger Reynolds and Kate Soper

Posted by: David Plylar

*** SPECIAL START TIME OF 7 p.m. FOR THIS YEAR’S FOUNDER’S DAY CONCERT!!!*** Each year on Founder’s Day (October 30th) we celebrate the legacy of Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, the visionary patron whose gifts of the Coolidge Auditorium and an endowment to support a concert series in that space have helped make Concerts from the Library …

Brazil de Mis Amores

Posted by: Claudia Morales

If there is a country that many South Americans love, it is Brazil. Its popular music and culture extend across its borders, offering a universal and common language for festiveness, as well as closeness and inner feelings.  Brazilian music has also inspired and influenced American music and culture, which is evident in the National Recording …

Wet Ink Ensemble in performance

Concerts from the Library of Congress: Announcing the Fall 2023 Season

Posted by: David Plylar

We are very excited to announce the fall 2023 Concerts from the Library of Congress events. We are grateful to all of the people who worked to get the Coolidge Auditorium ready for action again in time for our fall concerts, and we are crossing our fingers that these unexpected challenges are all behind us! …

Ven a Bailar Bachata!

Posted by: Claudia Morales

By Claudia Morales Concert Producer, Music Division The Library of Congress is joining the Bachata dance craze and is hosting a free bachata class for all levels. On Thursday, August 3, professional dancer, choreographer, and studio owner Julissa Cruz will team up with DJ Hercules to lead a fantastic Bachata night. The class will take …

Portrait image of Billy Strayhorn by William Gottlieb

Join us for our Salute to Strayhorn, June 8-10, 2023

Posted by: David Plylar

We are delighted that our Salute to Strayhorn, a festival of events dedicated to the life and work of Billy Strayhorn, will take place in multiple venues at the Library of Congress from June 8-10. These events have been delayed for years due to forces beyond our control, but at last we will be returning …