I Hear Thomas Hampson Singing

Walt Whitman wrote, “I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear.”  The American experience – the courage and the struggle and the hope of the American people – has long been reflected in her rich tradition of poetry and song.  The Music Division reaches beyond Capitol Hill to celebrate this great tradition with The […]

Founder’s Day: Remembering Mrs. Coolidge in Coolidge Auditorium

Does the name “Coolidge” sound familiar? If you’re a regular LC concert goer, or have taken a tour of the Jefferson Building, then you know about the Library’s Coolidge Auditorium. Were you to assume that this venue was funded by or named for President Calvin Coolidge, you would be wrong! Our famous auditorium was constructed […]

We’re A Little Bit Country, We’re a Little Bit West African Jazz

Tickets are now available for two concerts that demonstrate the eclectic range of the Music Division’s programming. Friday, December 3, 2010 @8:00 pm On LOCation Lionel Loueke Trio West African harmonies and jazz rhythms are seamlessly blended by guitarist/singer/composer Lionel Loueke with Massimo Biolcati on bass and Ferenc Nemeth on drums. Visit his web site to […]

Music is in the House

The thirteenth of October may fill the superstitious with dread, but today we celebrate the birthdays of three great musicians whose work fills the Music Division’s precious vaults. Celebrate  gospel singer Shirley Caeasar (born October 13, 1938) with a medley including “You’re Next in Line,” an excerpt from Gospel: A Joyful Sound, a concert Caesar and her […]

Tickets Available: Doric String Quartet and Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet

Tickets are now available for two very different and exciting quartets appearing at the Coolidge Auditorium. Reservations may be made for a nominal service charge at Ticketmaster. Friday, November 19, 2010 at 8:00pm Doric String Quartet Prize winners in the Osaka and the Borciani competitions, this London-based ensemble makes its first American appearance at the Frick […]

And the Strads Play On…

The Strads. They make string players salivate, and everyone knows the name to be synonymous with excellence. But how much do you really know about these pristine creatures of sound? Let’s start with the name – “Stradivarius”. Many are at least familiar with the fact that these string instruments were created by the famous violin […]

Rhapsody in Black: Gautier Capuçon and Gabriela Montero

Tickets are now available for what promises to be an intensely romantic evening of music. Cellist Gautier Capuçon and pianist Gabriela Montero make up an exciting and photogenic musical partnership.  Born under the aegis of the legendary Argentine pianist Martha Argerich, the Venezuelan protégée and the brilliant young French cellist are two of the most charismatic […]

On Sale Now!

Tickets are  now available for the following concerts in the Coolidge Auditorium. All concerts are free but require tickets available from Ticketmaster. Click on the artist’s name below to reserve yours. Thursday, October 21 @8:00 pm Talich Quartet Masterworks performed by the second incarnation of one of the world’s finest quartets – the epitome of […]

Get Your Tickets Here!

Same old songs on your iPod? Couldn’t get tickets for Lady Gaga? The Music Division has the solution for you. Tickets are now available for the first concerts in the 2010-2011 season at the Coolidge Auditorium. All concerts are free but require tickets available from Ticketmaster. Click on the artist’s name below to reserve tickets. […]

Eighty-five Years of Live Music and Counting

My colleague on the Library of Congress blog just waxed eloquent on the storied history of the Coolidge Auditorium.  I’ve seen some great shows on that hallowed stage; although I’ve gravitated to the jazz shows, like Cecil Taylor and  James Carter, The Mingus Big Band and John Zorn’s Masada, I’ve also spent memorable evenings there […]