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 […]

Roger Reynolds

Composer Roger Reynolds was born July 18, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan.  Ciro G. Scotto, in his 1992 volume Contemporary Composers, wrote that Reynolds “has created a body of work that encompasses nearly every major musical development in the 20th century.” In an article written for the Library of Congress Information Bulletin in 2002, Senior Music Specialist […]

New Webcasts

Followers of In the Muse will be pleased to know that a number of Music Division events covered in these virtual pages are now available on the Library of Congress’s Webcasts page. A Conversation with Dafnis Prieto and Larry Appelbaum A performance by the Dafnis Prieto Si O Si Quartet. Music and the Brain: Stage […]

¡Feliz Cumpleaños Paquito D’Rivera!

June 4th was the birthday of Cuban-born composer and reed player Paquito D’Rivera.  His clarinet and saxophone work has graced a diverse range of ensembles, from the incendiary Cuban-jazz group Irakere to the National Symphony Orchestra. A performance of “Merengue” by cellist Yo-Yo Ma won D’Rivera a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental in 2004. Other […]

I saw Sir Paul on TV

Last December I began this blog with the announcement that Sir Paul McCartney would be the recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Music.  I chatted with four Library of Congress staff members who experienced Beatlemania in person.  From the stands at the Beatles’ rehearsal for the Ed Sullivan show, to the screams that could be […]

Bach and the Bohemian Gypsies

Tomorrow evening, the Montreal group Ensemble Caprice will bring Bach and the Bohemian Gypsies to the Coolidge Auditorium, in a featured concert at the 39th Annual Meeting of the American Musical Instrument Society. This program will illustrate the influence of anonymous gypsy virtuosi on the works of two great Baroque composers.   The Caprice musicians and […]