Higdon’s Viola Concerto: A Library of Congress Commission and a Grammy Nom!

The 2018 Grammy nominations were announced this morning, and among the lineup you can find a work co-commissioned by the Library of Congress! Pulitzer Prize winner and American composer Jennifer Higdon’s Viola Concerto was co-commissioned by the Library of Congress (with support from the family of Cameron and Jane Baird, and John J. Medveckis), the […]

Concerts from the Library of Congress 2017-2018 Opening Events

The following is a guest post from Anne McLean, Senior Producer for Concerts and Special Events. The Music Division launches a terrific 2017-2018 Concerts from the Library of Congress season with a great pair of exciting events. We have two back-to-back season openers: Ensemble Signal, presenting music of Steve Reich, on Wednesday, October 18; and […]

Announcing the 2017-2018 Season of Concerts from the Library of Congress

NEWS from the LIBRARY of CONGRESS Press Contact: Bryonna Head (202)707-3073, [email protected] Public Contact: Anne McLean (202) 707-8432 Website: Full Calendar Listing Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or [email protected] Library of Congress Announces 2017-2018 Concert Season Series features world premieres of new commissions by Harrison Birtwistle, Rebecca Saunders and […]

Jazz Scholar John Szwed on Visiting the Library

The following is a guest blog by 2016-2017 Library of Congress Jazz Scholar John Szwed. Notes on My Visit to the Music Division By John Szwed I’ve visited the Library of Congress a number of times over the years for many different reasons, sometimes for research on a writing project, at others just out of curiosity. […]

“I Will Survive”

The following post originally appeared on the Copyright: Creativity at Work Blog and was written by George Thuronyi of the U.S. Copyright Office. As a teenager during the 1970s, I put on my bell-bottom pants and shiny shirt to groove to the latest disco hits. I was not alone. Disco culture was highly popular and […]

Today: Poet Laureate Closing Events & Livestream

The following is a post from the Library of Congress Blog by Wendi Maloney. The Library of Congress will honor Juan Felipe Herrera, who is concluding his second term as the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, with celebratory events on Wednesday, April 26. The events will be streamed live on the Library’s Facebook page and its YouTube […]

This Week at the Library: “Pump Up the Volume,” Steven Isserlis & Connie Shih, “In Bach’s Hand,” “Painting Jazz,” and Steve Coleman and Five Elements

This Week at the Library: Wednesday, 4/19, 7:00 pm – Bibliodiscotheque Film Screening: Pump Up the Volume (Film) Friday, 4/21, 6:30 pm – Conversation with Steven Isserlis (Interview) Friday, 4/21, 8:00 pm – Steven Isserlis and Connie Shih (Concert) Saturday, 4/22, 11:00 am – #Declassified: “In Bach’s Hand” (Lecture) Saturday, 4/22, 6:30 pm – John Szwed: “Painting […]

Jeannette Rankin: First Woman Sworn Into Congress 100 Years Ago

The following is a cross-post from the Library of Congress Blog, written by Wendi Maloney and published on March 31, 2017 under the title “Women’s History Month: First Woman Sworn Into Congress 100 Years Ago.” One hundred years ago this Sunday—on April 2, 1917—Jeannette Rankin was sworn into the 65th Congress as the first woman […]