Announcing the 2019-2020 Season

Concerts from the Library of Congress returns for a 95th season, packed with an impressive and richly diverse roster of more than 95 free events, including concerts, lectures, films, panels, conversations with artists and more. 2019-20 is a year of visionary legacies. In February we begin an adventurous and in-depth Beethoven at 250 festival that will go through 2020—a journey a quarter of a millennium in the making. May 2020 sees a salute to Billy Strayhorn honoring the recent arrival of his papers at the Library. And throughout the season we celebrate extraordinary women in music: the performers, composers and donors who have and still make our series possible. Major soloists like Midori, Leila Josefowicz, Miranda Cuckson, Tabea Zimmermann and Anne-Marie McDermott will perform music by composers from Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel to newly written Library commissions by Tamar Diesendruck and Suzanne Farrin. In addition to the intimate evenings you’ve come to expect with us, we have a blockbuster lineup of chamber orchestras, including Concerto Köln, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Sphinx Virtuosi, Asko|Schönberg, the International Contemporary Ensemble and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra with Kristian Bezuidenhout and Isabelle Faust.

Leonora Jackson, c.1898, from the McKim Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress

With cutting-edge jazz from artists like Chucho Valdés and Oliver Lake, exciting new music, exquisite Baroque offerings, plus a panoply of unique chamber, pop, dance and music theater programs, the Library has great musical events for all audiences. We provide encounters that can only be found at the Library of Congress—curated experiences designed to invigorate your encounters with treasures, artifacts and ideas. The McKim Fund, endowed by Leonora Jackson McKim—one of the major patrons of Concerts from the Library of Congress—has commissioned over 75 works and underwritten scores of concerts. Her bold, confident gaze on our brochure cover this year symbolizes our shared love of tradition and commitment to the future. At the Library, visions become legacies, and legacies inspire creativity anew.

As always, tickets for our concerts are free. Tickets for 2019 events will be available starting on Wednesday, September 11 at 10 am ET. This year all films, lectures and preconcert events will again 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.

For more information about ticketing and what to do if you don’t have a ticket (HINT: you should still come!), please click here.

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.

We are also thrilled to announce the arrival of two new members of the concert office team: music specialists Kazem Abdullah and Claudia Morales. We asked them each for a brief note about the season:

From Kazem:
“What attracted me to want to work for Concerts from the Library of Congress are the variety of concerts and performers we present. I am looking forward to the DC debut of the Arod Quartet from Paris and on the other spectrum Tank and the Bangas in the fall. Our collection is unparalleled, so I am also looking forward to the lectures in our #Declassified series which focuses on specific items from the collection.”

From Claudia:
“Hello!  My name is Claudia Morales, and I am the newest addition to the concert production team. After working in D.C.’s music scene for many years, I am excited to start a new journey at such a center of knowledge as the Library of Congress and to be part of a team of talented and knowledgeable concert producers. Carefully crafted, this season provides unique music experiences to our dedicated audience. I am thrilled the season opens with Afro-Cuban jazz musician, Chucho Valdés. I am excited to have Tank and the Bangas making us fly with their creativity, and I am looking forward to presenting Midori with her special talent and sensitivity. From concerts, lectures, and films, to talks, demonstrations, and workshops—this season has something special for everyone. I am looking forward to meeting you in the fall.”

Upcoming Lecture: “Americans’ Forgotten Love Affair with Opera”

The following is a guest post from Dr. Katherine K. Preston, Professor Emerita at The College of William & Mary. Dr. Preston will be presenting “Americans’ Forgotten Love Affair with Opera” as part of the AMS/LC Lecture Series on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 7pm in the Madison Building’s Montpelier Room. The lecture is free […]

#Declassified This Weekend: Rebecca Clarke and her Viola Sonata at 100

This Saturday, March 2, at 11:00am in the Jefferson Building’s Coolidge Auditorium, I look forward to participating in a special program dedicated to 20th-century composer Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979). One hundred years ago, in 1919, Clarke’s Viola Sonata was a close runner up to receive Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge’s Berkshire Prize at the second annual Berkshire Festival […]

Announcing the 2018-2019 Season of Concerts from the Library of Congress

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, […]

Embodying Bernstein: An Open Letter to Jake Gyllenhaal and Bradley Cooper from Daniel Callahan, Presenting “Bernstein Conducting Himself” This Tuesday, May 15

The following is a guest post from Dr. Daniel Callahan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Music at Boston College, who will be presenting the Spring 2018 American Musicological Society/Library of Congress lecture on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 (tomorrow). The event is free and open to the public.   Dear Bradley Cooper and Jake Gyllenhaal, […]

Upcoming Lecture: “The Kishineff Massacre and Domestic Musical Practice in America”

On Tuesday, October 24, the Library of Congress will welcome Dr. Randall E. Goldberg, Director and Associate Professor of Musicology at the Dana School of Music of Youngstown State University, to present on “The Kishineff Massacre and Domestic Musical Practice in America.” As part of the American Musicological Society/Library of Congress Lecture Series, Dr. Goldberg’s […]

The Final Years of Pilgrimage: Sketches and Sources for Liszt’s Années de pèlerinage, Troisième année

In January of 2016 the Library of Congress acquired a holograph manuscript and a copyist’s manuscript (with composer edits and annotations) of Franz Liszt’s Den Cypressen der Villa d’Este. These two manuscripts are earlier incarnations of the first threnody from the final volume of the Années de pèlerinage. The troisième année was published in 1883, with […]