Happy Birthday, Peter Ind!

British bassist Peter Ind turns 90 today, and we have fond memories of his visit to the Performing Arts Reading Room in 2009. Ind is an important jazz double bassist and record producer who studied with Tim Bell and James Merrett and became a professional musician in 1947. I was anxious to talk to him […]

Summer Concerts on the Lawn

This is a guest post by Music Division intern Liliana Lopez. THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS and WASHINGTON PERFORMING ARTS PRESENT SUMMER CONCERTS ON THE LAWN Thursday evenings at 7 pm, July 19-August 23, 2018   Great music on a beautiful green lawn… bring your friends and some nice cold lemonade—don’t miss the Library’s brand-new, free […]

A Record-setting Display of Antonio Stradivari Instruments at the Library

The following is a guest post by Anne McLean of the Music Division. Library of Congress photographer Shawn Miller captured this stunning shot of ten Stradivari instruments—and the Quartetto di Cremona— during a special “Strad Shoot” in the glorious Great Hall of the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building. The occasion was an exciting prelude […]

Celebrating Bessie Smith: “Empress of the Blues”

It’s International Jazz Day! When our friends from the Prints & Photographs Division let us know that they’d be featuring favorite jazz-related items today on their blog, Picture This, I couldn’t let the day go by without a related post. Of course, the Music Division is home to outstanding jazz collections that document the life […]

BONUS CONCERT! Quartetto di Cremona will perform at the Library on Friday, May 11th, 2018

Quartetto di Cremona at the Library of Congress Friday, May 11, 2018, 8:00 pm Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street, SE. Free tickets will become available on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 10:00AM through Eventbrite. For more information, please visit the Concerts from the Library of Congress website. Italy’s esteemed Quartetto di Cremona makes […]

Nicholas Longworth and The Friends of Music in the Library of Congress

The following is a guest post from Lara Szypszak of the Music Division. On Friday, January 12, 2018 at 8pm, Italian ensemble Europa Galante will perform in the Coolidge Auditorium. Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington, DC, this concert honors Nicholas Longworth, former Speaker of the […]