Un après-midi à l’opéra | An Afternoon at the Opera

This Thursday, June 6th at 12:00 pm the Library of Congress Chorale, comprised of staff and retirees from throughout the Library, performs a special tribute to the bicentennials of Richard Wagner (1813-1883) and Giuseppi Verdi (1813-1901), “An Afternoon at the Opera.” Offering a survey of operatic traditions, the program includes some of the great opera […]

Composer and Conductor John Adams in Residence at the Library

Distinguished American composer and conductor John Adams (b. 1947) will be in residence at the Library of Congress from May 22-25, 2013. Made possible by the Dina Koston and Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music, Adams has worked with Concerts from the Library of Congress to develop a unique series of programs that both honor […]

Connecting Culture and Community: Newly Available Webcasts

As part of our global mission, Concerts from the Library of Congress preserves all public programs for the national digital collections through film and audio recordings. Several webcasts of concerts, lectures and panels from the 2012-2013 season have recently been made available. Stay tuned to In the Muse for the release of even more webcasts […]

Marian Anderson: Realizing History Through Song

On April 9, 1939, American contralto Marian Anderson (1897-1993) stood as a beacon of hope for a country being torn apart by racial strife. Anderson’s legendary performance at the Lincoln Memorial on that Easter Sunday exists in the annals of American history as a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights movement. After being denied the […]

The Legacy of Civil War Spirituals

One of the themes resulting from the multitude of Civil War Sesquicentennial commemorations around the country is the notion that the role of African American culture during that great conflict must receive more attention. Both scholarly forums and the general public’s continued dialogue about the war’s enduring impact on American society can provide opportunities to […]

Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust to Commemorate the Civil War Sesquicentennial at the Library of Congress

  On February 27, 2013 (12:00-1:30 p.m.) Drew Gilpin Faust, the 28th President of Harvard University and Lincoln Professor of History in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in a conversation with Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Ric Burns. This keynote event is presented in conjunction with the […]

Sister Gregory Duffy: An Asset to the Abbey and the Theater

The following is a reprint of a blog post originally published on April 16, 2012. As of today, Sr. Gregory’s correspondence from the Oscar Hammerstein II Collection is now available online via the Library of Congress Performing Arts Encyclopedia. See the added inventory and links to digitized material at the end of the blog post. […]

How to Find Your Snooky Ookums: A Guide to the Irving Berlin Collection

The Music Division regularly offers new and updated online finding aids to help guide the intrepid researcher through its vast collections. You can see an index of all the Music Division’s finding aids here.  This month’s new additions include a guide to the papers of Edward Jablonski, author of Irving Berlin: American Troubadour and other composer biographies, as […]