Concerts from the Library of Congress to Present Kandace Springs Virtual Performance

The Music Division is excited to welcome Nashville vocalist, pianist, and songwriter Kandace Springs to the Library of Congress. Springs and her all-women trio will present a virtual performance of her most recent album, “The Women Who Raised Me.” Her program pays tribute to legendary female singers, including Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, and […]

Concerts from the Library of Congress Announces Virtual May Events

Spring is finally here! And, our virtual May events are around the corner. We have a fantastic lineup of events for all music lovers. We start the month with the French Ensemble Correspondances led by conductor Sébastien Daucé evoking an evening at the court of Louis XIII at the Palace of the Louvre. Then, we […]

Dismantling Patriarchy is a Daily Practice

The following is a blog post from 2021 Library of Congress Jazz Scholar, Terri Lyne Carrington. As I took a walk on a cold February afternoon in Massachusetts, I continued working through feelings I have formed in response to the inequities women have faced in jazz. Although I thought I was taking a break walking, […]

Terri Lyne Carrington Presents a Virtual Performance at the Library of Congress

The Music Division welcomes jazz drummer, composer, bandleader, producer, and educator Terri Lyne Carrington as the 2021 Library of Congress Jazz Scholar. In a field where female instrumentalists’ presence is scarce, Carrington is a powerhouse three-time GRAMMY award-winning recording artist, drummer, Doris Duke Award recipient, NEA Jazz Master, and Founder and Artistic Director of the […]

Vicomtesse Marie de Grandval: A composer with pen names galore

At the end of my January blog post about 19th-century French composer Louise Angélique Bertin, I promised that a feature was forthcoming about her contemporary Marie Felicie Clémence de Reiset, the Vicomtesse de Grandval (1828/30-1907). I can’t wait to share some Music Division treasures of hers with you in honor of Women’s History Month!

“Loudly applauded”: Composer Louise Angélique Bertin

January 15, 2021 is the 216th birthday of Louise Angélique Bertin. She was a French composer, poet, librettist, and painter. She was the only composer to work directly with Victor Hugo, the first French composer to set Goethe’s Faust as an opera, and the first woman of the 19th century to have an opera performed at the Opéra de Paris. The Music Division has wonderful resources about Louise Angélique Bertin.