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Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (May 17; 19-20, 2018)

The following is a post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus.

Dam Busters (Warner Bros., 1955)

Thursday, May 17 (7:30 p.m.)
The Dam Busters (Warner Bros., 1955)
This British epic war film depicts the true story of the May 16, 1943 “Operation Chastise,” when the RAF’s 617 Squadron attacked the Ruhr dams in Nazi Germany with British engineer Barnes Wallis’s bouncing bomb, an explosive designed to drop into reservoirs and cause massive flooding to Germany’s industrial hub. The Dam Busters takes a documentary-like approach, focusing in the first part on the development and testing of the special bomb and, in the second section, the carefully orchestrated preparations for the mission and its execution. The film was a financial and critical success, receiving special praise for its accuracy, direction, cinematography and special effects. Directed by Michael Anderson, the first-rate British cast includes Michael Redgrave, Richard Todd, Derek Farr and Basil Sydney. 118 min.

Friday, May 18 – Closed

Saturday, May 19 (7:30 p.m.)
Emile Pandolfi – Live
Premier pianist Emile Pandolfi will perform a program of popular music. Receiving his degree in piano performance and best known for his arrangements, Emile’s favorite music to arrange comes from Broadway musicals. “In addition to being melodically fulfilling, these songs usually contain meaningful lyrics and lend themselves to interesting arrangement.” In many of his arrangements one can hear the influence of his favorite composers, Rachmaninoff, Debussy and Chopin, accounting for the sensitivity and passion with which he plays. Recording since 1991, the pianist‘s CDs of familiar music have sold well over three million copies nationally. This has earned Emile the distinction of being the top-selling artist in the alternative music industry, distributed primarily in specialty, gift and book shops across the nation. Now with 30+ albums, most major online retailers also carry his music for download and he can be streamed from internet radio stations all over the world. Tickets are required for this free event and can be reserved at https://emile.eventbrite.com.

Sunday, May 20 (7:30 p.m.)
M2duO – Live
Made up of violinist Machiko Ozawa and pianist Makia Matsumura, the M2duO are often billed as a “Japanese tango duo.” Ozawa and Matsumura both graduated from The Tokyo University of Arts and studied at The Juilliard School. They started performing together at the Café Mozart in New York City’s Upper West Side where they started to play Astor Piazzolla’s tango scores and went on to arrange and play oldies from their home country reinvented as tango pieces. Aside from their growing love for tango, they have each pursued their own unique paths:  for Ozawa, it was “tap violin” (tap-dancing while performing the violin) and new sounds with the electric violin; for Matsumura, it was silent film accompaniment. Such individual musical adventures have added more depth, range, fun, and originality to their performance as a duo, making them the unique ensemble you hear today. In this special evening, the M2duO will present their all-time favorites – Piazzolla, Japanese-oldies-turned-tango– as well as their originals with Ozawa on her electric violin. Tickets are required for this free event and can be reserved at https://m2duo.eventbrite.com.

For more information on our programs, please visit the website at: www.loc.gov/avconservation/theater/.

Vocal Recordings the Hard Way

Today’s post is by David Sager, Research Assistant in the Recorded Sound Research Center This blog relies on recordings from the Library of Congress’s National Jukebox, a resource with over 10,000 early recordings which is well worth exploring.  You can also hear thousands more rare recordings, including radio broadcasts from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (April 19-21, 2018)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Thursday, April 19 (7:30 p.m.) Rock & Roll on The Ed Sullivan Show, 1955-1970 The Ed Sullivan Show (CBS, 1948-1971) was a landmark television program, and unquestionably one of the most important chronicles of mid-20th century popular culture. The Motion Picture, Broadcast and […]


This morning the Registry hit 500! Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, today announced the latest additions to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. The National Recording Registry, created by the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, directs the Librarian to select 25 titles that are at least 10 years old and have […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (May 10-13, 2017)

The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson of the Packard Campus. Wednesday, May 10 (7:30 p.m.) Marty Stuart Presents Roger McGuinn – Live — SOLD OUT! Multiple Grammy-Award -Winning country music singer-songwriter Marty Stuart will be joined by Roger McGuinn, frontman of the rock group The Byrds, for an evening of music and […]

National Recording Registry Welcomes 25 New Works!

Today’s post is by Cary O’Dell, Boards Assistant to the National Recording Preservation Board of the Library of Congress. Twenty-five new titles were selected by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden for induction to the National Recording Registry. The 25 new sound recordings have been recognized for their cultural, artistic and/or historical significance to American society […]

Photo Blog #14: More Musical Mysteries

It’s #14 of our unknown photos series!  This time, we return to some photos that are of a musical nature–or so they seem.  We welcome your suggestions regarding the names of the people in any of the shots below.  As always, as they are identified, we will update this blog accordingly.  As always as well, ”clicking” on any of the […]

Designing an Audio Suite

The following is a guest post by Cary O’Dell, Boards Assistant to the National Recording Preservation Board. Achieving excellent recorded sound quality is not only a matter of personnel and equipment but also the environment. At the Library of Congress’s Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation there are eight rooms specifically designed for optimal sound recording. […]

Smokey Robinson Receives Gershwin Prize for American Song

Last night, Wednesday, November 16, Smokey Robinson, a rhythm and blues icon whose career has spanned more than 50 years, received the Library’s Gershwin Prize for American Song. The gala award event, featuring prominent performers and musicians was held at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.  Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden presented the award. […]