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Broadway's Steven Lutvak, Jeanine Tesori, Davd Yazbeck and More Set for Library of Congress's 2014-15 Concert Season

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Broadway's Steven Lutvak, Jeanine Tesori, Davd Yazbeck and More Set for Library of Congress's 2014-15 Concert Season

The 2014-2015 season of "Concerts from the Library of Congress" brings a stellar roster of performers, ensembles and scholars from around the world in commemoration of the 150th birthday of founding patron Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge. The concerts are complemented by guest speakers, curators, panels, film screenings and displays of rarely seen manuscripts, letters and memorabilia from the Library's holdings. Concerts kick off Saturday, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. with a performance by gospel and soul music legend Mavis Staples.

The Library's 89th concert season celebrates American performers and music through performances by some of the nation's most legendary musicians. They include popular Broadway composers Steven Lutvak ("A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder"), Jeanine Tesori ("Thoroughly Modern Millie" and "Caroline, or Change") and David Yazbek ("The Full Monty" and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"); and performers Etienne Charles (Creole Soul) and Nels Cline of Wilco, who explore the potential for label-defying music to embrace diversity in the national community.

Other highlights include a series of concerts and symposia celebrating the Irving Fine Centennial and an all-star field of chamber-music artists, including the St. Lawrence String Quartet and the Chiara String Quartet, with both ensembles performing on the Library's Stradivari instruments. Several special evenings bring together distinguished artists for one-of-a-kind concerts, including musicians well-known to chamber audiences - pianist Wu Han, cellist David Finckel, violist Paul Neubauer and violinist Daniel Hope - offering piano quartets by Mozart, Brahms and a very young Gustav Mahler. Two of Great Britain's favorite chamber music partners - tenor Ian Bostridge and pianist Julius Drake - offer a new take on Schubert's song cycle "Winterreise," paired with the U.S. launch of Bostridge's forthcoming book on the songs.

Continuing the Library's tradition of supporting today's music, five Library commissions receive their premieres this season. These include new works by John Adams (St. Lawrence String Quartet), Jefferson Friedman (Chiara String Quartet and Simone Dinnerstein), Jennifer Higdon (Robert Spano, Roberto Díaz, Curtis Chamber Orchestra), George Lewis (Ensemble Dal Niente) and Kaija Saariaho (Jennifer Koh, Anssi Karttunen and Benjamin Hochman).

"Concerts from the Library of Congress" has joined forces with two new collaborators for the 2014-2015 season. The Library Late series is now presented in association with BrightestYoungThings, a web magazine and event production-experiential marketing agency based in Washington, D.C. and New York City. In addition, BrightestYoungThings and DC blog DCist present a new film series, "Film Nights with Pat Padua." Taking advantage of the unparalleled film collections at the Library's Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va., Padua will introduce and screen films in two mini-series: "Directed by Ken Russell" and "The 80s: The Decade That Musicals Forgot."

Finally, there will be numerous special lectures, panels, interviews and conversations with performers, composers and scholars. Technofiles explores how technology affects the ways we create, perform and experience music. Tony Award-winning playwright and songwriter Stew ("Passing Strange") talks with The Studio Theatre's Adrien-Alice Hansel about his work. The popular #DECLASSIFIED series returns, offering up intimate encounters with artifacts and ideas: "mano a mano y mano a mano" (piano duet treasures from the Library's archives); "Musical Lobbyists"; "IRENE"; and "Fly Space: Inside the Minds of Theatrical Directors and Designers."

The "Concerts from the Library of Congress" series is made possible through the generous support of endowments given to the Library by private donors. The series is presented free of charge to the public but requires tickets for admission. Tickets for programs in the Coolidge Auditorium are distributed by Ticketmaster at (202) 397-7328, (410) 547-7328 and (703) 573-7328. Various ticketing service charges apply. Tickets for events presented at the Atlas Performing Arts Center are available through the Atlas Box Office at (202) 399-7993 or www.atlasarts.org. Tickets are not required to attend preconcert presentations or weekday daytime programs.

Starting on Sept. 3, 2014, patrons can order tickets for any events or films from September through December. Starting on Jan. 7, 2015, patrons may order tickets for events or films scheduled between January and May. A special ticketing policy applies to select programs.


"Concerts from the Library of Congress" 2014-2015

Unless otherwise noted, all events and concerts will be held at 8 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium located on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street, S.E., Washington, D.C. Pre-concert presentations will be at 6:30 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion unless otherwise noted. All programs are subject to change without notice.

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, Noon, Whittall Pavilion
Panel Discussion: National Anthem [remix]
Matt Spivey, vice president of artistic planning at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, anthem enthusiast Neil Grauer, assistant director of marketing and communications at Johns Hopkins Medicine, and the Library of Congress Music Division's Loras John Schissel and Nicholas Alexander Brown discuss the history and value of revamping "The Star-Spangled Banner."
Presented in association with Songs of America
No tickets required

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, Noon, West Dining Room, James Madison Building
Lecture
Hisham D. Aidi of Columbia University discusses his book, "Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the New Muslim Youth Culture."
Presented in conjunction with the Library of Congress exhibition "The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom"
Presented in association with Songs of America and the Library of Congress Daniel A.P. Murray African American Culture Association
No tickets required

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, Noon
American Musicological Society Lecture
Carol Hess of the University of California at Davis presents "Copland as Good Neighbor: Cultural Diplomacy in Latin America During World War II."
Presented in association with Songs of America, the American Musicological Society and the Library of Congress Hispanic Cultural Society
No tickets required

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, Noon, Whittall Pavilion
Lecture
Warren Hoffman, a program director, producer, theater critic and playwright, discusses the role of race in American musical theater.
Presented in conjunction with the Library of Congress exhibition "The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom"
Presented in association with Songs of America and the Library of Congress Daniel A.P. Murray African American Culture Association
No tickets required

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014
Mavis Staples
Mavis Staples is a legend across several musical worlds - gospel, soul, R & B, jazz and rock.
Presented in conjunction with the Library of Congress exhibition, "The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom" and in association with Songs of America and the Library of Congress Daniel A.P. Murray African American Culture Association

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, 9 p.m., Atlas Performing Arts Center
"Intelligence in The Human-Machine"
Katinka Kleijn, cello
In her collaboration with composers Daniel Dehaan and Ryan Ingebritsen, Kleijn connects to an EEG headset to play a live duet with her brain waves. Program: D. Gabrielli: "Ricercar" no. 1 in G minor; Balter: "memória"; Dai Fujikura: UJIKURA: "Eternal Escape"; Du Yun: "San°"; Dehaan, Ingebritsen and Kleijn: "Intelligence in The Human-Machine"
Presented in association with BrightestYoungThings

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
Steven Lutvak, Jeanine Tesori, and David Yazbek
Three of Broadway's hottest musical creators perform their own music
Presented in association with Songs of America

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, 7 p.m., Montpelier Room, James Madison Building
Stew
In a special appearance, Stew discusses his career as a playwright, songwriter, poet and lyricist. Adrien-Alice Hansel, The Studio Theatre' literary director, also talks with Stew about the song lyric as poem and as a dramatic text and takes a look at some interesting recent projects, including his song cycle "Brooklyn Omnibus," commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and a new show written for the 2014 Oregon Shakespeare Festival, "Family Album."
Presented in association with The Studio Theatre, Songs of America and the Library of Congress Daniel A.P. Murray African American Culture Association

Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
St. Lawrence String Quartet with Pedja Muzijevic, piano
In a special three-concert project this season, the quartet will perform on the Library's Stradivari instruments, collaborate with pianist Pedja Muzijevic and violist Hsin-Yun Huang as guest artists, and present the regional premiere of a new Library co-commission from John Adams. This evening features the rhapsodic Brahmsian piano quintet written in 1908 by American composer Amy Beach, whose works were premiered by such distinguished institutions as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Handel and Haydn Society. Program: Beethoven: String Quartet in C minor, op. 18, no. 4; Beach: Quintet for piano and strings in F sharp minor, op. 67; Korngold: String Quartet no. 3 in D major, op. 34
*Preconcert Presentation: The artists discuss their craft.

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
Vox Luminis
For its Washington, D.C. debut, Belgian ensemble Vox Luminis offers a celebration of the Italian Baroque, featuring works by Claudio Monteverdi and Domenico Scarlatti. Program: Anonymous-12th Century: "Lamentation de la Vierge au Croix"; Monteverdi: "Adoramus te, Christe," SV 289; Esteves: "Miserere a due Cori, Primeira Lamentação de Quinta-feira Santa"; D. Scarlatti: "Salve Regina," "Stabat Mater"; A. Della Ciaia: "Lamentatio Virginis in depositione Filii de Cruce"
*Preconcert Presentation: The Music Division's Nicholas Alexander Brown presents "Saving Mary: 'Stabat Mater' Settings from Pergolesi to Poulenc."

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Founder's Day
Honoring Music Division benefactor Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge
Ensemble Dal Niente
Ensemble Dal Niente features the music of George Lewis, including a new commission from the Library and a recent work written especially for the Chicago-based super group.
Program: Lewis: New Work (world premiere) commissioned by the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress; G.F. Haas: "in vain"
*Preconcert Presentation: George Lewis discusses his work.

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, 7:30 p.m., Montpelier Room
"Technofiles" Lecture
Panos Panay of the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship and Sonicbids and Casey Rae, vice president for policy and education at the Future of Music Coalition, discuss "Technology and the Entrepreneur: The Ever-Evolving Landscape of the Music Industry."
Presented in association with the Future of Music Coalition and the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and the Library's Science, Technology and Business Division

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2014
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano
The art of fugue is Aimard's special recital for the Library, pairing excerpts from the first book of J.S. Bach's "The Well-Tempered Clavier" with masterworks by Beethoven and Brahms.
Program: J.S. Bach: Selections from "The Well-Tempered Clavier," Book 1; Beethoven: Sonata in A-flat major, op. 110; Brahms: "Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel," op. 24
*Preconcert Presentation: David H. Plylar of the Music Division discusses "Fugal Lords: Subjectivity in Bach, Beethoven and Brahms."

Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, 9 p.m., Atlas Performing Arts Center
The Nels Cline Singers
Nels Cline, hit guitarist of Wilco, brings his "relentlessly exploratory approach" to free jazz with The Nels Cline Singers.
Presented in association with BrightestYoungThings

Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
Ensemble Caprice
Ensemble Caprice performs both secular and sacred music, including a 1631 Peruvian piece written for religious processions: "Hanacpachap cussicuinin," the first polyphonic work published in the Americas. Performing Works by S. De Murcia, Falconieri, G. Fernandes, D. Ortíz, J. De Araujo, Martín y Coll, A. De Salazar, De Bailly and Zipoli
*Preconcert Presentation: Matthias Maute, artistic director of Ensemble Caprice, discusses his craft.
Presented in association with the Library of Congress Hispanic Cultural Society

December 2-6, 2014
Irving Fine Centennial Festival

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2 p.m., Whittall Pavilion
"The President's Own" United States Marine Band
"The President's Own" United States Marine Band Woodwind Quintet performs the works of Fine.

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2 p.m., Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building
Historic Film Screening
Charles Munch conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra performing the works of Fine and Debussy.

Friday, Dec. 5
Chiara String Quartet with Simone Dinnerstein, piano
The GRAMMY-nominated Chiara String Quartet performs on the Library's Stradivari instruments, joining forces with pianist Simone Dinnerstein to commemorate the centennial of American composer Irving Fine, with works by Mozart, Fine and a Library of Congress commission by Jefferson Friedman.
Program: Friedman: New Work (world premiere) commissioned by the Verna and Irving Fine Fund in the Library of Congress; Fine: String Quartet; W.A. Mozart: String Quartet in C major, K. 465, "Dissonance"
*Preconcert Presentation: Jefferson Friedman discusses his Library of Congress commission with David H. Plylar of the Music Division.

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2 p.m.
Irving Fine Centennial Symposium and World Premiere Performance
Irving Fine experts and scholars convene to discuss the noted composer's music and life, his contemporaries and his place in the American Neoclassical School.
The Chiara Quartet, with pianists Daniel Pesca and Oliver Hagen and clarinetist Alan R. Kay, performs Fine's "Toccata Concertante," transcribed for two pianos, and Copland's Sextet

Saturday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m.
The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, U.K.
Graham Ross, director
The Choir of Clare College makes its Library of Congress debut with a commemoration of Irving Fine's legacy as one of the preeminent American composers of choral music.
Program: Fine: "The Hour-Glass," "A Short Alleluia," "Three Choruses from Alice in Wonderland" (Set 1); Monteverdi: "Nisi Dominus," from the 1610 Vespers; Britten/Harrison: "A Ceremony of Carols"; Bernstein: "Chichester Psalms"; Schoenberg: "Friede auf Erden," op.13
Presented in association with Songs of America


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