The music never stops at Concerts from the Library of Congress. You can enjoy many FREE videos of past performances from the Library of Congress. To guide you through your options, the Concert Office has created "Pick of the Week." Every week, we will send you a list of performances for you to enjoy from the comfort of your home. But remember, these are our suggestions, there are many more options at Concerts from The Library of Congress. The "Pick of the Weekend" presents the 2016 Martha Graham Festival at the Library of Congress. Concerts from the Library of Congress celebrated the long partnership between the Library of Congress and Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance. A fun fact, did you know that Martha Graham danced at the Coolidge Auditorium? We hope you enjoy!
Regulars at major music festivals and concert halls across the globe, this award-winning quartet takes its name from 18th-century Spanish philosopher Pablo Minguet, who wished to make the arts accessible to everyone. Champions of contemporary composers like Rihm and Stockhausen, the Minguet is equally at home with Romantic masters. Treasures both new and well-known are on offer in this beautiful program, including favorites by Czech composers and a transcription of one of Gustav Mahler’s most affecting lieder.
In 2017, our season opened with an extraordinary evening of chamber works by a pioneering composer whose music has profoundly influenced composers and musicians worldwide. The Library and Washington Performing Arts joined forces to present this special concert featuring the East Coast premiere of Runner, for winds, percussion, strings, and two pianos. Brad Lubman conducts the fearless supergroup Ensemble Signal, which has enjoyed a long and cordial relationship with the composer.
Reggae historian and collector Roger Steffens’ new book So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley (W.W. Norton Press) is“a rich new oral biography” (New York Times) offering the author’s intimate, revelatory interviews with Marley’s family and musical partners. Steffens speaks from the expert viewpoint of a journalist, musician and producer known for four decades of reggae scholarship as well as tours with the artist, and the impressive resources of his own Marley collection of recordings and memorabilia, the world’s largest.
In April of 2016, the Martha Graham Dance Company presented three performances in our festival week, offering a trio of the five Graham ballets commissioned by the Library: Appalachian Spring (music by Aaron Copland); Cave of the Heart (music by Samuel Barber) and Dark Meadow (music by Carlos Chávez).