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Concerts from the Library of Congress: Pick of the Week

Week of July 31, 2020

In recognition of Uncommon Musical Instrument Day on July 31, this Pick of the Week brings you an edition on Dayton C. Miller, an American collector of flutes, and the nearly two thousand instruments that comprise his extraordinary collection donated to the Library of Congress in 1941. This edition includes a lecture by Carol Lynn Ward-Bamford, Library of Congress musical instrument curator, and a demonstration by flutist Lorna McGhee of the Pittsburgh Symphony and pianist Ryo Yanagitani. We hope that this edition sparks your curiosity and inspires you to learn more about the Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection at the Library of Congress.

Pick of the Week - July 31, 2020

Two Thousand Flutes (performance date: May 2, 2015)

An introduction to the Library's remarkable Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection: meet a few of the Library's nearly 2,000 instruments in this lecture-recital featuring flutist Lorna McGhee of the Pittsburgh Symphony, pianist and Artist-in-Residene of the S&R Foundation Ryo Yanagitani, and musical instrument curator Carol Lynn Ward-Bamford. Produced in association with the S&R Foundation.

Dayton C Miller, an American Collector of Flutes (event date: March 7, 2017)

Carol Lynn Ward-Bamford profiles the Dayton C. Miller Collection held at the Library of Congress. Miller was an accomplished scientist and collector whose collection of flutes and related materials is among the world's largest focused on a single instrument. Ward-Bamford is joined by scientist Paul Runci to discuss aspects of Miller's collecting processes and expenditures, and how the collection came to the Library of Congress.

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