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Concerts from the Library of Congress: Pick of the Week

Month of June 2020

Picks of the Week for the month of June featured the 2016 Gershwin Prize recipient Smokey Robinson. in conversation with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden; several jazz lectures and performances; demonstrations and discussions focusing on the intersection of music, sound and technology; a series of programs on African-American spirituals; an opera premiere by composer Roger Reynolds; and, a series of new works created as a response to COVID-19, part of the Boccaccio Project.

Learn more about The Boccaccio Project

In the mid-14th century Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375) wrote the Decameron, a collection of 100 stories shared between a group of 10 acquaintances who had removed themselves from society during the darkest period of a plague. This early artistic response to an outbreak provided context and a means of expression, and the parallels to the quarantine and social distancing phenomena we have been experiencing worldwide in these difficult past few months resonate with us.