Among the offerings this season will be 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.
The Library has a tradition of supporting contemporary music, and so five Library commissions will 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 concert series this year will open on October 11 with Mavis Staples. More information on the series can be found here.