News Release, Library of Congress

This spring, the Library of Congress will bring you a host of events on a variety of topics. Concerts, lectures, film screenings, symposiums and special events all fill the public events calendar. Events will take place in the Thomas Jefferson Building (10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540) or the James Madison Memorial Building (101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540).Please note that events are subject to change.



Thursday, Feb. 21; Noon

Whittall Pavilion, ground floor, Jefferson Building
Jon Kay, Botkin Lecture Series
Elders who practice folk and traditional arts are often celebrated for their work supporting community life and the continuation of important cultural traditions, but rarely do we explore how these practices support elders as they age. Folklorist Jon Kay explores the ways that traditional arts help older adults find resilience in later life. This presentation centers on how everyday expressive practices help elders combat feelings of loneliness, helplessness and boredom that beset so many older adults in the United States. Contact: (202)707-1744.

Curator Tours/Gallery Talks 

Tuesday, Feb. 12; 11 a.m.

Gershwin Gallery, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
“Rhapsody in Blue” – On the 95th anniversary of its first performance, Music Division specialist Janet McKinney will discuss the story behind “Rhapsody in Blue.” The presentation will include a special viewing of Rhapsody’s original orchestration and a performance of selections from the song. Contact: (202) 707-0245.

Wednesday, Feb. 27; Noon
Graphic Arts Gallery, ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Curator’s Tour: “Art in Action”- Exhibition curators and Prints and Photographs specialists Katherine Blood and Martha Kennedy will provide an overview of the new exhibition “Art in Action: Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times.” Contact: (202) 707-0245.


The 2018-2019 season features the extraordinary music and legendary performersaudiences have come to expect from theLibrary. A full listing of concerts and performances is available additional information contact the Concerts Office at (202)707-5503

Thursday, Feb. 7; 7 p.m.
Pickford Theater, Third Floor, Madison Building
Film:The Film Music of Erich Korngold:“The Sea Hawk” (NR, 127 minutes).Korngold was nominated for an Academy Award for his rousing score to this film. Featuring a swashbuckling Errol Flynn as privateer Geoffrey Thorpe, this film is one of the great pirate romances of the time. Tickets are required. Visit Contact: (202) 707-5503.

Saturday, Feb. 9; 11 a.m.
Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor, Jefferson Building
#DECLASSIFIED:“Acquired Tastes: A Look at the Music Division’s Recent Manuscript Acquisitions.” Take a close look at first and second thoughts of composers as exhibited in recently acquired music manuscripts at the Library of Congress. The audiencewill be introduced to what these documents revealabout the composers and their music, and hear/look at a few alternative versions of familiar pieces, including:
LISZT: “Totentanz, Elegy” no. 1, “Consolation” no. 5 and “Liebesträume” no. 2
BRAHMS: “Intermezzi” from op. 119
BEETHOVEN: “Hammerklavier” sketches
HAYDN: Capriccio in G major
Tickets are required. Visit Contact: (202) 707-5503.

Thursday, Feb. 14; 7 p.m.
Pickford Theater, Madison Building
Film: The Film Music of Erich Korngold:“Kings Row” (NR, 127 minutes).Korngold’s rich score adds to the power of this dark and cynical film about turn-of-the-century America, which includes Ronald Reagan in what many consider to be his best onscreen role. Tickets are required. Visit Contact: (202) 707-5503.

Tuesday, Feb. 19; 8 p.m.
Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building
Concert: Renaud Capuçon andGuillaume Bellom. A sought-after soloist for major orchestra engagements around the globe, Renaud Capuçonis a violinist of “panache, sensitivity and sizzling virtuosity” (Chicago Tribune). He’s also a passionate chamber musician who frequently partners with distinguished colleagues like Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet and Hélène Grimaud, and creates intriguing projects like “A Violin in Versailles,”a summer mini-residency at the palace. His own violin is the 1737 “Panette” Guarneri del Gesù formerly owned by Isaac Stern. You’ll hear it in this all-French recital, alongside a fellow traveler: the Library’s Goldberg Baron Vitta Guarneri, just a few years older.Visit  Contact: (202) 707-5503.

Saturday, Feb. 23; 11 a.m.
Pickford Theater, Madison Building
#DECLASSIFIED: In Search of Korngold. Considered one of the most influential film composers for early Hollywood soundfilm, Erich Korngold is arguably most remembered for his swashbuckling scores for “The Adventures of Robin Hood” (1938) and “The Sea Hawk” (1940). Yet his lyrical melodies, rich textures, virtuosic orchestration, and pronounced theatricality remain constant threads in all of his film scores—threads that continue to inspire composers in the present era, from John Williams to the late James Horner. Tickets are required.  Contact: (202) 707-5503.

 Saturday, Feb. 23; Noon
Pickford Theater, Madison Building
Double Feature Film: The Film Music of Erich Korngold:“Captain Blood” (NR, 127 minutes) and “The Goonies” (PG, 114 minutes). Fans of pirate films know of the connections between these two films, released half a century apart, so it is only natural to present them as a double bill. Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland are featured in “Captain Blood”, the film that made them household names, in a story that helped to solidify the swashbuckling genre. The now-classic adventure “The Goonies,” while not scored by Korngold, benefited from the imaginative music of Dave Grusin.Tickets are required. Visit Contact: (202) 707-5503

Thursday, Feb. 28; 7 p.m.
Pickford Theater, Madison Building
Film: The Film Music of Erich Korngold:“The Sea Wolf” (NR, 100 minutes). Our nautical theme continues withThe Sea Wolf, one of many film adaptations of Jack London’s novel. Seal your fate with that of the “Ghost” and its mutinous crew as they set sail under a cruel captain. Tickets are required. Visit Contact: (202) 707-5503.

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