The 91st season of Concerts from the Library of Congress builds on our continuing mission: to give the music on the shelves of the Library a living voice.

Bringing the Library’s phenomenally rich music collections to life in performance and conversation, we present concerts, lectures, and encounters with remarkable artists, composers and scholars, plus film screenings and book talks: experiences to invigorate and inspire.

Join us for an exciting 65-event series launching October 17, offering classical music, jazz, pop, American musical theater and more. Coming up: luminaries like The Tallis Scholars, Mark Padmore, Tony Arnold, and Jordi Savall;  world premiere performances of Library of Congress commissions from Wolfgang Rihm, Brett Dean and Steve Coleman; great jazz programs made possible through the generous support of the Reva and David Logan Foundation; and an 80th anniversary celebration for our Stradivari instruments, the gift of Gertrude Clarke Whittall.

Curious about music? You can immerse yourself in our Declassified presentations and curator talks, and investigate a range of musical topics, from heavy metal to Rachmaninoff.  Take an evening for a transformative experience at the Library of Congress, all absolutely free of charge to everyone.

Radio Series

Concerts from the Library of Congress: Radio Series

The Library of Congress and WETA Classical 90.9 launched a new radio series on April 1, 2016, presenting 13 one-hour programs produced from the Library's 2015-2016 concert season. Produced by Classic Digital Syndications, the series is offered free of charge to public radio stations nationwide. The series is hosted by Bill McGlaughlin with special guest hosts David Plylar, Nicholas Alexander Brown, James Wintle, Nicholas Kitchen, and WETA's Dan DeVany.

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Library of Congress on Q2 Music

Concerts from the Library of Congress: Radio Series

The Library of Congress and Q2 Music, the online stream of contemporary classical music presented by New York-based public broadcaster WQXR Radio, partners to release live recordings of recent Library of Congress commissions and U.S. and world premiere performances of contemporary works.

Listen to over 25 recordings free and on-demand at Q2

Full 2016-2017 Season

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Download the 2016-17 season description and concert repertoire [PDF, 95KB]

Opera Portraits Exhibition

August 11 - January 21, 2017  |  Performing Arts Reading Room, James Madison Building.

The Charles Jahant Collection in the Library of Congress Music Division contains nearly 2,000 photographs of opera singers from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, many of which are inscribed to him. The photographs on exhibit represent a cross section of important singers who performed in the United States.

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