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The Playford Assembly: 100 Years of Country Dance & Song

Jan. 30, 2016. Dance historian Graham Christian discussed his new book, "The Playford Assembly," a major new collection of historic English dances published by the Country Dance and Song Society in celebration of its centennial year. Christian's talk will be enhanced by demonstrations of the dances by CDSS dancers and musicians. For transcript, captions, and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=7280

17 Jun 2016

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Esma Redžepova & Folk Masters Play Romani (Gypsy) & Macedonian Music

April 20, 2016. A performance by internationally acclaimed "Queen of Romani Songs", Esma Redžepova. During this Homegrown concert, Sani Rifati led an informal participatory dance. For more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=7442

31 Oct 2016

Rank #2

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A Concert of Ladino Music Flory Jagoda

In celebration of Women's History Month, the Library presented a concert of Ladino music with Flory Jagoda in performance with Tiffani Ferrantelli and Zhenya Tochenaya.Speaker Biography: Flory Jagoda is a Jewish American and Bosnian guitarist, composer and singer. She is known for her interpretation of Ladino songs.For captions, transcript, and more information visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=5512.

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13 Aug 2012

Rank #3

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A Celebration of Max Roach

Library staff and the family of Max Roach came to the Library to celebrate the pioneering jazz drummer, composer, educator and activist. The program included an overview of the recently acquired Max Roach papers and a glimpse at some of its rare treasures. Participating in the event were Roach's wife Janus Adams, his children Daryl, Maxine, Raoul, Dara and Ayo, and poet Sonia Sanchez.For transcript, captions, and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=6238

21 Mar 2014

Rank #4

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Music in the Lincoln White House

Music scholars and Library curators discuss music in the Lincoln White House. Presented in cooperation with the White House Historical Association. For captions, transcript, and more information visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=5846.

12 Jun 2013

Rank #5

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Pianist and Composer Dave Brubeck

Larry Appelbaum, Senior Music Reference Specialist with the Library of Congress, conducts a conversation with jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck.Speaker Biography: Dave Brubeck (b. Concord, CA, 1920) is a jazz composer, pianist and bandleader. He studied composition with Darius Milhaud, worked in both octet and trio formats, and later achieved artistic and commercial success with the Dave Brubeck Quartet. In addition to his formidable prowess on piano, Brubeck helped popularize unusual time signatures with recordings such as Blue Rondo a la Turk and Take Five, and he made important contributions to the jazz repertoire with memorable composition such as The Duke, In Your Own Sweet Way, and Strange Meadowlark. Brubeck toured the world as a jazz ambassador for the U.S. Department of State in the late 1950s, and he has received commissions and written many large scale compositions since then. In 1999, Dave Brubeck was recognized as a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 2003 he received the Living Legend Award from the Library of Congress.

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18 Nov 2010

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African Fiddle & Banjo Echo in Appalachia Concert

Oct. 1, 2015. Examples of Appalachian traditional music, with demonstrations from African and Appalachian musicians. For more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=7331

29 Jul 2016

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Hip Hop in East Germany During the Cold War

May 19, 2016. As part of EU Month of Culture, Leonard Schmieding discusses the influence and role of hip hop music and culture in East Germany during the Cold War with Nicholas Brown. Speaker Biography: Leonard Schmieding, Ph.D, is a DAAD, Visiting Researcher, BMW Center for German and European Studies, Georgetown University. He has also served as a research fellow at the German Historical Institute. He studied History, American Studies, and English in Freiburg im Breisgau, Bloomington (Indiana), and Leipzig. In 2011, he received his PhD in History from the University of Leipzig. His dissertation on hip-hop culture in the German Democratic Republic between 1983 and 1990 was awarded the Rolf-Kentner-Prize of the Heidelberg Center for American Studies for the best dissertation in the field of American Studies in 2012. Speaker Biography: Nicholas Brown is a specialist in the music division of the Library of Congress. For transcript, captions, and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=7410

4 Oct 2016

Rank #8

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Love Songs: The Hidden History

Feb. 11, 2016. Ted Gioia discussed the history of love songs in the human experience, ranging from ancient civilizations to current popular culture. Speaker Biography: Ted Gioia is an acclaimed author whose books include "Love Songs: The Hidden History," "How to Listen to Jazz," and "The History of Jazz." He served as founding president, editor, and resident blogger for jazz.com, and is a recipient of the ASCA-Deems Taylor Award. His book "Delta Blues" was one of the 100 most notable books of 2008, according to the New York Times. Gioia is also a jazz pianist and had a distinguished career in business and finance. For transcript, captions, and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=7427

25 Oct 2016

Rank #9

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Abdullah Ibrahim & Dan Morgenstern in Conversation

April 22, 2016. Abdullah Ibrahim talks with Dan Morgenstern about jazz as part of the Library of Congress Jazz Scholars program. Speaker Biography: A onetime protege of Duke Ellington, Abdullah Ibrahim has become a cultural icon in his native South Africa, through his commitment to expanding music education opportunities and developing the nation's unique jazz scene. Ibrahim served as an inaugural Library of Congress Jazz Scholar during the 2015-2016 concert season, presented in association with the Reva and David Logan Foundation. Speaker Biography: Jazz guru Dan Morgenstern is legendary for his jazz criticism and scholarship. As the former editor of "DownBeat" magazine, Morgenstern's work set the bar for contemporary jazz studies. Morgenstern served as an inaugural Library of Congress Jazz Scholar during the 2015-2016 concert season, presented in association with the Reva and David Logan Foundation.For transcript, captions, and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=7371

19 Aug 2016

Rank #10

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Gretchen Parlato & Gerald Clayton

Larry Appelbaum of the Library's Music Division talks with musicians Gretchen Parlato and Gerald Clayton. For captions, transcript, and more information visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=5692.

12 Jun 2013

Rank #11

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Apollo's Fire

Nov. 19, 2015. Cleveland ensemble Apollo's Fire showcases "The Power of Love" in a concert of operatic and instrumental music of Handel and Vivaldi. Under the direction of Jeannette Sorrell, soprano Amanda Forsythe joins the ensemble in a rich garden of musical flowers, culminating in Sorrell's own arrangement of Vivaldi's "La Folia." For more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=7269

10 Jun 2016

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Dylan Goes Electric! Music, Myth & History

March 16, 2016. Through recordings, images, and new research, Elijah Wald explores the world that shaped Bob Dylan and his music, as well as the varied worlds of the people who loved him, hated him, ignored him or felt he was betraying them, seeking to understand both the changes happening in that moment and the reasons some people found those changes so threatening. Speaker Biography: Elijah Wald is a musician, historian and writer. For transcript, captions, and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=7295

27 Jun 2016

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Opus 90: Celebrating 90 Years of Concerts from the Library of Congress

Jan. 23, 2015. Anne McLean discussed the history of the Concerts from the Library of Congress series, which has included concerts, lectures, symposia, and major radio broadcast projects since 1925. The lecture also provided an overview of the 90th anniversary season of the series. Speaker Biography: Anne McLean is a senior producer for concerts and special projects in the music division of the Library of Congress. For transcript, captions, and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=7408

4 Oct 2016

Rank #14

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Graham Nash: "Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life"

Sep. 16, 2013. Legendary musician Graham Nash, founding member of the iconic bands Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Hollies, speaks about his candid and riveting new autobiography "Wild Tales: A Rock and Roll Life." Speaker Biography: Graham William Nash is an English singer-songwriter known for his light tenor voice and for his songwriting contributions with the British pop group The Hollies, and with the folk-rock supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Speaker Biography: Bob Spitz is an American journalist and author best known for his celebrity biographies, including the New York Times best seller "The Beatles: The Biography." For transcript, captions and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=6184

31 Jan 2014

Rank #15

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Martha Graham Dance Company: Discussion with Pontus Lidberg & Janet Eilber

April 1, 2016. Anne McLean leads a discussion with Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg and the Martha Graham Dance Company's artistic director Janet Eilber. Lidberg received a dance commission from the Library of Congress and Martha Graham Dance Company, which resulted in the work "Woodland," set to the Notturno for strings and harp by Irving Fine. Eilber discusses the long and storied history of the Martha Graham Dance Company, and its ongoing relationship with the Library of Congress, which commissioned "Appalachian Spring." For transcript, captions, and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=7370

17 Aug 2016

Rank #16

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Los Texmaniacs: Traditional Conjunto Dance Music from Texas

Sep. 11, 2013. Los Texmaniacs mix the simplest yet finest ingredients of Texas music to create a sound solidly rooted in tradition, exploding with contemporary vitality. Their versatility has led them to perform at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the International Accordion Festival, the Kennedy Center, the Governor of Texas Ball, and many major festivals overseas in countries such as Germany, Holland and Spain. Speaker Biography: Los Texmaniacs is a conjunto band created by Max Baca in 1997. Baca wanted to create a band that incorporated elements from genres such as rock and roll and jazz while still honoring the roots of conjunto tejano. For transcript, captions and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=6163

31 Jan 2014

Rank #17

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Isamu Noguchi's Dance Sets

March 31, 2016. Dakin Hart discussed Martha Graham and Isamu Noguchi's explorations of the archetypal spaces of myth, including the American west, the Minotaur's labyrinth and the "cave of the heart." Speaker Biography: Dakin Hart is a senior curator at the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, New York. He previously served as an independent curator and researcher, assistant director of the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, and has organized a retrospective of Davi Det Hompson that was on view at the ZieherSmith Gallery in New York. For transcript, captions, and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=7426

28 Oct 2016

Rank #18

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Elizabethan Poetry and Music

Nov. 17, 2015. James Wintle discusses Elizabethan poetry and music in the collections of the Library's Music Division. This pre-concert lecture was presented in conjunction with a concert featuring mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, lutenist Thomas Dunford, and keyboardist Jonathan Cohen. Speaker Biography: James Wintle is a music reference specialist at the Library of Congress. For transcript, captions, and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=7367

17 Aug 2016

Rank #19

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Maria Schneider on "Data Lords"

April 15, 2016. Composer Maria Schneider discusses her Library of Congress commission, "Data Lords," with Larry Appelbaum of the Music Division. "Data Lords," made possible by the Reva and David Logan Foundation, was premiered at the Library by the Maria Schneider Orchestra on April 15, 2016. Speaker Biography: Maria Schneider is an award-winning jazz composer and big band leader. She has received multiple Grammy awards, including the 2016 award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album (for "The Thompson Fields," a collaboration with David Bowie). Schneider has received commissions from the Library of Congress, Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, among others. Her album, "Concert in the Garden" (2004), was the first recording to receive a Grammy after being released solely online. For transcript, captions, and more information, visit http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=7401

29 Sep 2016

Rank #20