Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2007-2008

About the Season

Pete Seeger and the Short SistersThe Coolidge Auditorium

Today the Coolidge Auditorium, venue for world-class performers and world premieres of commissioned works since 1925, reflects the diversity of music in America, featuring artists from genres ranging from classical to jazz to musical theater and dance to bebop and rock 'n' roll.

The Cremonese Collection

Housed in the Library of Congress are several instruments by the violin makers of Cremona -- Amati, Stradivari, and Guarneri. Every year since 1935, the Stradivari instruments donated by Gertrude Clarke Whittall have been played in the Stradivari Anniversary and other concerts. In May 2007, the Guarneri "Goldberg-Baron Vitta" violin joined the "Kreisler" -- both made from the same wood circa 1730 » learn more.

Enso String Quartet playing the Whittall StradsCommissioned Works (2007-2008)

New Radio Series

Beginning in October, Concerts from the Library of Congress will air across the nation in a new thirteen-week radio series hosted by Bill McGlaughliln -- a co-production of the Library of Congress, WETA-FM, and CD Syndications. The launch marks a return to the seventy-year tradition of broadcasts from the historic Coolidge Auditorium, with interactive Web packages highlighting some of the 22 million items in the Library's music archives. For further details see or