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November 1, 2012

Changes to Concerts from the Library of Congress for Nov. 3 and Nov. 9

The Library of Congress has announced changes to two upcoming programs from its concert series. Due to illness, the Prazak Quartet has withdrawn from its scheduled tour of the United States, including a performance at the Library of Congress this Saturday. The Escher String Quartet, which has received acclaim for its individual sound, unparalleled artistry and unique cohesiveness, will perform at the Library that day.

The Escher String Quartet will present a program titled "Through the Looking Glass" at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, in the Coolidge Auditorium, located in the Thomas Jefferson Building at 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. The program includes works by Purcell (Chacony in G minor), Britten (String quartet no. 2 in C major, op. 36) and Gesualdo ("Se la mia morte brami" from Madrigals Book VI and "Illumina faciem tuam" from Sacrae Cantiones I), as well as Beethoven’s landmark Quartet, op. 132.

In addition, the annual Founder’s Day Concert, featuring the music of Morton Subotnick, has been rescheduled to Friday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m., in the Coolidge Auditorium. This concert was originally scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 30, but was canceled due weather conditions related to Hurricane Sandy. Performed will be the world premiere of "LUCY: Song and Dance," for computer, live electronics, female voice and live video; movements from "The Other Piano," for solo piano; and "Trembling," for violin, piano, voice and electronics.

The concert will be preceded by a lecture featuring composer Morton Subotnick at 6:15 p.m. in the Whittall Pavilion. No tickets are required.

More information about these concerts may be obtained at Patrons may contact the Music Division’s Concert Office directly with any questions, at (202) 707-5502 or

The Concerts from the Library of Congress series is made possible through the generous support of endowments given to the Library by private donors. The series is presented free of charge to the public but requires tickets for admission. Tickets are available from (external link) or by calling (202) 397-7328.

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PR 12-206
ISSN 0731-3527

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