Concerts from the Library of Congress

Film Screenings


Image: John Cage FestivalA CAGE FILM CIRCUS, presented as part of the John Cage Centennial Festival, Washington, DC
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2012 12:00 - 4:30 pm (Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd floor, Madison Building)

Come at the beginning, take a break for lunch or coffee in our cafeteria and return, or come in the middle and stay through the end. Seating is limited to 64, available on a first-come, first-served basis; no tickets or reservations are required.

Introduced by Brian Brandt, Mode Records
The American premiere of Henning Lohner’s riotous Musicircus film, a three-and-a-half-hour documentary of the “Musicircus” homage to John Cage, presented at New York’s Symphony Space shortly after his death in 1992. Preceding and following it, the haunting Beach Birds for Camera, directed by Elliot Caplan. His 28-minute film is an adaptation of a dance work originally made for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, combining different shooting locations, and black and white and color film.

A collaboration with the John Cage Centennial Festival: www.johncage2012.comExternal link


This season the Music Division embarks on a pilot program of music-related films and discussions staged, for the first time, at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital on Capitol Hill. Built in 1866 to treat wounded Civil War sailors and marines, the Center is now a lively community hub for activities and programs of all kinds. Enjoy a glass of wine with performers and presenters and stroll the handsome grounds, just down the street from the Library.

921 Pennsylvania Ave., S.E. (one block from the Eastern Market Metro) | 202-549-4172 | hillcenterdc.orgExternal link

Music Division jazz curator and host of WPFW's "Sound of Surprise"

THE !!!! BEAT: Legendary R&B and Soul Shows from 1966
Fridays, September 7- 28, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Reservations can be made by telephone: 202-549-4172, or via the Hill Center’s website: hillcenterdc.orgExternal link
All screenings are free and begin at 7:00 pm.

The Library’s Jazz Film Series moves to the Hill Center, presenting great programs from the pioneering television series. “The !!!! Beat: Legendary R&B and Soul Shows from 1966.” Shot at WFAA in Dallas, Texas and hosted by radio d.j. William “Hoss” Allen, “The !!!! Beat” ran for 26 episodes with stellar performances by national and regional stars, along with a rocking house band and go-go dancers.

SEPTEMBER 7: VOLUME ONE includes performances by Little Milton, Frank Howard & the Commanders, Esther Phillips, Gatemouth Brown, Joe Tex, Etta James, Lattimore Brown, Roscoe Shelton, Lee “Shot” Williams & Gerri Taylor, Carla Thomas, Art Grayson, Cleo Randle, Mighty Joe Young and Jimmy Church.

SEPTEMBER 14: VOLUME TWO includes performances by Jimmy Church, Freddie King, Gatemouth Brown, Gerri Taylor, Frank Howard & the Commanders, Barbara Lynn, The Kelly Brothers, Mighty Joe Young, Art Grayson, The Beat Boys, Joe Tex, Freddie King, The Carnations, Little Gary Ferguson, Johnny Jones and Charles “Charlie” Hodges.

SEPTEMBER 21: VOLUME FOUR includes performances by Freddie King, Martin, Maurice & The Radiants, The Beat Boys, The Poppies, Lee Watson & The Panthers, Johnnie Jones, Freddie King, Louis Jordan & The Tympany Five, Gatemouth Brown, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Gwen Davis, Robert Parker, Jimmy Church, Lattimore Brown, Joe Simon, Mamie Galore and Jamo Thomas.

SEPTEMBER 28: VOLUME SIX includes performances by Johnny Larand, Frank Howard & The Commanders, Tammy McKnight, Johnny Jones, Eva Larse, Bobby Hebb, Rodge Martin, The Beat Boys, Earl Gaines & Jimmy Church, The Four M’s, Joe Simon, Freddie King, Mabon “Teenie” Hodges & Fred Ford, Willie Mitchell, Big Amos Patton, Veniece Starks, Little Milton, Don Bryant, The Ovations, Otis Redding, Percy Sledge, The Bar-Kays, Mitty Collier, Garnett Mimms, Sam & Dave, and Patti Labelle & The Bluebelles!

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Film Screening with John Philip Sousa, IV and Loras Schissel, Music Division

For more information, see the Full Schedule of Events and Concerts

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Film Screening and performance by Patrick Lundy and The Ministers of Music

For more information, see the Full Schedule of Events and Concerts

Concerts are prsented in the Library’s historic Coolidge Auditorium, located in the Thomas Jefferson Building (1st and Independence, S.E.) unless otherwise noted. All events are free of charge to the public, but tickets are required, available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.comExternal link) or (202) 397-7328. For “special ticketing policy” events please email or call (202) 707-8437. Tickets for events at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H Street, N.E.) are available through the Atlas Box Office (www.atlasarts.orgExternal link) or (202) 399-7993. Tickets for events at the Hill Center (921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE) are available through the Hill Center Box Office (hillcenterdc.orgExternal link) or (202) 549-4172.