Concerts from the Library of Congress

Classics & News: Sun • 7pm-8pm
  • Hosted by Bill McLaughlin

Bill McGlaughlin hosts Concerts from the Library of Congress, featuring performances held in the Library's historic Coolidge Auditorium.

This series marks a return to the Library's distinguished broadcasting tradition of nine decades. Concerts of the 1925 Coolidge Auditorium season were broadcast by the Naval Broadcasting Service. In 1930, the five-year-old National Broadcasting Company began trial broadcasts for the Library from its studios in New York. With the 1933 season, Library concerts were aired regularly over the NBC and CBS networks, drawing a national audience for chamber music and beginning a remarkable run of weekly broadcasts that would last more than 60 years. “Concerts from the Library of Congress” aired internationally during the 1990s, with syndication by Radio France, Radio Netherlands, Italy's RAI Tre and national networks in Australia, New Zealand and Russia.

Listeners will also have the chance to visit the treasure vaults of the Library's Music Division. Original manuscripts and sketches, letters, photographs and memorabilia, will be accessible via the Library's Web site at With more than 22 million individual items, it is the world's largest music archive.

This season, you’ll hear three of the world’s top period instrument ensembles: Bach Collegium Japan, Apollo’s Fire, and Boston’s famous Handel and Haydn Society; opera star Anne Sofie von Otter; violinist Jennifer Koh; the Ensemble Intercontemporain, with Matthias Pintscher; and pianist Richard Goode. Join us as Concerts from the Library of Congress celebrates a remarkable 90 years on the air!

Beginning Sunday evening, October 2nd, JPR's Classics & News Service will begin airing the new season of weekly programs called Concerts from the Library of Congress.