Pianist Solungga Liu performed the music of Charles Griffes, Amy Beach, Claude Debussy and César Franck. Selections were drawn largely from manuscript holdings at the Library of Congress.Prior to the concert, David Plylar discussed the Library's collection of holograph manuscripts by composer Charles Griffes. This includes a "rediscovered" transcription by Griffes of "Les parfums de la nuit" from the Iberia section of "Images" by Claude Debussy; Solungga Liu's performance at the Library of November 4, 2017, is believed to be the world premiere of this transcription. Click here to watch the concert.Click here to watch the pre-concert lecture.
Jonathan Gardner discussed some of the most important astronomical discoveries of the last 20 years, the Hubble Space Telescope's greatest accomplishments and the promise of its successor, the James Webb Space Telescope.Click here to watch the video.
The Library of Congress showcased a display of Colombian treasures from our vast Latin American collections, including the papers Simón Bolivar and Francisco de Paula Santander, rare literary audio recordings of Colombian writers and poets, and unique prints and photographs.Click here to watch the video.
Sarah Jones discussed two of NASA's newest missions, GOLD (Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk) and ICON (Ionospheric Connections Explorer), which will determine how weather shapes the Earth's interface to space.Click here to watch the video.
From daguerreotype plates to silver gelatin papers, 19th-century manufacturers supplied photographers with materials to produce photographic images. But because so few of these papers are identifiable, the history of these manufacturers and their materials are untraceable and virtually unknown. Within the Library of Congress' vast holdings of photographic technology manuals, original 19th-century samples of identified photographic papers survive. Senior Photographic Conservator Adrienne Lundgren discusses this project and how a rich history documenting the first century of photography reveals new lines of inquiry for photographic history scholars.Click here to watch the video.