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Concerts From the Library of Congress 2013-2014 Wagnerds Unite! Podcast

November 20, 2013

There comes a time in every anniversary year when the candles must be blown out—this year it is a necessity, as 200 candles each for Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi constitute a fire hazard, and the Library does not want to host its own “immolation” scene.

But Wotan to your seats—Concerts from the Library of Congress will present one final day of anniversary programming. Capitol-Hillde will be the site of our daytime Wagnerdämmerung events on Saturday, November 23, 2013 (see listings below). They will include a classic documentary about the centennial production of Der Ring des Nibelungen, a talk by acclaimed author Alex Ross about “Black Wagnerism,” and a performance by Margaret Lattimore and Daniel Hobbs of the Wesendonck Lieder.

In the meantime, why not soothe those Wagnerves by streaming another podcast from the Library of Congress?

Listen here to Nicholas A. Brown, David H. Plylar and Chloe Veltman as they talk about Wagner’s taste in fabric and other objects of interest from the Library’s collections, including Beethoven’s hair, Scala’s moustache and Copland’s rolodex:



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