Library of Congress celebrates Wagner and Verdi with multiple presentations

Posted on: October 30, 2013

The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. is commemorating the 200th birthdays of Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner this fall with performances, film screenings, and discussions. Among the films to be screened is Richard Wagner: Venetian Diary of the Rediscovered Symphony, presented in November by its director, Gianni Di Capua. Also scheduled to give presentations are Alan Walker, professor of music at Canada’s McMaster University, with pianist Valerie Tryon, who will join Walker to discuss and perform Wagner and Verdi transcriptions; and New Yorker classical music critic Alex Ross, who will talk about Wagner’s connections to the U.S. and African-American Wagnerism, with musical performances by mezzo-soprano Margaret Lattimore and pianist Daniel Hobbs. In October, Italy’s Cameristi della Scala, with violinist Francesco Manar and cellist Massimo Polidori, presented “Verdi Re-imagined,” a program featuring Mancinelli’s Fantasias on Verdi’s Don Carlo and Aida, Sivori’s Fantasia on Il Trovatore, and Bazzini’s Fantasia on La Traviata.

Posted October 30, 2013