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Through the years, the Library of Congress has commissioned works by the likes of Bartók, Stravinsky, Copland, and Cage. Tonight, the Library offers the world premiere of Movements, Turns, and Switches by former Sun Ra big band monster and World Saxophone Quartet co-founder Oliver Lake. He was on the worldbeat tip before there was a worldbeat tip to be on, and his eclectic Jump Up band plays a funky stew of African, Caribbean, and South American flavors. He’s also written for chamber orchestra and smaller ensembles before; Movements, for violin and piano, will feature jazz violinist (and Down Beat 1993 critics poll winner) Regina Carter and Boston pianist Donal Fox. There’ll also be a performance by Lake’s current quartet, with a program that includes “Hat and Beard,” a far-out Eric Dolphy tune from his legendary Out to Lunch. Saturday at 8 p.m. at the National Academy of Sciences, 2100 C St. NW. FREE. (202) 707-5502. (Mark Carnegie)