Beyond Category: The Concert Music of Duke Ellington
With a career that spanned 50 years, DC native and American icon, Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington, is known around the world for such jazz standards as Mood Indigo, Solitude, and his band’s signature tune Take the “A” Train, composed by collaborator Billy Strayhorn.
But Ellington sought to break out of stereotyped boxes, to explore broader creative horizons. His masterworks include scores for ballet, opera, motion pictures, and Broadway musicals as well as for symphony orchestras.
This spring PostClassical Ensemble journeys through the music of Ellington’s extraordinary yet little-known concert pieces, including his magnificent Black, Brown, and Beige, the suite from the ballet The River, and the debut of Scott Silbert’s orchestration of Caravan, featuring guest conguero Felix Contreras.
- Duke Ellington: Black Beauty
- Duke Ellington: Black, Brown, and Beige
- Duke Ellington: excerpts from the film Anatomy of a Murder
- Duke Ellington: A Single Petal of a Rose
- Duke Ellington: Suite from The River
- Duke Ellington: Where is the Music? (arr. Scott Silbert)
- Duke Ellington: Caravan (arr. Scott Silbert)
- John Edward Hasse, guest curator
- Ellington Carthan, pianist and host
- Felix Contreras, conga
- PostClassical Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez
- Phone: 202-467-4600
- Venue: The Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
- Beyond Category: The Concert Music of Duke Ellington
- Amazing Grace: In Paradisum
- Bouncing Off The Walls: Music and Architecture
- Nights in the Gardens of Spain
- A Celebration in Ankara
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