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  • World Premiere of Wynton Marsalis’s Blues Symphony

    Posted on October 29th, 2009 in Composition | 3

    Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will now premiere selected movements of composer-musician Wynton Marsalis’s new symphonic work, Blues Symphony, November 19-22, 2009 in Atlanta Symphony Hall. The programming change was made in order to give the Orchestra an adequate amount of time to fully realize the composer’s expanded vision for the piece. The new work, celebrating the blues through the prism of different moments in American history, will be presented as part of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Annual King Celebration on January 14, 2010. Now in its 18th year, the King Celebration commemorates the life and work of…   Keep reading »

  • Rehearsing Abyssinian 200: Photo and video report

    Posted on April 11th, 2008 in Composition, Concerts | 10

    On April 7, 8, 9, 2008, Wynton rehearsed with JLCO and the Choir for Abyssinian 200: A Celebration. Yesterday night, the new Mass was premiered at Rose Theater (JALC). Following you can read an Associated Press article about the Mass and a photo-video report of the rehearsals at JALC. NEW YORK (AP) — Wynton Marsalis will be turning the House That Jazz Built at the Time Warner Center into the House of the Lord when he premieres his first jazz Mass, which blends the gospel and jazz traditions in a celebration of the 200th anniversary of Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church, New York State’s oldest…   Keep reading »

  • Wynton is composing a new orchestral piece

    Posted on February 22nd, 2008 in Composition, Concerts | 3

    The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) have commissioned Wynton to compose a new orchestral piece. At the request of Wynton, ASO Music Director Robert Spano will serve as Wynton’s personal composition mentor, and will lead the ASO in the world premier performance during the NBAF’s 20th Anniversary season. Rehearsals: July 17-18. Performances: July 19. Wynton will also compose a new work for combined symphonic and jazz orchestras for Michigan State University’s Wharton Center and the Detroit Symphony. MSU gets the world premiere on Sept. 25 at the Wharton Center in East Lansing. The DSO performs…   Keep reading »

  • Wynton’s soundtrack for The War is out

    Posted on September 19th, 2007 in Composition, Documentary, Photo, Soundtrack | 15

    On September 23, 2007, PBS will air “THE WAR”, a new seven-part documentary series directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. The new film explores the history and horror of the Second World War from an American perspective by following the fortunes of so-called ordinary men and women who become caught up in one of the greatest cataclysms in human history. Wynton composed a number of songs for the original soundtrack. He also played them with Victor Goines, Walter Blanding, Carlos Henriques, Ali Jackson, Mark O’Connor, Bill Charlap, and Doug Wamble. You can watch to a video-clip from the…   Keep reading »

  • Wynton composes a mass for the Abyssinian Baptist Church

    Posted on May 21st, 2007 in Composition, Concerts, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra | 1

    On April 10, 11 & 12, 2008, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will premiere a special mass composed by Wynton Marsalis to commemorate the 200th anniversary of The Abyssinian Baptist Church. Combining jazz and gospel traditions, this liturgy of the Abyssinian service is the first time collaboration for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III and the church choir. In remarks on Tuesday 15, to the 400 in attendance at the press conference, Wynton explained: “Our music is so rich, songs like ‘Go Down Moses,’ ‘There is a Balm in Gilead’…What was in these songs was the depths…   Keep reading »

  • Wynton’s concert with Dr. John reviewed by New York Sun

    Posted on April 13th, 2007 in Articles, Composition, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Quintet, Review | 1

    Tuesday, March 11, Wynton played at Rose Theater (JALC) with his quintet and Dr John. During the evening there was the premier performance of: “Music, Deep Rivers in My Soul,” an hour-long suite for quintet and special guests based on a poem by Maya Angelou. You can read a review of the concert by the New York Sun. The New York Sun has also published an article about Wynton’s latest album: From the Plantation to the Penitentiary   Keep reading »

  • Wynton writes soundtrack for Ken Burns’ The War

    Posted on November 19th, 2006 in Composition, Video | 0

    Wynton Marsalis and Ken Burns teamed up again. The War, Ken Burns’ series about the American experience in World War II, will be out in fall 2007, and Wynton wrote, arranged and performed the original soundtrack.   Keep reading »

  • Suite for Human Nature to be performed in New York City

    Posted on December 11th, 2004 in Composition, Concerts, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra | 0

    On December 16, 17, 18 at 8:00pm Suite for Human Nature will make its New York debut and kick off the Jazz at Lincoln Center holiday season at the organization’s new home, Frederick P. Rose Hall. A special matinee performance will be held on December 19 at 3:00pm. Tickets for the New York City holiday event are $10, $40, $75, $100, $115 and $150 and are available at the new Jazz at Lincoln Center box office on Broadway at 60th St., by calling CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500 or via jalc.org Suite for Human Nature is a collaboration of Wyntons’s music and Diane Charlotte Lampert’s lyrics and original…   Keep reading »

  • Wynton presents the Suite for Human Nature

    Posted on November 30th, 2004 in Composition, Concerts, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra | 1

    The Washington Performing Arts Society, the Black Student Fund and Friedman, Billings & Ramsey present the Ambassador of Jazz, Wynton Marsalis, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, featuring The Boys Choir of Harlem and guest vocalists, in the world premiere performance of the Suite for Human Nature, a heartwarming musical holiday fable, at Washington’s Lincoln Theatre. Following the opening night performance at Lincoln Theatre, Friedman Billings Ramsey will host a festive fundraiser, the Suite for Human Nature Celebration, at the nearby Thurgood Marshall Center to celebrate the world premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ Suite for Human Nature. The post-concert reception…   Keep reading »

  • Wynton writes music for Eatonville

    Posted on September 2nd, 2003 in Composition | 1

    Amas Musical Theatre will present – from Oct. 21-Nov. 23 – Bonnie Lee Rattner’s Eatonville, which boasts an original jazz score and songs by Wynton Marsalis. Based on Zora Neale Hurston’s novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God”, Eatonville is set in 1920’s Eatonville, Florida, one of the first all-black incorporated American towns. The music will be performed live by seven musicians of Wynton choosing. Rehearsals begin September 22. Eatonville will play ATA (American Theatre for Actors), located in Manhattan at 314 West 54th Street.   Keep reading »