World Premiere Of Transformation With Glenn Close And Ted Nash Features Music Performed by The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
New York, NY (December 6, 2019) – From January 30–February 1, 2020 at 8 p.m. in Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center will present the world premiere one of its most unique concert events to date: the groundbreaking new work Transformation with Glenn Close and Ted Nash.
Transformation will feature the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis performing music composed by GRAMMY® Award-winner and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra saxophonist Ted Nash. Nash’s original work is inspired by literary works, curated by award-winning actor Glenn Close, that explore transformation in the tangible and intangible sense: from chaos to order, order to chaos, darkness to light, hatred to forgiveness, and everything in between.
For these special concerts, Close, downtown performance artist Justin Vivian Bond, Tony Award-winning actress and singer Adriane Lenox and more to be announced will read and/or sing texts by Ted Hughes, Conrad Aiken, Edward O. Wilson, Louise Glück, Charles Mingus/Joni Mitchell, Tony Kushner and Judith Clark. Actor/writer/director John Cameron Mitchell will perform one of his own works, while Nash’s son, Eli Nash, will read the letter he wrote coming out to his father as transgender. Members from the dance community will premiere choreography by tap dancer Jared Grimes. The show is directed by Danny Gorman, who most recently acted as the assistant director on the Broadway production of Sunset Boulevard and the West End productions of Man of La Mancha and Carousel. Additional guests to be announced. All artists are subject to change.
This collaboration marks Ted Nash and Glenn Close’s follow up to The Presidential Suite, the 2017 concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center concert and subsequent album which earned Nash a Grammy award in 2017.
A free pre-concert discussion about the music and artists will be held nightly at 7:00pm.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit jazz.org