World Premiere of Wynton Marsalis’s Blues Symphony

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 the celebrated civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr., and takes place in the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel on the campus of Morehouse College. The concert will be broadcast on American Public Media’s Performance Today on January 18, 2010.

November 19 and 20, 2009, at 8:00 p.m.
November 22, 2009, at 3:00 p.m.
Atlanta Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center

For tickets and more information, click here: or call (404) 733-5000

Prior to the premiere, Wynton will take part in Conversations of Note, a conversation between Wynton and ASO Music Director Robert Spano spotlighting the World Premiere of Wynton’s Blues Symphony and his previous and upcoming compositions.

This event is free and open to the public. Due to space limitations, RSVPs are strongly encouraged. To RSVP for this event please call 404.733.4850.

Wednesday, November 18th at 7 p.m.
Atlanta Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center

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  1. Last night I had the unmistakeable pleasure of listening to the World Premier of “Blues Symphony.” It is a truly remarkable work of art. Wynton has delivered a story of blues in a way that has not been done before. As I sat there listening, I could feel the passion he obviously intended. I also understood the joy displayed in the instrumentation of joyous runs traditionally associated with New Orleans.

    I was touched by Wynton’s mastery, but more so of his humility, when his eyes become moist after the second ovation. BRAVO!!!

    Joel on Nov 21st, 2009 at 2:15pm

  2. THANKS for the notice of today’s stream alive of talking in Atlante about Blues Symphony!.

    I have been just on time to join.
    Loved it!.

    Talked about a lot of things, not only new Symphony, and all of them were interesting, enlightning and full of the wisdom.
    Also beautiful playing with the Band. Always generous with art and time. Can imagine how this youngs felt.

    All the best and good luck with the concert.
    Take care.

    careba on Nov 18th, 2009 at 9:57pm

  3. Hi Wynton, thank you for your hospitality Sunday evening. it was great to be in your company, and experiencing your natural flow.
    your are an awesome musician you command nothing less than the best of your instrument, or your self and it shows. I thank the ancestors for you.

    One love,

    Joyce Davoren

    Joyce Davoren on Nov 9th, 2009 at 7:48pm