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  • Wynton Marsalis symphony at Philadelphia Orchestra an aerobic workout that inspired fight and flight

    Posted on December 15th, 2019 in Review

    Such was the terse introduction by guest conductor Cristian Macelaru at the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Saturday outing with Wynton Marsalis’ Blues Symphony. More couldn’t credibly be said prior to the rambunctious, seven-movement, hour-long, high-traffic, multi-genre, multi-everything monster of a symphony that could well have devoured the Kimmel Center and the rest of Philadelphia along with it.   Keep reading »

  • Exploring American history with musician and composer Wynton Marsalis

    Posted on December 10th, 2019 in Profiles & Interviews

    See what happens when jazz and blues meet classical composition during the Philadelphia Orchestra’s limited run of Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award winner Wynton Marsalis’s symphony. The seven movements paint scenes from important points throughout American history with evolving sounds and rhythm.   Keep reading »

  • Maestro Cristian Măcelaru leads the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra in two of Marsalis’ celebrated compositions

    Posted on March 10th, 2019 in

    Closing night is dedicated to American legend Wynton Marsalis, one of the most accomplished and acclaimed artists and composers of his generation. Marsalis has helped propel jazz to the forefront of contemporary American culture through his performances, recordings, compositions, educational efforts, and his visionary artistic leadership of Jazz at Lincoln Center.   Keep reading »

  • Students, faculty reflect on lessons from Wynton Marsalis’ visit

    Posted on April 5th, 2018 in

    Intense. Approachable. Wise. Those were among the impressions several Cornell faculty and students have from a week spent with jazz musician and educator Wynton Marsalis, on campus March 22-28 for his first extended visit as an Andrew Dickson White Professor-at-Large.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis to mentor, perform during Cornell visit March 22-28

    Posted on March 15th, 2018 in Profiles & Interviews

    Famed musician Wynton Marsalis comes to Cornell next week for his first visit as an Andrew Dickson White Professor-at-Large, to mentor and perform with student musicians, participate in classes and engage with the campus and Ithaca communities.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz Legend Wynton Marsalis in concert with Cornell ensembles March 28

    Posted on March 8th, 2018 in Concerts

    Internationally acclaimed musician, composer, and bandleader Wynton Marsalis will play in concert with student musicians at Cornell’s Bailey Hall on Wednesday, March 28 at 8:00pm. The concert is free and open to the public with no tickets required. Seating is first-come, first-served.   Keep reading »

  • New York Premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ Blues Symphony at JALC

    Posted on March 11th, 2015 in Concerts

    American Composers Orchestra (ACO) continues its 38th season with Blues Symphony & Beyond led by ACO Music Director George Manahan on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 8pm at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The concert will feature the New York premiere of Blues Symphony by Wynton Marsalis, Managing and Artistic Director, Jazz at Lincoln Center (Marsalis does not perform in this work). The concert will also feature the world premiere of Courtney Bryan’s Sanctum, commissioned by ACO. Bryan is a past participant in ACO’s groundbreaking Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute (JCOI), which gives jazz composers the opportunity for vital hands-on experience working with a symphony orchestra. A revised and expanded version of Uri Caine’s Double Trouble, featuring the composer at the piano, completes the program.!!   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis Takes Concertgoers Through a Symphony of Blues

    Posted on February 8th, 2015 in Review

    Taking their seats, the symphony orchestra begins with a wave of the conductor’s baton, led by the cheerful sound of the piccolo and the rhythm of the drums—which the program notes is supposed to signify the American Revolution and the birth of the possibility of the blues.
    On Wednesday night, the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Md., played host to Wynton Marsalis’ Blues Symphony for hundreds who turned out—filling the expansive hall all the way to the balconies—to witness the premiere of the award-winning musician’s ambitious journey to chart the history of the blues throughout America.

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  • Wynton Marsalis’ ‘Blues Symphony’ at Washington Performing Arts at Strathmore

    Posted on February 5th, 2015 in Review | 1

    Last night, thanks to the generosity of Washington Performing Arts, DC audiences had the rare opportunity to see Wynton Marsalis in the fullest sense – as consummate performer, as bandleader, and as composer of a new symphony that premiered at The Music Center in Strathmore.
    Under the more than capable direction of conductor Jan Wagner, Marsalis debuted his Blues Symphony last night in a performance with the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, the culmination of his semester long residency at Shenandoah University as part of Washington Performing Arts’ “The Art of the Orchestra Series.”

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  • Wynton Marsalis debuts a stirring ‘Blues Symphony’

    Posted on February 5th, 2015 in Review

    You can’t accuse Wynton Marsalis of lacking ambition. It’s right there in the title of his “Blues Symphony,” which the composer debuted in its entirety Wednesday night at Strathmore. And that says nothing of its scale. The piece is for 100 musicians (here, the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra), in six discrete movements charting the evolution of the blues throughout the Americas.

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