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Wynton Marsalis in Ithaca

Wynton Marsalis
Ensemble Wynton Marsalis
Date Wednesday, March 28th, 2018
Time 8:00pm
Event Type Concert
Event Name Blues Symphony + Jazz concert
Venue Bailey Hall at Cornell University
Address 230 Garden Ave
Location Ithaca, NY, United States
Venue Phone +1 607-255-5144

The concert will feature his newly revised orchestral composition, Blues Symphony, played by the Cornell Symphony Orchestra, a piece which infuses blues and ragtime rhythms into classical orchestrations, creating a genre-bending piece that introduces classical and jazz fans to new musical elements. Orchestra director Chris Younghoon Kim says the piece is an opportunity for the “students to extend their musical experience to areas they might not have otherwise encountered.”

The second half of the concert program features the Jazz Band, under the direction of Paul Merrill, and the Wind Symphony, conducted by James Spinazzola. Marsalis will perform with both ensembles, and selections include some of his arrangements of jazz greats, including Bernstein, Ellington, and Coltrane.

In addition to the March 28 concert, the Cornell Jazz Band and the Original Cornell Syncopators, an ensemble dedicated to historic jazz performance, will give a concert on Sunday, March 25 at 8:00 p.m. in Barnes Hall, after coaching sessions with Marsalis. The concert repertoire includes music from the jazz bands of the 1930s, from Duke Ellington to Count Basie to Chick Webb.


Free and open to the public. No tickets required, and seating is first-come, first-served.


  • Blues Symphony, Movement 3 (Marsalis)
  • Blues Symphony, Movement 2 (Marsalis)
  • Blues Symphony, Movement 4 (Marsalis)
  • Blues Symphony, Movement 5 (Marsalis)
  • Overture to Candide (Bernstein, trans. Grundman)
  • Starmaker (Marini, arr. Merrill)
  • Cherokee Sketches (Pauer, arr. Brown)
  • Concerto for Cootie (Ellington, trans. Berger, Spinazzola)
  • Prologue from West Side Story (Bernstein, arr. Grusin, trans. Spinazzola)
  • “A Portrait of Louis Armstrong” from New Orleans Suite (Ellington, trans. Berger)
  • “Acknowledgment” from A Love Supreme (Coltrane, arr. Marsalis, trans. Spinazzola)
  • “Tourist Point of View” from Far East Suite (Ellington, arr. Spinazzola, trans. Berger, Merrill, Spinazzola)