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UArts: Duke Ellington Orchestra (Sat 2/4)

University Arts Series
Saturday, Feb 4, 2023 at 7:30 PM (CT)

Although a pivotal figure in the history of jazz, in the opinion of Gunther Schuller and Barry Kernfeld, "the most significant composer of the genre",[4] Ellington himself embraced the phrase "beyond category", considering it a liberating principle, and referring to his music as part of the more general category of American Music.[5] Ellington was known for his inventive use of the orchestra, or big band, as well as for his eloquence and charisma. He was awarded a posthumous Pulitzer Prize Special Award for music in 1999.[6]

His compositions have been revisited by artists and musicians worldwide as sources of inspiration and a bedrock of their performing careers:

Dave Brubeck dedicated "The Duke" (1954) to Ellington and it became a standard covered by others,[121] including Miles Davis on his Miles Ahead, 1957. The album The Real Ambassadors has a vocal version of this piece, "You Swing Baby (The Duke)", with lyrics by Iola Brubeck, Dave Brubeck's wife. It is performed as a duet between Louis Armstrong and Carmen McRae. It is also dedicated to Duke Ellington.
Miles Davis created his half-hour dirge "He Loved Him Madly" (on Get Up with It) as a tribute to Ellington one month after his death.
Charles Mingus, who had been fired by Ellington decades earlier, wrote the elegy "Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love" in 1974, a few months after Ellington's death.
Stevie Wonder wrote the song "Sir Duke" as a tribute to Ellington, which appeared on his album Songs in the Key of Life released in 1976.
There are hundreds of albums dedicated to the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn by artists famous and obscure. Sophisticated Ladies, an award-winning 1981 musical revue, incorporated many tunes from Ellington's repertoire. A second Broadway musical interpolating Ellington's music, Play On!, debuted in 1997.


Saturday, February 4, 2023 at 7:30 P.M.




(1) FREE GENERAL ADMISSION for Texas State Student

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TXST Faculty / Staff: $10

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If you would like to participate but cannot attend, The Duke Ellington Orchestra is offering a LIVE STREAM from Evans Auditorium.  Watch the event live as it happens.  This will be the only chance to see this very special event.

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Coordinated through the College of Fine Arts and Communication

*Performances designated as "University Arts” are funded through student service fees and is managed by a committee of faculty and staff appointed by the Texas State University Faculty Senate with the goal of bring performing arts to San Marcos that rivals arts programming offered in the world’s largest cultural centers.



Box Office opens one-hour prior to the performance.

Seating begins approximately 30-minutes before the performance begins.


Closest Parking is at the Pleasant Street Parking Garage (101 Pleasant Street)

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627 LBJ San Marcos, TX 78666

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