Don’t miss the talented young maestro Alex Mendham and His New Yorkers dressed in white tie and tails as he brings back the music of the Golden Age of Jazz and Swing, accompanied by his talented 11-piece orchestra, for an extravaganza that will have you doing the Foxtrot.
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For the first time in 35 years, Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts returned to the stage. Envisioned initially by Ellington as a “Festival of Grace,” provenance for Sacred Concerts is informed by a broad spectrum of jazz, classical and choral music, spirituals, dance, gospel, and blues. Ellington’s compositional product in this venue consisted of a triptych of 34 songs originally recorded in 1965, 1968, and 1973 respectively. It can be argued that an august Ellington facing his mortality considered his Sacred Concerts among his most significant works.