06/09/10

Wynton Marsalis Premieres Swing Symphony

New symphony also to be streamed in the “Digital Concert Hall”

For fans who cannot easily hop a flight to Berlin, Germany to join Wynton Marsalis for the premiere of his new Swing Symphony, an internet connection is all you really need. Listeners are invited to enter the “Digital Concert Hall”, provided by the Berliner Philharmoniker, to view Marsalis’ performance live. Marsalis will premiere his Swing Symphony (Symphony No. 3) with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Berliner Philharmoniker led by Sir Simon Rattle on June 9 and 10 at The Philharmonie.

An interpretation of Igor Stravinsky’s Petrushka will also be performed at the event. The entire performance will be broadcast live in HD on June 10 at 2 p.m. EST. Tickets must be purchased to view the event online, and cost 9.90 EURO (roughly $11.82 USD). The “Digital Concert Hall” on the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Web site opens 15 minutes prior to the event.

The score for the symphony, commissioned by the Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, and the Barbican Centre, London, will later serve as the basis for a new dance work choreographed by Rhys Martin and performed by 170 Berlin schoolchildren at the Arena Berlin in Treptow on June 12 and 13.

Marsalis’ Symphonies No. 1 and 2, All Rise and Blues Symphony respectively, came before this current piece of symphonic work. All Rise is a 12-movement work for symphony orchestra, jazz orchestra and choir, and blends the sounds of jazz, blues, classical and indigenous music from around the world. Blues Symphony is Marsalis’ first work written solely for symphony orchestra and celebrates the blues through the prism of different moments in American history.

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