Strathmore to Present “Discover Ellington” Concert Series

New season at Bethesda, Md. concert hall to include a look into the impact of jazz and cultural icon Duke Ellington

Strathmore, a performing arts center in Bethesda, Maryland, has announced their 2011-2012 line-up, which includes a celebration of American Composers. One of the main concert series Strathmore will be producing is Discover Ellington, from February 3 to February 20, 2012. With this series, Strathmore will explore Ellington’s career and his influence on music today.

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Duke Ellington and Strayhorn playing 4-handed piano, perhaps their favorite duet "Tonk." Note Duke's suits in the background.

In the press release, the Vice President of Programming Shelley Brown said, “Dicover Ellington is an unprecedented opportunity to see his work brought to live stage over a weekend, with commentary and context offered by scholars and experts.”

Among the artists scheduled to perform some of his most highly acclaimed works are the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra led by Arturo O’Farill, Brian Stokes Michael, pianist Robert Glasper, the Morgan State University Choir and the Smithsonian Jazz Mastery Orchestra.

The National Endowment for the Arts, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Strathmore’s Jazz Society and the Artistic Initiatives Fund support Discover Ellington.

Strathmore presents a variety of programs, including art exhibitions, concerts, performing arts programs and literary lectures and events. For more information, visit Strathmore’s website

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