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  • The entire jazz orchestra stand around Wynton Marsalis

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
with Wynton Marsalis
Masters of Form: From Mingus to Monk

7:30 pm Thursday, April 2, 2020

Can a great composition be compared to the work of a master architect? The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis invites you to experience the music of Jelly Roll Morton, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, and George Russell from a new angle.

With music direction by orchestra trombonist Vincent Gardner, the band will start the concert by playing some of the most masterfully structured pieces in the jazz canon. The musicians will emphasize the brilliant layering and attention to form that allowed these composers to construct such distinctly expressive and enduring music.

The second half of the concert will expand upon the concept with a performance of Usonian Structures, a new suite created by Andy Farber, one of today’s finest big band composers and arrangers. The piece was inspired by the work of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and each movement is an interpretation or impression of one of Wright’s iconic designs.

The orchestra will be making its eighth appearance at Eisenhower Auditorium. Marsalis, who has visited Penn State with the big band and smaller ensembles, will perform on the Eisenhower stage for the ninth time.

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Adult $59
University Park Student $15
18 and Younger $39

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support provided by
Sidney and Helen S. Friedman Endowment

Sandra Zaremba and Richard Brown provide support for engagement programming related to this performance.

This event is part of a season-long focus, The American Experience: Through an African-American Lens.

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Artistic Viewpoints

6:30 pm Thursday, April 2, 2020

Eisenhower Auditorium

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal discussion moderated by State College jazz musician Rick Hirsch and featuring Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra musicians Andy Farber (tenor saxophone, clarinet) and Vincent Gardner (trombone), is offered one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity, so seating is available on a first-arrival basis.