Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's Such Sweet Thunder

Featuring JMU's Jazz Ensemble and Theatre Students

Saturday, November 1 @ 8 pm

CONCERT HALL


SHAKESPEARE PHOTO COURTESY OF WWW.OPENCULTURE.COM; ELLINGTON & STRAYHORN PHOTO COURTESY OF WWW.AMERICANHISTORY.SI.EDU

In honor of Shakespeare’s 450th anniversary, the JMU Jazz Studies program and the School of Theatre and Dance come together for a production of Duke Ellington’s masterful jazz suite Such Sweet Thunder. Written in 1957 by Duke Ellington and his longtime collaborator Billy Strayhorn, this inspired, 12-part tribute to the Bard takes it name from a line in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Each movement, including “Lady Mac,” “The Star-Crossed Lovers” and “Sonnet for Sister Kate,” evokes Shakespearean characters—and even Shakespeare himself—that are brought to life by JMU theatre students in live monologues and scenes. Don’t miss this unique music and theatre event!


HIGHLIGHTS


  • American Shakespeare Center Wins Forbes Center's 2016 Circle of Excellence in the Arts Award



  • The Havana Cuba All-Stars bring the music of their rich culture to America for the first time!



  • Renowned British actor Julian Sands delivers a solo tour-de-force in "A Celebration of Harold Pinter" 



  • Experience masterful musicianship by the Grammy-nominated National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine!