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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


  • Christopher K. Morgan & Artists and JMU faculty perform breakout choreography in this year's New Dance Festival



  • EMERGENCY!: - Obie Award winner Daniel Beaty stars in explosive, solo tour-de-force



  • Ailey II dances its way to the top of the 2014-2015 Masterpiece Season



  • Parallel Exit's speed-of-light comedy performs to rave reviews