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This January, Thomas Wilkins and the Los Angeles Philharmonic return to Ellington’s music against the backdrop of our own historical moment, during which the composer’s explorations of Black American history and expressive life, as well as his hopes for a more just and compassionate future, continue to resonate.

The LA Phil's Humanities Programs are generously supported by Linda and David Shaheen.

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Robert Glasper Reimagines Ellington

The pianist partners with an orchestra and some very special guests in a 21st-century tribute to Duke Ellington.

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Artists

  • Robert Glasper, piano
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Symphonic Ellington: New World A-Comin’ with Gerald Clayton

Thomas Wilkins explores the unmatched legacy of Duke Ellington in a program of his music for orchestra.

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Program

  • ELLINGTON Night Creature
  • ELLINGTON New World A’Comin
  • Intermission
  • ELLINGTON Black, Brown & Beige
  • ELLINGTON The River Suite

Artists

  • Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Thomas Wilkins, conductor
  • Gerald Clayton, piano
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Symphonic Ellington: Sacred Concerts

Thomas Wilkins explores the unmatched legacy of Duke Ellington in a program of his music for orchestra.

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Program

  • ELLINGTON Black, Brown & Beige
  • ELLINGTON Solitude
  • ELLINGTON “David Danced” from the Sacred Concerts
  • Intermission
  • ELLINGTON Selections from the Sacred Concerts

Artists

  • Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Thomas Wilkins, conductor