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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

Explore the symphonic range of Ellington from the whimsical dances in Night Creature to his majestic ballet The River. Plus, jazz pianist and composer Gerald Clayton lends his touch to New World A-Comin'.

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Program

  • Duke ELLINGTON (ARR. BERGER) Night Creature
  • ELLINGTON New World A-Comin’
  • Intermission
  • Duke ELLINGTON (ARR. PERESS) Black, Brown & Beige
  • Duke ELLINGTON (ORCH. COLLIER) The River Suite

Artists

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

Thomas Wilkins leads the LA Phil in Ellington’s spiritual Sacred Concerts, which the composer called the most important music he ever wrote, as well as his narrative history of Black America, Black, Brown & Beige.

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Program

  • Duke ELLINGTON (ARR. PERESS) Black, Brown & Beige
  • Duke ELLINGTON (ARR. GOULD) Solitude
  • ELLINGTON “David Danced” from the Sacred Concerts
  • Intermission
  • ELLINGTON Selections from the Sacred Concerts

Artists

  • Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Thomas Wilkins, conductor