In celebration of one of the greatest American composers of all time (and one of the biggest jazz and big band musicians of all time), Pacific Symphony presents a stunning tribute to the music of Duke Ellington by hosting an evening of some of his most memorable songs, performed by the Duke Ellington Orchestra, who have carried on his musical legacy for- amazingly- eight decades (headed now by Duke's grandson, Paul Ellington). As part of Pacific Symphony's American Composers Festival of 2013, the evening also includes a presentation by Daniel Schnyder, Pacific Symphony's composer-in-residence, on the music of Ellington and Jimi Hendrix. For jazz enthusiasts who are fans of Ellington, and music lovers alike who are just discovering the range of music styles from the early 20th century, this evening is for you. And if you can't get enough of the Duke, check out Sunday night's Duke Ellington Revealed event for even more swinging jazz tributes.
Thu., May 16, 8 p.m.; Fri., May 17, 8 p.m.; Sat., May 18, 8 p.m., 2013