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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis In Residence at The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, March 2-6

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced Feb. 8 that the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (JLCO) will be in residence the first week of March, culminating in two DSO Digital Concerts at Orchestra Hall on March 5 and 6. While the DSO previously announced that it would present the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet, these performances will now feature the JLCO, marking the first time the full big band configuration has publicly performed since March 2020 and the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The residency will also include educational activities with the DSO’s Civic Youth Ensembles and a recorded performance for the DSO’s Educational Concert Series to be streamed later.

On Friday, March 5 at 8 p.m., JLCO with Wynton Marsalis performs its own concert as part of the DSO’s Paradise Jazz Series. The DSO’s Paradise Jazz Series is named after the legacy of presenting jazz at Orchestra Hall, which was renamed the Paradise Theatre from 1941-51 and was one of the premier jazz venues in the country. The DSO remains one of the few orchestras in the world to offer a jazz series on its main stage.

On Saturday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m., JLCO with Wynton Marsalis returns to perform with the DSO, clarinetist Anthony McGill, and conductor William Eddins at the 43rd annual Arthur L. Johnson-Honorable Damon Jerome Keith Classical Roots Celebration. The program features Marsalis’s own composition Meeelaan featuring DSO Acting Principal Bassoon Michael Ke Ma, Stravinsky’s Ebony Concerto for Clarinet and Jazz Band, and Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs, with McGill as featured soloist in the Stravinsky and Bernstein works. The Brazeal Dennard Chorale, a vital part of every Classical Roots since the beginning, and Artistic Director Alice McAllister Tillman will also be featured.

Classical Roots honors African American composers, musicians, educators, and leaders for lifetime achievement and raises funds to support the DSO’s African American music and musician development programs. This year, Classical Roots will honor Wynton Marsalis and community leader, DSO supporter, and philanthropist Vera Heidelberg. The DSO will also pay special tribute to the late Detroit community leader, entrepreneur, and business strategist Marlowe Stoudamire. Click here for more details on the Classical Roots Celebration.

DSO Digital Concerts are live streamed from Orchestra Hall without audiences in attendance and are innovatively programmed with health and safety considerations of performers in mind. Subscribers and select donors receive access to all DSO Digital Concerts, with individual tickets available for purchase. Concerts can be viewed exclusively on dso.org via computer, mobile device, or smart TV, as well as via the new Live from Orchestra Hall app available for Apple TV and iOS devices, Roku, and Fire TV.

 

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