Looking Back: A Duke Ellington Celebration

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra (Mark Harvey, director) opened its historic 47th season with a Duke Ellington Celebration, including classics and sacred music featuring the First Parish of Concord choir, directed by Elizabeth Norton, with Nikki Turpin, narrator. The concert was sponsored in collaboration with The Robbins House.

The September 22 concert honored Duke Ellington (1899-1974) in his 120th birthday year with a program celebrating joy, justice, and love – themes that were important for Ellington throughout his life. Selections ranged widely, from hits like Satin Doll, Solitude, and I’m Beginning to See the Light, to joyful music from Ellington’s Sacred Concerts. Among the sacred works, Aardvark performed New World A-Comin’ and two pieces featuring The First Parish Choir: the ebullient David Danced before the Lord, and It’s Freedom, a powerful expression of Civil-Rights-era fervor with resonance for today.

The Aardvark Jazz Orchestra was joined by the First Parish Choir with Elizabeth Norton, Director and Nikki Turpin, Narrator.

Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm
First Parish in Concord
20 Lexington Road, Concord, MA 01742
Info: 978-369-9602 x420

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