Performing The Sacred Music Of Duke Ellington
- Friday, Sept 26, 2014 – 8PM
- Location: 69 O’Connell St, Admission €20Dublin City Jazz Orchestra – BUY TICKETS! feat Tina May -soprano, Cleveland Watkiss – baritone, Maurice Chestnut – tap dancer, Tim Thurson – narrator, Pete Churchill – Conductor
As early as October 1962, the Reverend John S. Yaryan approached Ellington about performing at the new Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. The cathedral was due to open in three to four years and all sorts of cultural events were to occur there in its first year. It was not until two years later that things such as the date and program were finalized.
The concert premiered on September 16, 1965, and was recorded for Public Television. The performance was released on CD as A Concert of Sacred Music Live from Grace Cathedral and on DVD as Love You Madly/A Concert of Sacred Music at Grace Cathedral. The official album on RCA, A Concert of Sacred Music, was recorded at two concerts at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York on December 26, 1965. Additional material from these concerts, not found on the original album, can be found on the 24-CD box set The Duke Ellington Centennial Edition: The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (1927-1973). This concert is the only one to have compositions not specifically written for it. “New World A-Commin” and “Come Sunday” from Black Brown and Beige and “Heritage (My Mother, My Father)” from the show My People were performed in it. The song “In the Beginning God” was awarded a Grammy Award in 1967.
The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra is a 17 piece big band comprising some of the best musical talent in Ireland. Led by the legendary Ciaran Wilde, four trumpets, four trombones, and five saxophones will be performing a mind blowing performance of ‘The Sacred Music of Duke Ellington’. The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra is playing big band music from the ‘40s and ‘50s along with some more modern bombastic tunes to mix it up! There’s nothing quite like a big band, and there’s no big band quite like the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra!
Limerick based multi award-winning chamber choir Ancór will also be
featured in this performance