Such Sweet Thunder Live
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Such Sweet Thunder Live

Thursday, March 10, 2022, 8pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

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Grammy-nominated trumpeter Jon Faddis leads an all-star big band at Miller Theatre at Columbia University in a performance of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's 1957 Shakespearean suite, Such Sweet Thunder. This concert is part of Such Sweet Thunder: Ellington Plays Shakespeare—Love and Power in Adaptation, a year-long series of public events across the arts at Columbia. “Somehow, I suspect that if Shakespeare were alive today, he might be a jazz fan himself,” Ellington wrote in the program for the first full performance of the "sweet" at the 1957 Stratford Shakespearean Festival in Stratford, Ontario. “He’d appreciate the combination of team spirit and informality, of academic knowledge and humor, of all the elements that go into a great jazz performance.” Pieces include "The Star-Crossed Lovers," "Lady Mac," and the musical sonnet "Sonnet in Search of a Moor." 


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For more information on the festival, please visit: suchsweetthunder.columbia.edu.