New Perspectives, Season 56, 2019–2020
Duke Ellington

Schola Swings

Saturday, October 26 at 7:30pm
First Congregational Church of Palo Alto
1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto Map
Sunday, October 27 at 3:00pm
Los Altos United Methodist Church
655 Magdalena Avenue, Los Altos Map
Duke Ellington

A swingin’ presentation of Duke Ellington’s famous Sacred Concerts, performed with soloists, a tap dancer and a Big Band!

Concert sponsor: John Murden

In his fifty+ years of composition and performance, Duke Ellington composed three concerts of Sacred Music; the first was composed for, and premiered at, the opening of San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral in 1965. It was instantly regarded as a watershed moment joining sacred music and jazz. Be prepared for a rich musical experience mixing faith and Ellington’s incomparable jazz.

“[Ellington’s Concert of Sacred Music] taps into Ellington’s roots in showbiz and African-American culture as well as his evidently deep religious faith, throwing it all together in the spirit of universality and sealing everything with the stamps of his musical signatures.”
— Allmusic review by Richard S. Ginell

Free admission for students under 25, with student ID