It's swing time.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) with Wynton Marsalis are the gold
standard of the genre — 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players in the world. And
for this Festival residency Wellington gets them all to itself.
Together, they're on a mission to
entertain, enrich and expand a global community for jazz through performance,
education and advocacy.
“Jazz is not merely
music, jazz is America,” JLCO leader Wynton Marsalis
has said. At the centre of this concert of orchestral pieces is his third symphony,
which takes you on a journey through American jazz history.
the Berliner Philharmoniker, the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles
Philharmonic and London’s Barbican Centre, Swing Symphony is a “stunning
achievement” (The Arts Desk) that traverses the first half of the 20th
century from ragtime, through the big band era, to bebop and beyond.
With the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Matthew Coorey, the other pieces in this all-American programme
are Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring and Leonard Bernstein's West
Side Story Dances.
Feel the force when these world-class orchestras come
together for two nights of glorious music.