Thursday, November 17, 2011

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra to play Duke Ellington's "Nutcracker Suite" for family concert on Sunday, November 27

The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, working in partnership with Jazz St. Louis, will perform Duke Ellington's "Nutcracker Suite" as part of a "family concert" at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, November 27 at Powell Symphony Hall. The suite, which is Ellington's jazz interpretation of "The Nutcracker" by Tchaikovsky, originally was recorded for Columbia Records and released in 1960.

The concert will be conducted by Ware Stare, SLSO's resident conductor and director of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra (SLSYO), and also will include George Gershwin's "An American in Paris" and Leonard Bernstein's "On the Town." Tickets are priced from $7 to $16 and are on sale now at the Powell Hall box office, by phone at 314-534-1700, or via the SLSO's website.

You can see excerpts from a studio performance of the "Nutcracker Suite" by the Duke Ellington Orchestra and a brief promotional interview with Ellington about the project in the embedded video window below.

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