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, 1975 ;ton to present two concerts ·' '.' .\,-B.' · · , · ' ; . ' · ''· · '·": '· ' . ' ' . - · · · · ... 'I.. ' '· '·': ··'.' ..'· ·/- : ' ' , , " When the Duke Ellington Orchestra appears at North H a g e r s t o w n H i g h School. Wednesday and Thursday, October October 1 and 2, the audiences will hear the works pf'the contemporary contemporary American composer played as: 'only this group can. play them: . x .. . _, The Ellington orchestra is j made iip of 'men who live/work, and travel together the year round, bound by the/Ellington charisma. The director in charge is the son of the'man w h o crea'ted . t h i s u n i q u e musical organization, T h e Duke;- E l l i n g t o n Orchestra, directed by farcer Ellington, will appear In' two concerts,' sponsored by North High .Band Boosters and Orchestra , Association. Each concert will begin at- 8:15 p.m. S0CT9Q , The October 1 program will feature the Duke Ellington Orchestra with soloists and Community Choir in Duke Ellington's Sacred Concert. His Sacred Concerts-' have stirred audiences around the world and they represent what Duke Ellington himself regarded as his /most important work. He looked. on himself, he said, as "God's messenger boy." The choir is composed of 100 singers from more than 20 choirs in the Hagerstown areia. The Sacred C o n c e r t has never been presented in Hagerstown. On October 2, the Duke Ellington Orchestra will present present a }azz concert. This program, too, may offer music which is new to local ears, since Mercer Ellington frequently reactivates neglected Items in the band's library and surprises audiences by playing Duke Ellington compositions which were never publicly performed during Duke's lifetime. An educated nMM(d«n Mercer Ellington studied music at Columbia University, Julliard School of Music, and New York University, graduating graduating with an instructor's degree. He played in his father's band for a time, then struck but on hjs own and enjoyed enjoyed success in several careers before returning to the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He directed his own band,: acted as road manager for Cootie Williams' band, served as musical director and arranger for singer Delia Reese, and founded Mercer Records. For the last ten years of his father's life, Mercer Ellington played in the brass section and served as .road manager for Duke's band. This is largely the same orchestra which Duke Ellington led on world tours for the State Department as Cultural Ambassadors Ambassadors of the:United States. During their 1971 tour .of Russia, Duke taught Russian chefs to make cheeseburgers, On his seventieth birthday, in .1968, Duke Ellington was honored at a birthday party in the White House, where he was presented the nation's highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, He had a l r e a d y r e c e i v e d the President's Gold Medal, in 1966. Ellington was recently honored by CBS Radio,; being chosed as one of the subjects In the Bicentennial series "Profile of a Patriot," featuring vignettes on illustrious Americans: - Duke Ellington was one of the most talented and prolific of American composers. Some critics rate him as the greatest American composer. His music copyrights, numbering in the thousands, span a half century, from 1923 to 1974. He was always working on "the next one," ttafcOT takM em . In addition to his sacred compositions and better-known "pop" music, Ellington wrote -scores, for stage shows, ballet, and motion pictures. One film score, "Paris Blues," brought him an Oscar nomination in 1961. Also recognized as a great humanitarian; he received a Personal P a r c h m e n t and Special Papal Blessing from Pope Paul VI in 1969. Numerous 'colleges and universities'gtv« him honorary degrees, for both usical . and . .humanitarian achievements. He''was, for fifty years, leader of the band described as' ''the only band in thrworld that works fifty-two weeks a year, with no holidays or weekends off." ; ; , ( ( V.", · ; · { . Mercer Ellington demonstrated demonstrated a dedication similar to that ot his lather in May 1974, when be took the orchestra, the day after his father's funeral, to keep an engagement .in Bermuda Bermuda at IBM's Goldeti Circle Convention. ;.,. . Admission is $5 for each concert concert or |9 for both. Ticket* may be purchased from any member of North High band, orchestra, or Madrigal \Singers, or from the following outlets:. Machen Music, Ritchey's, Camelot Music, Record Bar, Ardinger's, Music, Hagerstown Music, Audio Associates, Mizell Music, i i u b C i t y C y c l e Carpets, Inc., Wine Hobby, Bikle's Shoes, and from North High office. Proceeds from the Ellington concerts will go t o w a r transportation costs for North .High band, .orchestra, and Madrigals to Enid, Oklahoma,, to participate in an international international music festival in May, 1976. · · ' · ' ·

Clipped from The Morning Herald29 Sep 1975, MonPage 12

The Morning Herald (Hagerstown, Maryland)29 Sep 1975, MonPage 12
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