Duke Ellington's 115th Birthday Celebration Event Schedule Is Finalized for 4/27 & 4/29
The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts will commemorate the Duke's 115th birthday with an outdoor ceremony and concert on Sunday, April 27th at 1 PM in front of Duke Ellington's statue at 5th Avenue and 110th street. Additionally Duke Ellington's 115th Birthday Bash, a musical birthday Party and show will be celebrated on Duke's actual birthday two days later (Tuesday, April 29, from 7 to 9 PM) at Ballroom off Fifth on 37th St between 5th and 6th Avenues.
Although the legendary Duke Ellington passed away on May 24, 1974, nearly 40 years ago, his fame and stature continue to grow and blossom. Just this past year alone, After Midnight, a big band musical featuring all-Ellington music in a tribute to Harlem's famous Cotton Club, opened on Broadway and is one of the favorites for winning a Tony Award this year; an SRO audience cheered the hundreds of students who participated in Arranging Ellington, concert of Ellington's sacred music, at Carnegie Hall this past March 23; and the Duke Ellington Center Big Band is finalizing plans for concert tours of France and the US during the upcoming year.
As the world prepares to celebrate the 115th birthday of the legendary Duke Ellington on April 29, 2014, the 20th century's most prolific composer in both volume and variety with more than 3,000 compositions to his credit, the Duke Ellington Center for the Arts is planning two celebrations to commemorate the event, it was announced by Mercedes Ellington, the Duke's granddaughter and Founder/President of the Center.