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Public Shakespeare Presents:

NYU Skirball

Thursday, December 6 at 7pm

Public Shakespeare Initiative

Presented in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center

In 1957, on the brink of attaining near mythic status, Duke Ellington drew inspiration from another artist who’d made the same ascent – William Shakespeare – and composed a sweeping suite of songs that celebrate the verbal pyrotechnics, pathos and power of some of Shakespeare’s most indelible characters. Join us as we revel in this musical-theatrical meeting of the minds and its dazzling results, as the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra performs selections from Ellington’s “Such Sweet Thunder”. Expert commentary by jazz columnist, curator, and lecturer Greg Thomas will reveal how Ellington and his collaborator, Billy Strayhorn, came to create the piece, while readings by actors Pascale Armand, Patrice Johnson Chevannes, Peter Jay FernandezLeland Fowler, and alumni of the Hunts Point Children's Shakespeare Ensemble  Marilyn Gonzalez and Samuel Neverson will highlight the Shakespeare plays that were Ellington's undeniable, irrepressible source.



Tickets are $35 plus fees
Member, Public Supporter & Partner tickets are $20


Commentary by Jazz Columnist Greg Thomas
Featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra

With readings by Pascale Armand, Patrice Johnson Chevannes, Peter Jay Fernandez, Leland Fowler, and alumni of the Hunts Point Children's Shakespeare Ensemble 

and Marilyn Gonzalez and Samuel Neverson