Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to Perform Excerpts from Wynton Marsalis's Blues Symphony

Complete Work To Be Performed At Annual King Celebration At Morehouse College On January 14, 2010

Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will now premiere selected movements of composer-performer Wynton Marsalis’s new symphonic work, Blues Symphony, November 19-22, 2009 in Atlanta Symphony Hall. This programming change was made in order to give the Orchestra an adequate amount of time to fully realize the composer’s expanded vision for the piece.

The new work, celebrating the blues through the prism of different moments in American history, will be presented as part of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Annual King Celebration on January 14, 2010. Now in its 18th year, the King Celebration commemorates the life and work of the celebrated civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr., and takes place in the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel on the campus of Morehouse College. The concert will be broadcast on American Public Media’s Performance Today on January 18, 2010.

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