Once in a Lifetime Performance-The Orlando Times

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Once in a Lifetime Performance

Join Us For AOnce In ALifetime Performance Of Black, Brown And Beige! 


ORLANDO - Dr. Phillips Center presents the world premiere of Duke Ellington’s only full-length orchestration of Black, Brown and Beige and Sacred Music at the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts. 

Ellington was the most significant and prolific composer in Jazz history. At the height of his career, after years of unprecedented success, he dared to compose an extended length jazz composition. Not for the night club, but for the concert hall. 

This deeply felt musical experience was a musical journey that told the story of the African American experience—from slavery to the Harlem renaissance. 

He proudly debut Black, Brown and Beige in 1943 in NYC’s Carnegie Hall. He wrote the notes that the world was not ready to hear, and it was dismissed by critics and never performed in its entirety again. Until now. 

On January 26, 2022, in Steinmetz Hall, Black, Brown and Beige will come to life again. 

Eighty years after its debut, 6-time Tony Awards winner Audra McDonald, will join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra along with members of the Jazz Orchestra at the Dr. Phillips Center, players from Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Bethune-Cookman University Concert Chorale to honor Ellington’s most significant work during our official opening of Steinmetz Hall, which will complete the final theater in the $613 million performing arts center—a project 20 years in the making. 

Buy your tickets now by visiting Dr.PhillipsCenter.org. Receive a 25% discount by using the code GRAND25.