The Duke Ellington Symposium
The year 1999 marks the Centennial Anniversary of the birth of the great African-American composer, pianist, and bandleader Edward Kennedy Ellington. This occasion has not gone unnoticed, but has been celebrated around the country and the world with concerts, symposia, publications, and recordings.
A Symposium on the Music of Duke Ellington will take place on the University of Kentucky Campus Thursday afternoon through Saturday morning, October 28-31. The Symposium will feature a concert of Ellington's music, played from transcriptions and original scores by the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra, with David Baker as guest conductor. Small group performances including Dr. Aaron Bell, former bassist with the Ellington Orchestra, will also be offered. Finally, discussions of various aspects of Ellington's music will be presented by Ellington experts David Baker, Aaron Bell, John Edward Hasse, Andrew Jaffe, and Ann Kuebler.
The registration fee for this entire event is $35.00 ($25.00 for students) which covers the cost of attendance at all sessions, recitals, the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra Concert, and dinner on Thursday evening.
This is a wonderful opportunity to hear Ellington's music re-created live and to learn more about his musical aims, creative process, and style. The sessions will be informal, but also informative, and will provide a great deal of insight into the musical and cultural contributions of Duke Ellington.
Information on registration and lodging is presented below. We hope to see you in Lexington at the end of October for this exciting Ellington event.
You may register on-line by completing the form at the end of this page, or you may copy the form and fax or mail your registration information as indicated below.
(The Symposium begins with registration at 11 AM Thursday, October 28. Opening session is a 2 PM on Thursday. The program concludes at 11:30 AM, Saturday, Oct. 30.)
Ellington as Composer for the Piano
RALEIGH DAILEY, University of Kentucky
Between the Sheets: Relationships Uncovered in the Duke Ellington Collection
ANN K. KUEBLER, Archivist, Duke Ellington Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Motivic Development and Thematic Unity in Duke Ellington Extended Works
ANDREW JAFFE, Professor, Williams College
Ellington as Musician and Composer
DAVID BAKER, Distinguished Professor of Music, Indiana University;
Director, Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra
A Comparison of Ellington to Master Composers
AARON BELL, Former member, Duke Ellington Orchestra
Panel Discussion: The Musical and Cultural Contribution of Duke Ellington
DR. BELL, DR. HASSE, PROF. JAFFE, MS. KUEBLER, DAVID BAKER, Moderator
Duke Ellington: Genius Beyond Category
JOHN EDWARD HASSE, Curator of American Music, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution; Executive Producer, Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra
Changes in the Ellington Style as Revealed in Reworkings of Earlier Material
LAWRENCE D. NELSON, University of Kentucky
Dinner and Piano Recital of Ellington Music
ORVILLE HAMMOND, Professor of Piano, University of Kentucky
Small Group Performances by AARON BELL, MILES OSLAND, and University of Kentucky Students and Faculty
Concert of Duke Ellington Music (Performed from Transcriptions and Original Scores)
THE KENTUCKY JAZZ REPERTORY ORCHESTRA, DAVID BAKER, Guest Conductor
TRAVEL AND LODGING: The University of Kentucky campus is located in Lexington, Kentucky, 80 miles south of Cincinnati and 80 miles east of Louisville. For travel by car, I-64 and I-75 run directly to Lexington. Lexington is also served by Delta, USAir, Continental, United, and Northwest airlines.
The Kentucky Inn, 525 Waller Avenue, Lexington, is offering a special rate of $50 plus tax (single) and $55 plus tax (double) per night. You can reach the Kentucky Inn toll free at 1-800-221-6652. To obtain the special rate, please inform the registration clerk that you will be attending the Ellington Symposium at the University of Kentucky.
Advance Registration (Prior to October 20)
All events, including Dinner October 28 and Concert by the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra, October 29: $35.00 (Students: $25.00)
Registration October 21 or Later
All Events$40.00 (Students $30.00)
To Register, please submit the
following information, or print the form below and fax to 606-257-9576.
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