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A celebration of American composers is incomplete without mention of Duke Ellington, whose works inspired many composers and musicians of the 20th and 21st centuries. This year, we aren’t just mentioning him; we are presenting the ensemble that carries his name and has been playing together in one form or another for eight decades.

Duke Ellington Orchestra

Thursday - Saturday, May 16-18, 2013, 8:00 p.m.

CARL ST.CLAIR - conductor
Daniel Schnyder - composer and saxophone
David Taylor - trombone
Kenny Drew Jr. - piano
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Pacific Symphony

Duke Ellington Revealed

Sunday, May 19, 2013, 3:00 p.m.

CARL ST.CLAIR - conductor
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Pacific Symphony

Faust

Sunday, May 19, 2013, 7:00 p.m.

A project by Daniel Schnyder
Silent film and music tell stories without words.

Daniel Schnyder, composition/soprano and tenor saxophone
Dave Taylor, bass trombone
Kenny Drew Jr., piano