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The Duke Ellington Orchestra: A Centennial Celebration

2022-2023 Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra In-Person Concert Series

Weekend Performance

Saturday, June 10, 2023 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1P0781
National Museum of Natural History
Baird Auditorium
10th St & Constitution Ave, NW
Metro: Federal Triangle
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Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra in concert (Photo: Jaclyn Nash)

Registration Notes:

  • Advance registration will end at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 10.
  • If tickets are available at the door, patrons can purchase via their mobile device and credit card only; no cash transactions.

Under the artistic direction of maestro Charlie Young, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra has celebrated some of the greatest jazz music throughout its 32-year history as one of the crown jewels of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. This SJMO season promises to continue that tradition in a series of standout concerts, all of which are held in person.

They’ve been called everything from the Washingtonians to Duke Ellington and His Kentucky Club Orchestra to Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra (and more). But the Duke Ellington Orchestra under any name maintains an unparalleled place in the history of American music. This year marks the 100th anniversary of this legendary ensemble, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra is ready to celebrate its vast musical legacy. Performance selections include "Rainy Nights,” “Harlem Airshaft,” “Charpoy,” and "The Biggest and Busiest Intersection.”

2022-2023 Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra Concerts

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