Enjoy a special kick-off event to the 35th Annual DuPont Clifford Brown Festival with The Best of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts. Post concert reception to follow at the Wilmington Public Library.
In the last years of Duke Ellington’s life, the jazz maestro explored the spiritual side of his extraordinary musical gifts. Between 1965 and 1973, Ellington wrote three massive works that combined elements of jazz, classical music, choral music, spirituals, gospel, blues and dance. He called them his “sacred concerts,” and they were performed in churches and cathedrals around the world. He said it was the most important music he’d ever written.