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Such Sweet Thunder
The Bard Meets The Duke
Sat, Jul 31, 8:00 - 9:15 pm
Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute
In 1957, Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn composed Such Sweet Thunder, a magnificent suite of 12 pieces dedicated to Shakespeare and his most compelling characters. Ellington described the work as an "attempt to parallel the vignettes of some of the Shakespearean characters in miniature--sometimes to the point of caricature."
Composed in response to a request to perform at the Stratford Shakespearean Festival in Stratford, Ontario in 1956, Such Sweet Thunder was a tour de force, a masterful, confident transcendence of the formal and historical barriers that all too often separate cultures and artistic genres, a watershed in Ellington's own career, a milestone in the history of jazz, and a rock solid exemplar of America's growing aesthetic confidence and maturity.
At the halfway point in our deliberately light-hearted celebration of American popular music's on-going tête-à-tête with broader cultural currents and its own European past, OFAM jazz director Ken Peplowski assembles a special jazz orchestra to re-create this thoughtful, witty, and profoundly moving masterpiece.
Event Personnel
Ken Peplowski, director, clarinet
Clairdee, vocals
Howard Alden, guitar
Jesse Cloninger, reeds
Derek Smith, piano
Randy Sandke, trumpet
Chuck Redd, drums
 Take The 'A' Train
(1939) interpolated into Reveille with Beverly
Words by Joya Sherrill - Music by Billy Strayhorn
 It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
Words by Irving Mills - Music by Duke Ellington
 Cotton Tail
Music by Duke Ellington
 Such Sweet Thunder
Music: Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn
 Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Words by Bob Russell - Music by Duke Ellington
 In My Solitude
Words by Irving Mills, Eddie DeLange - Music by Duke Ellington
 In A Sentimental Mood
Words by Irving Mills, Manny Kurtz - Music by Duke Ellington
 Rockin' In Rhythm
Words by Irving Mills - Music by Duke Ellington, Harry Carney
Featured composers, lyricists, creators
Harry Carney, 1910-1974
Eddie DeLange, 1904-1949
Duke Ellington, 1899-1974
Manny Kurtz, 1911-1984
Irving Mills, 1894-1985
Bob Russell, 1914-1970
Joya Sherrill, 1924-2010
Billy Strayhorn, 1915-1967
Ticket/Venue Info
Such Sweet Thunder Ticket Prices
Seat LvlFull PriceDiscount Prices
15%  20%  25%  Stud. 
AA36.00  30.75  29.00  27.00  18.00 
A30.00  25.50  24.00  22.50  15.00 
B24.00  20.50  19.25  18.00  12.00 
O18.00  15.50  14.50  13.50  9.00 
Jaqua Concert Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
285 E Broadway
Eugene, Oregon

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Brush Up Your Shakespeare Musical Overview
Brush Up Your Shakespeare Schedule
Wednesday Jul 28
8:00 pmSwingin' The Dream
Thursday Jul 29
2:00 pmWhy Can't You Behave?
8:00 pmMan Bites Dog
Friday Jul 30
2:00 pmThe Rain In Spain
Saturday Jul 31
8:00 pmSuch Sweet Thunder
Thursday Aug 5
2:00 pmWhere Did Robinson Crusoe Go
8:00 pmWhen You Wish Upon A Star
Friday Aug 6
2:00 pmSomewhere
Saturday Aug 7
8:00 pmI Could Write A Book
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