Black, Brown and Beige a symphony by Duke Ellington

Black, Brown and Beige A symphony by Duke EllingtonOne of music’s most influential artists, Duke Ellington, wrote many noteworthy works, but only one big band symphony, “Black, Brown and Beige.” This groundbreaking piece of music has a powerful cultural message – the story of the American Negro.
Only performed in its entirety at its premiere 70 years ago, this groundbreaking piece will be performed by the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra along with world-renowned conductor David Berger, Detroit-native tenor sax soloist James Carter and Detroit vocalists Alice McAllister Tillman and Shahida Nurullah.
David Berger will provide insight on “Black, Brown and Beige” as well as narrative and background on the other Ellington noteworthy works – including “Creole Love Cal,” “Diminuendo and Cresendo in Blue,” “Black Tan Fantasy” and “Black Beauty” – that will be performed during this historic evening event.

“Black, Brown and Beige”
March 10, 2013
Doors: 2 p.m. Concert starts at 3 p.m.
The Fillmore Detroit
2115 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201