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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Grammy-winning Vocalist Patti Austin Performs at Orchestra Hall with the Duke Ellington Orchestra

The Duke Ellington Orchestra and vocalist Patti Austin perform a concert of music that pays tribute to jazz legends Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald; June 24


In one performance on June 24, the Duke Ellington Orchestra visits Orchestra Hall with a program of favorite Duke Ellington hits including Caravan, Mood Indigo and Take the “A” Train. The ensemble is joined after intermission by Grammy-winning vocalist Patti Austin, who celebrates the career of another jazz legend, Ella Fitzgerald. Please note: the Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.

The performance is held at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on Friday, June 24, at 8 p.m. with tickets priced from $30 to $90. Tickets are available at minnesotaorchestra.org and by phone at 612-371-5656. For further purchasing details, please refer to the information section at the conclusion of this press release.

Patti Austin, vocals
Grammy Award-winner Patti Austin crosses all musical genres, has recorded 17 solo albums, and is a mainstay artist on the Billboard Jazz Albums charts. Her most recent release, Avant-Gershwin, won the 2008 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. During the ’70s she was the undisputed “queen” of the New York session scene; her voice was heard behind everyone from Paul Simon, Cat Stevens, James Brown and Joe Cocker to Bette Midler, Roberta Flack, Luther Vandross and Diana Ross, and on countless commercial jingles. Her early solo career resulted in the chart-topping, Grammy-nominated hit Baby Come To Me. Her 1998 album In and Out of Love spent almost two years on the contemporary jazz charts. More: pattiaustin.com.

The Duke Ellington Orchestra

The Duke Ellington Orchestra was founded by its namesake, one of the most prolific American composers of the 20th century. Duke Ellington created more than 2,000 pieces of music, among them Take the “A” Train and It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) and the lengthier works Black, Brown and Beige; Liberian Suite; and Afro-Eurasian Eclipse. Influenced by the style of earlier jazz artist Doc Perry, Ellington formed his own band, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, in 1923. Ellington remained active as a performer and composer until his death in 1974. After his death, his only son, Mercer Ellington, who had been serving as the band’s business manager and trumpet player, took over its leadership. Mercer Ellington led the orchestra until his death in 1996, at which time Duke’s grandson Paul took over the leadership role. More: dukeellington.com.


Live at Orchestra Hall
THE MUSIC OF ELLINGTON AND ELLA:
PATTI AUSTIN AND THE DUKE ELLINGTON ORCHESTRA

Friday, June 24, 2016, 8 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

Patti Austin, vocals
The Duke Ellington Orchestra

Tickets: $30-$90

Please note the Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.

OH+ Event
Dance with Uptown Swing:
Enjoy dance lessons and demonstrations with the instructors from Uptown Swing before the concert, from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., in the Target Atrium.

Visit minnesotaorchestra.org/OHplus for more details on this and other OH+ events.


TICKET PURCHASING INFORMATION

Individual tickets and subscription packages can be purchased online at minnesotaorchestra.org, or by calling 612-371-5656 (612-371-5642 for subscriptions) or 800-292-4141. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Orchestra Hall Box Office, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and beginning two hours before all ticketed performances); and at the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office, International Centre, 5th floor, 920 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). For more information, call 612-371-5656, or visit minnesotaorchestra.org. For subscriptions, call 612-371-5642 or visit minnesotaorchestra.org/subscribe. For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662.

All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.

The Star Tribune is the Minnesota Orchestra’s media partner for the 2015-16 season.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant,
thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
Phone: 612.371.5600
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