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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis | © Piper Ferguson
Season Opening

Minnesota Orchestra and Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis

Fri Sep 23 — Sat Sep 24, 2022

Orchestra Hall

American ideals and stories are expressed through Leonard Bernstein’s iconic Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and Wynton Marsalis’ Swing Symphony, performed by the Minnesota Orchestra with Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

A Few Things to Know

  1. Wynton Marsalis made his first classical album at age 20, recording three concertos with the National Philharmonic Orchestra. The recording earned a Grammy Award in 1983, the same year Marsalis also won a Grammy for his jazz album, Think of One.
  2. Among Marsalis’ many accolades are a Pulitzer Prize, nine Grammy Awards, and the National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama in 2015 in recognition of his work to deepen the nation’s understanding of the humanities.
  3. Marsalis co-founded Jazz at Lincoln Center in 1987, and it has grown into the premiere jazz organization in New York City with an expansive jazz education program for all ages.
  4. Conductor William Eddins recently co-founded MetroNOME, a socially missioned taproom in St. Paul whose mission is to nurture outstanding music education in the Twin Cities metro area.

Explore the concert extras

Date & Time





    Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    In this collection of dances from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story—the beloved musical that opened on Broadway in 1957 and has twice been adapted by Hollywood—unforgettable tunes and powerful rhythms bring to life the heart-breaking story of young lovers and rival street gangs.


    Swing Symphony

    1 min note

    One Minute Note

    The hour-long Swing Symphony for jazz ensemble and symphony orchestra displays Wynton Marsalis’ unparalleled skills as a composer, performer, and advocate of American music and culture. Premiered in 2010, it encapsulates not only the history of jazz, but music in many styles from ragtime to the present that are touched by the rhythms, harmonic progressions and philosophy of swing. Its seven movements are often presented through the lens of Marsalis’ personal connections with his musical forebears and mentors, from Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie to Gunther Schuller and Elvin Jones.


Minnesota Orchestra

William Eddins


Wynton Marsalis


Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Your Concert Experience

Join us for Q&A’s, hosted discussions, pre and post-show drinks with musicians and more. All free with your concert ticket!

Walker|West Youth Jazz Ensemble

When: Fri Sep 23 & Sat Sep 24 | 7:15-7:45pm
Where: N. Bud Grossman Mezzanine

Walker|West is a music learning community rooted in the African-American cultural experience, where people of all ages and backgrounds can grow through music. Youth Jazz Ensemble students develop artistic skills by engaging with peers in a collaborative program and performing regularly throughout the Twin Cities.  

Listen Ahead

Accessibility Services

  • Armless & Bariatric Chairs
  • Assistive Listening Devices
  • Large-Print Programs
  • Noise-Cancelling Headphones
  • Service Animals
  • Wheelchair & Accessible Seating

Additional services are available upon request.

The appearance of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis is sponsored through a generous contribution by Martin Lueck and Mallory Mullins

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