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Ellington Series Coming To Lyric Theatre

By Josh James


Lexington, KY – Duke Ellington fans can mark their calendars. A three-concert series featuring the music of the Duke begins February 24th at Lexington's Lyric Theatre.

The concerts will bring together the UK Jazz Orchestra with Miles Osland and the American Spiritual Ensemble. The series is the brainchild of Dr. Everett McCorvey, who says he hopes the music will speak to those of all generations.

"We want to make sure that the young people know about the great jazz tradition and the great spiritual tradition in our American culture," he says.

McCorvey says the Lyric is an ideal venue to showcase the talents of the American composer, pianist, and big band leader. Each show will feature a guest jazz artist. The first concert is scheduled for Friday, February 24th, followed by two more in May and September.