RPO on Tour: Orlando, FL - Black, Brown and Beige
Ellington Black, Brown and Beige
Edwin Outwater Conductor
The Jazz Orchestra at Dr. Phillips Center
The Bethune-Cookman University Concert Chorale
This concert is part of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s tour of the United States in 2022.
Jazz is America’s music—and Duke Ellington was its number one creator. His work Black, Brown and Beige is an American masterpiece that set out to broaden a person’s—and a country’s—sense of history. Critics panned its premiere in New York’s Carnegie Hall in 1943, simply because it was ahead of its time.
Now, 80 years later, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will join members of The Jazz Orchestra at Dr. Phillips Center and players from Jazz at Lincoln Center—along with the Bethune-Cookman University Concert Chorale and vocal soloists—to honor Ellington’s most significant work. This monumental evening will feature the professional world premiere of the orchestration of Black, Brown and Beige created at Ellington’s request.