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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Friday, March 4—Saturday, March 5, 2022

Friday, March 4—Saturday, March 5, 2022
Orchestra Hall
2 hours

Please note: The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis does not appear in the Friday Coffee Concert performance.

Classical Roots honors and celebrates African American composers, musicians, educators, and cultural and civic leaders. This 44th annual concert features Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis alongside the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, who take the stage to perform Marsalis’s own Swing Symphony, which is inspired by composers like Ives, Gershwin, Copland, and Ellington, and taps into the spirit of American diversity and optimism. The Friday morning performance features pianist Lara Downes. Both performances will feature the Brazeal Dennard Chorale, a fixture at Classical Roots since its inception. 

To protect the health and well-being of its patrons, musicians, and staff due to the ongoing pandemic, our safety policies include mask and COVID-19 vaccine or test requirements for all guests and contactless e-ticketing. Visit for more information.

Friday Program

John Rosamond JOHNSON
Lift Every Voice and Sing
Stacey V. Gibbs
Be Still and Know
arr. Moses Hogan
My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord
Quinn Mason
Toast of the Town - Overture
Florence Price
Piano Concerto in One Movement
Scott Joplin (Arr. Stephen Buck)
Scott Joplin (Arr. Stephen Buck)
Maple Leaf Rag
Scott Joplin (Arr. Stephen Buck)
Magnetic Rag
William Grant Still
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Ballade in A minor

Saturday Program

John Rosamond JOHNSON
Lift Every Voice and Sing
A cappella selections
Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington
Symphony No. 3, "Swing Symphony"


William Eddins


William Eddins is the Music Director Emeritus of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and a frequent guest conductor of major orchestras throughout the world.

Engagements have included the New York Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Boston Minnesota, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Detroit, Dallas, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Houston, as well as the Los Angeles and Buffalo Philharmonics.

Internationally, Eddins was Principal Guest Conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland). He has also conducted the Berlin Staatskapelle, Berlin Radio Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, and the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra.

Career highlights include taking the Edmonton Symphony Orchestras to Carnegie Hall in May of 2012, conducting RAI Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale on Italian television, and leading the Natal Philharmonic on tour in South Africa with soprano Rene Fleming. Equally at home with opera, he conducted a full production of Porgy and Bess with Opera de Lyon both in France and the Edinburgh Festival and a revival of the production during the summer of 2010.

Mr. Eddins is an accomplished pianist and chamber musician. He regularly conducts from the piano in works by Mozart, Beethoven, Gershwin and Ravel. He has released a compact disc recording on his own label that includes Beethoven’s Hammer-Klavier Sonata and William Albright’s The Nightmare Fantasy Rag.

Mr. Eddins has performed at the Ravinia Festival with both the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Ravinia Festival Orchestra. He has also conducted the orchestras of the Aspen Music Festival, the Hollywood Bowl, Chautauqua Festival, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

A native of Buffalo, NY, Mr. Eddins attended the Eastman School of Music, studying with David Effron and graduating at age eighteen. He also studied conducting with Daniel Lewis at the University of Southern California and was a founding member of the New World Symphony in Miami, FL.

Lara Downes


Brazeal Dennard Chorale

Alice McAllister Tillman

artistic director

Wynton Marsalis


Wynton Marsalis is an internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader, and educator, and a leading advocate of American culture. He has recorded more than 70 jazz and classical albums that have garnered him nine Grammy Awards. In 1983, Marsalis became the first and only artist to win both classical and jazz Grammy Awards in the same year; he repeated this feat in 1984. In 1997, he became the first jazz artist to be awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in Music for his oratorio Blood on the Fields, which was commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center. Marsalis has created and performed an expansive range of music from quartets to big bands, chamber music ensembles to symphony orchestras, and tap dance to ballet, expanding the vocabulary for jazz and classical music with a vital body of work that places him among the world’s finest musicians and composers. Always swinging, Marsalis blows his trumpet with a clear tone, a depth of emotion, and a unique, virtuosic style derived from an encyclopedic range of trumpet techniques. When you hear Marsalis play, you’re hearing life being played out through music. Marsalis’s core beliefs and foundation for living are based on the principals of jazz. He promotes individual creativity (improvisation), collective cooperation (swing), gratitude and good manners (sophistication), and faces adversity with persistent optimism (the blues). With his evolved humanity and through his selfless work, Marsalis has elevated the quality of human engagement for individuals, social networks, and cultural institutions throughout the world.

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The trumpeter's latest effort does what you might expect: the music swings, inquires, shouts, propels and inspires beyond words. ”

—Jacob Uitti, American Songwriter (of Wynton Marsalis)
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3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI
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