Berlin Philharmonic to premiere Marsalis’s “Swing Symphony”

Posted on: June 9, 2010

Wednesday (6/9) on the Jazz Times website, Aubrey Everett writes, “For fans who cannot easily hop a flight to Berlin, Germany to join Wynton Marsalis for the premiere of his new Swing Symphony, an internet connection is all you really need. Listeners are invited to enter the ‘Digital Concert Hall’, provided by the Berliner Philharmoniker, to view Marsalis’ performance live. Marsalis will premiere his Swing Symphony (Symphony No. 3) with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Berliner Philharmoniker led by Sir Simon Rattle on June 9 and 10 at The Philharmonie. An interpretation of Igor Stravinsky’s Petrushka will also be performed at the event. The entire performance will be broadcast live in HD on June 10 at 2 p.m. EST. … The score for the symphony, commissioned by the Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker, the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, and the Barbican Centre, London, will later serve as the basis for a new dance work choreographed by Rhys Martin and performed by 170 Berlin schoolchildren at the Arena Berlin in Treptow on June 12 and 13. Marsalis’ Symphonies No. 1 and 2, All Rise and Blues Symphony respectively, came before this current piece of symphonic work.”

Posted June 9, 2010