Olympians of American to entertain USA athletes at Symphony Hall


7.30PM FRIDAY 20 JULY 2012
*£16.50 – £32.50**

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BIRMINGHAM, UK: Athletes from the USA Track and Field team are to take time out of their training schedule ahead of London 2012 to enjoy world-class entertainment from New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by legendary trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, at Symphony Hall on Friday 20 July.

The Olympians of American jazz and their Artistic Director will showcase the very best of big band swing by the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie as well as modern compositions and arrangements of orchestra members in a concert also marking the end of Symphony Hall’s 21st Anniversary Festival.

Members of the USA Track and Field team who may be in attendance include Michelle Carter, Craig Kingsley, Chantae McMillan, Jarred Rome and John Nunn. The concert takes place one week before the London 2012 opening ceremony.

The USA Track and Field Team are in Birmingham until 26 July as part of their Pre-Olympic Training Camp.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO), comprises 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today, and performs and leads educational events in New York, across the U.S. and around the globe; in concert halls, dance venues, jazz clubs, public parks; and with symphony orchestras, ballet troupes, local students and an ever-expanding roster of guest artists.

Wynton Marsalis is the Artistic Director of JLCO. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1961, he began his classical training on trumpet at age 12 and soon began playing in local bands of diverse genres. He entered The Juilliard School at age 17 and joined Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. In 1982, the musician made his recording debut as a leader, and has since recorded more than 70 jazz and classical albums which have garnered him nine Grammy Awards.

Town Hall and Symphony Hall’s dynamic new Jazzlines programme also present free performances by the Mike Fletcher Big Band before the concert (5.30pm-7.00pm) and the Jazzlines Ensemble after the concert (approx. 9.30pm – 10.30pm). Both performances will take place in the Symphony Hall Café Bar.

Since the Symphony Hall 21st Anniversary Festival began on Wednesday 11 January 2012 with a critically acclaimed performance of Die Meistersinger given by the Royal Opera, over 50,000 music and entertainment fans have visited the venue for shows and concerts. Highlights include performances from Billy Connolly, Kailash Kher, Elvis Costello, John Malkovich, Philip Glass and the Kronos Quartet and Tony Bennett amongst others.

In its 21 year history, Symphony Hall has welcomed over 10 million visitors, presented in excess of 7,500 events and claimed its place on the global music map.

The city-centre venue, currently ranked #1 out of 158 Birmingham attractions on the influential website Trip Advisor, continues to present a varied programme of over 600 events each year alongside sister venue, the 178-year old Grade I listed Town Hall.


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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
7.30pm Friday 20 July 2012
Symphony Hall Birmingham
£16.50 – £32.50


Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a Registered Charity No 1053937. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 600 concerts and events a year, designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and almost 12,000 young people and 6,000 adults participate in the thriving Education and Community programme.

Town Hall Birmingham re-opened in October 2007 following a £35m renovation funded by Birmingham City Council (£18.3m), Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.7m), European Regional Development Fund (£3m).

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Issue date:

Wednesday 11 July 2012