Wisconsin Lutheran College opens Guest Artist Season with the Duke Ellington Orchestra

August 21, 2006

MILWAUKEE - The Duke Ellington Orchestra kicks off Wisconsin Lutheran College's 2006-07 season Friday and Saturday, September 8-9, 2006. Both performances begin at 8 p.m. in the Schwan Concert Hall. One of the most famous Big Bands of all time, the Duke Ellington Orchestra features favorites including "Take the A-Train," "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," "Cotton Club Stomp," "Rockin' in Rhythm 24" and "Black and Tan Fantasy."

Today, under the direction of Barrie Lee Hall, Jr., the Duke Ellington Orchestra is a national treasure and continues to play to enthusiastic audiences worldwide at prestigious jazz festivals, international festivals and performing arts centers. By the time of his passing, Duke Ellington was considered among the world's greatest composers and musicians. The French government honored him with the Legion of Honor, and the United States government bestowed on him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He played for both royalty and common people, and by the end of his 50-year career he performed more than 20,000 concerts worldwide.

The Duke Ellington Orchestra concert is sponsored in part by the Wisconsin Arts Board. The Schwan Concert Hall is located in the college's Center for Arts and Performance at 8815 W. Wisconsin Ave. Tickets are $35 general, $32 seniors and $10 students. To purchase tickets, call the WLC box office at (414) 443-8802 or visit

Since 1996, the Wisconsin Lutheran College Center for Arts and Performance has been providing a comprehensive program of performing and visual arts and educational and community events for students and the people of southeastern Wisconsin.