Co-directors: Professor Jim Pugh and Jazz Trombone TA, Rich Dole
In addition to a program reflecting the rich history of Big Band music, the U of I Repertory Jazz Orchestra and Dance Areas are proud to, once again, spectacularly present the “other” Nutcracker Suite.
The U of I Repertory Jazz Orchestra’s ‘charter’ is, as its name states, to play, examine and perform music from the vast, 100+ year catalogue of Big Band music. Arguably, two of the most important writers of this music were Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. A full half of the RJO program will be our 2nd annual collaboration with the U of I Dance Area in presenting Ellington and Strayhorn’s rethinking of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite.
Tickets available at the Krannert Box Office