|MCG Jazz is pleased to announce a special engagement featuring The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (SJMO), the 19-piece big band orchestra in-residence at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, in Houston, TX, on Monday, March 18, 2019. In partnership with Houston First and the Hobby Center Foundation, the performance will take place at Zilkha Hall at 7:30PM.
Grammy-award winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling will join the SJMO, under the direction of artistic director Charlie Young, for a one-of-a-kind concert experience at Zilkha Hall to present a collection of music ranging from historic Duke Ellington arrangements from the Smithsonian archives to contemporary arrangements of from Kurt Elling’s recent recordings. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit https://www.thehobbycenter.org/?q=node/2494.
The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra was founded in 1990 with an appropriation from the U.S. Congress in recognition of the importance of jazz in American culture and its status as a national treasure. A cornerstone of the Smithsonian’s commitment to jazz, the SJMO, led by Conductor and Artistic Director Charlie Young, has performed for audiences across the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Its concerts, by the full orchestra and smaller groups, include transcribed works, as well as new arrangements, commissioned works and programs that illuminate the contributions of small ensembles and jazz masters who contributed to the development of American jazz and defined the music’s character. More information about the SJMO is available at http://americanhistory.si.edu/smithsonian-jazz. And more information about Kurt Elling can be found at http://kurtelling.com/.
About MCG Jazz
MCG Jazz is a social enterprise supporting the education programs of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, a nonprofit in Pittsburgh, PA whose mission is to preserve, present and promote jazz. In addition to presenting one of the nation’s longest running jazz subscription series, the MCG Jazz label has won five GRAMMY® Awards. For more information about Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, please visit their web site at www.mcgjazz.org.
About Houston First
Houston First Corporation is leading the effort to promote Houston as one of the great cities of the world. Houston First manages more than 10 city-owned buildings and properties and underground and surface parking for nearly 7,000 vehicles.
These facilities include: the Hilton Americas-Houston hotel, George R. Brown Convention Center, Jones Hall for the Performing Arts (home to the Houston Symphony and Society for the Performing Arts), Wortham Theater Center (home to the Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera), Talento Bilingue de Houston, Miller Outdoor Theatre, Houston First Outdoors (which includes Jones Plaza and other smaller venues) and Theater District Parking.
Houston First is responsible for the day-to-day maintenance, licensing and operation of these properties as the sites of conventions, trade shows and theatrical performances that enrich the lives of Houstonians.
Houston First interacts with several partners that benefit from our passion and resources such as Discovery Green, Bayou Place, Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Downtown Aquarium, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, and the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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