On Sunday, September 20th, The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts is presenting a virtual concert, The Great Reunion: A celebration of Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington at 4:00 p.m. (EST). Register here.
Join hosts Mercedes Ellington (Artistic Director for DECFA) and Tony Waag (Artistic Director for the American Tap Dance Foundation) as they guide you through the collaborative history of these world-renowned musical giants. This free concert will feature some of our favorite artists, including a special performance of “What a Wonderful World” from the Viper himself Tony, Emmy and Grammy winner André De Shields (Hadestown, The Wiz, The Full Monty, Play on!, Ain’t Misbehavin’.
Other performers include trumpet player James Zollar, tap dancers DeWitt Fleming Jr., Karen Callaway Williams, and AC Lincoln, ballroom dancers Michael Choi & Vanda Polakova, and singers extraordinaire Kent Drake, Antoinette Montague, Marion Cowings, Ty Stephens, and Sharon K. Janda. With additional performances from Eli Yamin, Andrea Wright, Glafkos Kontemeniotis, and David Ostwald of David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity.
The Duke Ellington Center For the Arts (DECFA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focusing on scholarship, education, and documentation of accurate Ellington history through performances connected to the legacy of Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington (1899-1974). Considered one of America’s greatest composers with over 3,000 compositions attributed to him, he is a seminal figure in the history of American music, renowned the world over.
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.
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