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Wynton Marsalis and The Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra debut ‘Blues Symphony.’

By Adoria Doucette

Wynton Marsalis and local student Aria Summers at The Music Center at Strathmore". (Photo by Robert Shanklin)

Wynton Marsalis and local student Aria Summers at The Music Center at Strathmore. (Photo by Robert Shanklin)

Our area was privileged to host a spellbinding world premier performance with Wynton Marsalis. Under the patronage of the Washington Performing Arts Society, The Music Center at Strathmore hosted the debut of “Blues Symphony,” consisting of six movements emphasizing the celebratory aspect of the blues and corresponding with pivotal moments in African American history. The unique aspect of this musical masterpiece is that Marsalis composed the movements to encompass the rhythm of the blues, played by an orchestra. The Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra under conductor Jan Wagner had complete synergy with Marsalis and his quintet.

The multi-layered movements of this artistically sublime composition exemplify the potential of auditory art. With musical homages to the American Revolution, New Orleans, Manhattan, and Ragtime, the meanings behind the notes were awe-inspiring.

After the performance Marsalis was kind enough to mingle and greet local students striving for meaning in musical education, bringing attention to his emphasis on meaningful education.

Power Source salutes Marsalis for his consistent commitment to excellence in both character and artistic craftsmanship.


Power Source is an insider’s view of power networks and activities that contribute to the continued dominance of our nation’s ideals, institutions and individuals. Ms. Doucette has privately orchestrated projects for the world’s most influential individuals, celebrated personalities, and corporations. Based in Washington D.C., Ms. Doucette is a proud native of New Orleans, Louisiana. She can be reached at: adoria@thepowersourcedc.com

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