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01/27/2022

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a Black King of the Bible in Duke Ellington’s Symphonic Triptych “Three Black Kings.”

Luca Bragalini, Professor of Jazz History at the Music Conservatory of Brescia, Italy, offers a webinar entitled Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a Black King of the Bible in Duke Ellington’s Symphonic Triptych “Three Black Kings.” An ICAMus-The International Center for American Music event, sponsored by MCECS-Michigan Center for Early Christian Studies, in collaboration with the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies and MES-Department of Middle East Studies, The University of Michigan. In honor of Martin Luther King Day 2022.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2022, AT 3:00-5:00 PM EST.

FREE REGISTRATION:  https://tinyurl.com/2zvsappv

 

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In the image above: event's poster. Acknowledging the Jean & Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan; special thanks to Jillian Luciow, Public Engagement and Events Specialist.

 

EVENT DESCRIPTION.
Jazz composer, pianist, jazz orchestra leader, and symphonic orchestra conductor, Duke Ellington also composed some symphonic works of great complexity. Three Black Kings, a score for ballet, was his last major work. The first movement represents Balthazar, the Black king of the Nativity; the second portrays Solomon, King of Israel; and the third celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ellington's personal friend.  Luca Bragalini will discuss Martin Luther King’s musical depiction in Three Black Kings, with an analysis of the implications of the Black King’s imagery in art history, political thought, and the importance that religion has had for the African American community. 
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In the photo above: Luca Bragalini, jazz scholar and Duke Ellington specialist. Photo courtesy Luca Bragalini, 2021.

 

MEET THE SPEAKER.
Luca Bragalini is Professor of Jazz History at the Music Conservatory of Brescia, Italy. He has discovered unpublished works by Duke Ellington, Chet Baker and Luciano Chailly; some of them he has had premièred and recorded. A published author and lecturer, Professor Bragalini was Distinguished Scholar at Reed College (Portland, OR) where he offered a series of lectures on Ellington. His book Duke Ellington’s Symphonic Visions—published by EDT in Italy in 2018, with an accompanying CD of première recordings and previously unpublished archival photos, all contents discovered by Bragalini—is the first volume entirely dedicated to Ellington’s symphonic music. 
 

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