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Event: Songs of Duke Ellington

Saturday January 27, 2018
2:00 AM until 3:00 AM


In a Sentimental Mood: The Songs of Duke Ellington
Take the A Train down to the Ventress Library on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. as we present “In a Sentimental Mood”, featuring the songs of one the world’s most famous jazz composers and performers, Duke Ellington.

John Murelle, baritone, and William  Merrill, pianist, will entertain audiences with a concert of familiar, and perhaps unfamiliar, songs by Duke Ellington. Author Mick Carlon will be telling the fascinating story of Ellington’s background and his music between songs performed by Murelle and Merrill.

Duke Ellington (1899-1974), the American composer and pianist, wrote over 2000 compositions. His jazz style moved in and out of the blues, gospel, popular and classical music. His more famous songs include “I’m Beginning to See the Light,” “Take the A Train,” “Satin Doll,” “In a Sentimental Mood”, “Mood Indigo” and “Solitude.” The songs of Ellington have not only endured the test of time, but keep fascinating audiences with their wildly imaginative melodies.

Ventress Library Cultural Series events are free and open to the public; no tickets are required. Doors will open at 1:45 on concert day. Light refreshments are served at a post-concert social hour. The library and new Program Room are handicapped accessible. For more information, please contact librarian Chris Woods, at 781-834-5535 or email cwoods@ocln.org and visit www.ventresslibrary.org. For more information on the performer please visit www.jmurelle.com

Singer and teacher John Murelle has been presenting highly acclaimed theme concerts throughout New England for the past decade. He has presented programs of the American Songbook, Italian Arias, Songs of Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona, German lieder and French mélodie.

William Merrill has established himself as one of Boston’s most sought-after and distinguished collaborative pianists.  Opera News has described his playing as “wonderfully subtle,” and The Boston Globe has praised his collaborative accompaniments as “supportive, elegant, and apparently effortless,” adding that, “in color, imagination, and above all, pertinence to the text, he was outstanding.”

Mick Carlon is in his 28th year of public school teaching. After 19 years of teaching English and journalism at Barnstable High School, he became an English teacher at Barnstable Intermediate School. His first young adult novel, Riding on Duke's Train, was published in December 2011; his second, Travels With Louis, about Louis Armstrong, was published in September, 2012.


Location: New Program Room
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