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Wynton Marsalis Appearing in Montevideo

Next Thursday, June 16, at the Cine Teatro Plaza

Posted: June 9, 2005

The renowned trumpet player and Artistic Director of the Lincoln Center in New York, Wynton Marsalis, will be appearing in concert with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra at the Cine Teatro Plaza in Montevideo on Thursday, June 16.

The United States Embassy in Montevideo is sponsoring this presentation, and inviting all young musicians and students to attend. A limited number of free admission tickets will be available at the door from 6 pm on the day of the concert. These will be distributed on a first come first served bases to young musicians and students who will be required to show their ID or student cards. Regular admission tickets will be on sale at the box office of the Cine Teatro Plaza, on Plaza Libertad, and at the Red UTS, beginning on Thursday, June 9. Prices range from 500 to 1,200 pesos.

The program includes works by John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, classic themes from the Swing and Big Band Era, and Marsalis own compositions.

A fixture on the American cultural scene, Wynton Marsalis has brought jazz back to centre stage in the U.S.A. through his relentless work ethic and drive. He is also a distinguished classical performer and the first jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize in music, for his epic oratorio on the subject of slavery, Blood on the Fields.

Winner of eight Grammy awards for his jazz and classical recordings, Marsalis has also been creatively involved in musical education. His four-part, Peabody Award-winning TV series Marsalis on Music, released on home video by Sony Classical, introduces young viewers to the adventure of making music. USA Today hailed Marsalis on Music as "a thrilling four-part seminar of music appreciation written and literally conducted by the affable Wynton Marsalis. Comparisons to Leonard Bernstein's famed "Young People's Concerts" are appropriate."

Marsalis serves as artistic director for the internationally recognised Jazz at Lincoln Center program, which he co-founded in 1987.

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