Past Event

Such Sweet Thunder: Ellington Plays Shakespeare--Love and Power in Adaptation

February 11, 2022
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University
in collaboration with

Columbia University Office of the President, African American and African Diaspora Studies, English and Comparative Literature, Core Curriculum, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery and the Heyman Center for the Humanities


Such Sweet Thunder: Ellington Plays Shakespeare--Love and Power in Adaptation
A series of public events across the arts inspired by the "tone parallel" between Shakespeare and Duke Ellington

Such Sweet Thunder: A Listening Session
Courtney Bryan, Tulane University
Brent Hayes Edwards, Columbia University
Nicole Mitchell, University of Pittsburgh

Renowned composers and instrumentalists Courtney Bryan and Nicole Mitchell will join Professor Brent Hayes Edwards for a live listening session featuring the Duke Ellington Orchestra's 1957 recording of Such Sweet Thunder, sharing some of their favorite sections of Ellington's suite and discussing some of the innovative ways Ellington and his collaborator Billy Strayhorn orchestrated their classic "tone parallel" to Shakespeare.

February 11, 2022, 7pm

Virtual Event
This virtual event is free and open to everyone but registration is required.
To Register, Please CLICK HERE

For more information about the Such Sweet Thunder Event series,
Please visit The Such Sweet Thunder Website.

The event will be closed captioned. This event will be recorded and available on our YouTube channel

Please email [email protected] to request any additional disability accommodations.
Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.