Duke Ellington Circle: $5,000 - $9,999
Duke Ellington was the most important composer in the history of jazz as well as being a bandleader who held his large group
together continuously for almost 50 years. The two aspects of his career were related; Ellington used his band
as a musical laboratory for his new compositions and shaped his writing
specifically to showcase the talents of his bandmembers, many of whom remained with him for long periods. Ellington also wrote film scores and stage musicals, and several of his instrumental works were adapted into songs that became standards. In addition to touring year in and year out, he recorded extensively, resulting in a gigantic body of work that was still being assessed a quarter century after his death. Ellington was the son of a White House butler, James Edward Ellington, and thus grew up in comfortable surroundings. He began piano lessons at age seven and was writing music by his teens.
Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges Circle: $2,500 - $4,999.99
Edited By Tony Dunoyer
Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-George, was born on Christmas day, 1745,
on the French-Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. His mother was a young Senegalese
slave of remarkable beauty. Joseph’s father, George de Bologne Saint-George, a
descendant of the ancient house of Bologne in Italy, was a wealthy sugar and
coffee plantation owner and a former "Gentleman in the King’s Chamber" in the
court of Louis the XV, King of France.
Musically Saint George may very well have been the "King of Pop" of his age;
militarily he helped prevent what could have been the early collapse of the
French Revolution. The vicissitudes of his journey are dramatic: from a young
outsider in Paris to the dizzying heights of superstardom in pre-Revolutionary
France ("The Famous Saint George") to an utterly tragic end in which a man whose
company had once been fought over by royalty and great aristocrats, died alone,
unmarried and destitute. In his lifetime Saint George was a an elite musketeer
of the King’s Horse Guard; a master-swordsman and Europe’s fencing champion; a
composer, violin impresario, and opera director that influenced Mozart; a
playboy; and a military hero in the French Revolution—ironically all in an age
when slavery was endemic and white superiority was dogma.
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November 5, 2016
"The Magic of 13 Years"
ANNUAL CONCERT 2:00 p.m.
The Gifford Community Center
4855 43rd Avenue
Corner 43rd Ave. & 49th St.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
The Gifford Youth Orchestra
Opens the meeting for
The Indian River County
School Board meeting