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FEB 15, 2014


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'Such Sweet Thunder: The Duke Meets the Bard'

Why: Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn were big Shakespeare fans—jazz historians say Strayhorn could quote from the plays at length. In 1957, the pair released their Such Sweet Thunder, a suite of instrumentals riffing on the plays and sonnets starring the alto sax of Johnny Hodges as Juliet, a seductively swinging ensemble take on Lady Macbeth, and "Cat" Anderson's nimble, dissonant trumpet as Hamlet. Tonight, the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and actors from Seattle Shakespeare Company will share the stage and bring you Shakespeare in words and tunes. (Benaroya Hall, 200 University St, seattlesymphony.org, 7:30 pm, $44)

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