April 25,2000

Jazz Great Wynton Marsalis to Give Lecture on April 29

Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Marsalis to Perform that Evening

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. Wynton Marsalis will give the annual John Hamilton Fulton Lecture in the Liberal Arts on Saturday, April 29 at 4 p.m. in Middlebury College's Mead Chapel on Hepburn Road off College Street (Route 125). Following the talk, Middlebury College President John M. McCardell, Jr. will present Mr. Marsalis with an honorary Doctor of Arts degree. Later in the evening, Mr. Marsalis will perform with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra at the College's Kenyon Arena. Marsalis' lecture is free and open to the public.

Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, is an accomplished and acclaimed jazz artist and composer, as well as an internationally recognized classical musician. Born in 1961 in New Orleans, Mr. Marsalis began studying trumpet seriously at age 12. A graduate of the Julliard School of Music in New York City, he co-founded the Jazz at Lincoln Center organization in 1987. Mr. Marsalis is the music director of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (LCJO), which has performed in 50 countries on six continents, averaging more than 120 concerts per year. LCJO members were designated Cultural Ambassadors of the United States for their tour of Russia in the summer of 1999, and recently performed for the first time in China, Taiwan, and New Zealand.

Mr. Marsalis made his recording debut in 1982, and over the past 18 years has produced nearly 40 jazz and classical recordings for Columbia Jazz and Sony Classical, which have won him eight Grammy Awards. As a classical trumpeter, Mr. Marsalis performs and records concert, chamber, and solo music from the Baroque, classical, romantic, and 20th century repertoires. In 1983 and 1984, he won both classical and jazz Grammy Awards, the only artist ever to have received this combination of awards in the same year. Mr. Marsalis became the first jazz musician ever to win the Pulitzer Prize in Music, in 1997, for his epic composition on the subject of slavery, "Blood on the Fields." The New York Times said of this work that it "marked the symbolic moment when the full heritage of the line, Ellington through Mingus, was extended into the present. It also reflects a full awareness of Copland and Stravinsky." Mr. Marsalis has also shown a special interest in composing for dance, and has written works for ballets by Peter Martins, Twyla Tharp, Judith Jamieson of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and New York's Zhong Mei Dance Company.

Music education is a top priority for Mr. Marsalis. One of the most successful productions by Jazz at Lincoln Center is the Jazz for Young People Series, which has become a favorite with New York audiences. In 1996, Mr. Marsalis received a George Foster Peabody Award for two of his music education productions, the 26-part National Public Radio series, "Making the Music," and his television series, "Marsalis on Music," presented on the Public Broadcasting System. Among the many other honors Mr. Marsalis has received are the Grand Prix du Disque of France and honorary membership in Great Britain's Royal Academy of Music.

The John Hamilton Fulton Lecture in the Liberal Arts was established at Middlebury College in 1966. Fulton was a prominent banker, financier, and civic leader. The lectureship is the result of a generous gift from the late Mr. Alexander Hamilton Fulton, an emeritus member of the Middlebury College board of trustees and the son of the man for whom the lectureship is named.
Previous Fulton lecturers have included Beverly Sills, former general director of the New York City Opera; James A. Baker, III, former secretary of state of the United States; and William H. Rehnquist, chief justice of the United States.
A limited number of tickets remain available for the concert.

Tickets are $20 general admission and $15 for senior citizens. To place an order, please call the College box office at 802-443-6433.
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