Sun, Jan 8, 7:30 pm
Ruth Eckerd Hall


A jazzy night of music by groundbreaking composers. Gershwin captures beautiful sights and intense sounds in his postcard from An American in Paris. A rare Tuba Concerto, by jazz legend Wynton Marsalis, features our own TJ Graf in a playful work with a great sense of humor. Duke Ellington’s grand masterpiece Black, Brown and Beige — a broad tale of African-American history — has been hailed as one of the most significant works in American orchestral music. Rounding out the program is Filipino composer Joshua Cerdenia’s Feuertrunken  (Fire-Drunk), stimulating waves of sound inspired by Dante’s take on purgatory.

Joshua Cerdenia
(b. 1989)
Feuertrunken (Fire-drunk) *

Wynton Marsalis
(b. 1961)
Concerto for Tubist & Orchestra 
I. Up!
II. Boogaloo Americana
III. Lament
IV. In Bird’s Basement
Thomas J. Graf, tuba

– Intermission –

Duke Ellington
Orch. By Maurice Peress
Black, Brown and Beige **

George Gershwin 
Arr. Frank Campbell‐Watson
An American in Paris

*Music represented by the composer, Joshua Cerdenia
♫ Music represented by Subito Music Publishing for Skayne’s Music
** Music represented by G. Schirmer, Inc.
♪ Music represented by European American Music Distributors, LLC

Program Notes

Author Kurt Loft, freelance writer and former music critic for The Tampa Tribune, provides detailed and informative program notes about the pieces on this program. Click here to read online.

Printable Program Notes

Click here for a printable version of the repertoire and program notes.

Audio Program Notes

Listen on Spotify

Pre-Concert Conversations

Get the real story behind the composers and their music, straight from the conductor and guest soloists. Starts one hour before each Masterworks concert in the theater. Included free with each concert ticket. 

Sponsored by Smith & Associates Real Estate


Learn more about the artists performing on this program.

TFO is grateful to Bob and Marcy Shuck for their generosity as patrons, donors and sponsors of this concert and TFO tuba soloist TJ Graf.

Thank you to our generous donors.
Click for list.

Thank you to our generous corporate partners.
Click for list.

Join our family of donors today.
Click for information.

Fri, Jan 6, 8 pm
Straz Center

Sat, Jan 7, 8 pm
Mahaffey Theater

Sun, Jan 8, 7:30 pm
Ruth Eckerd Hall

Photography and video and audio recording will occur at concerts this weekend.
Your attendance serves as your implied consent for The Florida Orchestra to use your image in institutional and marketing materials.

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida through the Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

Media Partner: