by Howard Landsman, Chairman, Madison’s Mary Lou Williams Centennial Committee
Pianist Geri Allen, the world's foremost interpreter of Mary Lou Williams' instrumental music
How often do jazz audiences get to see live performances by world-class musicians at a highly affordable price, in our community or anywhere else? Such a rare opportunity is coming up this weekend, on Saturday, October 2, at 7:30 PM, when renowned pianist Geri Allen and her trio and celebrated vocalist Carmen Lundy take the stage at Overture Center’s Capitol Theater to bring to a peak Greater Madison’s year-long centennial celebration of legendary pianist, composer and arranger Mary Lou Williams.
As part of the Centennial Committee”s mission — and through support from many local grantmakers, donors and sponsors – ticket prices have been kept unusually low for a concert of this caliber. Tickets can be had for as little as $15, and virtually the entire orchestra section is priced at $25. Also, there’s a $5 discount for youth (under 18) and others with a student ID, in all price ranges.
Good seats are still available through the Overture Center box office (walk-up, or 258-4141, or online at www.overturecenter.com/production/mary-lou-williams-100). Tickets are also available through early Saturday morning (Oct 2) at three satellite sales locations in the Madison area: Strictly Discs, 1900 Monroe Street, (608) 259-1991; Frugal Muse East, 1193 North Sherman Avenue (in the Northgate shopping center), (608) 242-0000; and Frugal Muse West, 235 Junction Road (in the mall with the Far West Side Target), (608) 833-8668.
Ms. Allen and Ms. Lundy are, respectively, the world’s foremost interpreters of Mary Lou Williams’ instrumental and vocal music. In their Overture concert, Allen and Lundy will present fresh interpretations of secular compositions from all stages of Ms. Williams’ 50+ year career that spanned nearly every significant era in jazz history. Included will be a performance of Ms. Williams’ 12-movement Zodiac Suite, composed in 1945 when she and Duke Ellington were virtually alone in pioneering the use of extended forms in the jazz idiom.
Carmen Lundy, the world's leading interpreter of Mary Lou Williams' vocal music
This concert is part of a four-day Mary Lou Williams Fall Festival Weekend (9/30-10/3/10) that is presenting many chances to hear Ms. Williams’ music and learn more about her life, her career, and her legacy. For a complete schedule of events, please visit www.marylouwilliamscentennial.org.