Carolina Civic Center to present ‘The Music of Billy Strayhorn’

By: Staff report

LUMBERTON — The UNCP Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Aaron Vandermeer, will present the music of Billy Strayhorn (1915 – 1967) in celebration of his 100th birth anniversary at Carolina Civic Center at 7 p.m. on Nov. 10.

As a child, Strayhorn spent his summers at the home of his grandmother, who owned a piano, in Hillsborough, where he was exposed to music of all kinds, including classic blues recordings. Now widely regarded as the greatest arranger in the history of jazz, Strayhorn became a cornerstone in the decades-long success of the Ellington Orchestra and revolutionized the sounds of the jazz orchestra by virtue of his pen.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and all students are free (with current ID). Tickets can be purchased at the door.

The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater is a beautifully-restored 1928 treasure listed on the National Register of Historic Places that offers visitors a unique and visually stunning experience. The theater is located at 315 N. Chestnut St. in the heart of downtown Lumberton. First opened as a vaudeville and silent film house the theater offers a wide array of programming including live touring performances, original productions, art exhibits, films, special events and rentals.

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Staff report