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Final Strayhorn Educational Panel: The State of Gay Black America – Nov. 18 at UIC


Billy Strayhorn and the State of Gay Black America, Wednesday, Nov. 18; 5:30-7PM University of Illinois at Chicago 1044 W. Harrison St., Chicago IL Lecture Hall L285 As part of the Auditorium Theatre’s Billy Strayhorn Festival, we invite you to join us for the final panel discussion examining the legendary jazz musician’s experience as a gay African American man in the middle of the twentieth century, as well as the state of gay black America today. Moderated by Dr. Auburn Ellis, professor a

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November 21st Billy Strayhorn Fest Finale (Chicago Jazz Magazine)


Lush Life is a fully staged salute to Strayhorn, under the Musical Direction of Bruce Mayhall Rastrelli and features Broadway Star Darius De Haas, as well as Joan Curto and Alan Broadbent, the Auditorium’s Too Hot To Handel Orchestra, Joel Hall Dancers and a 30-Voice-All-Male Choir. The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University presents Lush Life: The Music of Billy Strayhorn Saturday, Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. The event is the culmination of The Billy Strayhorn Festival, a three month long city wide

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Listen to the sounds of Strayhorn


Let’s kick this Billy Strayhorn week off right with a swingin’ Spotify playlist of his greatest tunes! Composed by Strayhorn and covered by other artists from Lady Gaga to Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald, these tunes are sure to get you in the mood for Saturday’s performance of “Lush Life!” Learn more about the performance