Images of Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet

A Thematic Learning Initiative Event
FREE Virtual Performance and Conversation

The Sounds of Democracy

Fri, Nov 6 / 5 PM Pacific / Virtual Event / FREE

A special one-hour conversation and audience Q&A with Wynton Marsalis, moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winner and UCSB professor Dr. Jeffrey C. Stewart, will follow the performance.  

Registrants will be able to replay this virtual event for 48 hours following the live stream.  

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet's performance of The Sounds of Democracy aims to entertain, inspire and uplift audiences with the full vigor, vision and depth of America’s music. Led by trumpeter/composer Wynton Marsalis and featuring seven of jazz's finest soloists, the concert's unique repertoire celebrates jazz's embodiment of freedom and democracy. The evening will feature the premiere of The Democracy Suite, a new Marsalis composition written during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis as a response to the political, social and economic struggles facing our nation. The Democracy Suite is a swinging and stimulating instrumental rumination on the issues that have recently dominated our lives as well as the beauty that could emerge from a collective effort to create a better future. 

This event is dedicated to the late Milton Warshaw, friend of Arts & Lectures and passionate benefactor of arts education.  

Lead Sponsor: Sara Miller McCune  

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Arts & Lectures’ Thematic Learning Initiative (TLI) extends the conversation from the stage into the community, inspiring lifelong learning opportunities that initiate change and empowerment. The Sounds of Democracy ties together both of this season's TLI themes: 

Finding Hope: 

Maintaining social connections, ensuring emotional well-being and rebuilding with intention  

Race to Justice: 
Leading activists, creatives and thinkers confront racism in America, guiding us toward racial equality

With thanks to our visionary partners, Lynda Weinman & Bruce Heavin, for their support of the Thematic Learning Initiative