The Legendary Mercedes Ellington Talks Sacred Concerts On The Harlem World Magazine Podcast

November 17, 2022

Listen to Mercedes Ellington talks about her grandfather’s Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts with host Danny Tisdale, on The Harlem World Magazine Show.

Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts makes its return to a New York Stage for the first time in nearly four decades, and, Duke’s only granddaughter, Mercedes Ellington has joined the cast! She will be reprising her role of the production’s Narrator, which she originally performed in 2014 in Paris. Sacred Concerts is said to have been Mr. Ellington’s favorite work, mainly due to the themes of love, hope, and freedom that drive it. He called Sacred Concerts, “the most important thing I have ever done.” It’s use of jazz, classical music, choral music, spiritual, gospel, blues, visual art, and dance make it a sizable production to produce (which is why it’s been so scarcely presented since his death in 1974, yet it resonates with and appeals to audiences everywhere—and this production invites a star-studded cast to honor this important work.

The New York Choral Society’s Sacred Concerts will be held with free admission from November 18 – 19, 2022, (with a performance on November 19, 2022, that will be live-streamed, free), at the Tishman Auditorium at The New School.  

Tickets are available at

Listen to Mercedes Ellington below:

Photo credit: Ben Gabbe.

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