NEWorks Productions is honored to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing with this FREE community concert of music by iconic American composer Duke Ellington. Co-presented with the M-NCPPC Department of Parks & Recreation/Arts & Cultural Heritage Division, this program will feature stellar songs from Ellington's less-commonly-known “Blues in Orbit” recording project—released 60 years ago—along with classic Ellington tunes performed by the United States Army Blues. Other highlights of the evening will be performances by emerging regional student artists and the world premiere of "One Giant Leap," a NEWorks-commissioned work celebrating the ‘hidden figures’ of the Apollo 11 era, composed by celebrated jazz musician/composer Allyn Johnson, director of jazz studies at the University of the District of Columbia.

Allyn Johnson

Admission is FREE. Register here to reserve seating for this Blues in Orbit concert event.

JUST ANNOUNCED: NBC-4 News Anchor Pat Lawson-Muse to Emcee "Blues in Orbit" Concert

Special thanks to the Pearl Elegance Foundation for their endorsement of this program.

Blues in Orbit is a component of NEWorks' year-long programming commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing.