The SJMO Presents: A Centennial Celebration of The Duke Ellington Orchestra
Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History
10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20560
Sat. Jun. 10, 7 p.m.
They’ve been called everything from the Washingtonians to Duke Ellington and His Kentucky Club Orchestra to Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra but the Duke Ellington Orchestra under any name maintains an unparalleled place in the history of American music. This year marks the 100th anniversary of this legendary band, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the big band ensemble in residence at the National Museum of American History, will offer this tribute to celebrate their vast musical legacy. Performance selections include “Rainy Nights,” “Harlem Airshaft,” “Charpoy” and “The Biggest and Busiest Intersection.”
To purchase tickets: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/sjmo-duke-ellington
Members $20; Nonmembers $25
Flag Day Citizenship Ceremony
Wednesday, June 14
Flag Hall, 2 West
As the home of the Star-Spangled Banner, the actual flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to pen what would become the national anthem, the museum will mark Flag Day by hosting a citizenship ceremony. This will be a special ceremony, in partnership with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, to mark the conveying of citizenship to 25 children. The ceremony is open to the public.
National History Day Exhibit Showcase
June 14, 2023; 10 a.m. – 5:30pm
Throughout the Museum
As the museum marks Flag Day, open spaces on all three floors will be taken over by 50 table-top displays created by middle- and high-school students competing in the 2023 National History Day National Contest. The exhibits represent topics relevant to their state and local communities and reflect the 2023 theme of “Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas.”