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Sun Ra's Centenary: Space Is Still the Most Colorful Place

Event Date: 
Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 2:00pm

Special Mother's Day Program: Featuring New England Conservatory Jazz Studies Chair Ken Schaphorst with a 10-piece ensemble of NEC Students and Faculty; Plus stories and projected imagery depicting Sun Ra's fascination with space and ancient civilizations led the MFA's Egypt expert Lawrence Berman.

Sun Ra was one of the most influential big-band leaders and experimental jazz musicians of the 20th century, creating avant-garde jazz years before its time. Ken Schaphorst, New England Conservatory's chair of jazz studies, takes the music of Sun Ra to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for a special Mother's Day program titled Sun Ra's Centenary: Space Is Still the Most Colorful Place.

The program features Schaphorst along with a 10-piece ensemble of NEC students and faculty performing Sun Ra's compositions and arrangements, accompanied by stories and projected imagery depicting his fascination with space and ancient civilizations led by the MFA's Egypt expert Lawrence Berman, Norma Jean Calderwood Senior Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art.

The event takes place at the Museum of Fine Arts' Remis Auditorium.  Tickets are $15 for MFA members, seniors and students; $18 non-members. 

To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975; to order in person, visit any MFA ticket desk HERE