Four people with instruments play towards a man with a microphone facing the viewer.
Duke Ellington in the circle of his orchestra, 1946 | Picture: William P. Gottlieb, The Library of Congress

Concert information



Duke Ellington’s name is almost synonymous with the sound of the big band era. The Deutsche Oper Berlin’s Big Band pays him homage to mark his 125th anniversary: as well as his greatest hits, they will also play the world premiere of the Manfred Honetschläger’s suite The Famous Duke.


BigBand of the Deutsche Oper Berlin
Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin
Manfred Honetschläger musical direction
Titus Engel direction
Fola Dada recitation and vocals
Tony Lakatos saxophone


Duke Ellington
Black and Tan Fantasy

Duke Ellington
The Jeep Is Jumpin̕'

Duke Ellington
In a Mellow Tone

Duke Ellington
Mood Indigo

Billy Strayhorn
Take the ‟Aˮ Train

Duke Ellington
Almost Cried

Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington
Sophisticated Lady

Duke Ellington
Cotton Trail

Duke Ellington
A Tone Parallel to Harlem

Duke Ellington
Night Creature

Manfred Honetschläger
The Famous Duke for big band and orchestra

Additional information

An event by Deutschen Oper Berlin in cooperation with Berliner Festspiele / Musikfest Berlin

Main Auditorium