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The Howard Theatre's New Duke Ellington Sculpture Dedication

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Who: The Honorable Eleanor Holmes-Norton; Mayor Vincent C. Gray; Kwame Brown; Jim Graham; Marion S. Barry; Vincent B. Orange, Jr.; and Lionell Thomas

What: Ribbon cutting and dedication for the new Duke Ellington sculpture, entitled Encore, created by artist, Zachary Oxman, and commissioned by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH).

When/Where: The dedication and ribbon cutting will be held at the Howard Theatre: 620 T Street, NW Washington, DC

12:05 pm Rev. Sandra Butler-Truesdale introduces the following:

  • Hon. Eleanor Holmes-Norton
  • Mayor Vincent Gray
  • Chairman Kwame Brown
  • Hon. Jim Graham
  • Hon. Marion S. Barry
  • Hon. Vincent B. Orange, Jr.
  • Comm. Myla Moss

12:26 pm Duke Ellington Encore sculpture dedication/ribbon cutting
DCCAH Executive Director, Lionell Thomas Duke Ellington family acknowledgement
Sculptor, Zack Oxman

12:30 pm Ribbon cutting, unveiling statue of Jazz Man –
Roy “Chip” Ellis, Howard Theatre Restoration, Inc.

About Encore: The twenty foot tall stainless steel and granite sculpture at Ellington Plaza, entitled Encore, signifies the community’s demand for, yet, another performance. The sculpture’s subject, Duke Ellington, is sitting upon a three dimensional treble clef, and piano keys that shift in scale as they spiral upward from a staff which soars into infinitum. The treble clef is reminiscent of Duke’s own handwritten musical scores.

“The legacy of Duke Ellington and his music will live forever—not only as a part of DC history, but gloabally,” said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is proud to commission this piece which beautifully depicts such an important native son as Duke Ellington.”

The artist, Zachary Oxman, launched his sculpting career while obtaining his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. Heavily influenced by the Baroque masters during his studies in Italy, he developed a style that fused a classical aesthetic with a contemporary vision. His raw talent and fresh approach led him relatively quickly to a variety of commission work, both public and private, including sculptures for two US presidents.

For more information on the Encore dedication, contact Keona Pearson at [email protected]or (202) 724-5613.