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Time travel with Wynton and Stephen

Wynton Marsalis likes to blur the line between jazz and classical. Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

September 19, 2022

This weekend, step into two different time machines. Wynton Marsalis wrote Swing Symphony to trace the history of jazz from its beginnings in New Orleans, through Kansas City swing, New York bebop and beyond to now. Wynton joins the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on the stage of the Minnesota Orchestra this weekend to open the season with a journey in jazz.

Stephen Sondheim’s musical Merrily We Roll Along moves in the opposite direction, telling its story in reverse. Each scene steps further back in time to reveal the answer to the question posed at the show’s opening — “How did we get there from here?” The answers embrace the joy, pain, disappointments and hope of three close friends. Speaking of time, it’s been more than 20 years since the Twin Cities has had a professional production of Merrily We Roll Along, so it’s past time to get to Theater Latte Da for the opening this weekend.