- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 16, 2004

Sweet music floated through the air at the Dec. 10 premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ “Suite for Human Nature” at the District’s historic Lincoln Theatre.

Based on a libretto by lyricist Diane Charlotte Lampert, “Suite” tells the story of the four geographical winds coming to the rescue when Mother Nature and Father Time wreak havoc on mankind — highlighted here with Mr. Marsalis’ jazzy opus. The 90-minute work was dedicated to Douglas H. Wheeler, Washington Performing Arts Society president emeritus. A gala reception followed at Thurgood Marshall Center for Service & Heritage.

There were raves all around.

“What can you say? It’s Wynton Marsalis, the work spoke for itself,” said Barbara Patterson, president of the Black Student Fund, which received proceeds from the premiere along with WPAS’ ongoing arts programs.

Also spotted in the crowd: MSNBC’s Chris Matthews with his wife, WJLA news anchor Kathleen Matthews; Rep. Jane Harmon; arts patron Bitsey Folger; Jim Kimsey, founder and chairman Emeritus AOL; Fox Morning News anchor Lark McCarthy; and CBS News anchor Thalia Assurus.

Robyn-Denise Yourse

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