Sunday, April 08, 2012

SLSO to present Byron Stripling in tribute to Louis Armstrong on Saturday, June 9

Having just completed an educational residency for Jazz St. Louis back in February, trumpeter and singer Byron Stripling already has gotten his ticket punched for a return trip here. The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra will present Stripling (pictured) in "Sounds of New Orleans: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at Powell Symphony Hall.

Stripling first became known for performing Armstrong's music back in 1988, when he was selected to play the lead in the musical Satchmo: America's Musical Legend. He subsequently developed his own show based on Armstrong and has performed it with orchestras all over the country to good reviews. For more about Stripling and some video samples of his playing, check out this post from back in February.

Under the baton of resident conductor Ward Stare, the SLSO and Stripling will perform a program including “St. Louis Blues," “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “What a Wonderful World” and “When the Saints Come Marching In” and other songs associated with Armstrong and New Orleans jazz.

Tickets for Byron Stripling and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra are priced from $25 to $55, and are on sale now online at or by phone at 314-534-1700.

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