“What a Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong Tribute,” Jan. 22-24
January 06, 2016
Grand Rapids Symphony
616.454.9451 x 114
Grand Rapids Pops celebrates the spirit of New Orleans with an electrifying and
heartfelt tribute to the legendary Louis Armstrong, one of the pivotal and most
influential names in jazz music. Virtuoso trumpeter and singer Byron Stripling
will lead a swinging evening filled with the sounds of Satchmo. “What a
Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong Tribute” will also feature vocal artist Marva
Hicks to sing the songs of Ella Fitzgerald. Associate Conductor John Varineau
will lead the orchestra in three performances at DeVos Performance Hall:
Friday, January 22 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, January 23 at 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday,
January 24 at 3:00 p.m. “What a Wonderful World: Louis Armstrong Tribute” is
part of the Fox Motors Pops series. The Concert Sponsor is Dematic and the
Guest Artist Sponsor is Holland Home.
spectacular trumpeter with a wide range and a beautiful tone, Byron Stripling
is also the artistic director of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, a leader of his
own quartet and frequently performs with pops orchestras around the world.
Stripling grew up listening to the music of Louis Armstrong, and today his
vocals and words are reminiscent of the jazz icon, with his own distinct flair.
A graduate from the Eastman School of Music, he was featured as lead trumpeter
and soloist with the Count Basie Orchestra following his studies, and later
toured and recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Lionel Hampton, the
Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and many more. In 1988, Stripling was chosen to
portray Louis Armstrong in “Satchmo: America’s Musical Legend.”
will hear and see what makes Stripling such a dazzling and irresistible
entertainer as he and the Grand Rapids Pops orchestra cover the span of Louis
Armstrong’s career. From “The Tiger Rag” and “Sweet Georgia Brown” to “What a
Wonderful World” and “Basin Street Blues,” Stripling will have the audience
dancing in the aisles.
Tickets start at $18 and are available at the Symphony office, weekdays 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m., 300 Ottawa NW, Suite 100, (located across from the Calder Plaza), or
by calling 616.454.9451 x 4. (Phone orders will be charged a $2 per ticket
service fee, with a $12 maximum.) Tickets are available at the DeVos Place Box
Office, weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or on the day of the concert beginning two
hours prior to the performance. Tickets may also be purchased through
Ticketmaster, 800.982.2787, online at GRSymphony.org or in person at
Ticketmaster outlets: select D&W Fresh Markets, Family Fare Stores and
Walmart. Tickets purchased at these locations will include a Ticketmaster
service fee. Full-time
students of any age are able to purchase tickets for only $5 on the night of
the concert by enrolling in the Symphony’s Student Passport program. This is a
MySymphony360 eligible concert.
the Grand Rapids Symphony
The Grand Rapids Symphony was officially
organized in 1930 and is nationally recognized for the quality of its concerts
and educational programs. Led by Music Advisor Larry Rachleff, Principal Pops
Conductor Bob Bernhardt and Associate Conductor John Varineau, nine concert
series are presented, featuring a wide range of music and performance styles.
More than 400 performances are presented each year, touching the lives of some
200,000. Nearly half of those who benefit are students, senior citizens and
people with disabilities reached through extensive education and community
service programs. The Symphony’s Affiliated Organizations include the Grand
Rapids Bach Festival, Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus, Grand Rapids Youth Symphony
and Classical Orchestra, and Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choruses. The Symphony
also provides the orchestra for Opera Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Ballet
Company. To learn more about the Grand Rapids Symphony please visit GRSymphony.org.
activity is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts
and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.