GERSHWIN, BERLIN & FRIENDS
Saturday, September 23, 2023, 7:30 pm
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Ronald Demkee, conductor
Byron Stripling, trumpet
Sydney McSweeney, vocals
The toe-tapping, finger-snapping program shines the spotlight on the music of America’s earliest songwriters, including George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and others. Joined by world-renowned trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling.
Byron Stripling Bio
With a contagious smile and captivating charm, conductor, trumpet virtuoso, singer, and actor BYRON STRIPLING, has ignited audiences across the globe. In 2020, STRIPLING was named Principal Pops conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and his baton has led countless orchestras throughout the United States and Canada. As a soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra, Stripling has performed frequently under the baton of Keith Lockhart, as well as being the featured soloist on the PBS television special,“Evening at Pops,” with conductors John Williams and Mr. Lockhart. Currently, Stripling serves as artistic director and conductor of the highly acclaimed Columbus Jazz Orchestra.
Since his Carnegie Hall debut with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops, STRIPLING has become a pops orchestra favorite throughout the country, soloing with over 100 orchestras around the world including the Boston Pops, National Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Cincinnati Pops, Seattle Symphony, Baltimore Sym- phony, Minnesota Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony,Vancouver Symphony,Toronto Symphony, and orchestras through- out Europe and Asia. He has been a featured soloist at the Hollywood Bowl and performs at festivals around the world.
An accomplished actor and singer, STRIPLING was chosen, following a worldwide search, to star in the lead role of the Broadway bound musical, “Satchmo.” Many will remember his featured cameo performance in the television movie,“The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles,” and his critically acclaimed virtuoso trumpet and riotous comedic performance in the 42nd Street production of “From Second Avenue to Broadway.”
Television viewers have enjoyed his work as soloist on the worldwide telecast of The Grammy Awards. Mil- lions have heard his trumpet and voice on television commercials,TV theme songs including “20/20,” CNN, and soundtracks of favorite movies. In addition to multiple recordings with his quintet, work with artists from Tony Ben- nett to Whitney Houston, his prolific recording career includes hundreds of albums with the greatest pop, Broad- way, soul and jazz artists of all time.
STRIPLING earned his stripes as lead trumpeter and soloist with the Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Thad Jones and Frank Foster. He has also played and recorded extensively with the bands of Dizzy Gillespie,Woody Herman, Dave Brubeck, Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry, Louis Bellson, and Buck Clayton in addition to The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra,The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, and The GRP All Star Big Band.
STRIPLING is devoted to giving back and supports several philanthropic organizations including The United Way and Homelessness advocate and The Community Shelter Board. He also enjoys sharing the power of music through Seminars and Master Classes at colleges, universities, conservatories, and high schools. His informative talks, com- bined with his incomparable wit and charm, make him a favorite guest speaker to groups of all ages.
STRIPLING was educated at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York and the Interlochen Arts Acad- emy in Interlochen, Michigan. One of his greatest joys is to return, periodically, to Eastman and Interlochen as a special guest lecturer.
A resident of Ohio, STRIPLING lives in the country with his wife Alexis, a former dancer, writer and poet and their beautiful daughters.
Sydney McSweeney Bio
Sydney McSweeney is a vocalist from Columbus, Ohio who at a young age developed a deep love of music. That love directed her to Otterbein University where she studied classical voice and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in music. Most recently, Sydney sang with the renowned bass player FOLEY and she performs as the lead vocalist of the Sydney McSweeney trio.
Sydney is intent on building confidence in each of her students. Her teaching environment caters to each of her students. She develops every lesson around each individual learning style. Sydney wants her students to have the best musical experience while ensuring that each student learns the proper technique and form of their instrument.
When Sydney isn’t teaching or singing, she loves spending time with her massive, tight knit family. If she’s not traveling or in town enjoying local music, you can usually find her under the warm covers of her bed watching Netflix!