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Salute to Louis Armstrong set for March 13

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POSTED March 2, 2015 7:53 p.m.

The Modesto Symphony Orchestra led by guest conductor Michael Berkowitz will present “The Sounds of New Orleans: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong” featuring trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling on both vocals and trumpet, Friday, March 13, at 8 p.m. at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto.  

Tickets are $17 to $89 and are available through the Gallo Center for the Arts ticket office at 10001 I St., Modesto, at or by calling 209.338.2100.The program includes favorite Armstrong hits St. Louis Blues, Sweet Georgia Brown, Ain’t Misbehavin, What a Wonderful World and many more.  

Stripling has a contagious smile and captivating charm that has ignited audiences internationally. As soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra, Stripling has performed frequently under the baton of Keith Lockhart, as well as being 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 Boston Pops, National Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Cincinnati Pops, Seattle Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Toronto Symphony, and Dallas Symphony, to name a few. He has been a featured soloist at the Hollywood Bowl and performs at jazz festivals throughout the world.

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