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PSO POPS! Presents A Tribute to Louis Armstrong, November 14 and 15

October 22, 2009

PSO POPS! Welcomes Trumpeter Byron Stripling and Guest Conductor Matthew Fritz for A Tribute to Louis Armstrong, November 14 and 15

PORTLAND, Maine – The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) welcomes guest conductor Matthew Fritz and special guest artist Byron Stripling for a POPS! tribute to the legendary jazz trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong. The performances take place November 14 and 15 at Merrill Auditorium.

World-renowned trumpet virtuoso and a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (also PSO Music Director Robert Moody's alma mater), Byron Stripling pays homage to the great "Satchmo." Performing pieces made famous by Armstrong such as "Do You Know What It Means to be Miss New Orleans?", "Honeysuckle Rose", "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Sweet Georgia Brown" in addition to special tribute arrangements, Stripling sings with the same gravelly voice as Armstrong, dresses the way he would have back in the 1930s, and plays the trumpet in the artist's style. Stripling is the artistic director and conductor of the Columbus (Ohio) Jazz Orchestra, has soloed with the Boston Pops and played the lead role in the Broadway production of Satchmo.

Guest conductor Matthew Fritz was Maestro Moody's first student of conducting while an undergraduate and went on to receive his Master's degree in orchestral conducting from the Eastman School of Music. While just commencing his conducting experiences, Fritz has already had the opportunity to conduct the Southern Arizona Symphony, Quincy and Cape Ann Symphonies in Massachusetts, the Phoenix Symphony Guild Youth Orchestra, and the PSO's 2008 Summer Serenade concerts.

In conjunction with the Tribute performances, community members are invited to attend a lecture titled "Three Keys to Musical Success" with Byron Stripling on Friday, November 13 at 1:00 PM at Corthell Hall (on the USM Gorham campus).

Sponsored by Holiday Inn by the Bay and New England Coffee, A Tribute to Louis Armstrong will take place at Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street in Portland, Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 2:30 PM. The shows are recommended for the entire family (ages 8 and up).

The PSO's 2009-10 season is sponsored by IDEXX Laboratories. Tickets range from $20-$64 and are available through PortTix at (207) 842-0800 or www.porttix.com. Phone and internet orders are subject to $6-per-ticket handling fees. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the box office at 20 Myrtle St., Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 PM. Special pricing may be available for students, seniors, and groups of 10 or more.

For complete season information, including artist biographies; program notes; and Online Insights, provided with support from season Enrichment Sponsor Fairpoint Communications; visit www.portlandsymphony.com.

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