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MSO Opens Pop Season with Ella, Louis and All That Jazz Tonight

MSO Opens Pop Season with Ella, Louis and All That Jazz Tonight

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra opens the 2013.14 Pops season with Ella, Louis, and All That Jazz tonight, October 11-13, 2013 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Guest conductor Jeff Tyzik leads the orchestra, featuring Byron Stripling, trumpet; Marva Hicks, vocalist; and Robert Breithaupt, drums. In tribute to Ella, Satchmo, and Fats Waller, the concerts include favorites such as S'Wonderful, It Don't Mean a Thing, What a Wonderful World, and selections from Gershwin's Porgy & Bess.

Grammy Award winner Jeff Tyzik is one of America's most innovative and sought after pops conductors. This season, he begins a new role as principal pops conductor of the Seattle and Detroit symphonies and the Florida Orchestra. In the 2013.14 concert season, Tyzik will celebrate his 20th season as principal pops conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and continue to serve as principal pops conductor of the Oregon Symphony. Highly sought after as a guest conductor, Tyzik has appeared with the Boston and Cincinnati pops; Dallas, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and Indianapolis symphonies; Philadelphia Orchestra; and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Tyzik made his UK debut in 2010 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In May 2007, the Harmonia Mundi label released his recording of Gershwin works with pianist Jon Nakamatsu and the RPO, which stayed in the Top 10 on the Billboard classical chart for over three months. Alex Ross of The New Yorker called it "one of the snappiest Gershwin discs in years."

Tyzik has collaborated with such diverse artists as Chris Botti, Matthew Morrison, Wynonna Judd, Tony Bennett, Art Garfunkel, Dawn Upshaw, Marilyn Horne, Arturo Sandoval, The Chieftains, Mark O'Connor, Doc Severinsen, and John Pizzarelli and has created numerous original programs that include the greatest music from jazz and classical to Motown, Broadway, film, dance, Latin, and swing. Tyzik holds both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music. For more information about Jeff Tyzik, please visit www.jefftyzik.com.

Byron Stripling, a spectacular trumpeter with a very wide range, a beautiful tone, and the ability to blend together many influences into his own style, is the artistic director of Columbus Jazz Orchestra, leader of his own quartet, and constantly in demand to play with pops orchestras around the world. Stripling was born in Atlanta, the son of a classical singer. Originally, Byron enrolled at the Eastman School of Music with plans to become a classical trumpeter. He met Clark Terry, who asked Byron to join his big band. In 2002, Stripling became the artistic director and conductor of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, where he has presented such guest artists as Branford Marsalis, Chuck Mangione, Mavis Staples, and Wycliffe Gordon. He also makes many guest appearances with orchestras, conducts occasional clinics and seminars, and tours extensively with his own quartet. Byron can also be heard on recordings with Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Lena Horne, Sonny Rollins, Paquito D'Rivera, Gerry Mulligan, J.J. Johnson, Carla Bley, Jim Hall, the Count Basie Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, and numerous Broadway cast albums.

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