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Symphonic Tribute to Ella & Louis

Symphonic Tribute to Ella & Louis

By Jerome Langston   When virtuoso trumpet player and singer, Byron Stripling, was just a young-un in his twenties, he had the unique honor of being lead trumpeter and soloist in the iconic Count Basie Orchestra, which at the time was led by Thad Jones and Frank Foster. This interests me mainly because of the

A Two-Fold Tempest on One Stage

By Montague Gammon III   William Shakespeare’s late career verbal enchantments meet Jean Sibelius’ late career musical magic on the Chrysler Hall stage this spring to give Hampton Roads a new look at the Jamestown-old, spell-rich play, The Tempest. Stage director Patrick Mullins, whose work at the Virginia Stage Company, formerly as Assistant and currently

Symphony Marks 25th Season with Falletta

By Montague Gammon III The Virginia Symphony Orchestra marks its 25th year under the baton of JoAnn Falletta with a Classics Series that touches, in each concert, on high points of her quarter century as its Music Director. From Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra, which she conducted as her audition piece when she was being considered