DAYTON, OH (May 10, 2019) – On Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 8 pm in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor Patrick Reynolds, will present the sixth and final concert in the 2018–2019 Kettering Health Network SuperPops Series, Hello, Louis! A Tribute to Louis Armstrong. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance Innovation Partner for the 2018-2019 Vistas Season is DP&L Foundation – Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts.

The final Vista to be viewed in the 2018–2019 SuperPops series is that of the work of the endearing Satchmo. Conductor Patrick Reynolds and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra welcome guest artist Byron Stripling for a concert featuring some of the greatest hits of the King of Jazz, Louis Armstrong.

The trumpet man with the smile to end all smiles, Louis Armstrong was one of the most recognizable entertainers in the world. He popularized scat, and his music defined swing. Armstrong is widely considered the “founding father of jazz,” with his hit music spanning five decades; he wrote dozens of songs that are now jazz standards. Although Armstrong was born in New Orleans, his music is representative of all America with his renditions of songs such as “Blueberry Hill,” “Mack the Knife,” and “Hello, Dolly,” the Grammy-winning song of the year in 1965. He went on to win eleven Grammys as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Guest trumpeter Byron Stripling’s electrifying and heartfelt tribute to Louis Armstrong has become one of America’s most popular orchestral pops program. With his engaging rapport, jazzy vocals and virtuosic trumpet sounds, Byron dazzles audiences across the country in performances with the Dallas Symphony, the National Symphony, and the Boston Pops, just to name a few. With his signature version of “When the Saints Go Marchin’ In” to close the show, Byron celebrates the spirit of New Orleans and “always leaves ’em dancing in the aisles!”

Join the DPO and Byron Stripling for an evening of the music that will remind you “What a Wonderful World” it is!

Tickets for Hello, Louis! A Tribute to Louis Armstrong begin at $24 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at www.daytonperformingarts.org. Senior, teacher and student discounts are available at the box office. For more information or to order subscriptions, including flexible subscription types that include performances by Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet, visit www.daytonperformingarts.org.

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About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio’s cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents. In 2013, The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was thrilled to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year “Music Alive” grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is the proud recipient of a 2017-2018 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.