Utah Symphony Jingles into Holiday Season
with Evening of Holiday Swing
The Utah Symphony presents "Holiday Swing"
Abravanel Hall, Friday Dec. 13, 8:00 PM / Saturday Dec. 14, 8:00 PM
Eccles Center, Park City, Sunday, Dec. 15, 7:30 PM
Get ready to jingle with Utah Symphony as Principal Pops Conductor Jerry Steichen brings festive merriment to Abravanel Hall for an evening of “Holiday Swing” December 13 and 14, 2013 with guest trumpeter and vocalist Byron Stripling.
Holiday classics include “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, “Silent Night” and “White Christmas”, and some unexpected jazzy toe-tappers like “Blue Christmas” and “Cool Yule”. Byron Stripling has been called a “spectacular trumpeter with a very wide range, a beautiful tone, and the ability to blend together many influences into his own style”. He is joined by pianist Bobby Floyd, whose unique and inspirational style has led him to many distinguished appearances around the world and drummer Robert Breithaupt, who enjoys one of America's most diverse musical careers. They are also joined locally by Salt Lake area bassist Denison Angulo.
Utah Symphony will perform its seasonal pops concert in collaboration with the Park City Educational Foundation. Holiday Swing is presented with Principal Pops Conductor Jerry Steichen and guest trumpeter and vocalist Byron Stripling at Eccles Center in Park City on Sunday, December 15 at 7:30 pm.
Tickets can be purchased by phone at (801) 355-2787, in person at the Abravanel Hall ticket office (123 W. South Temple) or online by visiting www.utahsymphony.org.
Denison Angulo, Bassist
Denson Angulo is one of the most sought-after bassists in the Salt Lake City metro area. With a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in classical performance and jazz studies, and skills in an abundance of music styles, Denson has worked extensively as an educator and freelance professional playing electric bass, acoustic jazz, and classical double bass. A sample of his credentials include international tours to China, Taiwan, Australia, and most of Europe; performances with jazz greats Bob Mintzer, Bob Berg, Randy Brecker, Victor Wooten, Nicholas Payton, Bob Sheppard, Jamey Aebersold, Wycliffe Gordon, Denis DiBlasio, Kathy Kosins, Tom Scott, Shelly Berg, Bobby Shew, Gregg Bissonette, Carl Allen and many others. As a classical musician, he has recorded for ESPN, ABC, NBC television, DreamWorks Pictures, and LDS motion pictures, and performed solo bass repertoire with the Honolulu Symphony.
As an educator he has maintained private bass studios for over 20 years. He has traveled the inter-mountain west as an adjudicator and clinician and bass professor at BYU-Idaho, Utah State University, Utah Valley University, SLCC, and Snow College.
Currently, Dr. Angulo's main appointment is at the University of Utah; teaching jazz bass and coordinating the jazz combo program. He is in frequent demand teaching and performing all over Utah and throughout the United States.
Robert Breithaupt, Percussionist
Robert Breithaupt enjoys one of America's most diverse musical careers as a performing musician, arts administrator, college professor, author and entrepreneur. He is Professor of Music and Department Chair of Jazz Studies/Music Industry at Capital University, and has developed one of the most recognized undergraduate percussion programs in the United States.
His performance credits include recordings, appearances, and tours with a wide variety of artists including Eddie Daniels, Monty Alexander, Terry Gibbs, John Abercrombie, Paul Anka and Perry Como. Breithaupt has served as the Executive Director of The Jazz Arts Group of Columbus since 2001 and has held the chair as the drummer of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra since 1981. Breithaupt has served as an extra percussionist with the Columbus Symphony and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and continues to perform with many of the nation's finest orchestras and ensembles.
He has received many honors and awards including Bowling Green State University's Outstanding Graduate Award in 2001, and 2004-2005 membership in the Jefferson Center Leadership Academy.
Bobby Floyd, Pianist
The passion with which Bobby Floyd plays piano, organ and keyboards are the result of his natural ability discovered at the age of two, his love of music, and years of practice. Whether performing jazz or gospel, as a soloist, with a trio or big band, his feel is unique and inspirational leading him to many distinguished appearances around the world.
Floyd has performed extensively in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan. Touring events include major jazz festivals, concert halls, and numerous night clubs with Ray Charles, Jeff Tyzik, Chris Howes and Sarah Morrow. The prestige associated with Floyd's international appearances can also be witnessed at home. In his hometown, Columbus, Ohio, Floyd has been a feature with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, The Columbus Symphony, and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra sharing the stage with Dionne Warwick, Doc Severinsen, Arturo Sandoval, Faye Robinson and many others.
He has also appeared in a variety of performances opening for Spyro Gyra, Smokey Robinson, Stanley Clarke and George Duke, as well as accompanying other artists like David "Fathead" Newman, Bobby Watson, Greg Osby and Billy Hart.
Tyson Miller, Tenor
Tenor Tyson Miller joins the 2013-2014 Utah Opera Resident Artist Program to perform the roles of Des Grieux in “Fatal Song” and Gastone in “La Traviata”. His recent performances include Bob Boles in “Peter Grimes”andthe Governor in “Candide” at the Aspen Music Festival, preceded by his Lone Star Lyric Opera debut singing Dorvil in “La scala di seta” and Florville in “Il signor Bruschino”.
Holding a Master of Music degree from Rice University, Mr. Miller was a studio artist with Central City opera and has appeared at the CoOperative Opera Program. In 2009, Mr. Miller was awarded the Encouragement award at the Southwest Region Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and in 2010 was granted the Baylor University Thomas Stewart Award for Vocal Excellence. Additional appearances include Ferrando in “Così fan tutte”, Alfred in “Die Fledermaus”, the Stage Manager in “Our Town”, and Mayor Upfold in “Albert Herring”.
Byron Stripling, Trumpeter/Vocalist
With a contagious smile and captivating charm, trumpet virtuoso, Byron Stripling, has ignited audiences internationally. As soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra, Stripling has performed frequently under the baton of Keith Lockhart, and has been 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, and Toronto Symphony, to name a few. He has been a featured soloist at the Hollywood Bowl and performs at jazz festivals throughout the world.
An accomplished actor and singer, Stripling was chosen, following a worldwide search, to star in the lead role of the Broadway bound musical, "Satchmo." Many will remember his featured cameo performance in the television movie, "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles," and his critically acclaimed virtuoso trumpet and riotous comedic performance in the 42nd Street production of "From Second Avenue to Broadway." Television viewers have enjoyed his work as soloist on the worldwide telecast of The Grammy Awards. Millions have heard his trumpet and voice on television commercials, TV theme songs including "20/20," CNN, and soundtracks of favorite movies.
Stripling earned his stripes as lead trumpeter and soloist with the Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Thad Jones and Frank Foster. He has also played and recorded extensively with the bands of Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Dave Brubeck, Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry, Louie Bellson, and Buck Clayton in addition to The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, and The GRP All Star Big Band.
Stripling enjoys conducting Seminars and Master Classes at colleges, universities, conservatories, and high schools. His informative talks, combined with his incomparable wit and charm, make him a favorite guest speaker to groups of all ages. Stripling was educated at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York and the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan. One of his greatest joys is to return, periodically, to Eastman and Interlochen as a special guest lecturer.
Gretchen Windt, Mezzo Soprano
Originally from Chicago, mezzo-soprano Gretchen Windt has performed in operas and oratorios throughout the country. She has performed regularly with Cincinnati Opera; highlights include Golijov’s “Ainadamar (Fountain of Tears)”, the world premiere of Hailstork’s “Rise For Freedom”, and a touring production of “The Magic Flute” (Third Lady and Papagena).
She was an Apprentice Artist with Sarasota Opera including mainstage performances of “Die Fledermaus”(Ida). She was an Apprentice Ensemble Artist with the Utah Opera, and has subsequently returned to Utah Symphony | Utah Opera for various engagements. Windt was an Apprentice Artist with the Sugar Creek Symphony and Song Festival in Illinois. Recent performances include a concert production of “Così fan tutte” (Dorabella) with the Utah Mid-Winter Song Festival and a concert production of “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” (Rosina) as the Emerging Artist Award recipient for the Expositions: SLC Concert Series.
This season includes performances in “Die Zauberflöte” (Third Lady) and “Falstaff” (Meg Page) with University of Utah Lyric Opera Ensemble, “Salome” (Page of Herodias) with Utah Opera, and “Le Nozze di Figaro” (Cherubino) with Opera Idaho. Ms. Windt completed her Master of Music degree at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music and her Bachelor of Music Education at North Park University in Chicago, IL. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Utah.
The Utah Symphony presents Holiday Swing
Jerry Steichen, Conductor
Byron Stripling, Trumpet/ Vocals
Bobby Floyd, Piano
Robert Breithaupt, Drum Set
Denson Angulo, Bass
A Christmas Festival
John Frederick Coots
Santa Claus is Comin to Town ~ Arr. Jeff Tyzik
William Chatterton Dix
What Child is This ~ Arr. Marty Robinson
Billy Hayes / Jay W. Johnson
Blue Christmas ~ Arr.Larry Cook
I Have a Little Dreidel ~ Arr. Finkel / Cook
Franz Xaver Gruber
John Wesley Work, Jr.
Go Tell It On The Mountain ~ Arr. Dennis Mackrel
“March of the Toys” from Babes in Toyland ~ Arr. Otto Langey
Cool Yule ~ Arr. Jeff Tyzik
White Christmas ~ Arr. Larry Cook
A Five Pound Box of Money ~ Arr. Larry Cook
Bob Thiele / George David Weiss
What a Wonderful World ~ Arr. Albam
Amazing Grace ~ Arr. Marry / Weister
Joy To The World ~ Arr. Larry Cook
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