le bon temps rouler – the good times will roll as the Symphony of

Southeast Texas (SOST) presents the 2012 Pops Concert, “The Sounds of

New Orleans: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong,” featuring world-renowned

trumpeter Byron Stripling, Lamar University President Jimmy Simmons on

piano, and the Symphony at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Julie

Rogers Theatre in Beaumont.


electrifying showcase of music from the “Big Easy” includes a loving

tribute to Louis Armstrong and wraps up like a Mardi Gras celebration.

From “St. Louis Blues” and “Sweet Georgia Brown” to “Alexander’s Ragtime

Band,” this concert celebrates and captures the spirit of New Orleans.


music reaches out of the speaker and takes you right to New Orleans!”

said Stripling. The music of New Orleans celebrates the differences

found there and isn’t afraid to blend them all together. “The music is

like a gumbo,” Stripling said. “You throw in some brass band, classical,

jazz and whatever else sounds good.” A major ingredient in the music is

Louis Armstrong, and Stripling’s arrangements for the concert emphasize

his importance.

“He had such a quality of happiness. He often said ‘I’m here in the

cause of happiness.’ I think that is important to all of us,” said

Stripling,whose performances have been hailed as impressively reminiscent of the jazz icon.

One reviewer stated: “Stripling

is a performer in the Louis Armstrong mode – he’s out to give the

audience a good time, to use music and words, even a little silliness

and sentimentality, to lift people up, make them happy.”


a talented trumpet player and performer, Stripling said Armstrong’s

music was always close to his heart. In 1988, after a nation-wide

search, Stripling was chosen to play the lead in the musical “Satchmo:

America’s Musical Legend.” Channeling Armstrong’s enthusiasm throughout

his career, Stripling has established himself as a pops orchestra

favorite throughout North America.

His resume includes solos with theBoston

Pops, Cincinnati Pops, the National Symphony and American Jazz

Philharmonic, among many others. He has also been a featured soloist at

the Hollywood Bowl and performs at jazz festivals throughout the world.

Stripling is also currently the artistic director of the highly

acclaimed Columbus Jazz Orchestra and leader of his own quartet.


added bonus to the concert will be Simmons sharing his spectacular

piano skills. Simmons said he is excited to be a part of this New

Orleans pops extravaganza with Stripling and the Symphony.


2012 Pops Concert is sponsored by Capital One Bank. “Capital One Bank

is proud to be a longtime supporter of the Symphony of Southeast Texas,”

said Bill Darling, Beaumont Market President for Capital One Bank. “We

believe that the performing arts are essential to the life of our local

communities because of the enjoyment they bring to people of all ages.

We’re pleased to sponsor what promises to be an evening of great music.”


are invited to join Maestro Tipton for a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m.,

and the performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Single ticket prices range

from $15 to $36; senior, student and group discounts are available. To

purchase tickets or get more information, go to or contact the Symphony office at (409) 892-2257.