. Interchanging Idioms: Conductor Thomas Wilkins Leads Tribute to Icons of Jazz with the Boston Pops

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Conductor Thomas Wilkins Leads Tribute to Icons of Jazz with the Boston Pops

Featuring Trumpeter and Vocalist Byron Stripling

The Boston Pops invites three distinguished conductors to the podium during the sixth week of concerts to lead the orchestra in tributes to American Icons, the great American Songbook, and the yearly favorite Gospel Night at Pops. Recently appointed the BSO’s Youth and Family Concert Conductor, Thomas Wilkins takes the spotlight first, June 14 and 15, leading the Boston Pops and trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling in a tribute to jazz great Louis Armstrong, featuring “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” and “Saint James Infirmary”. The performance opens with a distinctively American medley of George M. Cohan tunes including “Give My Regards to Broadway,” You’re a Grand Old Flag,” and “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” and Thomas Martin, Principal Clarinet of the Boston Pops Orchestra, will also take center stage to perform a Benny Goodman tribute featuring the big band touchstone “Sing, Sing, Sing”.

Tickets for the American Icons, American Songbook, and Gospel Night concerts range from $21 to $101, and may be purchased by visiting www.bostonpops.org, calling 888-266-1200, or visiting the Symphony Hall box office at 301 Massachusetts Avenue.

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