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METROPOLITAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA PRESENTS "THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK" WITH BYRON STRIPLING

March 15, 2012
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THE HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER


PRESENTS


METROPOLITAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA


"THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK"


JIM CARROLL, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR


BYRON STRIPLING, SPECIAL GUEST ARTIST


SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2012 AT 8 p.m.


 


MANASSAS, Va., Feb. 28, 2012 – Featuring some of the Washington, D.C. area’s finest jazz musicians, the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra is known for its outstanding and insightful interpretations of the most beloved jazz music of all time. Under Artistic Director and alto sax virtuoso Jim Carroll, this esteemed orchestra is joined by renowned trumpet player and vocalist Byron Stripling for a performance of stunning interpretations of revered jazz standards, Broadway classics and popular Hollywood music that defines the Great American Songbook. The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra returns to the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 8 p.m. This performance is Family Friendly: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12 when accompanied by an adult. A pre-performance discussion will be held one hour prior to the performance in the Hylton Center’s Buchanan Partners Art Gallery. Novant Health is the 2011-12 Season Sponsor of Hylton Presents at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.


The artistic director of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Byron Stripling’s impressive range on the trumpet, striking tone and his gift for combining many influences into his own style have made him an in-demand artist with some of the most prestigious pops orchestras on the planet. Stripling has played and recorded with the likes of Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Billy Eckstine, Clark Terry, Buck Clayton, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Lena Horne, the Count Basie Orchestra, the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and the Boston Pops Orchestra under John Williams and Keith Lockhart. An accomplished actor and singer, Stripling was chosen in a worldwide search to star in the lead role of the Broadway-bound musical “Satchmo,” and has also appeared in “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles” television series. Stripling studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. and the Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Mich., and often guest lectures and conducts seminars at music schools around the country.


Jim Carroll’s illustrious career includes performances at Carnegie Hall, the White House, the Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall and the Apollo Theatre. A versatile performer, Carroll has performed with Michael Jackson, Nancy Wilson, Maynard Ferguson, Billy Taylor, Woody Herman and His Thundering Herd, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (as a charter member) and many others. He has authored several volumes through Hal Leonard’s “Artists Transcriptions” series, including a collaboration with jazz legend Sonny Rollins. His arrangement and performance of “The Ballgame” can be heard at main entrance of Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Active as an educator, he is the director of the Jazz Studies program in George Mason University’s School of Music.


 


The Hylton Performing Arts Center is pleased to recognize


Novant Health


as the Season Sponsor of the 2011-12 Hylton Presents season.


 


 


WPFW 89.3 FM - Pacifica Radio is the media sponsor for Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.


 


 


Tickets for METROPOLITAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA are $24, $32, $40. Family Friendly: youth through grade 12 half price when accompanied by an adult. Visit the box office or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit hyltoncenter.org. The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit hyltoncenter.org.


 


About the Hylton Performing Arts Center


Dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts venue to the Prince William region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center was born out of a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and individuals and businesses in the private sector. Soaring more than nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 85,000-square foot center is home to two unparalleled performance venues for local arts groups and performers from around the world, as well as university-related activities. Modeled after the intimate European opera houses of the 19th century, Merchant Hall is a 1,140-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, which is encircled by 27 private boxes that rise three levels. The Gregory Family Theater is a flexible, 4,400-square foot space that can be configured for many different types of performances and events. In addition, the Didlake Grand Foyer, with its sweeping staircase, provides an ideal setting for community, corporate and social events. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, the only building of its kind in the area, is sure to quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of collaboration and commitment to the arts.


 


About George Mason University


George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.