Oregon Symphony makes annual visit to campus

Byron Stripling, guest artist with the Oregon SymphonyBauman Auditorium was packed to capacity Friday, March 20, for the 22nd annual performance of the Oregon Symphony on the George Fox University campus. 

Featuring guest artist Byron Stripling and conducted by Jeff Tyzik, the concert was a tribute to the music of New Orleans. Stripling, a trumpet virtuoso who has been a soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra, delighted the audience with his contagious smile and captivating charm. Selections included It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing, Sweet Georgia Brown, Minnie the Moocher, and a tribute to Louis Armstrong.

Stripling has been a featured soloist on PBS' "Evening at Pops" and is a pops orchestra favorite across the country as a soloist with the National Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Cincinnati Pops, and many others. Television viewers also have heard his horn on TV theme songs including "20/20" and CNN.

Tyzik has earned the reputation as one of America's most innovative pops conductors. Principal pops conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for more than a decade, he also serves as principal pops conductor of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and, starting with the 2008-09 season, the Oregon Symphony.

The annual performance in Bauman Auditorium is made possible by the sponsorship Ken and Joan Austin of A-dec.