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9th Annual Suite Life: Celebration of Billy Strayhorn

The ninth annual celebration of the life and legacy of pianist, composer and KST namesake Billy Strayhorn. Expect to hear extraordinary renditions of classic Strayhorn compositions—such as Take the ‘A’ TrainChelsea Bridge and Lush Life—among other works that reflect Strayhorn’s profound influence. And to top it off, this benefit event always ends sweetly, with a birthday cake for all.

Proceeds from Suite Life benefit the Strayhorn Legacy Fund, supporting youth and family programming at KST.

Tickets & Details

Saturday, November 26, 2016
6pm :: Reception
7:30pm :: General doors open
8pm :: Concert starts. The Kelly-Strayhorn Theatre

                             5941 Penn Avenue. Pittsburgh, PA-15205


For one night only, the iconic Roger Humphries and the RH Factor accompanied by sensational jazz and opera singer Anqwenique Wingfield and special guest Tania Grubbs join the Kelly Strayhorn family in paying tribute to the renowned jazz legend and KST namesake, Billy Strayhorn. The celebration kicks off with a special Suite Life Social + Benefit supporting KST Family programing. Afterwards put on your dancing shoes as we celebrate the 101st birthday of Billy Strayhorn with extraordinary renditions of Strayhorn classics throughout the night for our Suite Life Tribute Concert.

Artwork inspired by Billy Strayhorn, created by Charlotte Ka will be exhibited during the Suite Life celebration at KST, and at KST's Alloy Studios starting Tuesday, November 22nd for our MY PEOPLE film series. Suite Life is not only a celebration of Strayhorn’s catalogue, but a tribute to the continued influence of Strayhorn’s work on artists today. 

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater is a destination for innovative works in dance, theater, music and live art. KST encourages diverse, inclusive, and high-quality, artistic, cultural and educational activities through the Alloy School, artSEEDS student matinees, and artist residency programs. By nurturing these pursuits, we contribute to cultural understanding, quality of life, as well as economic development in our community, county, city, and region.

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