Trumpeter Byron Stripling headlines CSO’s January Pops at Palladium

Stripling is a pops orchestra favorite, soloing with over 100 orchestras worldwide. Photo courtesy of Center for the Performing Arts

Byron Stripling – conductor, musician, singer and actor – has ignited audiences around the world since his Carnegie Hall debut with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops. On Saturday, January 8, the electrifying trumpet virtuoso brings his horn to the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts as guest artist of January Pops with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra under Artistic Director Janna Hymes.

The performance begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets start at just $18 and are available by calling the Palladium box office, 317.843.3800, or at Abundant free parking – curbside or garage – is available within a short walk of the Palladium.

Stripling is a pops orchestra favorite, soloing with over 100 orchestras worldwide. He earned his musical stripes as lead trumpeter and soloist with the Count Basie Orchestra, and has played and recorded extensively with the bands of Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Dave Brubeck, Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry, Louis Bellson, and Buck Clayton, as well as with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and the GRP All-Star Big Band. Stripling currently is Principal Pops Conductor with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and Artistic Director and Conductor of the highly acclaimed Columbus Jazz Orchestra.

His prolific recording career includes hundreds of albums with the greatest pop, Broadway, soul and jazz artists of all time, in addition to multiple recordings with his own quintet. An accomplished actor and singer as well as a musician, Stripling has appeared in the 42nd Street production of “From Second Avenue to Broadway,” “The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles,” and was chosen to star in the lead role of the Broadway-bound musical “Satchmo,” based on the life of the great Louis Armstrong.

He has performed solo on The Grammy Awards telecast, played on soundtracks of favorite films, and millions have heard his trumpet and voice on TV commercials and TV theme songs including “20/20” and CNN.

“Byron Stripling is just an extraordinary talent, a fantastic entertainer,” said CSO Artistic Director Janna Hymes who collaborated with Stripling when she was Music Director of the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra and he appeared as a guest artist.

“I’m thrilled to bring him to the Palladium and introduce him to our Central Indiana audience, because everyone who loves music should know this artist!” she exclaimed. “His orchestral arrangements are simply first-rate, and January 8 truly is a do-not-miss performance, a great shot of energy with which to open the new year!”

In accordance with public health guidelines and entertainment industry standards, the Center for the Performing Arts has adopted the following health & safety policies and protocols for its campus during the current season:

• Masking

Masks are required upon entry for everyone age 3 and older (worn at all times except when actively eating or drinking).

• Vaccination

All patrons age 12 and up must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination when entering the Palladium and other CPA indoor spaces. The CPA will accept paper vaccination cards, photocopies, photos or digital images confirming vaccination status, along with valid ID. The Indiana State Department of Health offers vaccination certificates online that can be stored on a smart phone.

As an alternative to vaccination, patrons may present physical or digital proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to the event. For patrons and visitors younger than 12, no such proof is required.

Complete details, and updates, can be found at

Carmel Symphony Orchestra’s diverse season of exceptional music continues with:

– Family Fun Concert

Sunday, January 23, 3 pm at the Palladium

– Masterworks 3

Saturday, February 12, 7:30 pm at the Palladium

Guest artist: Harlem String Quartet

Selections from Wagner, Bernstein, Tchaikovsky and others

– Beethoven Lives Upstairs: A Classical Kids Live! Event

Saturday, February 19, 4 pm at the Palladium

– Pops Concert

Saturday, February 26, 7:30 pm at the Palladium

Serpentine Fire – the Music of Earth, Wind and Fire

– Side by Side Concert with Fishers High School

Sunday, March 6, 4 pm at the Palladium

– Masterworks 4

Saturday, March 12, 7:30 pm at the Palladium

Selections from Beethoven, Ginastera Estancia and Rimsky-Korsakov

– Masterworks 5

Saturday, April 23, 7:30 pm at the Palladium

Guest artist: Edgar Meyer, double bass

Selections from Schuman, Joplin, Gershwin, Zimmer and others.

For more information and tickets (season or select individual performances), visit or call the Palladium box office at 317.843.3800.

The 2021-22 Carmel Symphony Orchestra season is supported by the City of Carmel, the Center for the Performing Arts, the Palladium, and Pedcor.