VSO salutes musical greats Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

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The Virginia Symphony Orchestra performs a tribute concert to Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong Saturday evening at Chrysler Hall. (Image courtesy VSO)
The Virginia Symphony Orchestra performs a tribute concert to Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong Saturday evening at Chrysler Hall. (Image courtesy VSO)

Together, they made the world more wonderful.

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra will pay tribute to Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald Saturday at Norfolk’s Chrysler Hall, 215 St. Pauls Blvd. The concert, which starts at 8 p.m., will showcase two performers who left behind a legacy of jazz classics, including their duet, “What a Wonderful World.”

“Their music changed the course of American music history,” a release said.

Fitzgerald was born in Newport News in 1917. She won 13 Grammy awards and sold more than 40 million albums. Armstrong, a trumpet and cornet player, was born in New Orleans in 1901.

Ankush Kumar Bahl will conduct the concert. Guests artists are Marva Hicks, a vocalist, and Byron Stripling, a singer and trumpet player.

Tickets start at $25. To learn more, visit the VSO’s website, www.virginiasymphony.org.

 

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