12th Annual Suite Life: Billy Strayhorn Birthday Bash

A KST tradition, Suite Life is a musical tribute to the life and legacy of KST namesake Billy Strayhorn. It’s an unforgettable evening of lush sounds and lively jazz classics, all in support of your favorite neighborhood cultural center. Reared in Homewood, Strayhorn was a legendary pianist, arranger, and composer who made an indelible mark in the world of jazz. His rich collaboration and contributions to The Duke Ellington Orchestra include some of the band’s most known and noteworthy compositions. Join us for a sumptuous evening as we honor the man, and the talent, that helped to define American songwriting and our musical culture. Musical selections for the evening will be curated and performed by Dr. Alton Merrell.

The concert is preceded by a VIP reception, and proceeds benefit the Strayhorn Legacy Fund, which supports youth and family programming at Kelly Strayhorn Theater.

Made possible in part with sponsorship by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield | Allegheny Health Network.

Photo by David Roth