Kelly Strayhorn Theater

Kelly Strayhorn Theater
November 26
6 p.m.

If you’re looking for a terrific way to soak up some culture, support a local arts venue and celebrate the legacy of one of Pittsburgh’s most legendary musical pioneers—head to the Kelly Strayhorn Theater this holiday weekend.

Anqwenique Wingfield.

Heating up the East Liberty cultural hub on Saturday night, the 9th annual Suite Life celebration is the theater’s signature tribute to the world-renowned composer and Pittsburgh native Billy Strayhorn. The KST’s namesake, Strayhorn went on to establish himself as a prolific jazz composer, pianist, lyricist and arranger, and is perhaps best known for his collaborations with bandleader Duke Ellington.

Join the community to celebrate the 101st birthday of Billy Strayhorn—who was born on November 29, 1915, lived in Homewood and attended Westinghouse High School and the Pittsburgh Music Institute—with a vibrant evening of inspiring music led by another local jazz icon, drummer Roger Humphries.

For one night only, Humphries and his smashing band the RH Factor will be accompanied by the sensational Pittsburgh-based jazz and opera singer Anqwenique Wingfield, along with special guest vocalist Tania Grubbs.

KST executive director Janera Solomon with Brenda Tate, Thelma and Greg Morris, and Cheryll Chakrarti.

The festivities kick off with a special Suite Life Social + Benefit reception with hors d’oeuvres, celebratory beverages, and special surprises in srote. Next, patrons will put on their dancing shoes to enjoy outstanding renditions of Strayhorn classics throughout the night during the not-to-miss Suite Life Tribute Concert.

Open to all ages, the event will also feature a selection of work created by visual artist Charlotte Ka on display at both the Kelly Strayhorn Theater and KST’s Alloy Studios .

The 9th Annual Suite Life event also serves as a tribute to the lasting influence that Strayhorn’s artistic vision continues to have on artists of today and on future generations.

Proceeds from Suite Life will benefit the Strayhorn Legacy Fund which supports youth and family programming at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater.

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Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...