In Santa Rosa, California, “Even though the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts survived the October fires, almost a month’s worth of its show schedule was lost,” writes Dan Taylor in Thursday’s (1/4) Press Democrat (Santa Rosa). “Seven shows were canceled and four were rescheduled. The first of those to rise out of the ashes is Santa Rosa Symphony Pops’ tribute Saturday to Louis Armstrong … ‘What a Wonderful World.’ … Fire destroyed the center’s east wing, but its main theater building remained intact. The theater resumed its previously planned performance schedule starting Nov. 6, but new dates had to be found for the postponed shows. ‘After the fires occurred, we thought the Louis Armstrong show might go ahead, but the damage made it necessary to postpone,’ said Michael Berkowitz, conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony Pops Orchestra. The show stars trumpeter and singer Byron Stripling performing some songs Armstrong made famous, backed by some 65 Symphony Pops musicians…. ‘We’re thrilled we can still do the show, because Byron is an exciting artist,’ … Berkowitz said.”

Posted January 8, 2018