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Bria Skonberg trumpets the blues, from Billie Holiday to Bob Dylan

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Wednesday January 15, 2020

From https://www.straight.com/

With the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Bria Skonberg trumpets the blues, from Billie Holiday to Bob Dylan
By: ALEXANDER VARTY

“Singin’ the Blues from Billie Holiday to Bob Dylan is the title of the program vocalist and trumpet star Bria Skonberg will present when she returns to the Lower Mainland this weekend, an undeniably surprising focus for a pair of concerts that also include the lush horns and strings of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Even more surprising is that this is not a ‘pops’ concept generated south of the border, where the Chilliwack-born Skonberg now lives, but right here at home.

‘Working with a symphony is something that I’ve dreamed about for a long time, but it was really the VSO that approached me about it,’ the hot-jazz revivalist and emerging songwriter explains, on the line from her home in New York City. ‘They said ‘We’d like to work with you on a couple of dates,’ so it was just a matter of putting them on the calendar.’

‘This is a new experience,’ Skonberg stresses. ‘I’ve worked with a few orchestras before but this is special. It’s the first time I’ve had the opportunity to basically create the whole show. It’s been a very interesting process, and the VSO has been wonderful about it.’”

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