Kelly Strayhorn Theater (KST) is honoring our namesakes, 20th century entertainment legends, Billy Strayhorn and Gene Kelly at our 14th annual benefit concert Suite Life, Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 8:00pm.
For 2021 Suite Life is being realized in partnership with Con Alma, the Shadyside establishment recently named one of the Best Bars in America (2021) by Esquire Magazine. The concert will be curated by John Shannon, Con Alma’s Music Curator, whose vision for the evening features vocalists Sierra Sellers, Quinn Shannon, Anita Levels, and Caroline McMahon Shannon with Leon Boykins (bass) Jason Washington Jr. (drums), Scott Boni (sax), Joe Sheehan (piano) and John Shannon (guitar) with dance performance by Kelsey Robinson and Jared Jacobs. in a minimalist theatrical environment imbued with historical footage of Strayhorn and Kelly’s early twentieth century Pittsburgh and highlights from their illustrious careers underscored by Strayhorn’s toe-tapping repertoire and songs popularized by Kelly.
In addition to the concert, join us at Duolingo’s headquarters (5900 Penn Ave) at 6:00pm for the VIP Reception with appetizers and drinks catered by Con Alma and a live discussion with Shannon, Thomas Wendt, and Dr. Harry Clark, moderated by Kendra J. Ross, PhD and Head of Social Impact at Duolingo, exploring the resurgence of Pittsburgh’s jazz scene through the legacy of Strayhorn and Kelly.
Suite Life 2021 General Admission & VIP Tickets are:
- $25 (Includes Jazz Concert)
- $50 (Includes Jazz Concert & Con Alma Digital Compilation Album)
- $100 (Includes 6:00pm VIP Reception, 8:00pm Jazz Concert, $25 Con Alma Giftcard, and Con Alma Digital Compilation Album)
- $150 (Includes 6:00pm VIP Reception, 8:00pm Concert, $25 Con Alma Giftcard and Con Alma Digital Compilation Album & CD)