BEAUMONT — Maestro Chelsea Tipton II will take the stage Monday night to conduct the Houston Symphony in a public memorial tribute to former President George H.W. Bush.
"It is an honor to be part of this event to honor one of our great leaders," Tipton wrote on Facebook. He was chosen to lead the orchestra. “It is a distinct honor to assist my friends in the Houston Symphony as they honor their dear friend in a musical tribute. The Bushes were good friends of this orchestra," Tipton said in a prepared statement.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner scheduled the service for 7 p.m. in front of Houston City Call, 901 Bagby Street.
According to a news release from the Symphony of Southeast Texas, in addition to Maestro Tipton and the Houston Symphony, the memorial tribute will also include gospel music star Yolanda Adams, a friend of Bush who sang at many of his birthday parties; country music star Clay Walker, who performed in 2014 at the 25th anniversary of Bush's presidency; and country music stars Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, ho befriended Bush in the 1960s.
"I invite all Houstonians to join us as we pay tribute to the memory of a great fellow city resident," Mayor Turner said. "May we never forget his service to our country, his call for us to be a light to the world, and his loving spirit."