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A Broadway Christmas with the New York Philharmonic
Featuring Brian Stokes Mitchell

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Brian Stokes Mitchell
Location: Avery Fisher Hall (Directions)
Price Range: $34.00 - $85.00
Fri, Dec, 20, 2013
7:30 PM
Sat, Dec, 21, 2013
2:00 PM
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The 2014-15 Season

Program (Click the red play button to listen)

A Christmas Overture

“We Need a Little Christmas”

“The Christmas Song”/“A Crazy Christmas List”

“You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”

"White Christmas"

“Friendly Beasts”

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

“Through Heaven’s Eyes”

The Skaters Waltz

“Sleigh Ride”

“Some Children See Him”

“Christmas Is"

“Christmas Time”

“The Little Drummer Boy”

“We Are Lights”




Ted Sperling Ted Sperling’s recent collaborations with the New York Philharmonic include Broadway Night with the Philharmonic at Bravo! Vail in July 2013; An Enchanted Evening with Paulo Szot, the 2013 Spring Gala; and Anywhere I Wander: The Frank Loesser Songbook, the 2012 Spring Gala. He conducted Brian Stokes Mitchell in the original Broadway productions of Kiss of the Spider Woman and Ragtime. Mr. Sperling was recently appointed the artistic director of the Collegiate Chorale; he has led the chorale in performances of The Firebrand of Florence, The Grapes of Wrath, The Mikado, and Song of Norway, all at Carnegie Hall. This season he will also be performing with the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Westchester, Phoenix, and Detroit symphony orchestras, as well as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As a regular guest at 92nd Street Y’s Lyrics and Lyricists series, Mr. Sperling is hosting a program about Fanny Brice this spring. He has frequently worked with Victoria Clark, Deborah Voigt, Audra McDonald, Nathan Gunn, Paulo Szot, and Kelli O’Hara. Mr. Sperling won the 2005 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his orchestrations of The Light in the Piazza, for which he was also music director. Other Broadway credits include the Tony Award–winning revival of South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Angels in America, My Favorite Year, Drood, Les Misérables, and Sunday in the Park with George. Ted Sperling was an original cast member of the Broadway musical Titanic, playing bandleader Wallace Hartley. His Off-Broadway credits include A Man of No Importance, Wise Guys, A New Brain, Saturn Returns, Floyd Collins, Falsettoland, and Romance in Hard Times. Mr. Sperling’s directing credits include the World Premieres of The Other Josh Cohen, See What I Wanna See, Charlotte: Life? Or Theater?, and Striking 12, as well as a revival of Lady in the Dark. For the Public Theater, he directed gala performances of The Pirates of Penzance with Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, Martin Short, and Eric Idle, and Cabaret with Anne Hathaway, Harvey Feirstein, Linda Lavin, Raúl Esparza, and Eddie Redmayne. He has conducted the scores for the films The Manchurian Candidate and Everything Is Illuminated, and directed the short film Love Mom, starring Tonya Pinkins. He is creative director of the 24 Hour Musicals and a consultant to the Public Theater. Ted Sperling most recently led the Orchestra in A Broadway Christmas with Brian Stokes Mitchell in December 2013. He is scheduled to appear with the Philharmonic at Colorado’s Bravo! Vail in July 2014.

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Brian Stokes Mitchell

Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a rich and varied career on Broadway, television, and film, and in the country’s major concert halls. He has performed selections from Porgy and Bess with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony at Carnegie Hall; works by Aaron Copland and contemporary composers at the Hollywood Bowl with Leonard Slatkin, John Mauceri, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Broadway songs at Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center with Marvin Hamlisch; and jazz and other works with John Williams and the Boston Pops. He narrated the world premiere of David Del Tredici’s Rip Van Winkle with Mr. Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra, and he performed Mr. Williams’s arrangement of My Fair Lady for singers and jazz orchestra opposite Dianne Reeves at the Tanglewood Festival and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. He has also performed at the White House for Presidents Clinton and Obama.

Mr. Mitchell made his cabaret debut as both singer and musical arranger in 2005 in his one-man show Love/Life, which ran at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency and Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater and won Bistro and New York Nightlife awards. He starred as Emile de Becque, alongside Reba McEntire as Nellie Forbush, in the Carnegie Hall concert presentation of South Pacific, which aired on PBS in the spring of 2006 and was later released on CD and DVD. In 2007 he reprised that role at the Hollywood Bowl, where the following year he appeared as Javert in Les Misérables.

Mr. Mitchell’s Broadway career includes performances in Man of La Mancha (Tony Award nomination and Helen Hayes Award); Kiss Me, Kate (Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards); King Hedley II (Tony Award nomination); Kiss of the Spider Woman; Jelly’s Last Jam; Oh, Kay!; and Mail, which earned him a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut. For his performance in Ragtime he received a Tony Award nomination as well as the Drama League’s Distinguished Performance Award, the oldest theater-world honor in North America. In 2010 Mr. Mitchell returned to Broadway in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown with Patti LuPone at Lincoln Center Theater. A cast album was released the following year. His appearances for New York City Center’s Encores! program include starring roles in Do Re Mi, Carnival, and Kismet.

Having begun his television career with a seven-year stint on Trapper John, M.D., Mr. Mitchell has since had recurring roles on Crossing Jordan and Frasier, and he has appeared in films such as The Prince of Egypt, Jumping the Broom, and One Last Thing, which premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival. In 2006 Mr. Mitchell released a self-titled album (which he also produced, arranged, and orchestrated) as the inaugural artist on the newly formed Playbill Records label.

Brian Stokes Mitchell works with numerous charitable organizations, from the March of Dimes to the USO, and is chairman of the board for The Actors Fund.

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