Brian Stokes Mitchell Opens PNC Pops Season with PSO Tonight
Take a trip to the Great White Way with Broadway superstar Brian Stokes Mitchell and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in "Broadway and Beyond with Brian Stokes Mitchell" tonight, Oct. 17-20 at Heinz Hall.
This opening performance of the 2013-14 PNC Pops season features music from "Carousel," "Funny Girl," "Porgy and Bess," "Man of La Mancha" and many more. Dubbed "The Broadway Baritone Extraordinaire," Stokes Mitchell is one of Broadway's best, presenting some of Broadway's best for the first time on the Heinz Hall stage! He and the Pittsburgh Symphony will be joined on stage by the All Star College Chorus. Ted Sperling will conduct.
Performances are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets, ranging from $25.75 to $119.75, can be purchased by calling the Heinz Hall box office at 412-392-4900, or visitingwww.pittsburghsymphony.org.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra would like to recognize and thank PNC for its 2013-2014 title sponsorship of PNC Pops. Fairmont Pittsburgh is the official hotel of the Pittsburgh Symphony.
Dubbed "The Last Leading Man" by The New York Times, Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a rich and varied career on Broadway, television and film, along with appearances in the great American concert halls. His musical versatility has kept him in demand by some of the country's finest conductors and orchestras. He has performed selections from "Porgy and Bess" with the San Francisco Symphony at Carnegie Hall; works by Aaron Copland and various contemporary composers at the Hollywood Bowl with the L.A. Philharmonic; Broadway tunes at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. under the baton of Marvin Hamlisch; and jazz standards with Maestro John Williams at Disney Hall and with the Boston Pops. In 2005, he debuted Pulitzer prize-winning composer David Del Tredici's "Rip Van Winkle" with the National Symphony Orchestra. His Broadway career includes performances in "Man of La Mancha" (Tony nomination and Helen Hayes Award); "Kiss Me Kate" (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards); "Ragtime" (Tony nomination); August Wilson's "King Hedley II" (Tony 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. In 2010, Stokes returned to Broadway after seven years in concerts, film and TV. His television career began with a seven-year stint on "Trapper John, MD." Numerous film and TV appearances recently include a guest role on "Glee," "One Last Thing," which debuted at Toronto's 2005 Film Festival, recurring roles on "Crossing Jordan" and "Frasier," PBS' "Great Performances" and DreamWorks' "The Prince of Egypt."