Stokes Mitchell Performs with NSO at Kennedy Center, Sept. 15-17

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Tony Award-winning Broadway baritone Brian Stokes Mitchell will appear with the National Symphony Orchestra for three evenings of song at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

In NSO Pops: An Evening with Brian Stoke Mitchell, which will be performed by the star from September 15th through 17th, Stokes Mitchell will perform a program of mostly theatre music, including a medley of songs from The Light in the Piazza and songs from past hits such as Man of La Mancha and South Pacific. Marvin Hamlisch (Tony Award-winner for A Chorus Line), who has been the pops conductor for the NSO for the past five years, will lead the orchestra. Also backing up Stokes Mitchell will be the Washington Symphonic Brass, under the musical direction of Milton Stevens.

Stokes Mitchell made his Broadway debut in the musical Mail in 1988. Ten years later, he skyrocketed to fame as the martyred pianist Coalhouse in Ragtime. He was nominated for a Best Actor Tony, but won for his work as Fred/Petruchio in the 1999 Kiss Me Kate revival. He was also nominated for his performance as Don Quixote in his last Broadway outing, the 2002 revival of Man of La Mancha. Other Broadway credits include Oh, Kay!, Kiss of the Spiderwoman and August Wilson's drama King Hedley II; he also appeared in Do Re Mi and Carnival at Encores! He is best-known to TV audiences for having starred on "Trapper John, M.D.," and he has also been seen on "Frasier" and in "Roots." Stokes Mitchell recently appeared at Carnegie Hall in a concert version of South Pacific.

The song list of NSO Pops: An Evening with Brian Stokes Mitchell is as follows:

Selections from Carousel (Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II)
Overture to South Pacific (Rodgers and Hammerstein)
Symphonic Picture from Porgy and Bess (George and Ira Gershwin)
Selections from The Light in the Piazza (Adam Guettel)
"Soliloquy" from Carousel (Rodgers and Hammerstein)
"Danza guerresca" from Belkis, Queen of Sheba (Respighi)
"Sing, Sing, Sing" (Louis Prima)
"This Nearly Was Mine" from South Pacific (Rodgers)
"Impossible Dream" from Man of La Mancha (Mitch Leigh and Joe Darien)
"Wheels of a Dream" from Ragtime (Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens)
"How Long Has This Been Going On?" from Rosalie (the Gershwins)
"Whistling Away in the Dark" from Darling Lili (Henry Mancini)
"A Woman Is a Sometime Thing" from Porgy and Bess (the Gershwins)
"There's a Boat That's Leavin' Soon from New York" Porgy and Bess (the Gershwins

Tickets range from $20 to $80, and are available at www.kennedy

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