Things to do in Jersey – State Theratre NJ – Home for the Holidays – December 9 2011

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State Theatre and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra present 
Home for the Holidays with Brian Stokes Mitchell


and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra


Friday, December 9, 2011, 8pm; $85, $65, $60, $45, $20


Ticket Office: 732-246-SHOW (7469)




New Brunswick, NJ (November 30, 2011)—State Theatre and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra present Home for the Holidays with Brian Stokes Mitchell and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra on Friday, December 9, 2011 at 8pmA festive program of timeless carols and holiday favorites this concert features Tony® Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, along with Conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos, the Masterwork Chorus, and New Jersey Youth Chorus. Tickets range from $20-85.




Renowned for his rich and commanding baritone, Brian Stokes Mitchell—of Man of La ManchaRagtime and Kiss Me, Kate fame—was dubbed Broadway’s “Last Leading Man” by The New York Times. He will perform holiday classics including “The Christmas Song,” “Sleigh Ride,” and “The Little Drummer Boy.” Stokes will present his legendary version of The Man of La Mancha’s “The Impossible Dream,” along with other Broadway surprises.




The program will feature the Masterwork Chorus in “This Christmastide,” and the New Jersey Youth Chorus will take center stage for “Angel Carol.” The program also includes other holiday favorites like “White Christmas.”




Brian Stokes Mitchell, vocalist


Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a rich career on Broadway, television, film, and recordings, along with appearances in the great American concert halls. His credits include work as an actor, singer, dancer, voiceover artist, author, arranger, orchestrator, conductor, and record producer.




Stokes has performed selections from Porgy and Bess with the San Francisco Symphony at Carnegie Hall, works by contemporary composers at the Hollywood Bowl with the L.A. Philharmonic, Broadway tunes with Marvin Hamlisch, and John Williams’ jazz version of My Fair Lady. He debuted David Del Tredici’s Rip Van Winkle with the National Symphony Orchestra.




Stokes headlined the Carnegie Hall concert presentation of South Pacific with Reba McEntire, which aired on PBS in 2006 and was released on DVD and CD; he reprised his role in 2007 at the Hollywood Bowl, where he also appeared in Les Misérables and Guys and Dolls.




On Broadway, he garnered Tony®, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Actor in a Musical for Kiss Me, Kate; he received Tony® nominations for Man of La Mancha (for which he won the Helen Hayes Award for Best Actor in a Musical), Ragtime, and King Hedley II. He garnered the Theatre World award for outstanding Broadway Debut for Mail and won the 1998 Distinguished Performance Award from the Drama League, the nation’s oldest theatrical honor, for his performance in Ragtime.




He had a seven-year stint on Trapper John, MD, has appeared on many animated TV shows, and held memorable roles in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Frasier. He has appeared on PBS’ “Great Performances” and has been a recurring performer at concerts from the lawn of the Capitol Building. He starred in the PBS Christmas special “Ring Christmas Bells” with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.




Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor


Conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos’ career spans the worlds of opera, symphony, and musical theater. He is in his sixth year as music director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra and is General Director of Chatham Opera, which he founded in 2005.




This season, he makes his Philadelphia Orchestra debut and leads a summer tour of “Dream with Me” with Jackie Evancho at the Ravinia and Sun Valley Festivals and Atlanta and Dallas Symphonies. He appears with the Napa Valley Symphony and conducts A View From the Bridge at Indiana University and Don Giovanni at Baldwin-Wallace College.




Masterwork Chorus


The Masterwork Chorus is widely acclaimed for its quality in performing major classical choral works, as well as lesser-known, but equally beautiful, works. Founded in 1955 in Morris County, Masterwork has performed in venues throughout New Jersey, as well as in Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls in New York. After first performing in Carnegie Hall in 1961, Masterwork has returned every year to present Handel’s Messiah. The chorus is dedicated to enriching and supporting the cultural life of the community through diverse, professional-level choral performances, promoting music education, supporting the arts community and engaging in community outreach programs.




New Jersey Youth Chorus


The New Jersey Youth Chorus, founded in 1992, is an auditioned choral program for children in grades two through 12, divided into four ensembles. More than 180 choristers come from almost 40 towns in six counties. The Advanced Chorus—led by founder and Artistic Director Patricia Joyce—performs a wide range of choral literature from music of the classical masters to international folk music and gospel; it collaborates frequently with many professional ensembles nationally and internationally.




New Jersey Symphony Orchestra


The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra is comprised of some of the country’s finest musicians. The orchestra is proud to have Jacques Lacombe as its Music Director and Neeme Järvi as its Conductor Laureate. Artistic excellence, innovative programming and community engagement are hallmarks of its mission. To best serve the people of New Jersey, the orchestra brings its programs to seven outstanding venues throughout the state. Education and community engagement programs enrich the listening experience for children and adults alike. Select performances of the NJSO are broadcast regionally and throughout North America.




For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre ticket office at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at The State Theatre ticket office, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10am to 6pm; Wednesday 11am to 7pm; Saturday 1pm to 5pm; and at least one hour prior to curtain on performance dates. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732-247-7200, ext. 517Some additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.




State Theatre, a premier nonprofit venue for the performing arts and entertainment. The theater exists to enrich people’s lives, contribute to a vital urban environment, and build future audiences by presenting the finest performing artists and entertainers and fostering lifetime appreciation for the performing arts through education. The State Theatre’s programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. The Heldrich is the official hotel of the State Theatre. Magic 98. 3 is the official radio station of the State Theatre. The Star-Ledger is the official newspaper of the State Theatre. United is the official airline of the State Theatre. 




Home for the Holidays with Brian Stokes Mitchell


and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra


Fri, December 9 at 8pm


$85, $65, $60, $45, $20






15 Livingston Ave


New Brunswick, NJ 08901



Ticket Office – 732-246-SHOW (7469)


Online –

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