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A City Lights Concert

Friday, January 18, 8pm
Saturday, January 19, 8pm
Copley Symphony Hall

Randall Craig Fleischer, conductor
Brian Stokes Mitchell, vocals

Dashing, debonair—one of Broadway’s brightest stars and leading men, Tony® Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell has performed in Ragtime, Kiss Me Kate, Kiss of The Spider Woman and Man Of La Mancha…just to name a few. (He has even made two recent appearances on Glee.)   When “Stokes” takes the stage, there will be enough wattage to light up Times Square! Concert will feature "Stars" from Les Misérables, "Some Enchanted Evening" from South Pacific, "Wheels of a Dream" from Ragtime and more! Summer Pops Bravo Broadway vet Randall Craig Fleischer conducts.

CLICK HERE to listen to Brian Stokes Mitchell's recent interview on Jazz 88.3's "Inside Art" show!


  • Bring your drinks inside the hall
  • After the show, enjoy dancing with DJ

Check out these LIVE rehearsal shots from San Diego Symphony's upcoming BROADWAY'S BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL concert in our CITY LIGHTS series! Symphony Hall will be THE place this weekend!
(Photos by Daren Scott)


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 Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony at Carnegie Hall; performed works by Aaron Copland and various contemporary composers at the Hollywood Bowl with the L.A. Philharmonic under the batons of Leonard Slatkin and John Mauceri; Broadway tunes at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. under the baton of the late Marvin Hamlisch (most recently at the National Symphony Orchestra’s 75th season Pops concert debut); and jazz and standards with Maestro John Williams at Disney Hall and with The Boston Pops. He recently debuted Pulitzer prize-winning composer David Del Tredici’s Rip Van Winkle with the National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leonard Slatkin. He has been invited to the White House and has performed for Presidents Clinton and Obama.

He reprised his Tanglewood performance in John Williams’ jazz version of My Fair Lady at Disney Hall singing opposite Dianne Reeves. In 2005 he made his cabaret debut as both singer and musical arranger in New York at Feinstein’s at the Regency in his critically acclaimed one-man show Love/Life which then moved to the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center. He received both the New York Bistro and Nightlife awards for his cabaret debut. He returned there in November of 2008 with a critically acclaimed concert where he was accompanied by a guitarist, a bassist and a percussionist.

He headlined the Carnegie Hall concert presentation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific with Reba McEntire, which aired on PBS in the Spring of 2006. (The performance was also released on DVD and CD.) He reprised his role along with Reba McEntire in July of 2007 at the Hollywood Bowl then returned to The Bowl in August of 2008 starring as Javert in Les Misérables.

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, David Merrick’s Oh, Kay! and Mail, which earned him a Theatre World award for outstanding Broadway Debut.

Late last year, Stokes returned to Broadway after a seven-year absence to do concerts, film and TV and spend some family time with his young son. The show was Lincoln Center Theatre’s production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and also starred Patti LuPone. Based on the Pedro Almodovar film of the same name, Stokes played the philandering Ivan. The cast album was be released May of 2011.

At Encores he has starred in Do, Re, Mi and Carnival and this last season starred in Kismet. In 1998 he joined the likes of Helen Hayes, Sir John Gielgud, Alec Guinness and James Earl Jones when he became the sole recipient of that year’s Distinguished Performance Award from the Drama League, the nation’s oldest theatrical honor, for his performance in Ragtime.

His long television career began with a seven-year stint on Trapper John, MD. Numerous film and TV appearances more recently include One Last Thing which debuted at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, recurring roles on Crossing Jordan and Frasier, PBS’ Great Performances, DreamWorks’ The Prince of Egypt , and his “Presidential Debut” in The Singer and the Song from The White House.

In May 2011 he opened in a new film Jumping The Broom playing opposite Angela Bassett for the second time (The first being Ruby’s Bucket of Blood for Showtime).  In 2006 he released his self-titled album as the inaugural artist on the newly-formed Playbill Records label. In addition to singing, Stokes produced the album and also wrote many of the arrangements and orchestrations.

He continues to perform as both a soloist and a guest star at concerts all over the United States. In December of 2008 he performed as the musical guest artist at Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. The concert was aired on PBS during Christmas of 2009.

Stokes has enjoyed working with numerous charitable organizations from The March of Dimes to the USO and is the eight-year Chairman of the Board of The Actors’ Fund.


With three Music Director positions (Youngstown Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic and the Anchorage Symphony), a demanding guest conducting schedule, major awards and a career spanning four continents, Randall Craig Fleischer is making a substantial impact. Mr. Fleischer has appeared as a guest conductor with many major orchestras in the United States and internationally including repeat engagements with the Israel Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Houston Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Utah Symphony, Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and many others. Recent and upcoming engagements include the Hong Kong Philharmonic, National Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Utah Symphony, Houston Symphony and the Prague Festival. In December 2008 Mr. Fleischer made his debut with the Boston Pops.

Mr. Fleischer first came to international attention when he conducted Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with Mstislav Rostropovich as soloist during the National Symphony Orchestra’s 1990 tour of Japan and the U.S.S.R. (This was the first time Rostropovich had played the cello in Russia since his forced exile in 1972.) In 1993 Mr. Fleischer conducted a private concert for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. The Pontiff awarded Mr. Fleischer a medal for his achievements in music. In 1995 Mr. Fleischer made his debut with New York City Opera conducting The Magic Flute. Mr. Fleischer’s operatic repertoire includes productions of La bohème, Turandot, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, Don Giovanni, La traviata and others.

Active as a composer, Mr. Fleischer is a national leader in the area of symphonic rock and world music fusion. Just recently, he premiered his ground-breaking original composition Triumph, combining ceremonial Navajo songs and dances in a full orchestral work. Pioneering these new and growing genres for more than 15 years now, Fleischer has worked with artists such as John Densmore (The Doors), Natalie Merchant, Blondie, Ani DiFranco, John Cale (Velvet Underground), Garth Hudson (The Band), and Native American artists R. Carlos Nakai and Burning Sky.

A passionate educator, Fleischer has co-authored several instructional pieces for children in collaboration with his wife, comedian Heidi Joyce. Ms. Joyce and Mr. Fleischer co-authored and premiered Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Spiritual Journey, a piece for narrator and orchestra which explores the history of the civil rights movement.

Mr. Fleischer studied with Leonard Bernstein as a conducting fellow at Tanglewood in 1989. He served as the Assistant Conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra from 1986 to 1989, and has conducted the San Diego Symphony's Broadway salute at Summer Pops for the last several years. He lives in Los Angeles with Heidi Joyce and daughter Michaela.

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Were  you at Opening Weekend of City Lights in October?:

January 18 - January 19, 2013

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