Performance Saturday, December 11, 2010 | 8 PM

The New York Pops


Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Broadway’s leading baritone, Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, celebrates the season with carols and traditional favorites.


  • Brian Stokes Mitchell, Guest Artist
  • Camp Broadway Chorus
    Amy Burgess, Music Director
  • Essential Voices USA
    Judith Clurman, Music Director and Conductor
  • The New York Pops
    Steven Reineke, Music Director and Conductor


  • Brian Stokes Mitchell

    Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a spectacular career that spans Broadway, television, and film, as well as performances in the great American concert halls. He is currently starring in the Lincoln Center Theater production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, a new musical based on the film by Pedro Almodóvar. His Broadway roles include Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, for which he received a Tony nomination and the Helen Hayes Award, as well as Fred Graham / Petruchio in Kiss Me, Kate, which earned him Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards. He received additional Tony nominations for his role as Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Ragtime, and as the title role in August Wilson's King Hedley II. Other Broadway roles include Kiss of the Spider Woman, replacing Gregory Hines in Jelly's Last Jam, and David Merrick's Oh, Kay! His performance in Mail earned him the Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut.

    In 1998, Mr. Stokes Mitchell made his Carnegie Hall debut with Audra McDonald in the televised Gershwin's 100th with the San Francisco Symphony, and he has returned numerous times since, most notably in South Pacific and for his own sold-out solo debut. He has appeared in concerts at Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Tanglewood and Ravinia festivals, Radio City Music Hall, and the White House. His cabaret debut at Feinstein's at the Regency earned him both New York's MAC and Nightlife awards.

    Mr. Stokes Mitchell has performed for Presidents Obama and Clinton, and has become a staple at the PBS July 4 and Memorial Day concerts from the Capitol Lawn. He has been a frequent guest at the Kennedy Center, and appeared in the title role of Sweeney Todd at its Sondheim Celebration. His screen credits include a seven-year stint on Trapper John, M.D. and appearances on everything from PBS's Great Performances to Frasier and Ugly Betty. This coming spring, he appears with Angela Bassett in the feature film Jumping the Broom. He has appeared on more than a dozen albums, including his own critically acclaimed eponymous solo CD. Mr. Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed working with numerous charitable organizations from the March of Dimes to the USO, and is in his seventh term as Chairman of the Board of The Actors Fund. He resides in New York City with his wife, son, and rescued mutt, Diggidy.
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  • Camp Broadway Chorus

    The Camp Broadway Chorus comprises 60 talented performers, ages 10 to 17, from 12 states and more than 36 cities around the United States. The program is designed to provide young musicians with an opportunity to grow as musicians, meet new friends, and learn a wide range of beloved songs from the American Songbook. Performing with The New York Pops in its holiday celebration at Carnegie Hall is the highlight of the Camp Broadway Chorus's first season. Visit to learn more about the Camp Broadway Chorus and other year-round educational and experiential programs.
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  • Essential Voices USA

    Essential Voices USA (EVUSA), formerly The Clurman Singers, is a vibrant organization with a mission to promote the love of music and further the art of ensemble singing. Led by Music Director and Conductor Judith Clurman, the group is a flexible roster of between eight and 80 professional (vocal fellows), volunteer, and school-age singers who perform a wide range of musical genres. EVUSA's hallmark is musical excellence, innovative programming, and emphasis on education and inclusion. In October 2010, it was featured in Leonard Bernstein: A Celebration at Symphony Space. The group eagerly anticipates the release of its CD recording of a performance of Howard Shore's Peace, based on the words of Eleanor Roosevelt. Recorded at the Washington National Cathedral, the CD features EVUSA's signature blend of vocals. The ensemble's future plans include recordings and concert performances. The high school students singing in tonight's concert are from the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music (Lisa Gwasda, Chorus Director).

    Judith Clurman

    Judith Clurman has conducted and collaborated with world-renowned orchestras and dance companies, and at international music festivals. She has commissioned and premiered the music of nearly 50 of America's most prominent composers, including works by Milton Babbitt, William Bolcom, Marvin Hamlisch, Jake Heggie, Nico Muhly, Stephen Paulus, Howard Shore, and Stephen Schwartz. Ms. Clurman served as founding conductor for the New York Concert Singers and Project Youth Chorus, and music director for Prism Concerts and the 92nd Street Y's Music of the Spirit program, broadcast nationally on NBC and PBS. Her work ranges from the classics to contemporary: She conducted the world premiere of a newly discovered Mozart work at Lincoln Center, and earned a 2009 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for season 39 of Sesame Street. Long committed to the value of music education, Ms. Clurman served as director of choral activities from 1989 to 2007 at The Juilliard School, and taught and led master classes and festivals at Harvard University, the Janáček Academy, University of Cambridge, and Eton College. Currently Music Director and Conductor of Essential Voices USA, she is working with Kelli O'Hara on a Christmas recording project. She edits a choral series for G. Schirmer, sits on ASCAP's Special Classifications Committee and Awards Panel, and is a member of the faculty for an annual seminar for music critics as part of the National Endowment for the Arts's Classical Music Workshop.
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  • The New York Pops

    The New York Pops is the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States, and the only professional symphonic orchestra in New York City specializing in popular music. Led by Music Director Steven Reineke, the orchestra performs an annual subscription series and birthday gala at Carnegie Hall, enjoying one of its highest subscription renewal rates. The New York Pops was founded by former NBC Music Director Skitch Henderson in 1983 with a mission to create greater public awareness and appreciation of America's rich musical heritage. In addition to performing at Carnegie Hall, The New York Pops tours throughout the world and gives free concerts in New York City parks. The orchestra's media projects include performing for the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular on NBC since 2005, nationwide radio broadcasts, and numerous recordings. The New York Pops' extensive education programs allow thousands of public schoolchildren to participate in concert and music-making experiences at Carnegie Hall and in schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City.

    Steven Reineke

    Steven Reineke's boundless enthusiasm and exceptional artistry have made him one of the nation's most sought-after pops conductors, composers, and arrangers. In 2010-2011, Mr. Reineke begins his second season as Music Director of The New York Pops. In addition to conducting the orchestra's annual Carnegie Hall concert series, he leads concert tours, recordings, and nationwide telecasts. In addition, Mr. Reineke serves as Principal Pops Conductor of the Long Beach and Modesto symphony orchestras and as Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, where for 15 years he served as a composer, arranger, and conducting protégé of the late celebrated pops conductor Erich Kunzel.

    Mr. Reineke's recent engagements include appearances with the orchestras of Houston, Toronto, Detroit, Indianapolis, Baltimore, Vancouver, and Edmonton, as well as the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC. He made his Boston Pops and Philadelphia Orchestra debuts in 2009, and appeared twice with The Philadelphia Orchestra in 2010. He made his Hollywood Bowl debut in 2007 with the multi-faceted entertainer Wayne Brady, and returned to the Hollywood Bowl in 2008 to conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In addition, Mr. Reineke conducted, arranged, and orchestrated the music for Mr. Brady's orchestral show, and played the same role in his collaboration with rock legend Peter Frampton.

    As the creator of more than 100 orchestral arrangements for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Mr. Reineke's arrangements have been performed worldwide, and can be heard on numerous Cincinnati Pops Orchestra recordings on the Telarc label. Mr. Reineke is also an established symphonic composer. His works Celebration Fanfare, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Casey at the Bat are performed frequently in North America, with recent performances by the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics. In August 2008, his Sun Valley Festival Fanfare debuted with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony to commemorate the opening of the orchestra's new pavilion. In 2005, his Festival Te Deum and Swan's Island Sojourn were performed, respectively, by the Cincinnati Symphony and Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. His numerous wind ensemble compositions are published by the C. L. Barnhouse Company, and are performed by concert bands around the world.

    A native of Ohio, Mr. Reineke is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio, where he earned Bachelor of Music degrees with honors in both trumpet performance and music composition. He currently resides in New York City.
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“Alexander’s Ragtime Band” (Irving Berlin)
The New York Pops / Skitch Henderson, Conductor
Centaur Records

The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Linda and Earle S. Altman in support of the 2010-2011 season.
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