National Symphony Orchestra Pops Plays the Beatles in Classical Mystery Tour
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With a voice that The New York Times describes as a "singularly thunderous baritone," Broadway leading man Brian Stokes Mitchell joins the NSO Pops for an evening of holiday favorites. Equally comfortable as a dancer and a singer, he's an in-demand presence on the Great White Way, with critically acclaimed performances in Man of La Mancha, Kiss Me Kate, Ragtime, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Jelly's Last Jam, Sweeney Todd and, most recently, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. He's even had two cameo appearances on the hit TV show Glee, and last year released a CD of Broadway hits entitled Simply Broadway. Steven Reineke conducts the orchestra as Stokes puts his jazzy spin on all the holiday classics. Word on the street is that Jolly ol' St. Nick might even make an appearance at this show! Learn More
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Courtesy of my father, I was raised on a diet of the Beatles and consider myself pretty well-versed in their catalog. Last night, I walked into the Kennedy Center with some pretty high standards and these guys? Totally met each one. The band members really applied themselves to learning the inflections and mannerisms of the original band. (Paul, in particular, was dead-on.) The music and vocals were almost perfect imitations of the recorded material, and the Fab Faux-Four's ong-stage banter and costume changes were nice touches, really adding to the overall experience.
As for the backing orchestra? Perfection. In particular, the crescendo at the end of "A Day in the Life" sent goosebumps up and down my arms and, alone, was worth the price of admission. Ditto with "Live and Let Die" - (a Wings song, later balanced out with Lennon's "Imagine")(sadly, no solo-Harrison was included...tragedy!) - which was another incredible, orchestra-backed song that I never thought I'd get to hear live. Mind-blowing.
The set-list pulled from the entire Beatles catalog, with a bit more focus on their later stuff, and was equal parts predictable ("Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band") and not-so-predictable ("Dear Prudence"). Their encore was a nice little surprise and had the entire Kennedy Center audience on its collective feet, dancing.
In short: Loved it. Would definitely go again.
Imagine The Beatles playing in concert with a symphony orchestra. What would that have sounded like? Classical Mystery Tour features former Beatlemania performers Jim Owen (John Lennon) on rhythm guitar, piano, and vocals; Tony Kishman (Paul McCartney) on bass guitar, piano, and vocals; and Tom Teeley (George Harrison) on lead guitar and vocals; and Liverpool (a Beatles tribute band) member Chris Camilleri (Ringo Starr) on drums and vocals. Martin Herman conducts the Orchestra in this program of unbeatable Beatles hits, from the mop-top days to the explorations of the yellow submarine.
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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, located on 17 acres overlooking the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., is America's living memorial to President Kennedy as well as the nation's busiest arts facility, presenting more than 2,000 performances each year. The Center is home to seven theaters: the Concert Hall, the Opera House, the Eisenhower Theater, the Family Theater, the Terrace Theater, the Theater Lab, and the Terrace Gallery. In addition, as part of the Kennedy Center's Performing Arts for Everyone outreach program, free performances take place each evening at 6 p.m. on the Millennium Stage. In addition to offering annual series of the National Symphony Orchestra, theater, ballet, dance, chamber music, jazz, and performances for young audiences, the Kennedy Center presents festivals celebrating the arts and culture of countries and regions around the world. Recent festivals include African Odyssey, AmericArtes, Festival of China, and JAPAN: culture + hyperculture.