NSO Pops Presents Jon Secada and Tito Puente Jr., with Marvin Hamlisch Conducting
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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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Featured review from Lois H. Stratton
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We thought the Tito Puente Jr. program was excellent--jazzy, colorful, fun and really wanted to dance in the aisles.
Second half of program??? Poor, wanted to join the others who were leaving but did not have easy access to an aisle. Sorry to have to tell you this.
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Amazing concert! Jon Secada makes you melt, Tito Puente makes you want to jump up and dance and Marvin is sooo funny and gifted. Wonderful mixture of talented people!!! Plus the Kennedy Center is such a wonderful placeto go to a concert.
About the Artists:
Jon Secada, one of the most gifted artists of our time, is not only blessed with a soulful voice, but also with an artistry to create, write and produce music. Born in Havana, Cuba, Secada arrived in the United States at the age of nine. He later enrolled at the University of Miami, where he developed his considerable skills as a songwriter. In the late 1980s he joined Gloria Estefan as a background singer and co-wrote "Coming Out of the Dark," Gloria's number-one hit from her 1991 album Into the Light. His self-titled solo debut (released 1992) sold more than six million copies worldwide and was certified triple platinum in the U.S. He followed with the Gold single "Just Another Day," and three more top 30 hits, "Angel," "I'm Free," and "Do You Believe in Us?" Otro Dia Mas Sin Verte (the Spanish-language version of the album), became the number-one Latin album of 1992, earning Jon his first Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album. His third album, Amor, (released 1995) brought his second Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Performance and in 2006, Jon was once again honored when Songs From The Neighborhood: The Music of Mister Rogers, featuring 12 of today's top artists including Jon, won the Grammy for the Best Musical Album For Children.
The comparison is inevitable. How could it be otherwise? Tito Puente Jr. carries his father with him — imprinted on his physical being and locked in his soul. It's in his looks, his joy, his music. No doubt, every time Tito Jr. walks on stage, he walks in his father's footsteps.
He dances in celebration, throws his head back in pure joy and lights up the room with that oh-so-familiar smile. Tito Jr. is on a passionate mission. The younger Puente is determined to nurture the musical legacy left by his father. He refuses to let it become a distant memory; "He was just too vibrant, too exciting. There was magic in the music my father made. It made people happy, all over the world. My goal is to keep it alive, and in doing so, expose it to a whole new generation."
Over the past two years, Tito Jr. has found captive audiences who echo his passion. Crowds once lured to a venue by the father's magic have returned to enjoy the son -- participating once again in the high-voltage celebration that takes place on stage.
Tito Puente Jr. has become a favorite entertainer in casinos, performing arts centers and jazz festivals nationwide. He was the premiere act opening The Latin Quarter of the Tropicana Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, and the demand for tickets kept him there for ten weeks. He's played to sell-out audiences at numerous Harrah's Resort Casinos, including Rincon in San Diego, Ak-Chin in Phoenix and the Rio in Las Vegas.
While not totally jazz in his delivery, Tito Jr. has wowed the jazz festivals faithful across the country, among them the New Haven Jazz Festival, Houston Jazz Festival, Harlem Jazz Festival, and the Atlanta Jazz Festival. Tito Jr. has appeared as a guest of the Dallas Symphony Pops, and the San Antonio Symphony.
In performing arts venues from the Kravis Center in Florida to Popejoy Hall in New Mexico, as well as outdoor concert events such as El Paso's "Music Under the Stars" or Los Angeles' Ford Amphitheater, rhythms ignite and Afro-Cuban beats fire up audiences, crossing cultures and generations.
Marvin Hamlisch's life in music is notable for its great versatility as well as its substance.
As composer, Hamlisch has won virtually every major award that exists: three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globe awards; his groundbreaking show, A Chorus Line, received the Pulitzer Prize.
He is the composer of more than forty motion picture scores including his Oscar-winning score and song for The Way We Were and his adaptation of Scott Joplin’s music for The Sting, for which he received a third Oscar. His prolific output of scores for films include original compositions and/or musical adaptations for Sophie’s Choice, Ordinary People, The Swimmer, Three Men and a Baby, Ice Castles, Take the Money and Run, Bananas and Save the Tiger.
His latest score is The Informant, starring Matt Damon, directed by Steven Soderbergh, released in September 2009. The score drew particular praise from film critics.
Marvin Hamlisch holds the position of principal pops conductor for the National Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony and San Diego Symphony.
Mr. Hamlisch was Musical Director and arranger of Barbra Streisand’s 1994 concert tour of the U.S. and England as well as of the television special, Barbra Streisand: The Concert (for which he received two of his Emmys).
Hamlisch is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and Queens College (where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree). He believes in the power of music to bring people together. “Music can make a difference. There is a global nature to music, which has the potential to bring all people together. Music is truly an international language, and I hope to contribute by widening communication as much as I can.”
About the Ticket Supplier: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
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.