This special evening presents music by George Gershwin and other American giants of the 20th century: Duke Ellington, Cole Porter and Leonard Bernstein. Two Broadway stars – Brian Stokes Mitchell and Megan Hilty – lend their powerhouse vocal talents to solos and duets by Porter, Ellington and Gershwin, including Porter's "So in Love" from Kiss Me Kate, the musical for which Mitchell earned Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards. 20-year-old piano sensation George Li opens the program with Gershwin's virtuosic "I Got Rhythm" Variations. Gala proceeds benefit the Los Angeles Philharmonic and its education initiatives.
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Megan Hilty, singer
Brian Stokes Mitchell, singer
George Li, piano
Boris Allakhverdyan, clarinet
Gershwin: "I Got Rhythm" Variations Program Notes
Ellington: Night Creatures: Stalking Monster
Porter: Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love from "Paris"
Ellington: I'm Beginning to See the Light
Porter: So in Love, from "Kiss Me Kate"
Bernstein: Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
Gershwin: Someone to Watch Over Me from "Oh, Kay!"
Gershwin: It Ain't Necessarily So from "Porgy and Bess"
Gershwin: Let's Call The Whole Thing Off from "Shall We Dance"
Gershwin: An American in Paris