Salute to America the Beautiful Concert with Brian Stokes Mitchell & Cynthia Erivo

Sun Valley Opera and Thomas S. Perakos present

Salute to America the Beautiful Concert with Brian Stokes Mitchell & Cynthia Erivo

The American Festival Orchestra

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$50.00 - $150.00 Plus taxes and fees

Two International/Tony Award winning superstars-Brian Stokes Mitchell , Tony Award nominee and winner, teaming up with fellow Tony and Grammy Award winner Cynthia Erivo. The two will co-star in Salute to America the Beautiful concert concluding with a fireworks spectacular.

July 5th-Diva Hosted Cocktail party in a magnificent private home with Entertainment by Avenue B. Diva tickets include the party, premier pavilion seating and valet parking.

July 6th- Meet and Greet the two stars at a private dinner at an estate catered by C.K.s Restaurant. You will have the opportunity to here them perform several songs. Not included in Diva Ticket. 

July 7th -Salute to America the Beautiful Pavilion Concert featuring pop and Broadway classics and patriotic songs sung by Brian Stokes Mitchell & Cynthia Erivo accompanied by the American Festival Orchestra conducted by world renowned Dr. Craig Jessop.

Brian Stokes Mitchell
Brian Stokes Mitchell
Dubbed “the last leading man” by The New York Times, Two-time Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a career that spans Broadway, television, film, and concert appearances with the country’s finest conductors and orchestras. He received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards for his star turn in Kiss Me, Kate. He also gave Tony-nominated performances in Man of La Mancha, August Wilson’s King Hedley II, and Ragtime. Other notable Broadway shows include Kiss of the Spider Woman, Jelly’s Last Jam and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

In April of 2016 he made a long-awaited return to Broadway starring once again with Audra McDonald in Shuffle Along, a New Musical written and directed by George C. Wolfe with choreography by Savion Glover.

An extremely versatile and in-demand singer, Stokes has performed at venues spanning jazz, opera, pops, country, and musical theater worlds. He has worked with John Williams, Marvin Hamlisch, Keith Lockhart, Michael Tilson Thomas, Leonard Slatkin, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Big Band, The Mormon Tabernacle choir and the Muppets. Stokes has made multiple appearances at Carnegie Hall beginning with his debut with the San Francisco Symphony through his televised performance in South Pacific opposite Reba McEntire to his sold-out solo concert, which he continues to perform throughout the U.S. He has been invited twice to perform at the White House and has performed for Presidents Clinton and Obama.

Stokes has delved deeply into various music disciplines. In addition to singing he began piano studies at the age of 6. His musical curiosity lead him to an interest in orchestration, arranging and film scoring which he first started studying on his own in his late teens. He later studied, Film scoring, orchestration, and conducting through UCLA and privately and scored and conducted a number of “Trapper John, MD” Episodes, a series on which he was also a regular cast member. His musical talent has extended to the present day as producer, arranger and orchestrator on his own albums including his latest recording, “Simply Broadway”. “Simply Broadway” is an album of classic Broadway tunes that have been musically reimagined but still retains the spirit of the original. It features the Tony-winning singer accompanied by a solo piano and was released in the Fall of 2012. It was recorded in the “old-school” style, without overdubs or audio separation — Stokes and his pianist, Tedd Firth, were in the same room at the same time as they recorded the tracks. The song selection includes works from Camelot, Porgy and Bess, Company, Sunday in the Park With George, Les Miserables and other classics. Stokes has appeared on more than 20 albums.

His extensive screen credits began with a 7-year stint on Trapper John, MD and have continued with memorable appearances on everything from PBS’ Great Performances to Frasier, Glee, Jumping the Broom and his most recent recurring roles on Madam Secretary, Mr. Robot and the upcoming Hulu series, The Path. As a voice-over artist he has played dozens of characters on animated TV episodes. NPR aired his narration of Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait with the U.S. Marine band.

As a writer Stokes has contributed to the book Hirschfeld’s Harlem, wrote the preface to At This Theatre , and co-authored the children’s book Lights on Broadway.

For fun he has been known to fly planes and jump out of them (usually not at the same time), and he can ride a bicycle on a high wire.

Stokes has enjoyed working with numerous charitable organizations from the March of Dimes to the USO, and is in his 12th term as Chairman of the Board of the Actors Fund.

Stokes is a great proponent of arts education and speaks passionately about the importance of art in all of our lives. He resides in New York City with his wife, son and rescued mutt, Diggidy. For more information go to Brianstokes.com .

A complete list of credits can be seen on BroadwayWorld.com, ibdb.com , imdb.com, and wikipedia.com.
Cynthia Erivo
Cynthia Erivo
Cynthia Erivo received a 2016 Tony Award for her Broadcway debut as Celie in The Color Purple. Cynthia Erivo is a multiple award-winning actress & singer who made a huge splash on Broadway in her 2015 debut as ‘Celie’ in the critically acclaimed revival of “The ColorPurple” for which she received a 2016 Tony Award.

A new name to many at the time of her debut, the Nigerian-British actor & singer quickly caught the attention of Broadway fans, critics and celebrities alike. Oprah Winfrey, Anna Wintour, and Diane Von Furstenburg are just a few of the those who sing Erivo’s praises, with Oprah calling Erivo’s performance as Celie “transcendent.”

Notably, Erivo is well on her way to being the fastest (and youngest) person to achieve EGOT status, having received 3 of the 4 awards in less than a year to date for her performance in the Color Purple - a Tony, Grammy and most recently, a daytime Emmy. Erivo recently performed alongside John Legend at the 2017 Grammy Awards and in 2016 performed at The 39th annual Kennedy Center Honors.

Also an accomplished songwriter, Erivo wrote and and performed the song, "Fly Before You Fall," for the 2014 feature film “Beyond the Lights.” Erivo is also the featured vocalist on the anthem “Jump” from the acclaimed documentary “STEP” which follows a group of inner-city Baltimore teens as they navigate thru their transition from senior year of high school to college. Erivo is currently working on writing and recording original music in her downtime while simultaneously co-starring opposite Viola Davis in the Steve McQueen directed movie “Widows”, expected to premiere in November of this year. She is also set to star in the biopic film about Harriet Tubman to be directed by Seith Mann, also slated to premiere in 2018.

European theater credits include The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Sister Act, I Can’t Sing!, Dessa Rose, Henry IV, Marine Parade, I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw The Sky, The Three Musketeers, The Princess of Spain and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In addition to her stage career, Erivo is a songwriter and wrote the song, "Fly Before You Fall," for the feature film Beyond the Lights.
The American Festival Orchestra
The American Festival Orchestra
The American Festival Chorus & Orchestra was founded in the summer of 2008 with Craig Jessop. From the beginning its repertoire has been eclectic, ranging from the great choral/orchestral masterworks to hymns, spirituals, songs of Broadway, and patriotic and folk tunes. The mission of the chorus is to provide a culture of musical excellence that edifies, entertains, and educates performers and audiences.
Venue Information:
Sun Valley Pavilion
300 Dollar Rd.
Sun Valley, ID, 83353
http://www.sunvalleypavilion.com