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POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 6, 2013 Page 9 Thursday, January 23 rd at the Sanders Theater Brian Stokes Mitchell will bring his Broadway voice to Boston. (Photo courtesy of celebrityseries.org) Celebrity Series of Bos- ton .... Pianist Marc-Andr Hamelin's unique blend of musicianship and virtuosity brings forth interpretations remarkable for their free- dom, originality, and prodi- gious mastery of the piano's resources. A musician of broad musical interests and curiosity, Hamelin is re- nowned in equal measure for his fresh readings of the established repertoire and for his exploration of lesser known works of the 19 th and 20century, both in the re- cording studi6 and in the concert hall. His progltm.:wil feature HAMELIN Bardr(lle (U.S. premiere), Sonata :in E minor, Opus 25, no.2 ('Night Wind') and Sonata in B-fiat Major, D. 960. This special event is a one time perfor- mance on December 8 th at Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsbor- ough Street, Boston. On Thursday, January 23 d Brian Stokes Mitchell who has enjoyed a rich andvar- ied career on Broadway, tele- vision and film, along with appearances in the great American concert halls will come to Boston. Dubbed "The Last Leading Man" by the New York limes, Brian Stokes Mitchell musi- cal versatility has kept him in demand by some of the country's finest conductors and orchestras. He has performed selections from "Porgy and Bess" with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Sym- phony at Carnegie Hall; Per- formed works by Aaron Copland and various con- temporary composers at the Hollywood Bowl with the L.A. Philharmonic under the batons of Leonard Slatkin and John Mauceri; Broadway tunes at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. under the baton of Marvin Hamlisch (most recently at the Na- tional Symphony Orchestra's 754 season Pops concert de- 8ociallu Scene by 00dngela Cornacchio but), and Jazz and standards with Maestro John Williams at Disney Hall and with the Boston Pops. He recently de- buted Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Del Tredici's "Rip Van Winkle" with the National Symphony Orches- tra under the baton of Leonard Slatkin. He has been invited to the White House and has performed for Presidents Clinton and Obama. He reprised his Tangle- wood performance in John Williams' Jazz version of "My Fair Lady" at Disney Hall singing opposite Dianne Reeves. In 2005 he made his cabaret debut as both singer and musical arranger in New York at Feinstein's at the Regency in his critically acclaimed one-man show "Love/Life" which then moved to the Vivian Beau- mont Theater at Lincoln Center. He received both the New York Bistro and Nightlife awards for his cabaret debut. He returned there in November of 2008 with a critically acclaimed concert where he was accompanied by a guitarist, a bassist and a percussionist. The one and only Decem- ber performance will be held on the 8 th at Jordan Hall featuring Pianist Marc- Andre Hamelin. Following will be Brian Stokes Mitchell on Thursday, January 23 d 8:00 pm at Sanders Theatre located at 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge. To get more information, tickets or directions you can visit www.celebrityseries.org. It's a Wonderful Life ... and a wonderful time of year to take a moment and catch the reason for the season. "It's a Wonderful Life" is based on the 1946 American film produced and directed by Frank Capra, which is itself based on a short story "The Greatest Gift," by Philip Van Doren Stern. The film is considered one of the most loved films in American cin- ema and has become tradi- tional viewing during the Christmas season. The story features troubled George Bailey, a man who has given up his dreams in order to help others. An intervention by his guardian angel on a desperate Christ- mas Eve, shows George all the lives he has touched and how different life in his community of Bedford Falls would be had he never been born. Experience Frank Capra's classic film as a captivat- ing 1940s radio show, com- plete with live music, sound effects, and a talented ensemble. This stylish pro- duction offers an ideal way for families to celebrate and reflect upon the holidays. Show dates for It's a Wonder- ful Life A Live Radio Play is December 134 to 22 "d at the Wheelock Family Theatre located 180 The Riverway. For more info on times and directions you can visit www. WheelockFamilyTheatre.org. I Love Lucy Live on Stage .... is the brand-new hit stage show adapted from the most beloved program in TV history! It's 1952 and you are a member of the Desilu Play- house studio audience where you experience firsthand the filming of two hilarious I Love Lucy episodes, com- plete with charming host, '50s style harmonies from The Crystaltone Singers and the sidesplitting antics of America's favorite foursome - Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel. Whether young or old, everybody really does LOVE LUCYI Witness all the antics of America's favorite ditzy red- head and her Cuban crooner hubby as beloved '50s sitcom I Love Lucy is transformed into a live musical. Step back in time onto the Desilu soundstage where a charm- ing host will give you a be- hind-the-scenes look at the latest hi-fi technology that makes this new thing called "television" possible. Then, the show starts, and Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel get up to their side-splitting antics in the familiar cozy sur- roundings of their New York apartment building and at the famed Tropicana Nightclub, where The Ricky Ricardo Orchestra delights with "Babalu" and other Cuban dance numbers. In between scenes, the Crys- taltone Singers will perform live advertising jingles from the show's newest sponsors (Brylcreem, anyone?) in per- fect '50s-style harmony. This is your chance to be a mem- ber of the studio audience at the taping of two classic I Love Lucy episodes -- "The Benefit" (Lucy agrees to get Ricky to perform in a benefit for her women's club, as long- as she is the star of the show) and "Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined" (drops from the eye doctor make Lucy's vision blurry just as she's about to have a jitterbug au- dition for a movie role). It's a one-of-a-kind theat- rical experience TV Guide's William Keck calls "the most entertaining stage produc- tion I've seen in years -- in- cluding Broadwayl" The truth is in the title -- whether young or old, every- body really does love Lucy! I Love Lucy Live on Stage at the Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre through December 22 " and is guaranteed to be more laughs than you'll see all season. The theatre is located at I06 Boylston One of the most famous couples in history are here in Boston with their comical "I Love Lucy Live on Stage" at Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre through December 22 nd. (Photo courtesy of broadwayboston.com) Street, Boston. For more in- formation on tickets you can visit www.citicenter.org. Lovin' Holiday Leftovers .... Boston Center for Adult Education will team up with Local Food Rescue Lovin' Spoonfuls and Lineage for Educational Holiday Class on Monday, December 16 th. Ashley Stanley, founder of Lovin' Spoonfuls and Alex Sgtenz, Chef de Cuisine at Lineage in Brookline, MA will join fores for "Lovin' Holiday Leftovers," a hands on cooking class at the Bos- ton Center for Adult Educa- tion. Students will learn how to help Lovin' Spoonfuls' achieve its goal to reduce food waste and maximize food resources by turning their favorite holiday leftovers into unique new dishesl Over 96 billion pounds of food are wasted each year -- roughly 40% of all the avail- able food in the United States. Additionally, $1 bil- lion is spent by taxpayers annually to incinerate this discarded, perfectly good food while millions of people go hungry. Since founding Lovin' Spoonfuls in 2010, Stanley and her team have rescued and distributed over 900,000 lbs of fresh, healthy food to various organizations in the Greater Boston area -- feeding thousands of fel- low Bostonians fresh, healthy meals. In this class co-taught by Stanley and Saenz, students will cook alongside one of Boston's best chefs as they learn more about Lovin' Spoonfuls mission and how they can make simple changes in their daily lives to help eliminate food waste. Students will learn how to transform their holi- day leftovers into new, excit- ing dishes that the whole table will love! What better way to enjoy the holiday sea- son than by enjoying good food and learning how to give back? Lovin' Spoonfuls is an organization that facilitates the recovery and distribu- tion of healthy, perishable (Continued on Page 13) P -qm