Kennedy Center Gala to Feature Cook, Mitchell and Stritch; Hamlisch Conducts

News   Kennedy Center Gala to Feature Cook, Mitchell and Stritch; Hamlisch Conducts The Kennedy Center's 13th Annual Gala will feature a star-studded tribute to the Golden Age of the American musical theatre.

A Salute to the 1940s Broadway Musical will be presented April 17 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Among those scheduled to be part of the 8:30 PM concert are Tony Award winners Barbara Cook, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Elaine Stritch as well as Irish tenor John McDermott, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and opera singer Frederica von Stade. Marvin Hamlisch will conduct the National Symphony Orchestra.

The gala evening — which commemorates the Kennedy Center's festival, A New America: the 1940s and the Arts — will kick off with a reception on the South Plaza at 5 PM. Dinner on the Roof Terrace level will be held at 6 PM, followed by the gala performance at 8:30 PM in the Concert Hall. The festivities conclude with cocktails and dancing in the Roof Terrace Restaurant with the music of Big Ray and the Kool Kats.

Julie Andrews is the honorary chair for the annual spring gala with James V. Kimsey and Joseph E. Robert, Jr. as co-chairs. The event provides funding to the Kennedy Center's performances, education and outreach initiatives.

Tickets range from $500-$1,000, and gala packages range from $5,000-$50,000. Concert-only tickets will go on sale March 20 by calling (202) 467-4600. For those interested in packages, call (202) 416-8338 or register on line at www.kennedy-center.org/gala.

The Kennedy Center is located on the internet at www.kennedy-center.org.

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