Returning to the Hollywood Bowl after also having served as Musical Director / Conductor of LA Phil productions of Les Misérables (2008), Guys and Dolls (2009), and The Producers (2012), KEVIN STITES recently conducted the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a Lerner and Loewe tribute, an all-star Broadway evening with a 400-voice choir and the New York Chamber Orchestra in Carnegie Hall for Manhattan Concert Productions, and has completed his fourth season as Music Director for The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular. Stites has conducted the LA Phil at Walt Disney Concert Hall with Brian Stokes Mitchell, several symphonic concerts with Kristin Chenoweth (including with the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl), and the Boublil and Schönberg concert tribute Do You Hear the People Sing with the Oklahoma City and Hartford symphony orchestras. Kevin is music director / pianist for Deborah Voigt’s Voight Lessons and was music director of Grey Gardens, with Betty Buckley and Rachel York, at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Additionally, Kevin was music director for MCP’s concert presentations of Crazy for You and Titanic (at David Geffen Hall) and conducted the mono-opera Falling Man by Kenneth Fuchs at the 9/11 Museum & Memorial. As guest conductor, Kevin has led the Grant Park Symphony in tribute concerts devoted to Sondheim, Bernstein, Gershwin, Loesser, and Cole Porter.
On Broadway, Kevin has been involved with 13 productions, including Titanic, Fiddler on the Roof, A Tale of Two Cities, On the Town, The Threepenny Opera, Oklahoma!, Sunset Boulevard, the revival of Nine, starring Antonio Banderas, the 2006 revival of Les Misérables, and the revival of On the Twentieth Century, starring Kristin Chenoweth.
Stites’ future projects include the Broadway revival of Crazy for You, Maltby and Shire’s Take Flight, Cy Coleman’s posthumously produced Pamela’s First Musical, and the further development of Austin’s Pride.
He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, studying under the tutelage of Professor Kenneth Drake and Professor Emeritus John Wustman, and was awarded the Creative and Performing Arts Fellowship in 1979/80.