who attended the Manhattan School of Music and studied under Robert Renino, Conrad Kuchay, and
whom he has worked include the Bronx Arts Ensemble, the Bronx Chamber
Orchestra, the Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, the Linden Woodwind
Quintet, the New Music Consort, the New York City Ballet Orchestra, the New
York City Opera, the New York Pops, the Quiet City Chamber Ensemble, the
Robert DeCormier Ensemble, and the Sutton
On 29th and 30th August 1975, the
New Music Consort gave a recital in the Summergarden
at The Museum of Modern Art.
Their program included “Synchronisms No. 2” by Mario Davidovsky and “Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet”
by Igor Stravinsky.
One of Mitchell’s earliest recordings, “Chamber
Music No. 2” by Leonard Roseman, took place
in Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory of Music on 25th October
On 17th November 1978, he participated in the
world premiere of the one-act chamber opera, Dr. Heidegger’s Fountain of Youth, by Jack Beeson and
Sheldon Harnick, at the National Arts Club
He was in the orchestra pit for the New York City Opera’s
revival of The Sound of Music by
Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers from 8th March through
22nd April 1990.
From 17th through 28th August
1993, he did same for their revival of The
Student Prince by Dorothy Donnelly and Sigmund Romberg.
During the run, he had time to appear with the Bronx
Arts Ensemble in McGinley
Center on the Rose Hill
Campus of Fordam University for a recital on 22nd
August 1993. It included the “Suite
for Violin, Clarinet and Piano” by Darius Milhaud and the “Trio
in B flat for Clarinet, Cello and Piano” by Ludwig van Beethoven.
On 11th December 2004, the Bronx Chamber
Orchestra and New York Latvian Concert Choir joined forces for an advent
concert that included the premieres of “Ziemas
by Pauls Dambis and “Ziemsvetki Jaunaja Pasaule” by Ugis Praulins.
Mitchell participated in the New York City Opera’s
program, “Vox 2006: Showcasing American Composers”,
in May 2006.
In spring 2007, he took part in their 13-hour marathon,
“Wall to Wall Opera”, at Symphony Space.
The Bronx Arts Ensemble appeared at The Riverdale Y on
26th October 2008 for a performance of Sergei Prokofiev’s “Overture
on Hebrew Themes”.
On 22nd July 2010, the Sutton Ensemble played
music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Igor Stravinsky at the SMA African Art
Museum in Tenafly, New Jersey.
The CD release party for Quiet City
by Christopher Brellochs and Paul Cohen took
place at Christ Episcopal Church in Poughkeepsie,
New York, on 17th
September 2011. The Quiet City
Chamber Ensemble performed “Dialogue” by Jean-Marie Depelsenaire, “Quiet City”
by Aaron Copland, and “Sound Moves Blues” by Robert Aldridge.
On 6th November 2011, the Leonia Chamber
Musicians Society performed “Quatuor a
vents for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon” by Jean Francaix in honour of the
composer’s 100th anniversary at the Civil War Drill Hall
Theatre in Leonia, New Jersey.
Mitchell took part in the Riverdale Festival of the
Arts in a program entitled “Romantic Summer Breezes” in McGinley Center
at Fordham University on 12th August
2012. The program comprised the
“Septet, Op. 20” of Ludwig van Beethoven and the “Nonett, Op. 139” of Josef Rheinberger.
On 4th November 2012, the Leonia Chamber
Musicians Society appeared at All Saints Church for a performance of the “Quintet
in E flat major for Piano and Wind Instruments” by Wolfgang Amadeus
Recordings on which Mitchell appears include: Carlos
Ritmo Jondo and
Works by Hector Campos Parsi/Max Lifschitz/Roberto
Sierra by the Bronx Arts Ensemble; Dr.
Heidegger’s Fountain of Youth/Hello Out There; The Man on the Flying Trapeze: A Celebration of an Era by the
Robert DeCormier Singers and Ensemble; and, Quiet City by Christopher Brellochs and Paul Cohen.
In addition to his clarinet playing, he has also
written several transcriptions for wind instruments, including wind versions
of Johannes Brahms’ “Hungarian Dance No. 5”, Scott Joplin’s
“Stoptime Rag”, and Erik Satie’s