Nationally-acclaimed Broadway stars Raymond Saar and Diane Ketchie will join the Symphony of the Mountains Orchestra in a tribute to favorite songs of the stage and screen. The performance will take place Friday, Feb. 2 during the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce 60th Annual Dinner at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort and Convention Center. The public is invited to attend the event which will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by the dinner and program at 7 p.m. The "business portion of the event will take a few brief minutes as the night is dedicated to the entertainment. Tickets are $60, and as a special offer, will also be good as a free ticket to one of the Symphony concerts during the 2007 season. 423-392-8800.
Ketchie made her Broadway debut in Phantom. Saar has performed on concert stages and in theaters internationally as well as throughout the United States. He recently starred as Raoul in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera in San Francisco. His work as the Prince in The Student Prince earned him a Robby Award as Best Actor in a musical. He toured with Sammy Cahn in his original musical, Words and Music. Saar played Maruis, Enfolras and Fuilley in Les Miserables on Broadway and in Los Angeles and was one of the featured soloists on the international cast album. He played Lun Thau in the national tour of The King and I, starring Yul Brynner. He also portrayed leading roles in productions of Hello, Dolly! with Martha Raye and Applause with Nannette Fabray.